Monday, 22 October 2012

Groove Quilt - Finished and Bound

The Groove quilt is finally finished!  Thanks to Alyssa of Pile O' Fabric for moderating The Totally Groovy quilt along.   I don't think I ever would have made an 'all solid' quilt without this little nudge and I am so thrilled to have been a part of this quilt along.

  
This is my first curved pieced and first all solids (except the back) quilt.   I like the play of these solid colours and that any two would work well next to each other.  I guess Emily Cier's of Carolina Patchworks idea of using only solids was to enhance the lines and contours of the Groove pattern and I think sometimes all solids are just such a relief for the eyes, wouldn't you agree?
 

The quilt is backed with Blossom in Pink from the Zoo Menagerie Collection by Eleanor Grosch.   I love the retro like print of this one.
 

Here's a close-up shot after I got it out from the dryer - love the crinkled look!   I've used Warm & Natural cotton batting and quilted it with matching cotton threads on the front and pink cotton thread on the back.   I did stitches 'in-the-ditch' ( as I've not done any FMQ as yet ) and I really like how it helps to really define the lines, and also the design that it creates on the backing of the quilt.  

Just to share with you, I've ordered the Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting  by Natalia Bonner and the Free Motion Quilting book with Angela Walters  from Amazon recently and am hoping with better understanding, getting tips and techniques from these books, I might overcome my fear of FMQ and be more comfortable with it.

Anyway... back to the quilt - I've only remembered about the label when I was almost done with hand sewing the binding!   Thus I've made a quick handwritten quilt label using Micron Pigma fine-line and appliqued it to the back.
 

As the label reads, this quilt was made for my niece's 19th birthday present and I can't wait to get this to her when she's back from campus this week - I hope she'll like her first quilt!


Overall, this quilt was so much fun to make and the quilt along was a great learning experience for me.  I feel like I've overcome my fear of curves and all-solids with this project and now I can say I'll probably be making many more in the future! ;)


My Quilt Stats :

Name : Groove Quilt

Size : 72" x 81"

Fabrics : Kona Solids in Burgundy, Peapod, Champagne, Dusty Rose, Taupe and Blossom in Pink from the Zoo Menagerie Collection

Quilting : Stitched in-the-ditch

Binding : Kona Solid in Burgundy


I'll be linking up to Alyssa at Pile O' Fabric's Groovy Linky Party - hope you'll check out all the awesome finishes.

Beth at Plum and June's Monday Link-up



Connie at Freemotion by the River's Linky Tuesday

Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday button

and Elizabeth at Such a Sew and Sew October 2012 Finishes Linky Party


Please do visit these blogs where you'll find links to quilters sharing their lovely creations.


Hope you'll have a lovely week ahead!

40 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your finish! The Groove Quilt is beautiful and I'm sure your niece will just love it! I love the look of solids. It really makes the pattern more prominent. Love it! Let me know how the FMQ comes along. It takes awhile but it's so worth it!

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  2. Wow, that is so awesome. Love this, sharing it on my fb page.

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  3. I love that color combination! Pink and green are definitely my favorite.

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  4. She will be thrilled ! It is lovely! Great job!

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  5. This is so pretty. It's a lovely medly of colours. And congrats on facing the fear of solids.
    E

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  6. Beautiful! I love the colors!

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  7. The quilt turned out beautiful Farah. I also love the crinkled look the quilts get after they are washed. I'm sure your niece will love her present, it is gorgeous.

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  8. It looks great! I do think you have my favorite colors of all for the QAL and I love the print you chose for the back!

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  9. Hello Farah,

    This is amazing. The colours chosen just match the design. Your niece will love it. I do.

    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  10. This quilt is so fantastic.
    Super colors. Great work.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

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  11. Very beautifully done, bravo !

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  12. Love the colours in your fabulous quilt!

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  13. And now you have to give this beauty away?
    But I'm sure that your niece will love and cherish this quilt.
    Greetings Roos

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  14. A fantastic Quilt.
    Beautiful Colors.

    Greetings Manuela

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  15. It looks awesome! I really wanted to do this one but didn't think I would have the time!

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  16. It looks absolutely fantastic, what a fab pressie for your niece :)

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  17. Great quilt. I stopped by, due to your comment. I love your blog and I'm your newest follower.

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  18. It turned out so good Farah! I love your colors, really love how you turned the design on its side, and love your backing. So good!

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  19. Wow - that's a very "Groovy" quilt for sure! I love it! I'm sure your niece will too!

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  20. Looks great. Love those colors.

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  21. I need to get those books too! Your quilt is fantastic! I love the colors you used and the quilting looks great.

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  22. Really love the colours in your Groove! Great finish. Congratulations.

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  23. wow, love how your quilt turned out!

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  24. I love your color combination!

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  25. Congrats on a beautiful finish, I just love this quilt! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  26. I love this quilt.
    Would like to share this pattern if I could.
    Have a good week.

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  27. Wow!!! fantastic!! I love your color combination, great. I'm sure that your niece will love it. :)
    By the way your quilt label is looking good, I like your neat hand writing.

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  28. Beautifully done, Farah! Your niece is so lucky...I love the colors.

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  29. Great colours, and I love the straight line quilting!

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  30. really gorgeous quilt - love the colours :)

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  31. I love the colors you picked! Your quilt is gorgeous!

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  32. Congrats on a great finish! Love your color combo, fresh and groovy at the same time:)

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  33. Love these colors! Found you from Find A Friend Friday!

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  34. Nicely done. Love the colors.

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  35. What a great quilt. Love the colors.
    Hugs
    donna

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  36. The quilt is absolutely awesome! The colour look amazing. I would really love to make this quilt. Your niece will definitely love it.
    Good luck with your explorations into FMQ.

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