Friday, 4 October 2013

A Letter from Lotta Quilt - Finished!

I'm embarrassed to say that I've had this quilt top made from Lotta Jansdotter's gorgeous Glimma fabric (available here and here) sitting around, unfinished, since January.  January, people.  That's months and months ago and in the end it took me about 2 and a half hours to quilt it up.

Letter from Lotta Quilt

I did have fun with the quilting.  I wanted to make sure the quilting emphasised the envelope design, and I used tiny pebbles to outline the "address window". 

Letter from Lotta Quilt

Lots of different sized pebbles quilted in the envelope part make it feel like one of those padded envelopes.  I love imagining that there's a special treat inside.

Letter from Lotta Quilt

To go with the envelope theme, I quilted mini envelopes in the border (totally inspired by this quilt).

Letter from Lotta Quilt

All the quilting is done with Aurifil 50 weight thread (colour 2600).  Quilting this quilt was my first time using Aurifil (although I've since used Aurifil for my Blackberry Winter Blossom Quilt) and I had been saving it to use for quilting.  I will probably do a more complete review of Aurifil once I've spent a bit more time with it, but on an initial encounter, I'm quite smitten.  First, this colour is fantastic - it seems to go perfectly with all the fabrics in the quilt top and the backing.  Secondly, I can see why people say Aurifil is really good value for money.  This quilt made a much smaller dent in the spool than I was expecting (and we all know that pebble quilting uses HEAPS of thread), plus the bobbins seemed to last for a lot longer than usual.  Happy.

Letter from Lotta Quilt

I think Nat's post about zigzags and chevrons influenced my choice of backing fabric, and I'm so glad it did, because I think this print from Cloud 9 Fabrics Simpatico collection is just right.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: my envelope quilt pattern
Finished Size: Approximately 30" by 40"
Fabric: Lotta Jansdotter's Glimma collection, Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black 
Backing: Chevron in Minty from Cloud 9 Fabrics Simpatico collection
Binding: Pearl Bracelet in HiHo Silver
Pieced and quilted by: me

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

This quilt is the sixth and final of my third quarter goals that I've finished.  Six out of eight ain't bad!  Link up now with Leanne at she can quilt as part of the 2013 Finish Along - the link up is open until 7 October, so you have a little time.

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12 comments:

Leanne said...

I love your quilt and the quilting makes it even better. I think that Aurafil 50 wt is a fairly fine thread which is why it winds more on a bobbin than some others. My machine loves quilting and piecing with it, but I often use a thicker thread for quilting too.

Hilary said...

Gorgeous :) I've recently started using Aurifil and it is pretty awesome. I have so much other thread though, so I only have 1 spool of it.

Erin @ Missy Mac Creations said...

Fabulous finish Adrianne. Your quilting is sublime and perfect for the theme.

Carla said...

You're rather amazing : ) This is wonderful

Patchwork and Play said...

Another lovely finish Adrianne! Just gorgeous!

Kelsey said...

Finishing up an old UFO is the best feeling isn't it?! I just finished a quilt top from February for the Q3 finish as well so don't feel too guilty about procrastinating - I was right there with you!

Jo Jo said...

Another gorgeous quilt! I love the quilting too!

Caroline said...

Love, love that line! Beautiful finish:)

quiltswithpersonality said...

Congrats on your finishes. Love the quilt ....great job on the quilting too!

sharpie said...

Six for eight is awesome, Adrianne! Well done, friend ;) That little "envelope-esque" quilting is so sweet!

Flying Blind... said...

It's beautiful. I think I need to use up my Echo now!

RobotMomSews said...

Love it!! I love the envelope quilting and I've never seen that before!! Truly genius!