Truly amazing! This will be magnificent when done...how did ever decide on fabric? They are going to love and treasure this one!
What is the background fabric!!! It gives it a very Old World feel. Love these tiles!
Terryt1955 - just looked it up - the fabrics are from the Marrakesh collection by Timeless Treasures.
HawkFan Thanks! And I'll be able to remember it since I still love Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young!!
This is stunning! what issue was it in? I absolutely love your fabric choices!
cally68 - it's an old issue - March/April 2007. I didn't have a particular reason to make it until my son went to Turkey.
This is stunning. I love how the fabrics and the pattern work together to make the block look like a real tile. This is going to be a gorgeous quilt when you are done.
Thanks Caribousmom - when I first started I wasn't liking it so much but now that it's coming together, I can see the beauty in it.
Thank you Carolmarie - finished joining the blocks and it just needs borders. I'm liking it more now that it's almost done!
Holy Moly it is Gorgeous...amazingly so and these are not even colors I would have thought I could love but it is going to be one hell of a quilt and gift. I am so impressed with how fast you got it together. Lovely.
Wow! It came out beautiful. I love the pattern. It almost looks 3D. I may have to look for this issue however, at this point in my quilting life, it is way beyond my skill level.
True - funny you would say that about the colors. I ordered the kit and then when I got it I thought "what was I thinking". I have no idea why I got it which is probably why it sat for so long. I'm happy I finally had a reason to make it.
cally68 - I learned a lot (mostly the hard way) over the last few months but mostly it was just about jumping in with both feet. I tend to do that a lot :)
Wow - just gorgeous. Really beautiful in every way. I know what you mean about the fabric - not something I would necessarily have picked off of a shelf - but seeing it all together it is just wonderful and it is those fabrics that I think make it especially pretty. Great job!!!
Holy Moly, you finished the top already?! DId you leave the house at all this weekend? I actually love the color combination of black & taupe (and it's not brown). This is amazing and far from being embarrassing. This would be a great hit with your son if you can part with it.
Caribousmom - the fabrics do make this quilt what it is and that's something I need a lot more experience with. I can put fabrics together that look good together but could never have come up with this. There are times when, for me, a kit is the way to go.
Carolmarie - Yes, I think I counted 500 pieces. I think cutting them out was worse than sewing them together, especially since a lot of them involved using a cardboard template I had to draw up. It's a miracle they fit together as well as they did!
Terryt1955 - I did spend a lot of hours on it. Today was rainy and dreary so that made it easier. I tend to get more than a bit obsessive once I start something and the friends I'm making it for will be here some time in October so I do have to finish it soon. Just couldn't make myself put those borders on though...
Really beautiful-I love the little pops of light blue/grey/periwinkle? with the beiges- and your work is wonderful!
Can't wait to see the borders. Are they solids? I ate doing borders. You're at that point thinking you're almost done and then they take so long. At least for me they do. And I'm not even talking about pieced borders!
Mymble - Thank you! Slate is probably the closest I can come to describing the color. You're right, it adds some dimension to the quilt.
Terryt1955 - both borders are prints. The inside border is fairly small and reads as a solid but the outside border is actually the fabric from which the centers of the blocks are fussy cut. The binding is what they call the geometric print. It's the non-floral print in the block. I know what you mean about borders. I am so close and wanted to push through to get it done but was burned out. Silly in some ways because it's basically just 8 straight stitches. I will have to piece the borders and honestly, that's what stopped me.
HawkFan oh that is going to be a great border! I am same way with borders they were me out for some reason!
Wow! This is gorgeous and I love the prints! This is one I'd consider trying as I love how all the pieces come together . . . beautiful work !
I'll patiently wait until you have a chunk of time to crank out the borders. Can't wait to see.
This just gets better and better...borders are awesome and love plan for back!
True - Thanks Mary. I'm still pretty happy with it and am kind of excited to see how the back comes together.
Sisterhood+ I absolutely love this pattern, but the color isn't to my taste.
