Monday, February 17, 2014

Pyramid Quilt..1st quilt finish of 2014

I find it slightly hard to believe that we are half way through February and this is my first quilt finish of the year. I finished this on Saturday and dashed out between the downpours today to get some picture. Happily, finishing it appears to have kick started my sewjo and I finished another quilt yesterday which I will be showing off tomorrow.

I called this beauty Pyramid. I love, love, love it. It is everything I hoped it would be.


 Love those rows of triangles although they nearly broke my heart. As you know, I had some doubts about using the low volume triangles and breaking up the pattern but now that its all done, it really truly works as I hoped and draws the eye through the quilt and make the brights pop beautifully.


This is, to a degree, an I Spy quilt. I fussy cut loads and loads of the triangles and there is so much there for a little girl to look at.


For the back, I had a lovely Zoology print in my stash - unfortunately not enough for the whole back, but a little bit of pink brought it up to size. I was hoarding this for the right project, and this was definitely it.


 Love the pink and grey and those pretty giraffes and elephants.



I originally planned to quilt this in a pattern of multiple loops in the white/grey triangles, and tried it on the first few rows. But it really didn't work for me and I didn't like how it looked. So instead I went with a loopy stipple quilting pattern and this worked much better. I used a pure white Aurifil 50wt thread and its sunk into the quilt beautifully with the slight shrinkage after washing.

 

Perfect texture, I think. Rachel's little pals agree.


I put out a question on Instagram and Facebook last week, asking for opinions on binding options. I was really surprised by the number of replies I got, and it was really interesting to read people's opinions. A big part of me wanted to use the grey fabric binding, but when I put it against the quilt by itself, it didn't work like I thought it would and kind of sucked the life out of the bright prints. So I used the pink, and although as I said at the weekend, I felt it was a bit obvious, it's really grown on me and I feel it was the right choice.


So little miss Rachel finally has her own proper quilt for her room. This is not really a baby quilt - its more of a little girl's quilt and will grow with her, coming in at 72" x 48". I hope she gets lots of use out of it.

 

20 comments:

Katy Cameron said...

Well you're still well ahead of me on quilt finishes for the year o.O Yours is gorgeous though, worth waiting for :o)

shan said...

OMG! Beautiful and BIG!
Lovely fabric <3

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Melissa at My Fabric Relish said...

Love it and love that it's an I spy! Great first 2014 finish!

margaret said...

this is a beauty and wow how you have matched all those points. Your little girl must already love it

Helenjean said...

what a lovely quilt - and in the nicest way possible, I am sure it will be used until it falls apart many many years away

Cindy said...

Oh wow, Sarah. It's absolutely gorgeous. I love the little fussy cut cat triangle and the star binding is perfect. Wonderful finish for a lovely little miss.

Sharon Jones said...

Oh Sarah, your quilt is stunning, love it

Little Island Quilting said...

Just gorgeous.
Oh and it is in local paper here today that it has rained here every single day since the start of the year with the exception of 11 january!!

Annabella said...

Oh what a gorgeous finish it is Sarah - I really love it!! BTW, I watched Graham Norton on iplayer yesterday - after your must see recoimmendation - hilarious!! Thank you so much.

Karen said...

I love it too! That binding is absolutely perfect :)

knottygnome said...

it's just gorgeous. i love triangle quilts and the fussy cutting adds such a sweet touch.

Flying Blind... said...

Superb, it all worked out perfectly xxx

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

It really turned out lovely! All the little fussy cuts on there are great. Congrats on a fantastic finish.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Gorgeous! Love the fussy cuts and you've made me want to do a triangle quilt even more! I'm sure she'll treasure this as she grows :-)

Lynz said...

It's SO lovely. And I agree about the pink binding - it keeps it alive!

pandchintz said...

Gorgeous!!

tomomi mcelwee said...

It's so pretty. Great job with the fssy cuts!!

Catherine said...

Its an absolute stunner and I love how the low volumes work in it

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diane said...

A pyramid quilt is most definitely on my to do list. Yours is so pretty