Friday, September 13, 2013

FF: Turquoise Deliciousness!

It's done!

My older sister is one of my favorite people on the planet, and around May, I decided I wanted to make her a quilt for her birthday in June. Added bonus? My brother-in-law's birthday is also in June, so I intended it for both of their birthdays. Easy peasy, right? I'd have it done by the end of July for sure, right?


When I calculated out my fabric requirements, I forgot to consider seam allowance, so I had to go back to the fabric store twice to purchase additional fabric. When I finished the top, I wasn't sure how to quilt it or what kind of backing I wanted to use. I had other deadlines pop up, and this quilt sat patiently waiting.

I ultimately wound up using a gray sheet and quilted it with a mixture of FMQ and straight lines in black, turquoise, and ice blue thread.

You can see the quilting a bit better on the back. Some squares were really dense (you can see the pebbling in the bottom left corner) and some squares were not. I have a post with some close-ups of the quilting here.

I modeled this quilt from Julie Herman's Raspberry Dessert from her book Skip the Borders. Her quilt is set on point, which is really striking, but I decided to nix that in favor of setting them traditionally, which was much easier and gave the quilt a very different look that I loved. My version measures 60" x 80", and it is the largest quilt I've pieced and quilted myself. I wasn't a huge fan of wrestling it through Agatha's throat space, but we made do, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be if I'm being truly honest. I bound it in the dark fabric I used in the center of the squares, and after a couple of marathon binding/Miss Marple/Murder She Wrote sessions with my quilting sensei K, the binding was practically done.

I dropped it in the mail yesterday morning, and my sister and brother-in-law should have it sometime next week. I enjoyed making this quilt, and I hope the recipients love it too! I'm linking up today with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF hosted this week by M-R of Quilts Matters. It's also a finish off my Q3 FAL list! Woo!


  1. Honey, let's dive into the pool together! You know how I feel about this one (batiks for the win), but glad to see it on your completed list!

  2. Yahoo! Congratulations on your finish it was definitely worth the wait. You did a really beautiful job.

  3. Turquoise deliciousness is right! Great job, Audrey -- your sister and BIL are sure to love it!

  4. I love that image of the delicious quilting from the back! They will love it.

  5. Beautiful quilt Audrey. Thanks for sharing stopping by from Crazy Mom Quilts

  6. Turquoise is my colour at the moment, and this quilt is truly delicious....lovely.

  7. i love what you did with these batiks! very pretty, your sister and BIL are so lucky!

  8. Lovely! When you finished a section, did you change thread and go on to the next, or did you continue in a separate section with the same thread?

  9. I love it! The quilting is fabulous!

  10. I love the colours and the quilting on this quilt, what a lovely present.


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