Monday, January 4, 2010

Front Porch Blooms Quilt

Well.  It's done.  Fresh out of the dryer.  All soft and snuggly.  And really wrinkly.  THAT is a really good sign. 


I got a call Saturday afternoon from my quilter saying that my Fig Tree quilt was FINALLY done.  I asked her if she loved it and she said, "Well, it's not like the picture you gave me, but I absolutely love it!"  I had given her a picture from the book I got this pattern from and asked her to do it exactly like the picture.  I guess it wasn't working out so good [she had to unpick twice], so she ended up making an executive decision and did it a completely different way.  My husband kind of got me psyched out when I told him what she said.  I was so worried the whole 15 minute drive over to her house.  I thought FOR SURE I would not be happy [I am very picky].  I was getting prepared to have some "words" about how she didn't do what I specifically asked her to do, but I was so shocked when I saw it!  It was absolutely beautiful - tight quilting, beautiful scroll work, everything.  It took me a few minutes to take it all in.  I was so relieved that I gave her a big hug!  When I walked into my house a little while later everyone saw my big smile and knew that all was well.

 






I knew I wanted a really amazing quilting design that would make the back be just as beautiful as the front.  That's why I opted for a basic cream solid for the backing.  It really shows off the quilting. 



I chose this green/cream polka dot by Fig Tree for the binding - it wasn't too dark but still had some contrast.



I've always loved Joana's designs and fabrics, but this is the first quilt that I've done using them.  I think it turned out really sweet and so I'm a little sad that it will be at Just Sew for a while [Kits are available there & they do ship if you're interested?!?].


Also, I am happy to inform some of you that I am back in the saddle as far as printing my patterns goes.  Over the last couple of months I have run into some problems with my cover sheets.  It was so frustrating that I started thinking that maybe it wasn't worth it so I had sort of mentally gave up.  I think with this first Monday of the New Year I am feeling recharged.  I sent some newly edited pictures to the printer and if they aren't light enough then they will just have to fix them for me.  Either way, I am hoping to print them with my next pay check so look for some giveaways in the next couple of weeks.  [I am kind of embarrassed to even say that again, because I know I have been saying that for forever, but I really think this is it!]  

18 comments:

L Johnson said...

Amber your quilt is just beautiful! Congratulations!!

Cara said...

It looks beautiful! I think she made the right decisions for it.

Keri said...

I don't know what you're original idea for the quilting was, but I LOVE the way it turned out. It's beautiful. Check another one off! :)

Vals Quilting said...

That quilt and quilting turned out amazingly...your quilter did a surpurb job!! Even though you are picky life has a way of making everything perfect!
Looking forward to seeing your patterns
Valerie
http://www.pastimesonline.ca/block-of-the-month/

Mary's Cottage Quilts said...

I love this quilt!!! Who quilted it for you - they did a fantastic job! Hope pattern printing is going better :) Don't give up!
Mary

Barb said...

Love the quilt!!!

Jackie said...

It is gorgeous! I think you made a great choice with the backing fabric - it really does show off the quilting!

Terry said...

Beautiful!! Good job. :)

Cassie said...

Yay! Back on track! Love the quilt and the quilting!!

Katie B. said...

Gorgeous! The quilting really does look incredible.

Dottie said...

Its gorgeous! Love the quilting design. Can't wait to see your patterns.

Julia said...

I love the quilt! And the quilting on it is stunning. I guess it was a good executive decision huh? LOL!

b davis said...

Oh it is so pretty. Kayleen is a genius. What will I do without her? :)

I can't wait for your patterns to be ready. I have been thinking your mod medallion pattern would be so cute with the nicey jane fabric I bought. Keep at it! You are so talented.

Beth Karese said...

I love your quilt! Beautiful design, beautiful colors, beautiful work. I've just added that one to my list. I'm so happy to hear that you're making progress with your patterns. Good luck!

ranette said...

Gorgeous quilt!

Joanna from Fresh Figs said...

Looks really wonderful! Love the colors and the quilitng. Great job!

joanna
Fig Tree

Carmen Rigby said...

This quilt is absolutely gorgeous.

Laurie said...

This quilt is BEAUTIFUL! Do you do your own quilting?
Laurie