Monday, 25 February 2013

La Piñata - finito!

I finished La Piñata, my version of the scrappy trip along quilt that went crazy online in January, and managed to take some photos this weekend.

scrappy trips around the world quilt

As I've said before, I used the technique described in this Scrappy Trips Around the World Tutorial from Quiltville.  However, because I used strips cut from yardage,  I made my blocks 8 by 8 squares, using 20" strips and ending up with 16" square blocks.  You can see my initial fabric selection and the mock-up of what I thought my quilt might look like here.

prints charming for spotlight

I honestly think I like the back of this quilt as much as the front.  The back is made up of two prints designed by Australian fabric designers Prints Charming for Spotlight (basically the Australian and New Zealand version of Joann's).  I found the large print on sale and bought all my local Spotlight had, which wasn't quite enough to back this quilt.  I used the blue print from the same collection to fill in the gap, and in the end I think it adds interest.  These fabrics are not quilting cotton (I think they were described as cotton poplin), but they are 100% cotton and seem to work happily enough with the quilting cottons I used to piece the front.

prints charming for spotlight

The binding, Alexander Henry's Heath in Black, was totally inspired by the areas of black cross hatching on the backing fabric.  It pops really nicely against the front too.

scrappy trip along quilt

I quilted a simple cross-hatch grid on this quilt, similar to my A Brighter Shade of Pale (Lucky Square) Quilt.  This time, I marked every quilting line with my hera marker, and it really helped me keep the lines straight.  Also, I pin basted this quilt with a safety pin in every other square, checkerboard style.  When it came to quilting, I quilted the cross-hatch grid in all the unpinned squares, then stopped, took all the pins out, and quilted the rest of the squares.  It meant I was never having to stop for pins mid quilting, which really slows things down and makes it hard to keep lines straight.

scrappy trip around the world quilt

So this quilt is now ready for someone to snuggle under.  I don't have a plan for it at the moment, but I'm sure the right recipient will come along.

What have you been up to this weekend?

Quilt Stats
Pattern:  scrappy trip around the world using a modified version of this Scrappy Trips Around the World Tutorial from Quiltville.
Finished Size:  Approximately 64 inches square.
Fabric: Assorted bright blenders, including several different colours of Mirror Ball Dots from Michael Miller and the egg prints from various of Thomas Knauer's collections for Andover Fabrics.
Backing: Prints Charming cotton poplin from Spotlight.
Binding: Alexander Henry Heath in Black.
Pieced and quilted by: me, on my domestic sewing machine.

This quilt is the third of my first quarter goals for the 2013 Finish-A-Long - three down, six to go!

she can quilt

Linking up with:

Plum and June Better Off Thread Fresh Poppy Design

and, of course, Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

And, how could I forget, this was my February goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes:

25 comments:

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous - love the backing fabric and the binding is perfect!

Salsy said...

What a super-fabulous quilt! Love the front AND the back.

diane said...

your quilt is stunning

Foster said...

Fantastic. I love the colors on the front and the back! Stopping by from Plum and June.

Erica said...

Oh I love it, definitely one of my favorite scrappy trip quilts. And the backing and binding are perfect.

Deb said...

Love this Adrianne. The colours you have used are my kind of colours. It's so bright and cheery.

MsMidge said...

THis is amazing!

Janine said...

Your trip-a-long is gorgeous! I love the fabrics you've chosen and the way you've quilted it :)

Carrie P. said...

love, love your quilt. congrats on your finish.

Angela Bullard said...

I love the backing fabric and the way you did the front! Great quilt!

Fran said...

It's absolutely stunning, I feel so inspired by this one! Good move to do 8 squares.

Joanie's Quilts said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! You did a great job on it!

Caryn said...

This might be my favorite of the Many Trips Around the World quilts I've seen. I especially love the white lattice, it really makes the colors pop. Plus, now I want to go to Venice, lol.

skalabara.com said...

Wonderful quilt, the colors are amazing, superb finishing!!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

I love everything about this quilt! Beautiful.
Amanda

Jules said...

Found you through Sew Cute Tuesday, love your quilt, I've started one too and I did the same as you, used yardage so did my squares 8x8, love all your fabrics :)

Shanna of Fiber of All Sorts said...

Great finish. Thanks for linking up.

Cille said...

It turned out AWSOME! Love the black/white border againt the colors.

factotum-of-arts.com said...

Congrats - you are right, both sides are great. A delightful finish - makes you smile :-)

Kathleen said...

Your colours are gorgeous! Love this so much :D

Deborah said...

This is one of the prettiest I've seen! Your colors are fabulous!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

One of my favorite Scrappt Trips I've seen! Colors are great and crisp! Quilting is perfect! Great approach...always trying to find the right balance of using pins and not having them slow me down when quilting!

Michelle said...

Oh, wow! That is gorgeous!

Alice said...

Oh, I love your quilt. I have a planned scrappy planned like this and hope to get around to it soon.

Amanda K said...

This is beautiful. I especially love the back.
AmandaK@whatthebobbin