Friday, May 21, 2010

Princess & the Pea Quilt - FINISHED

( 55 X 68 ) finishing this quilt was a long time coming!!! it started last October, yes... 2009 as my month in the Sew New To Me Virtual Quilting Bee. my girls in that bee all did such an amazing job completing my wonky, improv blocks with the yummy Heather Ross Far, Far and Away line that i sent them... so much so, that it took FOREVER for me to decide on sashing color, quilting pattern, and binding. i just knew if i was patient... my choices would come to me and i would be more than happy with the results... which i am!! Thanks girls!! i finally chose to use an Coal colored Ikea Sheet for the backing... i have always wanted to see how sheets would quilt up and this particular sheet had a sateen finish to it, which felt a little more luxurious to me then a Kona cotton backing. i even trimmed the extra for a touch of softness to the binding as well!! it truly turned out fantastic!! it is soooo soft and i couldn't be more pleased!! keeping with a the modern look i was going for... i decide to quilt it with a straight lined technique. i'm soooo glad too... i was really worried my quilting choice would make my quilt look either too busy, distort the block images or not secure the double gauze of the Far, Far and Away fabric well enough to the other layers. ;)
Ta Da!!
and if the excitement of finally reaching a verdict on how to finish this quilt wasn't enough... my books to my three most favorite series arrived this week too!! i better update my library page... i gotta lot of reading ahead of me ( wink, wink ) Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!! xo, Heather

44 comments:

  1. I LOVE the color of the sashing with it all. I thought it was linen. Beautiful!

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  2. Heather, your quilt is AMAZING! I'm a sucker for straight line quilting and yours is just gorgeous!!

    I'm also reading Burned!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this series and they have at least one more after this one.... Yay!!

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  3. it is absolutely beautiful, heather!! i love, love, LOVE it!!

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  4. great quilt! And I can't articulate specifically why, but I thought Dead in the Family was missing something...maybe it just seemed too short?? Hmmm...

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  5. The quilt looks AMAZING! Can't wait for Dead in the Family to be released here...a few more weeks to go!

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  6. Your quilt out so perfect! I love the solid you went with.
    Makes me think maybe I should cut into my lovely stack of FFA.

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  7. I just LOVE it! Makes me want to sash something with that color!

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  8. Great quilt -- clearly taking your time was worth it!

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the quilting you did :) And I like using sheets for backing large quilts for much the same reason.

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  10. It is such an amazing quilt.

    (and thank you for the book recommendations).

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  11. I love the quilt. I tried doing that same method but I ended up making it a bit wonky in the end.

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  12. soo super beautiful! The colors and the awesome modern style.. its just perfect and will totally match your house! I love it! I am doing Stellas quilt in lines also.. I found some 2 inch painters tape I thought would maybe be a good guide ;-) I am almost done with my percy jackson books (haha I know im 12) so I will be needing some new book ideas soon!

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  13. It turned out fantastic! It looks so soft on the top and silky on the back - it must be wonderful to snuggle under. What an awesome group effort!

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  14. It turned out beautifully! I love it!

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  15. It's perfect Heather! I really like what you did to finish it. Great quilt.

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  16. love it....and i have already finished dead in the family...GOOD read.

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  17. i 'm so proud for you:: ive never made a quilt, but i have lots of that fabric and i could try something like that. where did you get the pattern blocks from? is it lincoln logs? i really love it. so glad you are pleased with the results. i love the gray neutral background, it makes the unicorns stand out...

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  18. Just gorgeous! Definitely worth the wait. :-)

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  19. I love it! I really like using sheets for backing. The quilting was a great choice. Looks good.

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  20. Wow that is one beautiful quilt! Love the wonky blocks and the straight line quilting!!

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  21. The blocks and quilting are wonderful and LOVE the sashing . . . thought it was natural linen. What an awesome quilt!

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  22. I love your princess and the pea quilt! I am sitting on, (figuratively), a ton of Far Far and Away. My daughter has claimed it for herself, and I can't decide on a pattern, yours is truly inspiring, thanks for sharing.

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  23. Wonderful, Heather! Congratulations on a fabulous finish!

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  24. Beautiful quilt! The straight-line quilting is perfect.

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  25. The quilt is awesome. Such a fun line of fabrics!

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  26. I read Dead in the Family in one weekend! Can't wait for the next one, the wait is forever. Love the quilt.

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  27. It's gorgeous! I love hearing that your bee helped make this one. I also love the sashing and backing colors you chose, which really make those adorable fabrics pop out. (wish I had bought some of those fabrics) I bet it feels great to have this done!

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  28. this is so beautiful! i love the color of the sheet you used.

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  29. Nicely done! I just started a FFA quilt this week. I need to order my sashing now. Sashing is hard, isn't it? I'm thinking natural linen, which is one of my fall backs.

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  30. The quilt is so gorgeous. I have a pile of that fabric put away while I think of the right project, I hope my ideas turn out as stunning Heather.

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  31. Love the quilt! So gorgeous (as usual)!

    Spirit-bound was AMAZING. I loved it. Not so happy with Burned, but I'm a little burnt out [haha] on the series altogether.

    I'll have to pick up the Charlaine Harris books - I haven't read any of her stuff before. :D

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  32. Wow Heather! Its just perfect. That backing does look very luxurious too.

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  33. The quilt looks gorgeous, and the neutral sashing really shows off the colours in the the blocks.

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  34. That is a big wow! Love the quilting and the colors are awesome!

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  35. Looks great! The sashing colors are perfect.

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  36. Really great quilt. I haven't ever used a quilt for backing so it's good to read good reviews.

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  37. The Sookie Stackhouse books are great! :) I love them! :) Enjoy!

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  38. Heather: I love your quilt, and especially your choice of sashing. Sets the blocks off beautifully. Hopefully you'll bring this to PMQG sometime, so I can see it in person - watch out for drool, though. tobey

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  39. I didn't realize Spirit Bound had come out! I know what I'm doing this weekend! Love the quilt too. Have you read Fallen? I can't wait for the second one to come out!

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  40. Just finished Beautiful Creatures by KAMI GARCIA & MARGARET STOHL. I really enjoyed it. It's a witch book, not a vampire book, but still awesome!

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