Sunday, February 27, 2011

Finished New Wave quilt

I started this quilt waaaaay back in August, when I was still pretty new to quilting (it's all relative, right?). I thought the New Wave pattern would be perfect for out at our wavy beach ;) And the retro feel of the Nicey Jane was perfect for our little '50s cottage. But, things got busy as life tends to do, and this quilt kept getting pushed to the back burner as I finished up projects that were gifts for others. Then all of a sudden it was fall, the cottage closed up for the winter, and my motivation gone.

So, here we are in February, dreaming of hot and lazy summer days.....and working on this quilt was just the therapy I needed as winter continues on.

Waves on the front, so on the back, I decided to add another favorite outdoor element of cottage life- the stars. I made five stars, one to represent each of us in our family, and framed them in a beautiful sea foam solid. I think this is my very favorite color. I added some grey to compliment the sashing in the front- simple and pretty, I think.


Quilting- a nice wandering stipple pattern that puckers things up so nicely...kind of like ripples in the water :-)
Binding in Nicey Jane Welcome Road.

Now, we just need to add summer! Only a few more months....

I must admit that I didn't love this quilt top at first. I much preferred the Nicey Jane quilt I had made for my friend Samantha, and wasn't too excited about finishing it off. I still prefer that pattern, but I really love this quilt, too. I love its cotton-candy happy color scheme and the crinkled stippled goodness. It feels fresh and fun- just like a day at the beach!


Quilt stats:

Material: cotton- Healther Bailey's Nicey Jane, sea foam and medium grey solids
Finished size: 54 by 61 inches
Design by: Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!, modified to make larger
Quilting by: Me
Quilting pattern: free motion meandering/stippling
Binding: Nicey Jane Welcome Road, stitched by hand
Keeping it Real (a special section to confess all of my screw-ups!):
- On THREE separate occasions (slow learner) a large portion of the backing edge folded over on itself during quilting and I had to rip those sections out and redo. Doh!
-I miscalculated the lengths of strips aroundthe stars for the back and had to rearrange....

But...mistakes add character ;) I love it!

Linking up with my friends at Sew Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday :-)

14 comments:

quiltilicious said...

Nicest quilt you have made so far...imho!

Elizabeth D. said...

Oh, Kristie, I love this! I've been wanting to try this pattern out. You did a fantastic job, and I have definitely been known to get the backing folded over several times while quilting. I especially love what you did with the back, it's gorgeous :)

Amy said...

I love it Kristie! I think your quilting is perfect. I have also quilted with the backing folded over. What a nightmare! It makes me nearly cry each time!

Jessica said...

Beautiful! I love the quilting and the stars, especially. I've had a couple of instances when the fabric folded onto itself and I had to take it out too... :( but once you fix it, it's all good! I agree that it gives it character :)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Oh its so lovely! The quilting is so gorgeous on it and I really like the colour scheme :-) Its making me think of summer and its still February!

greenleafgoods said...

Hi Kristie! I'm working on a nicey jane quilt right now, and seeing yours all finished got me all excited-- it is gorgeous! I especially love the 5 stars on the back, and I think the binding choice is great. I'm also partial to any quilt that is reminiscent of summer :)

QuiltyGirl said...

I love the front AND back! :)

felicity said...

My New Wave didn't get touched on retreat this weekend, but you've inspired me!

Did you enlarge it by adding columns or rows?

Denise in PA said...

It's a wonderful quilt! And in February, where I live, a quilt that looks like the beach is awesome!

Katie B. said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the back. And the back always folds over on me when I'm quilting too. So frustrating!

Kelly Irene said...

Oh I love it! The back is just as beautiful as the front. Great work!

diane said...

love the waves and the colors. How do you make the waves. so, so pretty.

Megan said...

Love, love, love this quilt! The wave quilt is on my "to-do" list and pretty sure is just got bumped to the top! :) Thanks for linking up! Oh and can I come visit the cottage? :)

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

I like it! I like it a lot! The fabrics you chose are really nice together, and your quilt looks so crinkly! :-)