Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Flimsy Alert!! Wait! Make that TWO!!

I'm so excited for this week's Friday, because I finally have some finishes to share! For an entire calendar year, my double wedding ring has monopolized the priority spot at my machines. Now that it's machine work is completely finished and it's overtaken the hand-work station, other things can run through the machines.  :D



(Isabeau just LOVES this quilt. Every time I unfold it to get some more tissue cleaned off and ends tied/tucked, she tears into the room and tucks herself in or under it.)

My "finishes" to share today are flimsies still, but when you work with big quilts almost exclusively, this state qualifies for Finish link-ups in my book. 

The first one is "Modernology."




This was a straight-up kit that I fell hard for when I saw it in Hawthorne Thread's newsletter (really great shop, by the way). The fabric collection is "Modernology" by Pat Bravo, and the pattern is "Quiltology," also by Pat and available free at this link. Until last week, this quilt had been in progress strictly as a leader-ender from December until I finished piecing the DWR. I got maybe seven of the rows made that way. Then it just sat and looked at me sadly for when it could have attention again.




(Marissa and Dev kept giggling at the breezes that made it challenging to get a full-on shot. Made us all smile!) 

But once the machines were cleared, I went to town on finishing the rows and assembling the whole!!  These fabrics and the modern, clean design seriously made my heart sing. I even have the exact backing that the original was done up in - see it in this Art Gallery Fabrics promo photo here (fabulous fabrics that feel so wonderful)? Seriously - how can you look at that picture of this lady wrapped up so snuggly with that sun-shiny back peeking out around the crisp, fun hexy front and not have to buy that kit?  Not one single regret here about that impulse purchase!

(photo from the kit shoot, not mine)


I'm not sure what to use for batting. The fabrics are so lusciously light - like voiles, and I want a nice, soft handle for this quilt. I also need it to be the pure white of the bleached choices. I can't decide! cotton? silk? (is there even bleached silk batting to be had?) a super thin and high-quality poly?  I'll probably go with 80/20 cotton/poly and a not-dense quilting theme. But I'd love any input on the batting.


My second finish is "Fireflies in the Meadow."

And while we're admitting to impulse purchases, let's address this year's indulgence! A couple weeks ago I fell head-over-heels for the quilt Kate made (of Katie Mae Quilts blog), and when I asked if she minded if I made one too, she not only said go right ahead, but provided me with a link of where to find the fabric! 



I really loved not only the mitered border from the hem print, but the way Kate had sewn the companion fabrics in clean rows with feature inserts. But I didn't want to completely copy her, so I split my rows randomly instead of straight down the middle like hers. I can't decide which way I like better - they're both super cool. But talk about whizzing along - after all the intricate projects I work with, this zoomer was a joy to fly through in about 4 hours flat from fussy-cutting the Wee Wanders inserts to connecting the miters at the corners. Joy, joy, joy!  :D




Isn't this quilt perfectly at home in front of our common meadow area? Too bad we're at way too high an altitude for fireflies! Wouldn't *that* be an awesome photo shoot?

Hope you're enjoying the end of summer. Now that I've worked out some of my feelings of constriction from the longest priority project of my life, my machine time will be refocused on finishing up long-standing UFOs. I'm antsy to get back around to both of these, though, so hopefully you'll see them again before year's end.  :D


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23 comments:

Maryse said...

Congratulations on your finishes!
Beautiful quilts! Both of them!

KaHolly said...

Two lovely finishes!! Good for you!

Ruth said...

Gorgeous the both of them!

Dana Gaffney said...

It looks like Isabeau found her quilt, so cute. Both of the quilts are wonderful but I love the second one, it's the colors so beautifully blue.

Lara B. said...

Lyn, they both look great! Quiltology's hexies are wonderful! Are they machine sewn? Yes that would be cool if you had a photoshoot with real fireflies around your Firefly quilt.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Your Modernology quilt looks gorgeous! I enjoyed learning more about it.

Kate said...

Gasp! Okay, I was just going to ooh and aah over your Modernology quilt - I just adore Pat Bravo fabrics. I have a small stash that I have no plans for, other than stroking them. They ARE incredibly soft! Really feel like no other fabric I own. And I love the pattern, too. I also like hexagon patterns that don't require inset or Y or partial seams. (I'm lazy like that.)

And then I kept scrolling and....AHHHHH! My baby! I mean, your baby! Secret - I actually originally sketched out the quilt with the focus prints alternating in more of a "zipper" layout than straight down, but that meant I had to buy a lot more yardage. The straight layout came from using fat quarters instead of yardage. I'm okay with the final decision because I really tried not to splurge too much...but I do like your layout as well!

Margaret said...

try a very lightweight Quilter's Dream Select I think is the grade. It's nice and thin, much more than the 80/20 usually is. Find a site that carries QD battings and you can confirm that I have the thinnest.

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

Your photo of your kitty stopped me in my tracks. So much like my Hannah Blue who as a half grown kitten, mysteriously walked up the driveway into our lives one day and never left til she passed away many years later. All I had to do was pat myself and hold out my hands and she would leap into my arms and ride around on my shoulders. We also had an Isabeau with a beautiful dark mask...sadly our little llama girl with guanaco coloration had a heart defect that took her from us before she was a year old. Your beautiful girl brought back sweet memories to me today...twofold.

Leanne Parsons said...

Quilt top finishes definitely qualify! The hexie one is absolutely stunning, and the firefly one is so cute. And bonus that it was fast! Thanks for linking to TGIFF.

stitch quilt knit said...

Your Modernology is beautiful. Really love that pattern. Just added it to my to do list :))

Laura said...

Great finishes! Congrats!

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Yay Lyn! These are just beautiful... Congrats on the flimsies. Awesome stuff...

Gina said...

Great flimsies. I can see a Quiltology in my future but maybe batiks. Thanks for the link to the pattern. It's been downloaded and saved xxx

DarkUFO said...

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Cynthia said...

Love both of them but I especially love the colors on the second one... Beautiful!

Di said...

Oh my goodness, Lyn, that Modernology quilt is divine! You've done a wonderful job, and I can completely understand your impulse buy. I think this one might go on my bucket list ;-)

FlourishingPalms said...

Wow! You're on a roll, girl! Both tops are gorgeous, and I sure see why you fell for the Modernology kit. I think you know I've never bought a kit in 30-plus years of quiltmaking, but I sure can see why you like that one so much. I'd suggest you try a wool batt. The loftiness is good, it's lightweight, doesn't hold a fold too badly, and would be just the right amount of warmth for winter in Colorado.

A Nudge said...

Woohoo! What fabulous finishes, Lyn. I invite to post them on Hexie Weekend to share this great eye candy, especially as the first one has hexagons!

Laura said...

Ooh I don't normally like Hexagons but your Modernology is fab! :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm so loving your quilts. Congratulations on your finishes! Awesome quilts.

Borderline Quilter said...

You are such a prolific quilter, you wear me out, but keep me motivated too....

Kathy S. said...

Gorgeous quilt! I love that you used it as a leader/ender project. I always feel that I accomplished so much when I finish a leader/ender project. Congrats on a great finish.