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Monday, November 9, 2015

Nostalgia

I finished this my Ambleside D4P quilt this morning, and though the lower volume hues are outside of my norm, I really fell in love with the delicate prints and soft colors.  Every fabric in this sweet collection makes me think of vintage linens and lace, or embroidered handkerchiefs.  Although the florals are updated, they look like they could be right at home on a bed during a bygone era as well.  Because of the timeless florals and simple pattern, I decided to name this quilt Nostalgia.



If you missed my last post, this quilt will be a Christmas gift for the parents of a family member (by marriage).  Since the recipient's favorite color is yellow, I was asked to make the binding and backing yellow.  I really prefer for my binding and backing to be in contrasting colors so that when the quilt is turned over, both are distinct, so right away, I knew I needed to figure something out to be happy with it.


My solution was to use wide yellow stripes on either side of the scraps, then smaller green stripes down the length of the quilt.  By doing this, I was able to minimize the binding and backing blending together.  I used the same yellow fabric for both backing and binding, so it doesn't look strange on those small places at the top and bottom of the quilt where they do meet.  I think the backing and binding are a win-win- lots of yellow, but still plenty of contrast.

This finished quilt measures 80" x 100," so it will cover a queen sized bed generously, and the quilt, including the scraps on the back, used up every single bit of a 40 FQ bundle- hooray for zero leftovers!  These soft, dainty prints were so nice to work with, I just might have to choose lower volume fabrics more often!


24 comments:

  1. Wow, that's lovely, beautiful color mix!!

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  2. They are not my "usual" colors either, but it is very pretty. I especially like the yellow binding lighting up the soft green on the back.

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  3. You've chosen a very appropriate name for this quilt, it's very pretty and vintage-y.

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  4. Nostalgia is the perfect name. Very pretty!

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  5. Very vintage looking. I love the back too. It's almost a double sided quilt

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  6. So, so sweet! You do beautiful work!!!

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  7. Super pretty Kelly. It reminds me of a beach house quilt ; )

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  8. It looks so Pretty! You finished that very quickly! I think the backing is wonderful, as pretty as the front! I know it's even better seeing it in person. This couple is going to love it!

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  9. What?! But you just started this quilt! Congrats on a fast (to me) finish ... especially for something of this size. Well done!

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  10. Kelly, I normally like nice bright, bold colors, much like you seem to quilt with. The first thing I said when I saw this quilt was, "WOW! I love these colors together and the softer hue!" I may just have to try something like this for myself. Great job, she's beautiful!

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  11. I love the soft colors...they all sort of melt together so beautifully!

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  12. I love the muted colorway. This is gorgeous!

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  13. Beautiful! I usually like bright and bold, but these muted colors are fabulous together!

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  14. What a good name for the quilt. I have been using the same sort of fabric too this week, your quilt is beautiful, what lucky people to be given it at Christmas.

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  15. Oh how beautiful, I love the softness of it, and what a perfect name for it!

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  16. It's so pretty. The receivers will be so grateful, I'm sure! I know I would be!

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  17. Hooray for zero leftovers! Very pretty, Kelly!

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  18. This is a really pretty quilt! I usually go for bright colors, but you are right - these fabrics - and the quilt - are lovely. I love your solution for getting some contrast with the binding on the back. Did you quilt this yourself on a domestic machine?

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  19. Toll das werde ich auch versuchen .
    Viele Grüße aus Deutschland Karo

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  20. Beautifully done! Love the softer colors in this one.

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  21. A very pretty finish! A lovely pastel palette, so soft & 'vintage-y" !

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  22. What a beautiful quilt Kelly!!! So delicate looking, it will be a special gift!

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