Lovin the neutrals and the prints here, as well as the sunlit photo!
sisterhood - I think you could go a lot of ways with the pattern as there are some beautiful fabrics out there that could be fussy cut for the centers. Not sure I'd take this pattern on again for a while though. Cutting all those pieces took forever
Thank you Aizome - the neutrals appealed to me since it was a gift and I thought it would go well in their house. Not sure I'd do it for my house though. The kids may be grown up but there's still the cats and dog to make messes hahaha
HawkFan , your son's hosts are going to be overwhelmed with pleasure at the receipt of this quilt. You have done an outstanding job on it. You should be very proud of the quilt, for certain. I love the color scheme!!
You're so sweet Quilterinmotion . I think this is my best quilt so far, at least I feel like I did a better job than I have before. I'm finally remembering to pay attention to points, not stretch my bias-cut pieces, etc. Maybe it's starting to come together :)
You have done a fantastic job on what looks, to me, like a very fussy pattern design. You have stretched yourself (rather than your bias-cut pieces) and your progress is wonderful. Congrats, HawkFan .
Love the borders and especially how the first one is subtle and doesn't take away from the blocks. And then the fianl border is repeating that great fabric. Love! I also think this color scheme is very sophisticated and will go in anyone's house because it is neutral. One will never tire looking at this beauty! Any ideas on the quilting?
Terryt1955 - Good question. I've been thinking about how to quilt it and keep coming back to the same thing - I feel like I'm going to have to stitch in the ditch. I normally try to stay away from that but I don't see a good way to do much echo quilting without detracting from the block pattern. I think I'll so a curvy pattern in the outer border since it's a circular motif. I guess I'll just have to go slow on the stitch in the ditch part to keep it where it's supposed to be. I'd hate to mess up the quilt on the quilting part!
True - I'm actually going to have a hard time giving this one up! One thing I noticed when we were in Turkey was so much was in neutral colors. I stuck out like a sore thumb (or maybe just an American Tourist) with my pink blouse. Perfect target for all the rug salesmen
I agree with everyone is saying about the neutral tones. I keep looking at this quilt - it draws my eye every time I scroll through projects and the more I look at the more I love it. It is the balance of those neutrals - dark and light - that really make it stand out. Love it. And I don't think I could give this one up! No way!
HawkFan I truly think I would have to keep it...it is such a gorgeous quilt and such a wonderful example of how design does not need a whole lot of fancy or bright colors to be absolutely beautiful! Subtle often is something we forget about in our colorful world;-)
Caribousmom - I can't take credit for the fabric choices as it was a kit. I'm just glad I waited so long to tackle it. Had I tried it even a few months ago, I probably would have royally botched it. I'm just now realizing all the things I need to be careful of.
I think the hardest part about quilting is picking the quilting design but I'm with you I wouldn't want to take away from the block's design so stitch in the ditch sounds logical. Just go slow, put on a great audiobook and find your groove (ha,ha). Your son's host family is going to flip over this!
Truly beautiful!!! It will only let me hit love button once or I would keep hitting it!!!!!!
Too bad you didn't get it done in time t send off with your friend BUT I truly think the host family is going to get a far bigger surprise receiving the box in the mail and THEN opening it to find this incredible quilt. So beautiful!!
Such a great choice in fabrics!!! I love the back and the sidebar of blocks! You friends will love this...so thoughtful. My daughter is finishing a quilt up for her host family in a Germany...such a wonderful gift to give!!!!
Terryt1955 - I know what you mean but it's also fun to see their reaction. Hmmm...I could take it to them hahaha
Jenhighfill - I can't take credit for the fabric selection since it was a kit but I'm definitely glad I got the kit. It's so nice of your daughter to make a quilt for her host family.
So beautiful! What an amazing gift for your friends.
Fab finish, HawkFan . What a sense of accomplishment you must feel, having won over the bias edges and completed in it a reasonable length of time. Now you deserve a trip back to see it!