Saturday, 18 March 2017

A Small City Sampler Quilt - Finished






Woohoo I have my first quilt finish for 2017.  My #100days100blocks Tula Pink City Sampler quilt of which I gave up on after 45 blocks has been turned into a completed quilt.

Earlier this year I turned the blocks into a quilt top with a gorgeous rich blue shot cotton from Spotlight. Because this quilt is being gifted to Cecily, a family friend who is rather ill, I figured the quilt may get a little more washing,  so opted to use a polyester batting to make it easier for her with its weight when wet and for drying speed.  I used Soft & Bright which is made by the same manufacturers Warm & Natural cotton batting.  I have to admit I was a wee bit apprehensive about using polyester batting after my last experience, but this stuff is fabulous to use.  I backed the quilt with a purple floral vintage cotton sheet - one of her favourite colours.

Some machine quilting was done around the border of the quilt to hold it's shape and around the sampler cross, however I wanted a quilt that was soft, snuggly and lightweight for her, not stiff with lots of quilting, I decided to tie the rest of it after reading this post from kokaquilts.  I used black DMC perle 8  and tied on the corner of each sampler block then at 6" intervals on the blue.  I am delighted with how soft and drapey the quilt has turned out, and how easy it was to tie it.

Binding was made from Amy Butler's Tropi Canna fabric a fortuitous find in my stash , which delights me with it's vibrant colours that pick up so much from the quilt centre.  The quilt finishes at approximately 60" square, so I think just perfect for snuggling under on a day when you don't really want to get off the sofa.

This is now being packaged up and sent to my Mum, so she can deliver it to Cecily.


12 comments:

  1. Perfectly lovely! I could see making this size myself one day

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  2. Lovely Julie. Im sure it will be greatly appreciated by Cecily as she recovers. Just receiving something handmade by a person who cares, would be of great comfort.

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  3. awesome gift! Finished off beautifully. Happy weekend to you.

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  4. It would be a beautifully soft and light quilt - yet warm! Much better to have a finished quilt than 45 blocks sitting and waiting for a 'one day' finish too.

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  5. Beautiful! A wonderful gift.
    Prayers for Cecily. xx oo
    Carla

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  6. A pretty quilt, looks soft & cuddily! Love your binding choice & the vintage sheet backing is lovely!

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  7. I am sure Cecily will be touched by your lovely gift Julie. Tying it was the perfect way to make it soft and cuddly!

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  8. This is a nice gift. And yeah - for the most part, I really dislike poly battings, but there are a couple out there that are really nice and soft. They changed my mind about using them, and I think they're best when a quilt is going to get plenty of machine washing.

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  9. Congratulations for your finish! It turned out awesome!

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  10. A splendid finish - congratulations! I love the setting and the blue solid.

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  11. This turned out really lovely, Julie ~ I know Cecily will treasure it. I'll have to remember that batting if I ever need a polyester!

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  12. A very beautiful gift. I know it will bring a lot of comfort to Cecily!

    -Soma

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