Friday, 7 March 2014

Purple S-block Quilt (aka S is for Spurple)

Woohoo - I finally have a finished quilt to show you after what feels like quite a gap between finishes!  I started this quilt at the very start of February (in a class with Kaffe Fassett!!!), and I've been working on it fairly steadily ever since.

S is for Spurple 

Now that it's finished, I absolutely love it.  This is a quilt where I really pushed myself with colour and fabric choices, and I'm truly happy with the outcome.  The process has given me a boost of confidence and I feel like I'm a better quilter as a result.

S is for Spurple 

The s-block is so simple, but has such a graphic quality, especially when you follow Kaffe's advice and ensure that there is a good amount of contrast between the two fabrics used in each block.  I'm really pleased that I used fabrics that are representative of my stash, and there are lots and lots of favourites in there (including the border print, which I honestly wasn't expecting to use in a quilt - I thought I might use it for a bag!).

S is for Spurple 

There are a few Kaffe Fassett prints in the quilt top, but the back is where his fabric really shines. This flower tile print has a paler version of each colour from the front of the quilt, which means it works perfectly as a backing.  I'm also rather proud of the fact that I matched the print across the backing - yes, it is pieced, and I dare ya to find the seam.

S is for Spurple 

Most of my recent quilts have used a single fabric for the binding.  This quilt reminded me how fun a scrappy binding can be (and also I couldn't decide which colour to pull out of the quilt top to use for the binding).

S is for Spurple

With so much happening in the quilt top, this quilt really doesn't need fancy quilting.  I went with my favourite diagonal crosshatch, in a variegated purple thread.  This has given the quilt great texture without being too distracting (and also has the benefit of working well with my slightly dodgy piecing!).

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

So, if I could enter the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge, this would be my entry (even though the purples are not necessarily particularly close to radiant orchid).  I'm really excited to see what everyone has been up to when Anne from Play Crafts and I open up the linky for entries in a week's time!  Remember, entries are open until 11pm PST on 21 March 2014, so you still have time to make something (as well as quilts, we have categories for mini quilts and quilt tops).  Click here for all the details, including the rules, our wonderful sponsors and our fantastic judges.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: S-block quilt from Kaffe Fassett's books Country Garden Quilts and Kaffe Quilts Again
Finished Size: approx 72" square
Fabric: various, Echino Flower Bed in Purple for the border
Binding: various
Pieced and quilted by: me

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

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21 comments:

Kristy said...

Those colors are so very different yet compliment the border print and one another so nicely. It is a great finish and you should be proud of it.

Rebecca said...

Great quilt really like the colours. Kaffe is terrific for advice and assistance. I love the way you decided to do your binding too.

Kelly Warriner-Simpson said...

That looks gorgeous. Such a happy quilt!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

It's gorgeous!! And I LOVE the border print and the backing. Well chosen!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Love that you went for a scrappy binding!

Julie said...

Wow - this is absolutely stunning. Love the colours - love that border fabric.

Debbie said...

What a fun quilt! Amazing you started it in Kaffe's class - very cool. Love the binding you chose to finish with!

Deb said...

This is stunning Adrianne. And will be so special since you started it with Kaffe

Charlotte said...

it's gorgeous! I love the controlled scrappiness of it - really lovely!

Lyndy at Stitchbird said...

I love it - the colure are fantastic and some a re a little unexpected but it all comes together to make an amazing quilt.

Cille said...

I still live your project - the mix of fabrics and think the simple quilting and scrappy binding is perfect. Great finish, Adrienne.

Dot said...

I love your quilt! Such beautiful colors and fabric choices. Love the border and backing. Gorgeous work.

Alison said...

I absolutely love it! :)

Molli Sparkles said...

Smucker's called, they want their jam back. Oh wait, that joke might not work as well on a Kiwi. Suffice to say, it feels like I'm surrounded by the fruits of the forest, and I love me some fruit. Everything about it speaks to my loud sensibilities... You had me at contrast!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

It finished out perfectly gorgeous. That block is singing to me in a big way. May have to try it on this next one I am cogitating.

FlourishingPalms said...

Such a lovely quilt! I'm sure you learned heaps from Kaffe. I would never have chosen these fabrics to sew together - with such success! - so it's obvious heeded what you were told. Very well done. And, I can't wait to see what all the Pantone Challenge entries look like.

dutchcomfort said...

Perfection Adrianne! Love the colour palette, it’s such a beautiful quilt!

wehago said...

Thanks for your blog and the opportunity to participate in this competition, I will be starting my quilt top over the next week. I have my fabrics and my pattern worked out, all excited to start!

jodydeschenes said...

awesome! that Kaffe S quilt is on my list of 'love to do somedays' (: the border fabric is Perfect, love to see it in a large quantity repeated. nice job and thanks for the motivation!

Jennifer Fullerton said...

Stunning. Great work!

DeborahGun said...

I really love this. It pulls together so many colours but works really well :-)