03 April 2009

flying geese quilt

My new quilt. I think this is the first quilt I've ever made just for me. I've made several baby quilts as gifts, but it always seemed like too much effort to make a whole quilt just for myself. But there is really nothing cozier or prettier than a lap quilt for the sofa, and now I have one. It's a simple flying geese pattern that came together very easily. I loved mixing some traditional prints with a more modern color scheme. And the white just sets everything off so nicely.

It's hand-quilted, but I was lazy and only quilted in the ditch in one direction. I contemplated adding more quilting, but then I just wanted to have it done so I could cozy up with it on the couch.

I chose a dark gray cotton chambray for the backing, but I didn't have enough so I pieced a brilliant blue on each end. I likey. I think I got both of them at Purl and they are still selling the azure. (oh and they are from the "Carolina Chambray" collection. How fitting.)

Why is it that simple 1/4" binding makes such a visual impact on a quilt? I'm glad I went with one of the small prints in a dark color for the binding--it really adds so much.


And oh, the sun today! When I first woke up, it was absolutely pouring down rain, as it has been for about the past week. And then just as I was heading to work, the sun broke through. I walk through a beautiful old cemetery between the bus stop and my office on campus, and it's full of gnarled old trees and delicate dogwoods. It's a nice way to start my day, especially in spring.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!

10 comments:

{lauryl} said...

From one of your old readers... I'm glad you're back. And that quilt is lovely! ;)

Kim U said...

Beautiful quilt! Although, er... it appears to have been made for your cats :)

Nadia said...

That is a beautiful quilt! I love all the white negative space to set off the colours.

selina said...

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carlita dee said...

Okay. This does it. I'm making myself a quilt, and I'm hand-quilting it. That is all.

house on hill road said...

that is one beautiful quilt! i've been working on two for kate's room and don't know if i have it in me to quilt them by machine let alone by hand! nice work, julie.

Jen said...

Oh, Julie, I'm so glad to see you again. Your quilt is lovely, and wow, the dogwoods... those are gorgeous.

Deirdre said...

Kitties!

It is obvious they are so proud of the quilt.

Carmen said...

I love the flying geese quilt! You may have inspired me to get out the old rotary cutter again.

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