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8.02.2006

pierrette's quilt is done!!

I just finished my little sister's 21st birthday quilt. I am especially ecstatic because her birthday is August 22 and I finished it before her 22nd birthday!!! I am sure that many creative families like mine have an unfortunate tradition of gifting works in progress...well I'm starting on Jemina's 21st birthday quilt 2 years in advance and dammit I AM going to give her a FINISHED quilt in 2008!
Anyhoo, here's some pics of the quilt. I have the top row folded over in this pic so you can't really see the whole thing...
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It was a fun quilt to make because the squares are large enough to show off the pretty fabrics. This is an especially good pattern for using up little treasured bits of vintage fabric. It is a full/queen size. I used probably 25 different fabrics for the blocks and Kaufman kona cotton in color snow for the other blocks.

**had a question about block size on this quilt...the blocks are 4 in square FINISHED size**

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here's the back
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I quilted it on my new machine...have I told you I bought (along with my mother) a new sewing machine??!? It is SO fast and can be set up in a quilting frame to stitch with cruise control! It is just a straight stitch machine but it is high powered, can sew through anything AND still maintain perfect thread tension while doing so. I am in love with it. I can sew my custom projects so much faster and can do my quilting on a bigger scale too. It is a Pfaff Grand Quilter, 1600 stitches per minute!! WOOHOO :)

On a whinier note...it is hot as fucking hell here...what am I supposed to do in 100 degrees (F) and 85% humidity weather!? All I can think about is eating popsicles :) mmm las paletas here I come.

28 Comments:

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous caro said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I love that backing fabric too!

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger a. said...

I LOVE it!!! Oh my goodness, I want to make one!!!

Excellent, excellent work. Beautiful.

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Michelle said...

Love your geometric quilt, it's fantastic and that binding is perfect! Go eat a box of popsicles, we (Southern CA) just finally got a break in the exact kind of weather you're talking about, so there's hope for you, too! Don't know how you managed a *quilt* in that heat/humidity, all I can handle is a little sock knitting or small stuffies. Whew!

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger June said...

Congratulations on finishing the quilt--it's beautiful and I'm sure your sister will love it.

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous kelly said...

oh, Alexia! what a gorgeous quilt! i'm sure it's going to be much loved... i love that backing fabric!

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger Alexia said...

thanks everyone!!
xoxo
alexia

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Kristen said...

Alexia, the quilt is so beautiful! In my family, we call the birthday on which you turn the same age as the DAY/date you were born that that is your Golden Birthday. (don't tell anyone, but I made it up because my birthday is on the 23rd and I wanted my 23rd bday to be special even though I had moved to Nashville all on my own without any friends or family nearby. The idea worked!)
Be on the lookout for an email from me and more info on the quilt project we discussed earlier. Thanks! Your work is really amazing!

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Sara said...

That quilt is so, so beautiful! Very bright and cheery. :-)

I'm also extremely jealous of your new quilting machine!

And one question -- where'd you learn to quilt so well!?!? A class, a book, a mentor?

 
At 2:20 AM, Anonymous Cassi said...

Gorgeous! I absolutely love it! Your sister is going to love it too :)

 
At 3:44 AM, Anonymous Ash said...

Oh my, what a beautiful quilt!

 
At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Susan said...

Absolutely stunning, not to mention inspiring! I have always wanted to make a quilt! Guess I had better learn how to sew first. Any tips?

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger Harv & Nat said...

I Love the pic with the sushi block poking out! Thank you for sharing this with us the other night.. Its time for a sushi date y'all!!

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Abby said...

Your quilt is so beautiful. I have recently started quilting and am in the process of handquilting right now and it takes long. What type of machine do you use? Do you make your own binding?

 
At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Sijbrich said...

I LOVE your quilt. Really. I love all the fabrics you chose. And just when I thought it couldn't get any cuter, I saw the picture of the back. I love the fabric on the back! Where did you get that incredible fabric?

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Alison said...

Your quilt is gorgeous Alexia!

 
At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely luv it! How big are those fabric squares? They do show the fabric so nicely.

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful work of art!
How big are the squares??
April

 
At 4:16 AM, Anonymous shula said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous.

 
At 7:00 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Can you tell us what the BEAUTIFL backing fabric is? I'm inspired to go home and make a quilt!

 
At 7:29 AM, Blogger Søren said...

that's gorgeous.
i need to look up your machine - I've never heard of a machine that can be set up in a quilting frame! I've freemotion quilted stuff before with my normal machine, but it's so hard to fit a while quilt in it. ugh!
I thought I was the only person who gives people WIPs! I'm always doing that to my boyfriend because his are the most involved presents... the ones I don't realize are going to take months until I'm in the middle of them!

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Mette said...

Beautiful! I love it!

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger beki said...

This is absolutely stunning!

 
At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Gina said...

It's beautiful!!!! You did a wonderful job.
I'm starting my first quilt and a wonderful blogging friend directed me here to see yours. I'm glad see did, its great inspiration.

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Rosemary said...

That is incredible! I love the backing fabric too. This kind of simple pattern is my favorite sort of design. Cheers!

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Kristin said...

I just found you through Whipup. What a stunning quilt! I just love all the different fabrics. Bravo!

 
At 8:47 PM, Blogger Alexia said...

Thanks everyone for the wonderful compliments! To answer a couple q's...
the backing fabric was from a local fabric store but it is a jo anns print, unfortunately I bought it over a year and a half ago :(
As far as the squares go, they are 4 " finished size.
thanks again for reading!
-
alexia

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger Stitch said...

so beautiful. I am inspired by you. I wish I could find such a creative lifestyle and job! Well done I wish you all the success in the world! Keep happy! xxx Little Stitcher

 
At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this quilt; I am looking at a huge stockpile of scraps and I am going to have me one of these quilts! Thank you so much for sharing your creative endeavors.

Marin

 

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