Friday, November 24, 2017

moody quilt complete!

Welcome to finish it up Friday! I hope all of you in the U.S. had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Much to my surprise and delight, I was able to finish the moody quilt this week! Woohoo! It's amazing what a deadline (self-proclaimed or not) will do. Hahaha! I finished the quilt at 12:15am on Thanksgiving day. I gave it to my brother in law to sleep under that same night (morning, actually...) which was a was a LOT of fun! He was surprised!
The pattern is called chain of diamonds from the book No Scrap Left Behind. I enlarged the blocks so they finish at 4" rather than 2" as shown in the book. The quilt uses chambray, linen, denim, and the like for the chains and Kona shadow for the background. I love the combination and how masculine the quilt turned out.
For the backing I used Kona solid in the color overcast (I love that name!) along with a strip of scraps leftover from the front. I do love a pieced quilt back!
I auditioned several fabrics for the binding, but landed on this stripe from my good neighbors collection. (It's out of print, I'm sad to say.) I love that a little bit of my own fabric made it's way into the quilt.
It really is the perfect binding fabric! Look at how well it ties the front and the back together. I designed the stripes with binding in mind, so using them for that reason (again) was delightful. I machine bound it (using this tutorial) for a quick and sturdy finish.
I quilted it on my Janome Horizon with straight lines. Nothing fancy needed! The quilt measures about 64" x 84".
Some of you requested it, so here is a quick picture that I snapped of Curt with his quilt. I know that he likes it a lot! Hurray for a happy finish.

Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you for joining me for finish it up Friday! Thank you for stopping by and for reading. It means a lot! Happy Friday to you!

41 comments:

Kristin said...

I love the picture of your brother in law with the quilt!! What a lucky guy! You are very generous and kind. =) xoxo

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love how simply you quilted this

Bernie Kringel said...

You did it!! Great job -- I knew you would get it done. It is such a cool quilt. Love the backing too. Really nice finish Amanda.

Colleen Rayner said...

loved this quilt in your book and love this version too. That's a lucky guy to receive one of your quilts. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours !

Chris said...

It turned out great! He looks so happy with it.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

The binding is the perfect finish! Congratulations on making your goal and I hope your family had a very Happy Thanksgiving together.

linny298 said...

Simply stunning! I love EVERYTHING about this quilt. 😍

Debbie said...

Awesome quilt and I love that it was made for someone that will really enjoy it!

AnnieO said...

Fantastic! What a great feeling it always is to have a dear one wrapped in a quilt you made❤️

Frog Quilter said...

Woohoo. Fabulous! I know Curt will enjoy it for years to come.

Havplenty said...

Very nice.

Dolly said...

Great finish, and so perfect that his clothing yesterday matched with the quilt so well ! You really know this guy !

Lucy - Charm About You said...

Beautiful finish! πŸ’™

MyLittleBlueDog said...

Well it turned out beautifully and your brother in law looks very pleased. Congratulations.

Tammy Stack said...

Love your man quilt

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Very guyish quilt! And the smile on his face shows how grateful he is. The stars must have aligned for this gorgeous quilt: you finished in time, the background and backing are perfect together, and having the perfect binding can't all just be coincidence! Congratulations!

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

I loved following how this quilt evolved! Congratulations on your finish and thanks for having a link party after all.

Jen said...

Great finish and I love that you got a picture of your brother with the quilt! It looks like he loves it!

Vicki Lou said...

Amanda Jean,
I do love the simplicity and repetition in this great quilt. How do you know that your fabrics - chambray, denim, linen and cotton - are compatible and will shrink the same amounts? I’m considering making a recycled denim and flannel quilt. Will they work together?

Marla aka YaYa said...

This is a great quilt for a man, and your brother in law is a perfect model! I have also used your grey stripes for binding. Do you think you could get Connecting Threads to re-issue it?

JanineMarie said...

I really liked this quilt with the touch of mustard, but now that I see it all done, I think it's perfectly wonderful for your brother-in-law. The gray striped binding is just right in both color and adding that little personal element.

Snowcatcher said...

Moody, maybe, but I think this is such a fun quilt! I really love that you were able to incorporate your own design into the binding!

marie bartels said...

I like this quilt very much. "No scrap left" behind is on mijn wishing list!

vincenzo126 said...

Amanda,
I love this quilt! I'm making it! Thank you.
Happy Holidays,
Jean

nancyb said...

i love that your brother in law matched his shirt with his quilt! did he do that on purpose or did you nail what he likes? i love it!

Pamela Arbour said...

That turned out very nice. Loved all the pics! Congratulations on another great finish!

Mabel Goddard said...

Wow!! It’s beautiful and your brother in law is a lucky person. Thank you for sharing all the photosπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‚πŸ

Kelly O. said...

this is fabulous!! what a great masculine quilt!

grammajudyb said...

It finished great! Thanks for sharing and for taking the time to have a link up during such a busy time.

pennylanequilts said...

What a lucky guy to have such a special quilt! I love the denim and chambray fabrics, the pieced backing, the binding....Everything about this quilt!

MissPat said...

I also noticed that the quilt matched Curt's shirt! It's a great "man quilt". After deconstructing the quilt to replace the mustard, you deserved to use a simpler quilt design to finish it.

Quilter Kathy said...

A gorgeous masculine looking quilt!
I'm so sad that the Good Neighbours fabric is gone... I loved the whole line, especially the stripes!

Cool Lizzie said...

This couldn't be more perfect!!!! I love the monochromatic look of it - wow! Thx for sharing!

Sandy said...

Are you sure he was surprised? Looks like he dressed to match! What a great quilt and a timely finish.

KaHolly said...

Very, VERY nice!

Suzanne said...

I’m blown away by how you swapped out the mustard and went all the way to the finish line. Your binding looks amazing. I wish mine did as welll but I know you will say the key is just to practice, right?

Sandy said...

What a great way to say “Happy Thanksgiving”. Beautiful quilt!

Carol E. said...

I love it! Perfect guy quilt!

Di~ said...

Awesome! He looks pretty content! I had a similar experience on Tgiving. A couple of months ago, I kind of had an epiphany...that I should make my 38 yr. old nephew a ragtime quilt. He just has not been able to overcome a devastating 20 yr. habit of drug use. I felt like this was a way that he could feel loved by family. I used a lot of leftover fabric that had been in the drawer for 12 yrs. It turned out so beautiful, and HE LOVES it! I'm so glad I soldiered on, saw the quilt and gifting it to the end. I had to work pretty hard to get him to come so that I could give it to him in person. And of course, I forgot to take a picture of the quilt and of him with it! :(

Laura said...

Love the quilt! Makes me want to get out my No Scrap Left Behind book and make one! Need to clear out some of my projects half done first. ;-)

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

You are amazing. I loved the little hints of color before but this is such a great version for your brother-in-law. Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.