Friday, November 25, 2016

My Courthouse Finish

I have a very special finish to share today.  It is not often I make a quilt just for myself.  I tend to just make quilts...some I will keep but most I give away or sell.  This one I fell in love with from the start!




I received these solids from Craftsy.  I had contacted them to ask for a sample of their Boundless fabric line.  I wanted to know what the quality was.  I have to say, when I received them and saw their beautiful saturation, glowing colors and lovely feel, I was instantly inspired to make something special.


I had the idea to make a variation of a courthouse step block - using both the hot and cool colors in each block.  From the beginning, these blocks made me smile!




I decided to also piece in both some light and dark chains, creating  a secondary design across the quilt.  You can see in this photo, the darks are both brown and black and the lights have a cream and tan color.




 Placement of these colors within the chains creates some additional subtle designs. 



The solids just really seem to glow!




When it came time to quilt it, I wanted to continue to add small subtle details.  I really did not want to over quilt it....this one really is about color!

So eight colors of threads were used. 






Cream and black threads were used diagonally through the chains.  Then I quilted a vertical rectangle in a dark thread, a horizontal rectangle in a light thread and then a square in a medium tone.  Lots of thread changes!







I am really pleased with the simple textures in the quilting - which still allows for the colors to come through.




The quilt is a nice lap size - about 56" x 70".  Another one for my personal collection...which seems to have grown a lot this year!



If you are curious about what I used on the backing, I pulled a blue print fabric I had in my stash.  Even on quilts made from solids, I always prefer a print backing.

I don't often make quilts in just solids but I really enjoyed this process. 
I think you will be seeing more from me in the future!


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With Thanksgiving over, it is time to take advantage of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  Both Craftsy and Accuquilt have some great deals going on.


Accuquilt

Accuquilt has almost ALL of their fabric cutters and dies on sale.  It is a great time to add a few dies to your collection or buy yourself a little holiday gift.  I love my Studio System!





Every Craftsy class is on sale for $17.99!  That is the lowest price I have seen.


Boundless Solids Fabric by the Yard



Craftsy has their boundless solids on sale right now.  They not only have their pre-cuts marked down but you can also buy yardage.  Perfect backgrounds to have on hand for those scrappy quilts.



Another great deal I saw was on this fat quarter bundle of Robert Kaufman Quilter's linen prints.  I really like these prints for when a solid just seems a bit too "flat" for a project.  I wish they had yardage!




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44 comments:

Jan A. said...

WOW, that is all I can say! This is beautiful. I love the solid colors and each block having both the warm and cool colors. Great job. I would keep that one too.

Libby in TN said...

Love, love, LOVE IT! Your quilting concept really sets it off, too. Glad to hear you are keeping it. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

your quilt turned out great! love the colors

Jayne said...

You did a beautiful job on this quilt. It's a gorgeous array of colors...I mean solids are my favorite! Amazing finish!

Mad Cat Quilts said...

Wow! Very bold! Great finish!

KMSC said...

Gorgeous!

Valerie Reynolds said...

This is a fantastic finish! I love that you used a "geometrical" quilting pattern with it.

Kimberly Smith said...

That quilt is so gorgeous it made my eyes tear up - I am not kidding! Will you be publishing the pattern, including your quilting? Please say yes.

Mystic Quilter said...

I love these wonderful saturated colours in your quilt, the courthouse steps pattern really shows them off beautifully. Love your quilting too!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Beautiful quilt! All those little details DO add up.

cecelia lusty said...

Stunning

Tammy Stack said...

Very nice treat for yourself!

Ariane said...

This quilt is beautiful!! I love it! Congrats on the finish!!

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

It turned out amazing!

gayle said...

I've never been a big fan of solids, but this quilt changes my mind - gorgeous! You've made those lovely colors glow!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A beautiful quilt! This is one very clever pattern, I love how you've alternated the black & light chains!

OhioLori said...

Your quilt is Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! You did AWESOME job!!! :)

Jane Herbst said...

Beautiful! I rarely use solids -- more of a tonals and blenders fan -- but this absolutely shines! Thanks for sharing!

Jo said...

I love your bright colours

Louise said...

Cynthia, this is just stunning!! I don't blame you at all for keeping this one. You knocked it out of the park!! Love it, love it, love it :)

Caryl @ cinnamon holiday workshop said...

This quilt is sooooo gorgeoous!

Janice Holton said...

Wow! You weren't kidding when you said they glow. Those colors literally leap off the screen at me! And the design shows them off so well. You really put a lot of thought into all the details and the results really show that. SCRUMPTIOUS!!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Love how bright and cheerful this quilt is. So tempted to go to Craftsy and order a pack of fabric, but....no, no, no!

Dar said...

I so love what you've done with this quilt. The colors are right up my alley -- bright and loud!! Your quilting looks perfect for all the color too. You must be a very patient person. Not sure I would have had the patience to make so many thread changes. They look great.

Paige said...

It just glows! Beautiful finish!

Michele said...

I really, really love that quilt. Nicely done.

Heide said...

WOWZA! What a beautiful finish.

Vicki in MN said...

Absolutely perfect placement of colors, I think I would been overwhelmed figuring out how to place them just right!

Vic in NH said...

Great looking quilt and your very careful quilting surely does enhance rather than detract form the bright colors!

Judy said...

Stunning! Now I need (want) Boundless fabrics

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations on a finish just for you. It is lovely!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

This is a lovely finish - congrats :)

Emily said...

This is so beautiful!

quiltytherapy said...

Stunning finish. Love the colors and all the thread options. Wow!

LA Paylor said...

It's so fresh! Great job with all aspects of it.

Barb N said...

Simply beautiful! You can cozy up to that quilt this winter :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Somehow I missed this post, probably because of our Thanksgiving travel, but I'm so glad I found it today! What an amazing quilt! It really does glow! You have such a way with color - I think I've said that before. Lol! I have never made a quilt with all solids, but I keep wanting to try one. I'll have to try some Boundless solids, now, for sure!

Nicole said...

That is a super fantastic quilt. I really like it lots. Well done!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Yep - your decisions for quilting it were just perfect!!! Enjoy keeping it and staring every day at the lovely quilt!!!

Kate said...

Wow! Gorgeous and bright. You picked a great pattern and quilting to show off all those colors. Congrats on your beautiful finish.

Jasmine said...

This turned out amazing! I love your quilting and use of color. Congrats on the finish.

Jen said...

Wonderful finish! I know I have said this before, but this turned out just lovely! You can few the layout pattern so many different ways. Amazing! Great Job!

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Cynthia, I love this quilt! The colors are wonderful, but I especially like how you chose to quilt it. Lovely!

Sandy said...

This quilt is absolutely stunning! Using the brown and black and then the cream and tan was a brilliant decision. So glad you are keeping this one for yourself.

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