Friday, October 21, 2016

My Summer Solstice Finish

This time of year, it gets a little bit difficult for me to get my own quilts into my quilting queue.  The smaller ones I can squeeze in here and there but the bigger ones usually have to take a back seat to my client quilts.

So when I blocked out a portion of my schedule to spend time setting up my new computer, I thought I would sneak my Summer Solstice quilt onto my frame.  So today, not only do I get to share my finished quilt with you, but writing this post is taking far less time then waiting for my last PC to limp along while I hoped it didn't crash mid post!




The weather here has been stormy and very wet so getting photos has been challenging.  I finally decided to just move my longarm out of view and pin my quilt onto one of my larger design boards.  This quilt certainly is an explosion of color!



This quilt was made using the Summer Solstice Quilt Along design by Melissa over at Happy Quilting.  Rather than have all one background, I decided to use both a teal and a turquoise.  I really like the depth it gave to the blocks.




I really wanted the quilting to direct the eye and accentuate some of the alternate patterns going on in the quilt.  So I went with a lot of straight line and matchstick quilting.




Here is a view from the back.  As you can see, I used the same teal thread on both the top and in the bobbin. I am not one that worries too much how the back looks - I want to only see lovely stitches on the front and the slightest tension issue that reveals the slightest bit of bobbin thread on the top drives me crazy.



Here is one more photo.  I love its bold design and intense colors.   
This one will be going directly into my personal collection!

(I hear a great sigh of relief from my family...)






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31 comments:

Vicki in MN said...

I like that you put in the aqua and turquoise for the background, adds more interest. Congrats on getting one of your own done and oh so pretty!

Alison said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I need to get mine quilted and this is great inspiration!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Stunning overall - like your color choices and the quilting designs definitely work. Great quilt!!

Amy said...

I love your color combinations. The first thing that came to mind was paprika, and a beach somewhere in Mexico or Spain. It's a gorgeous finish. Ole!

sue said...

A great quilt and your combination of warm and cool colors makes it multi seasonal. I just love it.

Jayne said...

So glad you snuck this one in to be quilted and were able to sneak it in to a post! It turned out amazing. I love the bright bold colors! It should stay in your personal collection...it's gorgeous!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love this quilt - it is definitely a keeper! Such beautiful color choices - I am always in awe of how you put colors together so well! It has been fun to see all your posts about it as you've worked on it.

Kat said...

Great finish! I love the colors.

gayle said...

Well, of course it should go into your personal collection - how on earth could you ever let it go?!?
The colors really make the quilt sing! So much richer with the variety in the backgrounds - excellent idea!

Mari said...

What a great quilt! I love the turquoise and the other color choices too. This is a great one to keep for yourself!

Seams French said...

Your colours are a perfect expression for the solstice. I love the turquoise and teal in the background. Beautiful quilt!

legato1958 said...

What a gorgeous , bright and vibrant quilt you have made! I love your fabrics and colors! I think it truly fits the quilt name!
Susie

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

I love your colour combination. A definite keeper.

Kate said...

Gorgeous colors, the teal and turquoise are perfect foils for the orange. Congrats on a beautiful finish!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A wonderful finish! I love the bold colour combo, and having two backgrounds has really made this interesting!

Leanne Parsons said...

Gorgeous! The two-tone background does add a lot of depth to the design :)

Wendy Tuma said...

This is, hands down, one of my very favorite quilts. I love the colors! When you are tired of it, send it my way ;-) Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com

suzanprincess said...

I love what you've done with this quilt pattern; your color choices make it sing, loud and joyously. I'm glad you're keeping it for yourself. After all, who else (other than me, of course!)could appreciate it as much?

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

The colors, the design, the secondary designs...they all are perfect. I wish I'd participated in the quilt Along. Definitely I'll have to put Melissa on a future quilt along calendar! Y'all, I love it!

PaulaB quilts said...

It really glows with color, a delight to see. So glad you get to keep it. Enjoy!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

How awesome that you found / made some time to get this finished for yourself. The colors are wonderful, and the quilting you gave the different areas helps it pop that little bit more. Also - yay for a new (non crashing) computer! I hope it helps your work flow more smoothly and easily.

Louise said...

It's so beautiful! I love the vibrant colors and the straight line quilting. Great finish!

Charlotta said...

I love the bright saturated colors, but I think my favorite aspect of the quilt might be the light/neutral stars which shine brightly, almost unexpectedly. I don't think I ever would've thought of doing that, but it's so effective.

Helen in the UK said...

LOVE the colour! Congrats on squeezing in a finish :)

Charlotte M. said...

It turned out gorgeous. I am still working on mine, quilting the borders and then it will be done.

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

You're right - the two colors in the background really make a wonderful difference! Feel free to link to Finished or Not Friday on my blog.

Kathi Riemer said...

The two color background really works with the red and gold. It is stunning!

Jasmine said...

Such a bright beautiful quilt. It reminds me of warm summer days with a blue sky. Congrats on your own finish and new computer.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Congrats on the finish. I love the colours and the quilting you did.

Lilpuddin said...

Gorgeous colors! Love your new quilt!

Cindy Beal said...

This is so RICH!!!! love your colors! WOW!

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