Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sweet Sugar Swirls {Finished}

Gosh.  It's been a while, eh?  Sorry I've been a little M.I.A. lately.
It's Spring Breaks' fault.  We headed down south to sunny, St. George (Utah) for some wonderful R & R that our family definitely needed.

But, I learned something about myself while on that trip.  I learned that I actually don't do good with too much R & R.  So the minute we got back home I got right back into finishing two quilts and starting about 5 more!

Speaking of which, I've got one that I'd love to share with you today.  This project has been in the works for a few years so I am really happy to say she's finally finished!!!  Yay!!!  It was seriously touch and go there for a while :)

So this quilt has a story behind it.  
It all started with a contest.  Joanna (over at Fig Tree Quilts) was having a contest to see who could come up with the best name for one of her patterns.  I won (or at least was one of the winners).  I honestly can't remember which pattern it was that I helped to name though.  Like I said ~ it was years ago.  But as the prize, she sent me some patterns and a cute little Patisserie Honey Bun (remember those pre-cuts that Moda use to sell? Like a Jelly Roll - but smaller 1-1/2" strips).  I bought some additional fabric to make this Sweet Sugar Swirls pattern and then the kit sat.  And sat.  And sat.  I sold other kits that I had accumulated but I couldn't bear to see this one go.  I loved the fabric and the pattern so much that I hung onto it for years.  I worked on it once or twice but just couldn't seem to make any headway on it.  Until the quilt retreat I went on a couple of months ago.  I was able to get the top finished there and then quickly got it quilted.  I got the binding finished last weekend and did a little photo shoot yesterday.  Care to see some pics?   


You can see the back (mostly a solid cream fabric with a few leftover printed strips pieced in the middle) and some of the quilting here.  Can I just say that I LOVE the quilting on this?!?  Linda Childs at Just Sew quilted it for me and did a fantastic job!  Just perfect for my taste!


Oh.  I also HAVE to mention that while I was working on this at the quilting retreat, I called it my "Don't Look Close" quilt.  I was having a horrendous time getting my blocks to lay flat!  I tried so hard to make sure that all my points matched up nicely but the centers of most of the blocks kept poufing up!  I was stressing big-time but figured it had something to do with all those bias edged pieces.  I was really quite embarrassed that that was happening so I told everyone that it was my "Don't Look Close" quilt.  I asked around as to what I should do and a few people told me to just starch the heck out of my blocks.  So I did.  It seemed to work.  And then the quilting helped to fix the rest.  I honestly can't tell that there was any kind of poufing problem to begin with.


Isn't this a cute little gate?  It's in my neighbors yard.  
So welcoming, I think (especially with a quilt hanging over it!:)




Well, since it took me so long to finish this quilt, Patisserie fabric had come and gone.  I couldn't find any more of it for the binding.  But lucky for me, Avalon arrived in stores right before Spring Break so I picked up some of this cute little red polka dot print.  It wasn't a perfect match to Patisserie's red but I thought it was a close second choice.  As you might be able to tell from some of the pictures, there are a couple different reds in this quilt so I think it works.


I'm so glad Sweet Sugar Swirls is finally done.  It's actually one of my favorites, I think.  It's a beautiful design.  And really wasn't that hard once I got going on it (just wish I could have done something to avoid that poufing problem though).  But seriously, that Joanna ~ she sure is genius.


Happy quilting!
~ Amber

31 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Gorgeous....really, really gorgeous! No more stressing about the 'poufing'- it looks to be all gone- starch and quilting will do that!

Siobhán said...

That is OH MY GOSH so gorgeous. Love love love it. You can't go wrong with Patisserie, it's one of my most favorite of Fig Tree's lines.

Ruth said...

It's stunning. Piffle on the poufs! A little pouf never hurt anybody, and the quilt is beautiful.

karen said...

What a beautiful quilt and such soothing fabrics. I can see why you wouldn't part with this kit. This quilt already has that soft aged look that the very best snuggling quilts get.

Susan Hillmann said...

I love the colors in this quilt, so pretty! And, the quilting pattern is gorgeous, complementing the front, and shows beautifully on the back.

I am Just One Mom said...

Lovely, just lovely. And your prints are just the accent for the blocks. Well done!
There is a saying: Once you begin, you are half finished.
Bravo!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Amber, it's gorgeous! Quilting usually works out the kinks in a quilt top. You sure can't see any poufs from here. Beautiful job!

Nicky said...

What a swirly quit and no sign of poufing!

Amy DeCesare said...

It's absolutely stunning, even if you do look closely! This is one of my alltime favorite fabric lines, and your quilt sets it off perfectly. I think the binding choice is great, and I'm very familiar with those varying reds...this is a pick that is not predictable, and it makes it a super quilt!

Nanette Merrill said...

I really love this one Amber. Really love. I'd love to make it. It is so pretty.

Myra said...

Wow, Amber. That is really beautiful. :)

LynCC said...

What gorgeous shots at the gate! It's a perfect backdrop for this quilt, which is absolutely beautiful. The binding fabric works terrific with the others.

CJ said...

LOVE THIS QUILT!! Patisserie is my all time favorite (to date) Fig Tree line and I am still hoarding my layer cakes and jelly rolls.

Gabrielle Robles said...

So Beautiful... I headed over to figtree and I think the patter is 'sweet sugar swirls'. Your version is lovely.

http://store.figtreeandcompany.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=750

Connie said...

Amber, I love, LOVE it! SO adorable! And to think you've been keeping it a secret for all this time. Glad you shared with us!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Such a lovely quilt.

Kris said...

Wow. Gorgeous!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

What a beautiful quilt and is so soft and feminine looking. It is gorgeous.

Conni said...

that is beautiful!! just stunning, I love the colours and the pattern, and the quilting just sets it all off!! Very nice

Anna said...

Es precioso, me encanta!!!
Anna

Darice said...

I loved reading your quilting success story...it inspires me to shake the dust off of a few projects I have hiding around here! The quilt is so lovely and I'm certain you love it the more for everthing you have been through together! :-D
Good for you!!

Darice said...

I loved reading your quilting success story...it inspires me to shake the dust off of a few projects I have hiding around here! The quilt is so lovely and I'm certain you love it the more for everthing you have been through together! :-D
Good for you!!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Gorgeous. Stumbled on your work today, Will subscribe. Love your details, fabric selection and photos :) Happy quilting chris

carolann said...

Oh, this quilt is simply stunning! The colors and quiting. . . .WOW! Thank you for sharing!!

Sarah said...

Lovely finish! Can't tell there was any problem with the centres now.

trish said...

Your quilt is so beautiful Amber!!
I would never want to put it away.

Carla said...

This is so very gorgeous!

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

I love everything about this quilt and all the awesome photographs!

Melissa Bo said...

This is such a pretty quilt! =)

Im a new follower!!

Quiltstory said...

It turned out gorgeous!

Hitch & Thread said...

I love the quilt and that polka dot binding rocks!