Monday, February 25, 2019

My Favorite Quilt I've Ever Made...For Now

I love all of my quilts in one way or another.  Sometimes I love them for the fabrics, sometimes I love them for the memories they bring to the forefront of my mind.  Sometimes I love them just because they were fun to make.  Every once in a while though, I love one for all of these reasons, and when I look at it I am immediately happy.  This is one of those quilts.

For now, this is my favorite quilt I've ever made.  I don't know exactly why.  Maybe it has to do with the unique pattern (from Livin' Large 2 by Heather Mulder Petersen).  Maybe it has to do with the Fabric (Parisville by Tula Pink), which I hoarded for YEARS before I finally decided what to do with it.  Maybe it has to do with the colors, modern yet not too loud.  In reality, it is probably all of those things.

Piecing for this quilt was more difficult than I anticipated.  If you look closely I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find where the trellis pieces don't match exactly.  I think the difficulty was that you need to match diagonal seams with perpendicular ones.  Thankfully it isn't largely noticeable and the overall affect is really fun.

I love this fabric so much.  I don't know if it's due to my love of historic dress, but as soon as I saw the "Marie Antoinette" wigs I knew I needed this fabric in my life!!!  How fun are these ladies!?

I had considered putting a border on this quilt, but by the time I finally got the center of the quilt done, the fabric was long out of print.  In the end I think I actually like it better without the border, and it's still a large full size quilt which works well on a bed or to snuggle on the couch.

If you read my last post, you might recognize the backing for this quilt.  I've been trying to shop my stash first, especially for backings, but I didn't have enough of any one fabric.  I DID have two pieces of yardage that were the same color though, and they both blended well with the pink on the front of the quilt.  An extra strip of purple gave me enough fabric for the back, and it felt GREAT to use up these pieces of yardage that had been hanging around a long time.  Both of these salvages were dated 1999!  20 years after they were printed, they finally found a use.  

The binding was from Tula Pink's True Colors collection.  It blended great, and I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg to get fabric from the Parisville collection.  Sometimes I find it's easy to get caught up in the "need" for fabric from the same line, but often I can find another choice that's more economical.  

Do you have a favorite quilt?  What makes it your favorite?  Do you find that your tastes change over time, or are you loyal to your favorites long term?

Happy Monday!

The Quilted Mitten