Friday, February 19, 2010

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Pinwheel Quilt
So, do you remember my pinwheel quilt I started last spring? I got it back from the quilter a few weeks ago and I am sooo happy with how it turned out, so I thought I'd share some pictures with you (it still needs to be bound). This longarm quilting gal that I used is absolutely amazing. She did a wonderful job and totally exceeded my expectations!

When I look at this quilt I feel like I'm looking at something out of a magazine. I'm not bragging when I say that because really it's the quilting that makes it so gorgeous. I told her the design I wanted that I had seen on her website, but I still couldn't picture exactly what it would look like.

She has a long waiting list, so it took a while, but it was totally worth the wait. It was very exciting pulling this quilt out of the box! Here are some photos where you can see some of the quilting detail:

So, in case you're interested in making a quilt like this, here's some info:
I made the quilt top using this pinwheel block tutorial on Vanessa Christenson's blog. Using charm packs (pre-cut 5" squares) saves a lot of time when making this block. My quilt is made using 4 charm packs (two for all the pinwheels and two- with some leftover-for the border), and a few yards of plain cream fabric. I used Allspice Tapestry by Figtree for Moda. There is one pinwheel block for each of the 40 or so fabrics in the line. You could use any fabric though, and
just cut your own squares. Here is another tutorial for a smaller pinwheel quilt for a baby that is really cute. Love the prarie points border on that one.

This is what the quilting looks like on the back:

I was thinking about just having this quilt out and about in my living room, but now I think I'll probably get one of those quilt hanging shelf things and put it up on the wall instead.
Here's why:


See what I mean about photo shoots around here?!

12 comments:

rebecca said...

GORGEOUS! I'm going to make one like this for my girls' bed. I'll have to get the name of your quilter. I don't think the gal I've used would go around the pinwheels like yours. I love it!

Nana said...

WOW! It turned out so pretty. Love. I need to make one! I really need to start on the dozen I have waiting to be made. Good job. the quilting is beautiful, she did a great job too.

Jamie said...

So pretty! I love the quilting you chose and the colors are perfect!

Kristin said...

So beautiful! Did you use your scraps? If not what quilt line did you use.....I love the fabric, just beautiful!

Frozen Cacti said...

I haven't left a comment in a while but I had to this time. Your quilt turned out perfect. I love it!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

this is SO BEAUTIFUL. very impressive.

kelly

belinda said...

Oh yes...Oh yes.....you should be VERY proud of your new quilt. Was it like Christmas when you opened the box!!! The quilting IS fabulouse but you did a great job designing and putting it all together!!

Chris said...

So beautiful...some day I want to learn to machine quilt like you! Found you thru V & Co. Nice to "meet" you!

V and Co. said...

it turned out gorgeous! thanks for linking it up!

Alicia said...

It looks great!

Dantzel said...

It is awesome:)

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I almost gasped when I saw this quilt! Oh my it is GORGEOUS!!! I am in awe. I just love the colors of the pinwheels too. My mom sews quilts and I will say it until I am blue in the face - I wish I had learned to quilt and sew from her. But I never really sat down to learn. I'll probably always kick myself. Or I could get off my bum and ask her to teach me. :) I think your quilt has inspired me to do so! Seriously!