Yes it’s happy dance time again, I have just finished my Kaffe Fassett quilt, just nice time for the wedding in March. It’s taken me about three weeks in total to make it, so it’s a pretty quick pattern to make.
This quilt will be flying to Australia shortly, it’s a wedding present for my brother-in-law and his lovely fiancee, a Yorkshire girl so she’s obviously great 🙂 I asked them what colours they would like and they chose the colour scheme of red and orange, they wanted a bright and cheerful quilt – they’ve certainly got that!
I was quite excited by the colour scheme as it is something I’d never make for our home, but I do admire the colourful quilts on facebook. I immediately decided to use Kaffe Fassett prints and ordered a selection of his fabrics especially the big bold bloom patterns in reds and oranges. I chose the Radiant pattern by Cosy Quilts, again I’d seen it on facebook and loved the effect.
It went together fairly easily as it is just two different blocks stitched diagonally together. I quilted it very simply echoing the diamond pattern with a bit of stitch in the ditch as extra. I used a Gutermann variegated thread both top and underneath. It’s probably the biggest quilt I’ve tackled on my machine, it’s 84″ square, this is why I kept the quilting pretty simple with straight lines!! I don’t think I’d be able to manage anything bigger, I think I’ve found my limit, anything bigger and I’ll be visiting a friend near Oxford who has a long arm quilter!
I made a flanged binding which is much easier than it possibly looks. I just cut a 1″ stripe of cream, folded it in half and stitched it along the edge with just a bit less than a 1/4″ seam. When I then stitched the binding I’d made from the yellow scraps and folded it over, a quarter inch strip of cream showed underneath it. I’m not sure if this is the official way to do it, I just made it up as I went a long! I think it works really well at separating the flowery border from the scrappy binding.
All that was left was to embroider a label and name the quilt. Traditionally all quilts have a name and I now embroider the name on the actual quilt. My favorite quote to write in wedding cards is
“To love and be loved is to feel the sunshine on both sides”
So I’ve called it ‘Feel the Sunshine’ and included the quote on the label. I tend to embroider straight on the quilt back, if possible using the lines of the quilting. It worked pretty well here as there was a triangle which fitted everything in nicely. I wrote it in a silver gel pen and then went over it with back-stitch. I managed to find in my stash a variegated thread which matched perfectly.
It’s so big I struggled to take a decent photo, in the end I hung it on our washing line and tried to snap a photo inbetween the gusts of wind! Unfortunately it’s in the shade so it doesn’t show off the colours quite so much as the other pictures but at least you get the whole effect! I love this quilt, it’s so striking, it still makes me think ‘Wow!’ when I see it, I think I might make another radiant quilt sometime…