Saturday, September 11, 2010

Single Girl Complete

I think the world may have just tilted on its axis. I have completed a bed-sized quilt.

A king-size quilt, in fact. Like, to use on a real bed. It will keep us warm when we are sleeping. Yes, it's true: I have made something that is not only pretty, but useful as well. What a great feeling.

So, details: The fabric is mostly Cherish Nature (so I'm calling this quilt "Nature Girl"), but there is some Neptune, Al Fresco, and a few other odds and ends thrown in. If you intend to make the Single Girl pattern, you really do need 36 different prints—I had initially hoped to get away with fewer, but this quilt achieves its randomness in a highly organized, structured way, requiring all 36 prints. The quilt back is pieced as well. (And became even more pieced than I had originally intended when the back ended up being too small for the long-arm due to a measuring error.) It was quilted by the talented ladies at my local quilt shop.

Of course, because I must torture myself by second-guessing every design decision I have ever made, I'm questioning my choice of the "bubbles" quilting pattern. I'm thinking the circles-over-circles might be just a little too ... circle-happy. Also, I wasn't thinking about the fact that the pieced rings aren't perfect circles (they're more squared off), while the bubbles in the quilting are perfectly round. But I chose the bubbles because I wanted to do something other than stippling. I like stippling, but since there's so much of it out there right now, I figured if I could do something different, I should. The only other pattern that caught my eye was a swirly one, and I didn't think that would work with the minimalist, modern aesthetic I was going for. And you know what? Now that I'm talking through my reasoning for the choice, I'm feeling a little better about the bubbles. Ah, blog, you are serving your purpose already.

Now I just need to get going on some shams and throw pillows. And maybe some curtains. And some artwork. Oh yeah, and I still have to bind this puppy. Nooooo problem.

21 comments:

  1. Your quilt is so gorgeous! Totally worth all the hours you put into it. : ) I'm a Mama, fabric lover and quilter too... a new follower.

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  2. Love it here as well(aviva_hadas on flickr). How hard was it to piece?

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  3. Adrianne, I've been following your blog for a while now, I love it! Thanks for reading.

    This was my first time with curved piecing, but it was not nearly as difficult as I expected. Some of my rings aren't quite touching each other, but that was the only real problem I had (and it's a forgiving design, so that issue isn't very noticeable). The worst part of making this pattern was templating and cutting out all the pieces! It took FOREVER for a quilt this size and got really tedious. I also recommend keeping all those pieces very organized while cutting and piecing, or you will lose your mind.

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  4. Came from flickr. Love the pattern--love the quilting. Wow.

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  5. Congratulations! It is stunning! I'm hoping to get to that pattern next year:)

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  6. What a fantastic color combo! I've admired the pattern for a long time but never had the guts to do it--this makes me want to! The quilting is incredible, too--I love the bubbles!

    (came from flickr. my quilting blog is at http://www.realphotography.com/traci)

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  7. I think the bubbles are wonderful and I appreciate how you came to the decision! WHat a wonderful quilt! And hooray for making one that will fit on a bed (I'm just in the process of making one myself!)

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  8. Your quilt is gorgeous! And i love the bubble quilting.
    I made a DS quilt for my sister (also king size!), and if her patterns weren't all based on templates I would add a single girl to my to do list! I just don't like all of the work of using templates. :(

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  9. this quilt is stunning. the circle quilting looks great across the top, i think it works well with the patchwork pattern. great job~

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  10. this is an incredible quilt, just love your color combinations, what a great achievement. Do you think it would be easier to paper piece this pattern?

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  11. Victoria Girl - that's a good question. Paper piecing would allow you to skip all the template-making and painstaking cutting of the pieces, which was a pain. But it would be hard to organize the pieces the way the pattern recommends if you paper-piece. Plus you'd have to make all those paper patterns and tear out the paper. So I'm not sure it would be that much easier. I guess it depends on how comfortable you are with paper piecing.

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  12. I love this quilt! I have been wanting to make one too--ever since I quilted the one my sister-in-law made! She used the same fabrics as in the pattern I think, but I have to say, I like yours even better! So, so cute! Congrats on finishing a big one!

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  13. I don't know where I've been, but I just stumbled across your blog today ... and I've been reading for an hour! Your work is brilliant, and your talent is evident. Adding you to my Google Reader now!

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  14. Awesome quilt! And I adore the bubble quilting too.

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  15. Great quilt, indeed. I'm glad I linked over to check out your blog :)

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  16. Just learning to quilt....and I think the bubbles on the circles with the blue fabric make it look like a quiet pond. Very Beautiful.

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  17. talk it out, blog it out, stitch it out. all good.

    and a bonus: your quilt is wonderful!

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  18. your quilt is amazing! i love the circles in the quilting. i think it was a great choice! your color selection (where i always get hung up when thinking of attempting the single girl) is fantastic!

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  19. It is really beautiful!

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  20. for some reason I just found this today, and I love your quilt. I have had this pattern for about a year, read through it a few times, and even made all my templates. I have about 18 fabrics I like so far, but I have been too afraid to start. It IS such a big project!
    I'll keep looking at your pictures, and perhaps get unstuck!
    thanks!

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