Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Pleasant Trip

I thoroughly enjoyed my many trips around the world quilt.  You can find out more about the pattern and quilt along in my previous post.  It was a complete pleasure to make this quilt from start to finish.  I was excited to pull scrap strips in my favorite color palette of the moment.  I ended up raiding my stash as well, but it was worth it. I made 25 blocks; the quilt finishes at 60 inches square.  
The colors are moody and wintry, and the rich teals are a new obsession for me.  It is a hard color to find in fabrics.  I want it rich and saturated, without white accents that disrupt the value.  If you have a favorite dark turquoise or teal, let me know!
The Anna Maria Horner pastry voile I chose for the binding is the perfect teal.  And let me tell you, if you have not hand sewn a voile binding, you are missing out!  It was such a pleasure.  I will definitely be using it again.
I decided to try out  a new free motion quilting design.  I thought the busy quilt top would camouflage any imperfections, which thankfully seems to have been the case.  I picked the concentric circles design from Angela's first book.  The design is really quick and easy, although next time I will make the circles on a smaller scale (less than four inches across would be good I think), as the large circles were hard to keep even on my tiny machine.  I really love the texture they create, almost like raindrop ripples in a puddle.

The back is a text print from the Mama Said Sew line.  I saw it on lucyandnorman's gorgeous scrappy trip along quilt and had to have it.
You can find the throw sized quilt in my etsy shop.


27 comments:

ircabbit said...

I love this color combo! The quilt is to die for.

Marg said...

Oh wow, love the colours and the quilting, it's a beautiful quilt.

Vicki said...

Very pretty!
I love the colors you chose, and the quilting looks great!

Elizabeth said...

I don't know how you can part with this one, it is GORGEOUS!! I like the teal from Les Amis, but it does have the white accents.

I'm still looking for deep blue prints that can rival my love of filigree in dusk.

CitricSugar said...

So pretty! The colours definitely have a teaginny vibe to them. :-)

Mine turned out busy but on camera it looks better. I should bust those photos out...

krista said...

I'm in lusting over this quilt. I need to splurge on some voile, I've been wanting to for a while now. Great finish, it's gorgeous!

Josée Carrier said...

I love the colors and your fabric selection. It seems your having fun trying out new things in FMQ. Great job! I really enjoy Angela's book too. I just got her second one and it is pretty interesting and inspiring.

tusen said...

I love your colour choices for this quilt, it's a perfect winter quilt. Great idea with the quilting, too, I really like how the circles seem to soften the squares. And I just love the binding.

Blueberry Park said...

i love your colour combo, Alex. i think it's one of my favourite scrappies out there ;-)

bloomingpoppies.net said...

This is such a beautiful quilt! I love what you did with the quilting. Wow!!!

Die Fischerin said...

I love this Quilt with the beautiful colors and the Quilting looks great.
I´ll try to sew a scrappy Trip around the world too ... but at first I´m a new follower from your Blog ...

Annabella said...

This is a beautifully sophisticated tripalong quilt - a gorgeous finish!

Carla said...

Alex, this turned out so pretty! Thanks for daring me to look at the scrappy trip along earlier this month....I finished mine today!

MellieWo said...

I agree about teal. This quilt is fantastic! Thinking about a scrappy trip myself :)

Katie said...

I love the colors and the backing! Beautiful.

factotum-of-arts.com said...

I am now an great fan of eggplant and teal. Great job.

Fankle said...

Lovely quilt. I'm wondering how the voile binding will stand up to wear - is it not finer than the standared quilting cotton?

teaginny said...

I can't say from experience how the voile will wear, but I do know voile has a tighter weave and higher thread count than quilting cotton, so it is quite durable. Good question!

Debbie said...

Really love your choice of fabrics. Your trip is really beautiful.

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Absolutely agree on saturated teals being hard to find in modern fabrics! I also hunt for them and, yes, that voile is the color I want. I'll keep you in mind if/when I find them. So far, AMH is the only one who seems to dip into that color.

Danielle said...

Yours is one of my very favourite scrappy tripalongs! Love the colours so much. Just gorgeous. The newsprint is perfect for the backing, I loved it on Megan's too and have 6yd reserved for backing purposes (it just needs to find a quilt haha!)

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Que maravilla de quilt, es precioso!!!!!!!!!!!!

Suzanne said...

Love the colours! And the quilting is fun! I really want to try something different on mine (once I get to that part!)

Samantha said...

Gorgeous!! I'm planning a big purple quilt for my bed, this has inspired me to add a little teal perhaps.

Renee said...

This is my favorite of all the scrappy trip around the world quilts I've seen! Love the color together.

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