Thursday, 17 April 2014

Bloody hell, a finished quilt!

My Migration quilt is finished! I'm so pleased with how it turned out and it didn't take long at all. Of course, that's what happens when the world's best bee mates make most of the blocks. I'm really liking this bee thing.
I whacked the blocks up on the design wall fairly randomly without thinking about it too much and tried to minimise the faddling about with rearranging that normally lasts at least a week. I'm really glad I did - over thinking these things can take a lot of the fun out of the process for me. As it was, I had this arranged, sewn together and quilted in about six hours. The binding took the rest of the evening (I just can't not hand finish a binding - it's a slight obsession).
It's backed in Ikea numbers, partly because I had eight metres of the stuff and I'm still on that fabric diet (update: still no quilting fabric purchases), but I really like it here anyway so it's not exactly a hardship. I quilted in wavy lines with a green/yellow variegated thread. I love the contrast between the sharp angles of the geese and the organic quilting.
All three kids individually called dibs on it once it was finished. Now that's what I call a success (as long as they don't start fighting over it, of course).

31 comments:

  1. we do have a brilliant Bee don't we?! This has turned out stunning! x

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  2. Awesome - nice to have a [gorgeous] finish :)

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  3. Amazing, the colours are so gorgeous! I agree it's the best Bee! Proud to have contributed, just don't let those kids tear it apart ;)

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  4. This is fabulous!! I love the colors!!!!

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  5. Fantastic finish! Those colors are speaking my name. And if you want to prevent arguing I'm happy to hold onto it at my house…ya know…safe keeping and all. ;)

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  6. Beautiful quilt, love your color palet!
    groetjes van Marijke

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  7. This looks fab! I love the wavy quilting. And all the geese ....

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  8. It's magnificent! I'm so glad I'm now (properly!) in this wonderful bee!!

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  9. It looks so great :) After making a couple of these blocks for Mary, I can appreciate it's a great design for a bee and the mix of fabrics is fab.

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  10. It looks fab, love the colours and depth with the lv background. :o)

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  11. Great colours. Especially like what you chose for the binding. Perfect choice. Not surprised all your kids want it. So. What's up next?

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  12. Gorgeous! Love that Ikea backing fabric and the quilting design you chose really complements the quilt beautifully!

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  13. Very nice, and worthy of quilt wars :oD

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  14. I love it, your bee mates did a wonderful job with this block.

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  15. Really lovely colors and I agree--hand finished binding is the best.:)

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  16. You might just have cured me of my geese phobia with this quilt! Best bee ever of course! After all we are both in it- hahaha!

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  17. It looks fab. Can't wait to put mine together now!

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  18. This is gorgeous, so impressed with such a speedy finish too!

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  19. I love me some geese as long as others are making the blocks so this is a perfect bee quilt. Lovely finish.

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  20. Our Stingy bee is great isn't it. It looks amazing!!

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  21. Saw this on IG - it's a very lovely quilt. I'm not surprised your kids are having a squabble about it - you'll just have to make 2 more!!

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  22. What Lisa says....or save yourself all that trauma and gift it to me. I'm selfless like that!

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  23. Chuffed to have contributed too - it's actually hard to believe it was made by so many different people, great colours.

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  24. Love the colour palette and the pattern - I'm not surprised you have your three competing for it!

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  25. Great choice of colors. The geese and layout just look wonderful!

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  26. turned out fabulous. I like the various sizes of the flying geese.

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thanks for making my day!