September 02, 2014

Just Swell

Swell 
Finished size 60 in. by 66 in.
From the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley


Say hello to the tenth finish of the summer (you cannot see number nine yet!). This project was from some time ago ... last year. I used up some of my cool 2.5 inch scraps to complete the top. It was a perfect scrappy quilt for all these squares!



The backing is an aqua floral, I picked up on sale and had enough to do a complete backing (that happens almost never!). The binding is a deep purple polka dot that is also used in the quilt top. 


The top was quilted using the dogwood flower, this time I was good and took some pictures of the quilting. It's a fun top quilting pattern and can be done on a simple domestic machine. If you're interested check out the tutorial at Oh, Fransson!  It takes a while to get the flow of the flower down, I would recommend practicing before starting on a quilt. The first time I used this pattern it took a couple rows to get into a rhythm, then it all clicked. Almost none of my flowers are perfect, but it adds to the character of the quilt :)   


Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend here in the states! This weekend was crazy busy, many of my cousins came from all over to visit. Between all the parties and plans, a group of us did get in another great kayak trip down the Pemigewasset "Pemi" River. In the photo below my friend's daughter was in my kayak. She was getting the whole rowing thing down, then quickly gave up! Although, entertainment was provided by singing "Just around the River Bend" from Pocahontas. 


-Patch & Chels

20 comments:

  1. Really nice finish! The quilting choice is perfect! Its a simple quilt, but I think it works really well with your color choices, and the fact that they're scraps is even better!

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  2. That quilt is beautiful! I don't know that I would have the patience to finish all those squares.... And hurray for a fun holiday!!!

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  3. Love the dogwood flower quilting. #10 Wow! The Kayaking looks like great fun!

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  4. I think the dogwood flower quilting looks great! I love how it shows up so well on the white in between the plus signs.

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  5. Another beautiful finish. I love that quilting design, and you're right. It is beautiful being imperfect. :)

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  6. I just LOVE the colors in this quilt, along with the polka dot binding.! By far, one of my favorites.

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  7. I drop out of blogging for a bit and come back to find that you have 10 finishes for the summer. You go! That's awesome. I love the colors in this quilt, and I'm glad you had enough of that aqua for the backing because it's a nice finish for the front of the quilt.

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  8. Oh I love your fabric selections so much! Just so pretty.

    I'm doing a B+C charm swap and plan on doing a Swell with my charms :D I might have to copy your quilting because it looks perfect!!

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  9. I think that is the trick to 'scrappy' quilts: instead of throwing all your scraps in at once, choose warm or cool shades and the effect always looks lovely. Planned scrappy! It looks beautiful.
    TEN quilt finishes in ONE summer! Eek!

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  10. Wow, you did a great job! I love the quilting! I can't believe you've had such a productive summer. . . I feel like such a slacker! Ten! That's amazing!!!

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  11. The quilt is beautiful and I love the polka dot binding. Great job!

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  12. Love that quilting! I have not yet tried that dogwood, but you have me wanting to! Pinning this!

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  13. This is a beautiful finish, Chelsea! And I agree - the polka dot binding is perfect! Beautifully done :)

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  14. Whoa - purple polka dot binding.... yes, please!

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  15. This is beautiful and QUITE the finish! I'm so impressed! 10 finishes seems so insanely awesome! I just yesterday finished my second quilt top of the summer.... just tops, but STILL! To finish a sewing project feels SO good, you must feel amazing!! Congrats, and gorgeous work!

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  16. Love the quilt! Why aren't you wearing life jackets while kayaking????

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    1. The little one has a jacket on, it's hard to see. This river is very slow, shallow, and lazy. At this point the river was only a foot deep. I do keep my jacket at my feet in case I need it and will put it on when the water gets rough. All the trips we plan are in calm sections of the river.

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  18. I love dogwood quilting, and yours does not disappoint

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