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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sand and Sea Glass Finished!

Wild thing had a baseball tournament this weekend in a town over an hour away (I really would like to know who schedules these things).  In these tournaments, it's best to just plan to hang around the ball field all day long since the schedule is determined by whether you win or lose.  That poses a problem for us because of our (seriously cute, but extremely neurotic) dog (see his picture HERE).  He can't be left alone all day long (possibly longer than a full work day), and pets aren't allowed at these tournaments.

Unfortunately, that means that I miss wild thing's baseball games in these circumstances, which I really hate.  I never miss his games if I can help it.  As much as I wish I could have been at his baseball games, it meant I had the day at home...all by myself... to spend however I wished.  hmmmm...

I stared at my house in disarray and thought of all the things I should do, and then made the decision to quilt and bind my latest quilt.  Was there ever really a question?



I opted to quilt with stippling for a few reasons.  I love the soft, crinkly texture it gives the quilt and it doesn't look too harsh.  Also, since the Double Slice pattern is random-ish, I thought the stippling fit nicely.  It is my favorite kind of quilting, and since I've done straight line quilting in my last two quilts, I've really missed it!  I still don't consider my stippling to be perfect, but I'm getting a lot better at keeping my spacing even- and no crossovers or puckers either.  Yay!

I did do a solid backing instead of a pieced backing though, because I found the darkest taupe fabric in a 90 inch width.  That happens so infrequently, so I figured I might as well use it!

I think the scrappy binding works with the feel of the quilt and keeps it looking like sea glass scattered out on the beach, without "framing" it too much.  The blog post HERE has more details about my inspiration for this quilt.


The finished quilt measures 72 x 72 and I've named it Sand and Sea Glass.  I think it fits perfectly.  I just love this aqua fabric in the label, and I think it really fits with the sea glass theme of the quilt.


All in all, the more I worked on this quilt, the more it grew on me.  Although it really isn't a quilt I would have thought to make without the specific request of a friend, I'm pleased with the way it turned out.  I'll give it to him when we head to Baton Rouge at the end of July, and I hope he likes it as well!



49 comments:

  1. It looks awesome, definitely fitting of your inspiration! That would be right at home in a beach house. Great job!

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  2. Looks great! Love how you used multiple fabrics for your binding. The Aqua POPS!

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  3. I love the colors in this! The turquoise pieces really do like like sparkling glass. And I agree -- the scrappy binding is perfect.

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  4. It turned out beautiful, your friend is going to love it!

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  5. You inspired me so much with this quilt!
    This is not the colors that I normaly would put together, but I must keep this quilt in my mind.
    Turquise/aqua is my favorite color, but I put it together with blue, pink, lilac, or lime all the time.
    Putting it together with cream was great!
    It made me stop and look and read your words several times;-)
    Thank you!
    I live in Sweden so I don´t think our quilts ever will bee seen together- IF I can find time to make one for myself...
    Hope you don´t mind!

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  6. Ilove the colors in this quilt very much,,so Beautiful!!Hugs Bambi

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  7. That's a lovely, understated, quilt, Kelly! I love the "spa" feel of it all. Great job!

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  8. Hope your son had a great time at the tournament! And I love the way you prioritize the work.... It was sew worth it using the day alone to quilt and bind this beauty! Love the neutral and aqua. Great job!

    Lorna:)
    http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

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  9. Kelly, have you tried something like Rescue Remedy for your dog? Google it, I used it for many many dogs when I owned Obedience 101. I still use it for DiNozzo when he has to go for a ride or when McGee gets over the top rambunctious and won't stop.

    Love the colors in your Sand and Sea Glass piece. Stippling was the perfect choice!

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  10. Beautiful quilt...perfect name for it!

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  11. I love the soft look of this quilt. Very nice!

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  12. Love your proportion of neutrals to blue. Do you remember how many blue squares you used in proportion to the neutrals?

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  13. This turned out so beautifully! It looks like you attached your quilt label onto your backing before you basted & quilted it, right? I've never thought to do it that way for fear that my quilting will obscure it, but yours looks great. Also, your stippling is looking perfect to me!

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  14. It looks terrific Kelly! I am sure he will love it.

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  15. Sorry you had to miss the baseball game, but I understand your reasoning, dogs can create a lot of chaos when left alone for too long.

    I too love to quilt stippling, its very relaxing wiggling around. Your quilt is just beautiful, I LOVE the colour combination, it works really well.
    Thanks for linking up to Anything Goes.

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  16. beautiful, as usual, kelly! are you this productive during the school year or is it just summer break? the colors in this are great and the stippling reminds me of coral, so it's a good fit with your theme. =)

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  17. Awesome finish Kelly! The stippling was a perfect choice, and i love the scrappy binding! It looks gorgeous!

