Monday, 31 December 2018

A quilt for Zoe/December Goal is Finished

     I'm squeezing in one last finish for 2018! I managed to put the last stitch in the quilt binding just as the sun was going down for the day on Saturday.  Of course it was cloudy on Sunday morning when I took the photos (it's raining now).




      I whipped up the quilt top in June when I decided to use the fabric you can see in the plus signs, in a quick finish.  I won those whimsical fat quarters in the Rainbow Rose Quilt Along which was hosted by Modern Quilters Ireland back in 2016.  I chose the Coral background fabric because it went nicely with all the other fabrics.  Who would know I would be on trend with the Pantone colour of the year for 2019.  

     The pattern is the Celestial Plus Quilt from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander.  I made the quilt in what I call Toddler Size.  It's 48" square.



     I managed to find a co ordinating fabric to put on the back, which worked really well for the binding as well.





     I'll be giving this quilt to my newest great niece Zoe.  Baby Zoe is about 3 months old now.  She is the 3rd daughter for my nephew Eric.  I tend to give baby's their quilt at about a year old so Zoe's is ahead of schedule for me.



     I quilted the background of the quilt with an all over pattern call bear claws. The claws radiate out in all directions from the dark grey larger plus sign.  I used my Janome 8900 for the quilting and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Not perfect by any means but quite a bit better than any fmq I have done so far. I used Mettler 50 weight Coral Thread in the top and the bobbin. I will be taking a course with Christina Camelli and Quilt Con so I need to be practicing all over designs.  I got pretty comfortable with this one as I worked on the quilting and I was able to relax and enjoy the process.  Quilting Zoe's quilt was my OMG for December so I will be linking my post to the December OMG linkup.  It's also my 2nd finish for the 2018 Finish Along 4th quarter so I'll be linking up there as well.  You can see my list of proposed finishes here.  I'm also sharing this finish with the Let's Bee Social linkup and with the Brag About Your Beauties linkup.

13 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

The quilting texture is fantastic, Lisa, and I like how it radiated out from a focal plus sign. What a great finish and how awesome to have it ready to gift already!

Kathy S. said...

Beautiful finish! Love the picture of the quilt in the snow. Your quilting is beautiful! Happy 2019.

Pamela said...

How sweet!
Happy New Year!

Stitchin At Home said...

Your quilting looks great! Beautiful quilt! Happy New Year!

Patty said...

Wonderful quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

Janice Holton said...

Lisa, this quilt is fantastic! I love the fabric you found for the back and your quilting is PERFECT!!!!!!!! Even though every single shape might not be exactly how it you meant it to be, all I can see is yummy yummy texture so I say it's perfect! Keep it up and do some more FMQ. Congrats on your last 2018 finish!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Well done. The backing is perfect. The colours are wonderful.

piecefulwendy said...

Yay for the end of year finish, and a pretty little quilt at that! Love the quilting too. Happy New Year, Lisa!

Jayne said...

I just love the coral background! This is a beautiful finish...who doesn't love plus signs?! Your quilting is wonderful. I totally get the 'far from perfect', but they say it gets easier...I've not found that to be true for myself! I'm betting once it's been washed it'll be the 'perfect' you are after though!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Great bear claw quilting, Lisa!!! And I love the on-trend coral! Plus sign blocks are my favorite, so this is really a winner in my book! I love Christina Camelli's quilting books, so I'm sure class with her will be great learning. Congrats on the arrival of Zoe and quilt delivered ahead of time!

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

Look at you, all trendy with the coral background! I'm sure your great niece will love snuggling up to this finish (of course, she won't be able to appreciate your progress with FMQing, but I do!).

Louise said...

Oh, Lisa! It turned out so great! I love the bear claw quilting and want to try it. The coral background is wonderful in this piece, and the plus signs are modern and beautiful. The only thing more lovely will be Zoe on top of this quilt! Congrats on a super finish :0

Sandra @SewofCourse said...

This quilt turned out great, I love the colours and the quilting. Lucky grand niece! Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2018 FAL hosts!