Monday, March 14, 2011

My new favorite quilt: Postage stamp complete!

My postage stamp quilt from Rachel's quilt along is all done. I hereby crown it my new favorite!


You can read about the quilt top here and here. I used a Hello Betty jelly roll (original plan was Bliss, but I changed my mind once spying Katie's HB!) paired with strips of linen. I love the combination! And the linen continues to soften with handling and washing. Such a nice texture.

My one hesitation for the quilt along was that my quilt would be like everyone else's. To combat that, I decided that I would spend the time to make an original pieced back:

I had made my quilt top slightly smaller than specified, leaving me with some extra strips to play with. I decided to do something a little more modern on the back, to coordinate but contrast a bit with the very traditional postage stamp style. What would you call this? A lattice? Anyways, I love how it pops against the espresso brown solid! The espresso is also a great backdrop for some good old Canadian snowflakes, as you can see in the photo...they were falling faster than I could wipe them away!
I threw in one square of yellow polka dots, to pick up the subtle yellows in the Hello Betty fabric. Brightens things up!

Quilting. I had originally planned to do diagonal machine quilting. But here's the thing- I knew this would lead to frustration as (a) many of my corners don't match up perfectly and (b) with the diagonal strip pattern on the back, it would likely not be perfectly parallel, which would drive me bonkers. So I kept putting off the quilting. Then, one afternoon, as I was waiting in line at Starbucks (Tall nonfat Tazo Chai Latte with cinnamon), it hit me- how cool would some hand quilting look against the brown? I had 5 minutes, grabbed my tea, sat down and whipped out my trusty "Idea Notebook" with graph paper, and concurrently sketched out a bunch of random boxes and scarfed down a ginger molasses cookie :-) I didn't modify that 5 minute sketch one iota....that is exactly what you see here!
I used Perle 8 thread, in white and yellow- just picked a color randomly for each square. While crappy machine quilting drives me batty, I actually love inconsistencies in hand quilting-gives it all the more the homey feel. So mine is VERY homey ;) It took a while...probably about 20 hours in total over a couple weeks, but well worth it. I absolutely love how all those random squares pop against the back.


To cap it all off, I had the perfect binding on hand- some of my Riley Blake Wheels stash. These teal blue circles were an exact match to the Hello Betty. Happy, bright, perfect.

So to sum it up, here are some quilt stats:

Fabrics: Moda Hello Betty jelly roll, linen, espresso solid from LQS, yellow dot from stash
Finished size: approx 60 inches by 70 inches
Design: Quilt along at p.s. I quilt, back designed by me
Quilted by me, exclusively by hand, using Perle 8 thread in white and yellow
Binding: Riley Blake Wheels line, by hand
Keeping it real: linen was hard to cut in *straight* strips, so some variable size I am sure and a few corners that don't match up....here is a particularly bad example:

That said, considering that I put together the top in just 2 days, I was surprised how many or the corners were bang on:

All in all, I love how this quilt finished up, and it has been happily accepted into our little "quilt family" :-)


Linking up at Sew Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory:-)

31 comments:

Elizabeth D. said...

Oh my gosh, I love this, Kristie!!! Especially the back! I've got a HB honey bun on my shelf that I haven't come up with any ideas for, but that lattice really speaks to me! I love how that turned out, it's just gorgeous. And I love the linen you used with it, just lovely. Wow. Yet another favorite finish of yours :)

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Oooooo! That backing is so pretty...it could be the front of a quilt! I love it! And you're right, it definitely makes your quilt stand out from the others. I love that Hello Betty! Perfect!

quiltilicious said...

A 'Tall nonfat Tazo Chai Latte with cinnamon'...oooooh get you!
I like it a lot BUT i LOVE the back. Really great post too; nice and informative.
Every time I come to post 'Elizabeth D' has posted just before me. Are you giving her a tip off every time?

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Ooh its just lovely! The back is gorgeous and so different!

Little Blue Mouse said...

Gorgeous quilt, and I too especially like the back.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I like the back as much as the front!! Hard to know which side to use!!

Melanie said...

Your quilt is lovely, but the back really is stunning! Well done!

razberiswrl said...

I have been waffling on a design for my boys' quilts I plan to make this year with Allstar 2, and you have just inspired me. That linen is PERFECT. I just love everything about the whole quilt. Beautiful!

Lee said...

Wow, excellent job. I just love it. The hand-quilting is incredible and I LOVE the back!

Kati said...

Love it! The front is fabulous, but I think I like the back the best. The quilting is perfect for it too! Great quilt!

QuiltyGirl said...

I love it! The hand quilting is great, and the back is so fun! :)

felicity said...

I absolutely love it. LOVE IT. The back - you're such an overachiever! It reminds me of those coat rack/hook thingamadoos that fold up like an accordion. It's 100% awesome.

Kris said...

I hope to be you one day!! LOL! This is amazing. Great job, love the colors on the back. Can't believe how quickly you hand quilted it. Nice work!!

randi said...

i absolutely love this quilt! the linen is just perfect and i love how it plays with the colors in hello betty. great work!

Kristen said...

Absolutely love the back!!! Can I ask what lovely linen you used? Thanks.

Jenniffier said...

I thought about this quilt along, but didn't go for it. Now I am kind of regretting it. Your quilt looks wonderful! Great job. I adore the back too.

Dan R said...

turned out great!

ladybugquilting said...

I love the effect of the Linen, Must put on to do list.
My strips still aren't together :(
I'll get there (eventually)

Riel Nason said...

I think you have a talent for making reversible quilts ( a la hockey quilt). I hope you don't mind me saying that I like the back better than the front -- very cool.

Katie B. said...

W
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I'm in love with this quilt! The back is stunning. And that hand quilting is the perfect touch.

I think I'll just send you my quilt top so you can finish it, mmkay?

shopgirl said...

This quilt is amazing! I love the linen. (thanks for the warning.) I love the pattern. The fancy back is so impressive! And the hand quilting is just perfect!
Well done!

Kathleen said...

Looks totally amazing Kristi! I especially love the pieced back. Beautiful hand quilt too :)

Wendy said...

Hi...stopping in from Fabric Tuesday. What a comfy looking postage stamp quilt. I love the binding...it really brings out all the turquoise in the quilt itself. Nice job!

Anna said...

this is so amazing Kristie!! I love the fabrics you picked and the hand quilting! wow!

Rachel said...

Awesome quilt! I LOVE the linen with the HB line of fabric and the back is amazing. Great job. The Postage Stamp quilt is next on my to-do list - I just received one of my jelly rolls in the mail this week.

We still have lots of snow here in Edmonton too. Time for Spring, I think!

Megan said...

Gosh, there you go again! :) This is a beautiful finish, love the back too! Eek, the whole thing is perfect! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday!

Quiltstory said...

Seriously Kristie! You drive me nuts! How do you have the time...(and you are a dentist on the side too right?) LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Susanne said...

I love this back Kristie. And your hand stitching is beautiful!!!

Alisa said...

It's beautiful! I like both the front and the back and your hand quilting really gives it that homey touch.

TheBlackForrist said...

Amazed... I'm amazed! SO much work, now that's one quilt that will be treasured for YEARS to come.

leigh said...

oooh! I love this! Isn't Hello Betty so lovely?