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  18. Beautiful finish to your quilt:)

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  19. Very pretty, and I didn't enjoy all the sports tournaments that were hours away and took all weekend. Yes several hours away. I agree who schedules these things! And that was when we decided no more dogs once our last one passed because we were gone so much.
    LOVE your quilt and I think it is a very pretty one indeed. It will be loved

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I can see that you certainly understand the baseball frustration and missing the game. I'm so glad you like my quilt! Thanks again for your visit!

      :) Kelly
      ps- I'm responding here since you are a no-reply blogger.

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  20. It turned out fantastic. The stippling made me think of the ripples you sometimes see in the sand. A perfect complement to the inspiration for the whole quilt. Great job.

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  21. Very nice, I really like the blue against the different tones of beige. Smart idea to add the quilt label and date too!

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  22. I LOVE this! I just saw a picture somewhere of a beach along the ocean and thought it would make a beautiful quilt palette and yours proves it. I'm sure your friend will be thrilled!

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  23. In agreement with everyone, its lovely! I've not made this pattern yet, but it's going on the list now!

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  24. Beautiful, love the colours, so a soft cozy looking quilt. I love your scrappy binding too

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  25. Your quilt is so beautiful Kelly and I'm sure they will just love it! The scrappy binding and stipple quilting are perfect on this quilt! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  26. Hey I have a boxer too. His name is Trigger and he turned 9 on the 11th of this month. The squishy face and the head turning gesture---THE best ever! Awesome dogs!!

    I think your friend is going to be smiling when he sees his quilt! You really gave it a great sense of being at the beach!

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  27. Beautiful! I love how the colors just flow together and you did a great job on the stippling. That is my next FMQ pattern to try and master. I can do loopty-doos pretty good--now I need to try something else. Great job!!

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  28. Love it Kelly! The colors work so great together. Your stippling really fits well too...no crossovers or puckers...that is a success! Sometimes I get a little lost and before I know it I've lost control,lol.

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  29. lovely, lovely. i loved the inspiration and i think the final quilt is amazing! i love the frame of the label - completely perfect!

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  30. Gorgeous! Love the neutrals with the pops of blue.

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  31. it's a simple and classic quilt, your friend is sure to treasure it! Congrats on a finish!

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    1. Thank you very much Kelly! I am so glad you like it.

      :) Kelly

      ps- responding here because you're a no-reply blogger!

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  32. Kelly, This quilt is amazing! On Friday I'm posting some of the quilty things I have found and loved this week through various link ups. I love this quilt and want to post one picture of it, link directly to your post and tell my small band of loyal readers about it. I also pinned it to my Friday's Finds board, from the source and credited you in the caption as well. I really don't like to post anyone's stuff without letting them know I'm doing it and without their permission first.
    So I wanted to check first!
    Kim @ Windsor and Main


    Thanks and Blessings,

    Kim

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    1. Kim- I am so glad you love it, and I would be delighted to have you link my quilt to Windsor and Main. Thank you so much for asking! by the way, you're coming up as a no-reply blogger, so I'm responding here!

      :) Kelly

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  33. What a beautiful quilt, love the soft muted colours, Thx for linking up :o)

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  34. Very pretty quilt! It really is like a trip to the beach. The stippling looks great, I love this quilting style, but haven't had chance to try it yet.

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  35. That is lovely finish! Congrats!

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  36. Ooh, I love that aqua fabric! Congratulations on the finish!

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  37. The blues and browns together are really nice! You did a great job.

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  38. Beautiful calming colours. Well done!

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  39. I love the colors and over all how it turned out. You did a really good job on this one.

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  40. This quilt quickly caught my eye, I love the colors and the name - a very fitting name for the fabric you used.

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  41. I love the colors in this one - a confirmed beach bum, it speaks to me! Whoop whoop!!

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  42. I really, really like this quilt! The colors are so beautiful and the name fits it perfectly. Also, sewing when the house is clean takes all the fun out of it ;). Congrats on a great quilt and thanks for linking up!

    xo -E

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  43. Love it Kelly, it's the colour choices that make this one for me, just gorgeous :)

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  44. This is so beautiful. I never would have thought to put these colors together, but I absolutely love them. Did you use a pattern or is this your own design?

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  45. I have a layer cake that I think I am going to make a double slice quilt with, too. I love yours. AND, we must have very similar taste because I just bought that exact same backing for a quilt I'm going to gift at Christmas! Sometimes it is so nice to just not piece anything for the back!!

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