Friday, 9 January 2015

Super Size Me?

I had a few titles I debated using for today's blog post. The above obviously won out - but I would like to stress that no matter how much that title can be applied to me personally (all those Christmas chocolates, damn!), I am not referring to the less than stellar reality of my post holiday body.

Long time followers of my blog may remember this quilt. It's hard to believe that it is almost two years since I finished it. Well, Jenny - the editor of Love Patchwork & Quilting - saw a photo of it and liked it, especially the 'invisible' binding. She asked if I could make one for the magazine, only bigger. So I did.


That's the original on the right, and the super sized quilt on the left. (They featured both quilts and I wrote up the pattern for both sizes.) Other than size, the main differences were the background fabric went from white to the wonderful Doe fabric I fell in love with. It works so well with this pattern, adding texture to the background and hiding seams so well.

I tried to make the larger quilt more masculine, starting my fabric pull with a purchase from Pin It & Stitch which worked so well together - though I did replace the hot pink with another fabric as I thought that might be a bit much in this version.

Seriously, does the Doe not work amazingly well as the background?!
The original quilt measured 42" x 51". The new one is 63" x 76". I used a navy blue sheet as the backing fabric. To keep it from being too boring I appliquΓ©d on a bright orange plus (beats piecing the whole back to get that bit of interest there), and quilted it using a contrasting thread.


I can't wait to have this quilt back home again. The subtle changes from the original colour scheme and the big increase in size just made me happy. Though it may be destined as a wedding gift. I have to decide if I am willing to give it up.

Susan

26 comments:

  1. Looks fab and you are right about the Doe fabric. I love how you quilted it too.

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  2. I think after 20 years it might be a bit late for a wedding gift but I'm not opposed to a late gift. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  3. I thought you'd been clever and pieced all that low volume fabric. Turns out you were super clever and used that amazeballs Doe fabric! *g* I remember the fab binding from the original - nice to see it again and it's big brother!!

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  4. It's a gorgeous quilt, no wonder Jenny wanted it in her magazine! And great idea to applique the back, much easier!!

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  5. I love it! Good choice for the background fabric.

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  6. Looks fantastic - I love the background fabric and the depth the darker colours give it.

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  7. great fabric choices. The Doe actually looks like it's an LV background pieced.

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  8. I do love Doe. I bought another fabric in that line to use for background fabric

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  9. Hi Susan! Both quilts are so beautiful! Fantastic that you have the pattern in that great magazine! I just saw the other day the Doe and it is really good! x Teje

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  10. Congratulations - both are lovely and how fun to have your quilts so beautifully styled. I never could get the hang of draping quilts over chairs and such.

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  11. It's an absolute stunner S! Totally worthy of this publication! Jxo

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  12. Really love this Susan - I want to make a quilt for each of my teenage sons and this is just perfect!

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  13. Love this quilt! The quilting is impressive!

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  14. Love the Doe background on this!

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  15. Great quilt and well done for getting it published! That Doe fabric is new to me and as everyone has said it is a really great background for the crosses.

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  16. So brilliant. I love this design. I am hoping my sister still subscribes to the magazine for me as I think this may be the pattern for my first son's quilt which I need to make by August!

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  17. Both these quilts are wonderful and it is so nice to see your quilts featured in the magazine.

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  18. Oh, it's a keeper! Don't give that pretty away :) Gorgeous choice in colors and quilting. I am delighted, as always, to see you in print my dear!

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  19. I love it and the background fabric is a fabulous choice! I also love the quilting!

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  20. hahaha not impressed with my own supersizeme but your rocks!

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  21. I think I need a plus quilt, I have some plus cushions that I made from the Pillow Pop book and this would work beautifully with them. x

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  22. Love it!! especially the invisible binding, works so well with this design.

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  23. I can't decide which version I love more. The binding is really clever and you are right about this Doe fabric - such a perfect background (although the solid one looks great, too).

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  24. This is one of my favorites if your makes and the invisible binding is brilliant

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