Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Sparkle or Six

I hopped on board with the Sparkle QAL back in early January, got my blocks cut out with the rest of the group, and then promptly lagged behind. I confess it sat like this on my sewing table for a full month.
Fabrics cut for Sparkle QAL
And then last week I was reminded that the link up of finished quilts was going to be today! Yikes. Considering I had planned on a mini Sparkle with just six blocks, I got to work piecing up the blocks - which I really enjoyed - and then an afternoon sewing with daughter dear provided just the right incentive to get the blocks sashed, a back pieced, and binding picked out. Oh, and I decided to try contrasting sashing, using the Northcott Colorworks in Pearl that I had picked up at Over the Rainbow. For me, it added just the right something extra to set the blocks off.
For quilting, I decided to use my hera maker to make a sweeping curve across the quilt, and then echo that throughout. My curve's sharpness on one side made it a little hard to replicate over and over, but in the end, I'm ok with it.
Predictably, the weather was down right stormy yesterday afternoon when I wanted to get pictures. Though the wind did provide a quick peek of the back - simply pieced with some Kona Artichoke and a wonderful piece of Kate Spain's Verna I found in my stash. I was pleased to discover it, considering how nicely it pairs with Terrain.
Anyway, I was patient. And eventually the lively Sparkle was still.
Linking up on the Sparkle QAL Finish posts at In Color Order and Canoe Ridge Creations, at Thank Goodness It's Finally Finished over at Quilter in the Gap, and also on Happy Quilting's T.N.T. Thursdays with my try at contrasting sashing and curvy quilting . . .and also with Finish It Up Friday{sew} Modern Monday, and Fabric Tuesday!

41 comments:

Katy Cameron said...

Wow, well done for cranking that baby out so quickly, it looks great!

Kate said...

It looks fabulous!

Izzy said...

The quilt looks lovely! Great job! I'm starting to regret not participating in this QAL. Everyone's quilt is so beautiful.

Jennifer said...

Wow! you work fast! It looks beautiful Debbie! The backing compliments it so well, great choice!

Carla said...

The quilting is great! Good for you.

Katie B. said...

Adorable! Love the curvy quilting.

Leanne said...

This is really lovely, the quilting is great!

Richard Healey said...

It turned out great.

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Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Love the quilting!!! It is so awesome!!!! And that sashing really sets the blocks off. What a great idea!!!

Jamie Lee said...

It does look fantastic. I love the back!

Kelsey said...

This looks great! Love the two toned sashing idea!

Lisa Ann said...

Lovely finish! The curvy quilting really adds nice texture to the quilt. Love it!

Krista said...

i think the quilting adds just the right amount of oomph! great job getting to it at the last minute, love that spark(le)!

Pat said...

Love the quilting! :)

Heather D. said...

Looks awesome Debbie! Love the quilting. Were you happy with how well the hera marker worked? I'm so anxious to try mine but haven't had the opportunity to yet!

Tracy said...

Wow! Firt, the quilt is beautiful, love the curved quilting. 2nd, you sure work fast! I don't know how you do it! I am just so slow, I'l just keep plugging along though, eventually will get something done. I still have yet to try my Hera that I purchased from reading from your blog...must get busy. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

CityHouseStudio said...

Beautiful job! I love your quilting.
But yikes, is it really the link up day already?!
I quilted my Sparkle quilt last weekend but still need to get the binding on!

Cherie said...

Love the colours! The finish looks really great. =D

Annabella said...

Oh my goodness, you did get that done quickly and I love it! You`ve done such a great job. I have to get a hera marker - I so want to do some circular stitching - or try at any rate!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Great sparkle! I love the different sashing, it really does make it pop more! The quilting is fab too :)

Kirsten N said...

This is beautiful Debbie - love the curvy quilting!

The Thompsons said...

Now that's what I call rapid-fire quilt production - nice! It looks lovely, and the curved quilting is really cool.

Norine said...

Wow. You are quick! I love Terrain; hence I LOVE THIS QUILT!

Great job :) and I love the quilting.

felicity said...

Oh wow. This is just fabulous. I love Terrain and it looks fantastic here. your choice of a (slightly) different coloured sashing is brilliant and I am totally pinning the final shot on my quilting stitches inspiration board - FANTASTIC!

**nicke... said...

that hera marker and you are really getting along great! i love the quilting and those sparkles are really great also. how do you get so much done??? i am so slow!

Leah said...

Looking wonderfully

Janine said...

This is looking wonderful!

M-R said...

Great job, Debbie! With that background, your fabrics sparkle beautifully. I also love the movement your quilting gives it. Congrats on a fabulous Friday finish! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Katie said...

This turned out fabulous! I haven't touched mine in many weeks, except to move the pieces around my sewing table. Maybe this weekend I will get to it.

Nicole said...

Great finish, Debbie! The quilting is perfect for these blocks! I'm so glad we got a peek at the back. You're right - the artichoke and verna goes well with terrain.

Rachel said...

Love the quilting!

Heather said...

Beautiful! The quilting really makes it, too. Great job! :o)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

I love your Sparkle quilt. The quilting is awesome!

JanuaryT said...

Debbie, It looks awesome!! I love the fabric you chose and the quilting is really cool. Great Job!!

rubyslipperz said...

I really like your fabric choices...it's modern and fun!

hugZ,
annie
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Teje said...

Beautiful!!! That pattern is so great for those wonderful fabrics! x Teje

Jessica said...

This is beautiful! Great job, love the fabrics!!

Claire Jain said...

Ahhh! I love it :-D I just started a new quilt with these Terrain fabrics today. I'm so in love. I'm glad I bought yardage of my favorite print. I know it's awesome when my husband loves it, too! Thanks for sharing your beautiful sparkle quilt :-)

Kate S. said...

This looks great Debbie! Great use of Terrain! :)

Q @ JAQS said...

Wonderful finish :)

Love for you to share it at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" Linky Party here: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html

Q @ JAQS said...

Wonderful finish :)

Love for you to share it at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" Linky Party here: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html