Friday, 23 August 2013

Pistols at Dawn Quilt

Woohoo, my Pistols at Dawn Quilt is finished!

Pistols at Dawn Quilt 

In this post I described how most of the blocks were made by the Fallow Group of the Simply Solids Bee.  Thanks ladies!  I love how getting different people to make the blocks adds a level of randomness I would have struggled to achieve on my own.

Pistols at Dawn Quilt 

It's hard to see the quilting on the quilt top in these photos (it shows up a lot more in real life), but I think it's easier to see on the back.  You can see that I've quilted a big X right through the middle of the quilt, and then echoed it at approximately quarter inch intervals.

Pistols at Dawn Quilt 

I've had this backing picked out since I chose the fabrics for the top.  It has many of the same colours and the design really lends itself to being used on a large scale.  There is a join in the backing fabric, but you can hardly see it - I like that.

Pistols at Dawn Quilt

This photo shows the quilting on the front of the quilt much better.  I used a bright orange thread for the quilting - unusually for me it is polyester, but it was the only thread I could find that came in just the right colour.  It manages to blend quite well with all the very different colours in the quilt top.  Below you can see the quilting on the back.

Pistols at Dawn Quilt

I have to admit that this is still not my favourite quilt, but it grew on me during the quilting process and I love the high drama of it.  I also like how it kind of shouldn't work, but it does.  Even the binding, a bright coral orange, totally clashes with the quilt top but also works perfectly.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: random half-square triangles
Finished Size: Approximately 64" by 64"
Fabric: Kona Hibiscus, Amber, Indigo, Lilac, Ice Peach, School Bus and Chinese Red 
Backing: Arabian Castle in Iced Lilac from Lizzy House's Castle Peeps collection
Binding: Kona but I didn't record the colour
Pieced by: The ladies of the Fallow Group of the Simply Solids Bee and me, on my domestic sewing machine
Quilted by: me, on my domestic sewing machine.

Linking up with finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts.

This quilt is the third of my third quarter goals that I've finished - yay!  I'll be linking up with Leanne at she can quilt at the end of September as part of the 2013 Finish Along.

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40 comments:

Hilary @ Young Texan Mama said...

It looks amazing!

Molli Sparkles said...

Just call me Ms Clash because I think it is beautifully obscene!

snips said...

Pop it in the mail and send it my way! I just love it, the quilting is definitely one i need to try. Just perfect!

CentralJerseyMQG said...

Wow, this is definitely one of the most "dramatic" quilts ever! Love love love it! And the binding/backing are perfection.

Susan Owenby said...

Congratulations! I think it is amazing. It is very graphic and very modern and pops right off the screen.

Sheryl said...

The randomness and the colours here are just perfection. I love it so much. I'm glad it's grown on you at least a little because it is gorgeous.

Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts said...

this is gorgeous and the quilting is stunning! Love!

Kelsey said...

This is such an interesting quilt. I love how the bindings, backings and top agent obvious pairings but yet you are totally right, they just all work! Love the quilting you used, it's the perfect compliment for both of the quilt sides :)

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Fabulous quilt! The quilting really is just the perfect touch!

Kirsten said...

Such a stunning quilt Adrianne - love the dense quilting! And so happy to have been a small part of it too:)

Megan said...

It is a gorgeous quilt - I like the bold colours and the quilting is really effective.

Kristy said...

I'm dying over here, this quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Jo Jo said...

I love this quilt! I love your quilting too - really beautiful! Will you be keeping it?

Little Island Quilting said...

I think it works perfectly...but then I don't understand the meaning of the word 'clash' when it comes to quilting!

Lisa said...

My fave fave favourite kind of quilting. Gorgeous. I absolutely adore the colours. Works for me!

*Cornelia* said...

omg im totally in love with it, the colors just pop

Marie said...

Hi Ian your quilting is fabulous.
Exactly the kind I like. Perhaps I'd rather stop my time-eater handquilting? It's a big temptation? I think I'll try it, but maybe not on a handpieced top, what do you think ?

dutchcomfort said...

Such a beautiful finish! Love that quilt to pieces!

mila + cuatro said...

I love the backing fabric.

Jess @ The Elven Garden said...

Absolutely stunning - I'm glad you like it a bit more. I could definitely find it a happy home here if all else fails ;o)

Patchwork and Play said...

I love this quilt! It makes such a statement, it is brave and bold and beautiful!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It does totally work! The colours look brilliant and the randomness is fab. Great backing and the quilting is stunning!

quiltswithpersonality said...

You definitely have the WOW factor with this quilt. It is amazing. Thanks for sharing. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

akainik said...

Love it!! It's amazing!!! so beautiful!

Jan Baker said...

I know what you mean. I never would have put all those colors together but I love it. It's on my wish list to make.

Rachel said...

This looks great. How closely did you space the quilting?

Janet M. said...

This is beautiful! I love all the quilting lines close together...I'm sure that took some time! Nice finish.

giddy99 said...

I think it's wonderful! Love it!

Becca said...

I love everything about this quilt, but the thread and the backing are my favorite. :-)

Leanne said...

I think that the quilting is perfect for it and I love the orange thread. I love playing with colours as you have done here, and these work really nicely, although it is a bit unexpected that they do.

Francine said...

It's absolutely stunning. I really love the color combo and I am always too afraid to try a bold quilting color, but the orange really blends. How drapey is it with the close quilting? I really love this.

Kelly Young said...

this quilt is so fantastic Adrianne! The colors are stunning and the quilting is just perfect!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Lyndy at Stitchbird said...

Love Love Love It! The colours, the intensity of the quilting and the backing fabric. Perfect.

Laura C @ littleandlots said...

Not your favorite?! I love this! It's crazy awesome. I think the colors are just right, and the really dense quilting is amazing. My husband was sitting with me last night as I was breezing through blogs and he is covetous. :)

Dominique said...

I loved the top, but now that it is quilted, it looks amazing. I am impressed that you had the patience to quilt this so intensely, given that you were not in love with the top to begin with. The result is stunning.

Cille said...

I think sometimes quilts that take a lot of creativity gives us this falling in and out of love feeling. But seriously, take a step back and let the blocks play with your eyes. It's a wonderful quilt :) Well done, Adrienne.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Very cool quilt! I love the quilting design you chose, it is very effective. Great work!

Erica said...

I think it's great and has a nice pop to it. I also like that the backing is less bold, but still looks great. I have used polyester thread without issue when I couldn't find the right cotton color. I like that the polyester is less linty, but I still prefer working with cotton thread.

Tina in Boston said...

Great job on the quilting!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Beautiful!! Love the colors and the backing fabric is perfect. Fantastic quilting too.
Amanda