Friday, May 6, 2011

Rectangle Swoonerie Redux

Rectangle Swoonerie - Finished!

You may remember this from a blog post that I wrote back in December. I made this quilt from a pattern by Monica (aka The Happy Zombie) and fabrics from the Swoon line by Melissa Averinos. I have had the pleasure of getting to know both Monica and Melissa and I both adore them and am in awe of their mad skillz, so this quilt was already chock full of love.

And then it got quilted. And the love multiplied.

Rectangle Swoonerie - Finished!

The fabulous Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works offered her quilting services for this soon-to-be-for-charity quilt (if I can let it go, that is.) I packaged up the quilt top and the backing and sent it off to Connecticut to let Jackie have her way with it.

Rectangle Swoonerie - Finished!

Her quilting really blew me away. First of all, I don't know what pattern she used, but I love it. I'm still trying to figure out all of the stops and starts and overlaps and criss-crossing lines that make up this pattern. But whatever it is, Jackie made the perfect choice and truly bought the quilt to life.

Rectangle Swoonerie - Quilting Close-up

And lest you think her genius was limited to only the quilting pattern, check out how she used colored thread to enhance the design:

Rectangle Swoonerie - Quilting

Yeah, that's right: purple and orange thread to match Melissa's prints. This next picture shows the backing and binding fabrics that I picked to complement the quilt top. For some reason, I've really been enjoying shopping for backing and binding fabrics lately. I love the hunt to find something a little off and a little unexpected for these two elements -- something that both complements and offsets the front a little bit. In this case, I selected a print from Tina Givens for the backing and -- because I love me a striped binding -- a print from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley line that highlights the rusts and purples featured in the Swoon fabrics.

Rectangle Swoonerie - Quilting & Backing

That solid brown you see in the next pic is a Moda Grunge solid. Grunges and cross-weaves are quickly becoming two of my favorite types of fabrics to use in my quilt tops. (Sorry for all of the rogue threads that are still on the quilt!)

Rectangle Swoonerie - Quilting

I am just thrilled with how this quilt turned out. I really couldn't recommend enough all of the different pieces that I pulled together to make this quilt: Melissa's awesome fabric designs, Monica's amazing quilt pattern, and the unbelievable quilting services offered by Jackie. Please go visit these amazing women. Tell 'em that Quilt Dad sent you!

http://www.yummygoods.com/
http://www.thehappyzombie.com/blog/
http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/

35 comments:

  1. I am loving all the multicolored quilting and the quilting style on this one.

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  2. Very nice! I love the bright eye catching colors and patterns.

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  3. Beautiful and that quilting pattern is the bomb!

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  4. AWESOME quilt from the fabrics (great choice for the binding too!) and pattern to the quilting itself.

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  5. I'm a new follower ... and that is one awesome quilt from top to bottom! :) love the pics! :) thanks for sharing!!

    Jessica from TheLaizyDaisy.com

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  6. STUNNING quilt - I love every little bit of it!

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  7. That quilt is amazing!! LOVE the pattern, colours & quilting!!

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  8. i love this even more now its fully finished. I'm hoping to achieve a result half as good when I finally cut into my Swoon half yards in blue!

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  9. the quilting is amazing. i must remember that trick. it makes an enormous impact. love the binding and the back. just beautiful

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  10. The first thing I noticed was her colored thread. Jackie is one INSPIRED lady. Whoever gets this is going to be SO jazzed. :)

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  11. Looks wonderful! I love the binding choice, too. Such a great "collaboration" of quilt design, fabrics & quilting! You put it all together so well!

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  12. Gorgeous quilt! That quilting blows my mind! : )

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  13. What a vibrant quilt! Love it!

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  14. i can just see you gripping the corners of the box when the UPS man comes to pick this one up (if you do decide to let it go)! I love all the efforts that went into creating such a beautiful quilt!

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  15. Love that quilt, and your right, the quilting is amazing!!!

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  16. really awesome!! Everything works together so beautifully. Your original post inspired me to use that pattern for a quilt for my daughter. I enlarged it to a full size bed quilt. I haven't posted it to flickr yet though.

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  17. I love everything about this quilt! Stunning!!
    Deborah

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  18. Wonderful!! I love looking for backing and binding too. I think just the right fabrics for those two elements make all the difference! Great quilt!

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  19. I love that quilt! Really like the pattern and I love the quilting. Wow. Thanks for featuring it.

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  20. Your quilt has turned out beautifully, John!! I've never seen a quilting pattern like that, nice job Jacquie!!!

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  21. Beautiful! Nice quilting and choice of fabrics! Melissa soon will have more yummy fabrics coming out soon. Yay!

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  22. So beautiful:) Lovely colors and fabrics.

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  23. WOW I love love love the quilting on this - that heart pattern is divine. Of course, the rest of the quilt ain't too shabby either ;)

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  24. It's incredible. I think you're right about the quilting. It's so bold, and really adds to the design.

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  25. John, I am thrilled that you are so happy with the quilt! It looks just gorgeous all bound and hung for display. I was very happy to be part in this wonderful charitable effort. Thank you for all the kind words. I am looking forward to seeing you in just a few short days!!

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  26. Beautiful, beautiful quilt! Love it! And the quilting is fabulous as well.

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  27. This is sooo beautiful I love it!

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  28. This is a wonderful example of collaboration.

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  29. Spectacular quilt and that quilting is awesome! Love the colours.

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  30. This is really stunning! I don't blame you for not wanting to give it up!

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  31. I love the colours in particular

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  32. This quilt is gorgeous John!

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  33. Oh my ... this is a refreshing quilt! I'm gonna have to go see Monica at Happy Zombie straight away! I've got some Soul Blossoms that needs to be cut up! Fabulous John!

    Hugs & stitches,
    Jennifer

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