Friday, June 8, 2012

My Kitchen Windows - quilt finish

This quilt has been on the back burner for quite a while. I'm finally getting to those items that keep getting pushed to the bottom of the WIP list. Meaning - I am using up the stash - woohoo!


The prints in this quilt are Sanctuary by Patty Young (plus one Prince Charming, Tula Pink). I loved this fabric line and bought a fat quarter set of the cool colorway with no plans for it.


Then I found the Kitchen Windows Pattern in The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman and I knew it was perfect.





I pieced my label on the back and used up more of my stash (yay!).

I was stumped on how to quilt it and decided to use the Baptist Fan FMQ tutorial from Don't Call me Betsy. I just altered it and used every other line on the ruler and make it a little less dense.




This quilting was a roller coaster for me. First off, let me say, quilting is not my favorite part of the process so I'm usually looking for the quickest method possible.

I've never done marking on my quilt for quilting before. With the contrast between the solids I had to use a light pen and a dark pen to be able to see the lines. So by the time I was done marking this, I had to set it aside for a while and take a break. Once I started quilting it, it was pretty easy. But when I was done I was not happy with it. My lines were very wobbly and didn't overlap nicely. I was frustrated but threw it in the wash anyway.


When it came out, it was fantastic!! Never underestimate the wash. :)


My binding is a fabric I found at my LQS. Sanctuary was out of print by the time I got to this one but I was happy to find this print that matched the colors.




Quilt stats:
Size: 52"x 68"
Pattern: Kitchen Windows (Practical Guide to Patchwork)
Fabrics: Sanctuary and Kona solids Spearmint and Glacier (I think)
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 6/4/12




13 comments:

Kelsey said...

What a beautiful quilt - love the colors and the quilting!! I agree about the power of the wash!!

Lindsay said...

Wow the quilting looks great! I'm considering taking a class using a long arm quilting machine because the last time I quilted using my home machine (and the only larger quilt I have ever quilted) made me want to break things. Have you ever tried using a long arm machine?

Elizabeth Dackson said...

I think the quilting looks great, Becky! This is a fab quilt, I love this pattern, and I especially love the fabrics you used, such a great finish :)

Linz said...

That is a gorgeous quilt!!! I think the quilting looks awesome! Way to go Becky!!

Jessica said...

Love this quilt Becky! I think your quilting looks awesome, love the idea of skipping every other line for less dense quilting, it is amazing how a good washing can totally transform a quilt!

Pat said...

LOVE it. And I really like that pattern. Very nice job, lady!

Denise in PA said...

Looks great - I knew you'd be happier after it was washed! o:) I love this pattern!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay, it looks fab, all hail the washing machine!

Katie B. said...

I love Sanctuary! Beautiful quilt.

felicity said...

Absolutely wonderful! You and I are quilting-disliking twinsies! I'm just like you - going with the fastest method possible to get it out of the way. I love love how your baptist fans turned out.

blue.crab said...

How funny! I used the same fabric for another E. Hartman quilt. Check it out if you have time. http://www.flickr.com/photos/blue_crab/5569439673/in/set-72157626251446641/

Jacey said...

You did such an amazing job, and I'm proud of your quilting, especially. This is a gorgeous quilt.

Jenniffier Kramer said...

It turned out amazing! Beautiful color choices and it looks amazing.

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