Sunday, 27 September 2015

Modern maples quilt October - finished!

Well, the QuiP blog post of this quilt is only 2 weeks ago and today I have 'October' already finished! What got me going was Debbie's inquiry to have the quilt featured in her newsletter 'The scrap basket'. Of course I wanted to show the finished quilt and not only the quilt top or a few blocks. So here it is:


I'm really happy how it turned out in the end, I like the fabric line Twenty Three by Cosmo Cricket and the mix of blocks with and without the dark stem.


Half way through piecing the quilt top I thought this quilt is going to be too light and too beige and I had doubts if I should not have done the sashing (also in beige) but the quilting kind of connected all the blocks and it came together nicely.


I quilted in loops and swirls, just like leafs do when they fall off the tree. This is only the second time I did this quilting stitch but I felt so much more confident. I used Aurifil 40wt in beige.
I used different batting as well, normally I use 100% cotton batting but this time I tried out 'warm and natural' from the Warm Company... and that was a dream to quilt!


I have not washed the quilt yet, the batting will only shrink by 3% but I think the quilting gives the quilt already a nice crinkly look and I hope that after the wash this will even increase a bit.


For the back I used two left over blocks, which I found too light for the front, and used left over strips of fabric and for the left half of the back probably my favourite fabric from the line, the cameras.


I do love photography and I took these photos in the botanical gardens. I had hope for more coloured leafs... I guess it's still too early in the autumn. But you can see nature already changing.



I caught the last bit of sunshine that day and I just love how leafs change their colour, just as if nature wants to show off its beauty before the bleak winter sets in.


I also found this old stem of a tree covered in mushrooms:


How cool is that?

So, back to the quilt. Here it is again in all its beauty!


Thank you, Debbie, encouraging me to finish the quilt and for having me on 'a quilter's table'!

Also linking this to Crazy Mom Quilts - Finish up Friday and TGIFF!

27 comments:

  1. Your pictures are all stellar! Love the mushroom shot! And your pieced backing...it is as pretty as the front!

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    1. Thank you so much! I just couldn't leave the autumn photos away from the blog post!

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  2. This is fantastic! I love the back too!!

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    1. Thank you, I always try to come up with a nice design for the back, I like this one too!

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  3. You are SO welcome! I love every detail of your quilt - so nicely done! Congrats on a lovely finish, and I'm pleased to be able to share it in my newsletter tomorrow! ;-)

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  4. This turned out beautifully! I love Thwenty-Thr3e too...and this really showcases the prints! The mushroom "waterfall" is very cool!!!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Yeah, the mushrooms are great, almost without scale... this could also be a photo of a cliff where huge mushrooms indeed form a mushroom waterfall!

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  5. Beautiful, and just in time for fall. I especially love the extra blocks on the back.

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    1. Thanks, Malinda! I like these blocks too, I was happy to have them 'left over'.

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  6. What a wonderful finish, and great photos. Love the fallish fabrics that you used.

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    1. Thank you! I didn't really know what to do with the fabric as I bought it... until I've seen the modern maples blocks and then I knew!

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  7. very pretty quilt, love that not all the stems are dark

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    1. Thanks so much! I thought the mix with the stems would give the quilt a bit more variety, and it did :0)

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  8. Looks so pretty, I like your loopy quilting. Great finish!

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    1. Thank you so much, I really like these loops, too!

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  9. Eekkk I love it! What a great fall quilt. Great job.

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  10. Great quilt! I love the color scheme. Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, yeah, it is a great fabric line!

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  11. Great quilt! I love the color scheme. Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Kaitlyn! It is really so nice and autumny!

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  12. Lovely colors and texture. I also like your pics!

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    1. Thanks a lot! I couldn't help but include a few photos of autumn, glad you like them!

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  13. Very beautiful quilt! I love your color/fabric combinations! Just awesome!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Your kind comment is really appreciated!

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  14. I love this!!! Awesome colours. Adding this block to my must-make list. :)

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