Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Finished Object :: Cloud Quilt

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I finished my Cloud Quilt, woohoo! I am soooo happy with it. SO happy!

I had the idea for the Cloud Quilt almost a year ago (wow, that long!) and first blogged about it in October. I started collecting cloud fabrics and in late December I had a decent pile of different cloud fabrics. In January and March I was cutting the fabrics and making decisions about the design. In April I cut the last addition to the cloud stash and on my birthday I spent some time finishing the quilt top. I shared the piecing process and the pattern for the top in May. In early July I finished the back of the quilt. And last week there was the list of cloud fabrics I used.

I really enjoyed making this quilt. For hardcore quilters it may seem an awful long time to make a quilt, but obviously I had to build up a cloud stash first. That was partly due to looking for fabrics (and waiting for them to become available in some cases) and I guess I'm kinda slow at cutting fabrics. I needed A LOT of little 2½" squares and 4½" squares.

But in a way I like that it took so long. It meant I could enjoy working with the clouds over a period of time.

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So last week I went out to take some pictures of the quilt. At first I had slung it over a gate to a field (top picture), but it was quite low and meant it would only show half of the quilt. So I wandered a bit further to this small copse of trees. A couple of them were just the right distance apart. And luckily I came prepared with some string and bulldog clips so I could hang it up.

It looked quite pretty there in the dappled sunlight, but it made it kinda difficult to see the fabrics properly.

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This is the back. For this I used mostly 8½" squares, with a couple of strips made from leftover 2½" and 4½" squares. I wanted to use up everything!

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Here, you can see the smaller squares a bit bitter. I wasn't completely sure how that would turn our but I really like how it looks like they have almost sneaked into the back. Secret small squares. :-)

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The front! I love all the happy little clouds together. All different but somehow they all go together.

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The layout may look completely random, but if you look closer there are actually crosses made only from the 2½" squares and in each of those crosses there is a cross made from squares of the same fabric. In this post there is a sketch of how it is put together.

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I thought I had managed to sew all the squares together right side up, but then I spotted that a couple of them are upside down. I can't exactly say why, but that just made me really happy. Maybe I'm weird like that. :-)

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I tied the quilt instead of quilting it 'properly'. I just love the look of that technique. And of course this quilt had a very handy grid built straight into it.

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Gratuitous picture of the back.

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And folded up quilt.

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Close up. Mmmm... squishy soft quilt.

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The binding is made from polka dotted fabrics. All different ones. I had thought of using stripes, but I didn't have a lot of stripes in my stash. But there was enough dots. And neon dots!

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Awwww! This one has never been interested in any other quilts laying around the house, but she was all over this one. So cute. :-)


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