Monday, February 7, 2011

Juliet's Quilt

My Urban Lattice quilt is complete. This quilt makes me very, very happy. Very.

My sister "commissioned" me to make a quilt for her long-time best friend, who was having her first baby. But the parents-to-be weren't finding out the baby's gender ahead of time—and neither were some friends of ours who are due in March. Since I wanted to make two baby quilts, and I didn't want to make both of them gender-neutral, why not take a chance and make one boy quilt and one girl quilt? My Modern Meadow quilt was the boy version, and this one, made via Cara's excellent Urban Lattice quilt-along, would be the girly version.

One of the babies is here now, and she's a girl, so little Juliet gets the Urban Lattice quilt. It's all done, it's washed and dried and crinkly soft, and it will be in the mail later today, headed to its new home.

The quilting is a long-arm pattern called "Wind Swirls," and I can't imagine a more perfect quilting design for these Far Far Away prints. It's like a magical breeze just picked you up and dropped you into a fantasy fairy-tale world. You see? It's just happy. : )

The back is mostly Kona Stone, with an angled strip of half-square triangles in the FFA prints. I thought about just piecing a straight strip down the back, but with all the angles lines on the front, I thought this would be more fun. (More work too, but worth it.)

I'll be sad to see this one go. But since my sister was paying me to make one of these quilts for her friend, and that was the first baby due anyway, I designed both quilts with this particular baby and mommy in mind. And this Urban Lattice quilt, especially, strikes me as just perfect for them. I've known the mother for many years myself, since she's so close to my sister, and I've done a fair amount of design work for her—I even designed her wedding invitations and her baby shower invites. She's got a great sense of style and I think she genuinely appreciates beautiful handmade things. So I know this quilt is headed to a good home and that it will be right where it belongs. Can't ask for much more than that.

Here are the specifics:
Design: Paper-pieced via Cara's Urban Lattice quilt-along (thank you, Cara, for a great quilt-along!)
Fabric: Kona Bone, Kona Stone, Far Far Away II by Heather Ross
Binding: Kona Stone
Size: 48" by 57"
Quilting: "Wind Swirls" pattern in Parchment thread, done by long-arm quilter at LQS

P.S. Linking up to Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations.

32 comments:

Wandering Minstrel said...

Wow, that is really a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on a satisfying finish!

Heidi said...

Looks so amazing!!!!!

Elizabeth D. said...

Awesome! Juliet is one very lucky little girl, I bet she's going to love this quilt :)

Lee Ann said...

That is a beautiful quilt! They will love it I am sure! :)

AnneMarie said...

Just beautiful Lee! Love it!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Lucky Mom and baby.....it turned out beautiful....

Becky said...

That is just gorgeous! I would have a hard time parting with that one.

joliesjunebugboutique said...

So excited to see this finished! I love that you enlarged the triangles! It is just so pretty!

A.J. Dub. said...

That looks wonderful! Great job Lee!

Jessica said...

This is fabulous! One lucky little girl there, and your right, the quilting could not be any more perfect on this one!

Katie B. said...

W O W! It is so beautiful! I really love what you did with the back.

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

It turned out fantastic!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I love this quilt! I especially love the grey strips, it really sets off the colors. Lucky mom and baby!

Jennifer said...

This is so beautiful! I have a FQ bundle of FFA2, you may have just inspired me to try it out with this pattern. Just gorgeous.

MN2NM said...

Beautiful! The back is so lovely - I love your choice to do the triangles on the diagonal.

BaileyGirl5 said...

I absolutely love it! Everything is just perfect.

Candace said...

The quilting really makes the quilt. It looks fabulous.

Kati said...

So pretty. I love the back too.

Live a Colorful Life said...

the back is super cool!

Megan said...

absolutely gorgeous - and a perfect use of that line!

QuiltyGirl said...

I love this quilt! I wish i have a good variety of these prints, I would make something similar for myself. :)

Kristie said...

My jaw is dropped on the floor....LOVE this! May have to do this with my stash of FFA2. Amazing!!

Megan said...

Love this Lee! It is just perfect! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday! :)

Alisa said...

This is an amazing quilt! I just love it.

Erin O. said...

I love how this turned out!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

very pretty colors! nice job!

Modern Day Quilts said...

Thank you for letting us feature this on http://moderndayquilts.tumblr.com

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Yup, I can totally and utterly see why this would be such a fave - it's a great design and the fabrics you chose make it soooooo pretty (and it's all about pretty!)

Manda said...

Beautiful. I just wondered how big your pattern squares were. It looks like you went larger than the pattern (I like the way yours turned out). Thanks!

krysta said...

This is is beautiful! How big did you make your original patterned squares? Were they larger than the pattern's 5.75?

krysta said...

So beautiful! How big did you make your original pattern squares? Were they larger than the called for 5.75?

Lee said...

Hi Krysta - Thanks so much! I did change the proportions of the original pattern. My blocks were 8" square (finished) instead of 12". My lattice strips were 0.75" wide finished, and the cream background strips were 1.25" wide finished. And then whatever was left over was how big the print squares were. : )

I also paper-pieced mine in a different way than Cara did - see this post for more information: http://freshlypieced.blogspot.com/2011/01/lattice-work.html

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