Finished – High Tea Quilt

8 05 2015

Feeling slightly accomplished, though I haven’t done much sewing lately.

High Tea Quilt Front

Over the course of two sessions at Sandi’s home, I quilted High Tea. I used a loopy meander, feeling like this top needed something to soften its very strong lines.

High Tea Quilt Back

For the backing, I stuck to using stash, and used up the fabrics you see here. Don’t ask me what they are… I know that the print on the right was a Joann’s print, and that I got the other two fabrics on http://www.fabric.com, but no longer recall any other details. These fabrics were just sitting there, because they’re such large prints. I thought they went very well with the quilt top.

Though you can’t see much of it in the photos, the binding is also a Joann’s print, a black and grey stylized floral. I actually hated this print, quite a bit, until I was digging through my stash and realized that it would be perfect for the binding for this project. Luckily, I had just enough of this print to make the binding.

High Tea Quilting Detail

I have to be honest – the goal was to get it done, and get it on the bed, so I didn’t put a lot of thought into quilting it. It’s large enough for my husband and I to sleep under, though I have the feeling he’s going to wrap himself up like a burrito in it.

Enjoying a Quilt

I attempted to photograph the quilt yesterday, but it was so bright out that the colors got all washed out. While trying to get a decent photo, my son decided to show how much he enjoys my quilts.

When attaching the binding to this top, I decided to try ladder-stitching it in place on the back, and I’m a convert! It’s so clean looking – I’m never going back to my previous method, which was more of an applique stitch.

Now, I’ve got to decide what I want to work on tomorrow. It’s Stitch ‘N’ Bitch Day at Sandi’s, and I would like to work on some piecing… I really should work on something already in progress, rather than starting a new project.

Linking up to crazy mom quilts for Finish It Up Friday. Also linked to Confessions of a Fabricaholic for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
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High Tea Quilt Top

26 10 2014

I can finally share with you guys the completed High Tea Quit top, made from a pattern by Adrianne of On the Windy Side. Check out the post she’s written to mark the pattern’s release – she’s shared several different versions of this quit. The pattern is available on Craftsy and in Adrianne’s Etsy shop.

High Tea on Bridge

High Tea Quilt Top

This quilt top would be a great weekend project – even at the king-sized version. This is a great stash buster, and really lends itself to chain piecing.

I deliberately went for a restrained color palette, because I wanted to use up some of the oldest fabrics in my stash. I also wanted to use up some of the solids I have in my stash.

I’m very pleased with how it turned out, though I kept fussing over prints being too concentrated. I had to remind myself that I only pulled twelve prints – repetition was inevitable.

Now I’m looking forward to quilting it, and getting the quilt onto my bed. Hubby really likes the color palette, and is looking forward to another of my quilts to curl up in. I call that a win.





Pattern Testing – Sneak Peak

25 10 2014

A couple or so weeks ago, I volunteered to test a quilt pattern for a fellow blogger. I’ve worked on it in fits and starts, then realized yesterday that my deadline was coming due.

Now, I’m the kind of person who just loves deadlines. It makes me reach farther, work harder and faster.

Admittedly, most of the work is done at the 11th hour, as I’m watching the clock and shorting myself on sleep.

So, over the last two evenings, my sewing machine and I had a lot of quality time together, and I finished the top. In all fairness, I’d gotten to the halfway point before taking some time away from it, despite making the king-sized version of the top.

Pattern Testing - Fabrics

Before even having the pattern in my mailbox, I had an idea of what two fabrics to start with – they’re the two coordinating prints in the middle row, on the right. I also knew that I’d be using two Connecting Threads Solids, in gray and a very pale ecru color (I’d give specific names, but I believe that the ecru-colored fabric is discontinued). From there, I mixed and matched, going for a more gender neutral color palette. I was thinking that this quilt should go on hubby’s and my bed.

High Tea Sneak Peak

Once the pattern is published in a few days, I’ll publish some photos of the full top. I have a plan for the quilting. I just need to figure out the backing and binding.