Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Quilt Top Finish!

Bit by bit I am succeeding in finishing off a few ufo's and wips around here. I am thrilled to have now finished my Kim/Keiko Flower Garden Quilt top....


This quilt top has been a delight to make. I began it about 18 months ago and decided to piece my background blocks using various fabrics, some from Keiko Goke, others are Timeless Treasures London Subway and Paris Roadmap as well as Lakehouse Annie's Seed Catalogue and Valorie Wells Dehli. I love the effect the pieced background gives to the quilt.


The pattern is Flower Garden Quilt designed by our incredibly talented Aussie designer Kim McLean. Kims appliques are a joy to work with, all her patterns come with 'to size' patterns (no need to find a photocopier to enlarge) and I love the many curves and points and stems and circles, a joy to applique!


All of the bright applique fabrics here are from the wonderful quilt and fabric designer from Japan, Keiko Goke. They are simply delightful often reminding me of crayon drawings. I love her orange fabric with the pink, red and white hearts and it makes a perfect inner border, set off with the gorgeous 'crayon scribbly' purple fabric. 


I am very happy with how this quilt has turned out. But how will I quilt it? By hand definitely! With perle 8 threads for sure! As for quilting the flowers, as yet I have no idea! I will probably put this down for a couple of months now, to be quilted when the weather has cooled a little. 


Thank you to everyone, both here and on instagram who have encouraged me all the way along with this quilt. I have really appreciated it, you have all helped me to get this quilt top finished! Thank you also to Keiko Goke who spoke about my quilt on her inspirational blog here. What an honour! xo


56 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Oh wow Cathy! You are an incredible artist!

Miriam said...

Woohoo Cathy, its beautiful! Congratulations on your finish. I really love the purple border fabric. Absolutely perfect for setting off your quilt!

Chookyblue...... said...

it sure is beautiful.........

Sharon said...

Fabulous finish. Perle ctn will be perfect for the quilting. I love the pieced backgrounds, makes for a lot more work, but such an interesting finish!

Leila said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the pieced background. It really adds a lot of character!

Lurline said...

Such an artist in your own right - congratulations Cathie!
Hugs - Lurline..

Oops-Lah said...

Stunning! I love the border you've chosen. The quilting will with Perle 8 will finish it perfectly!

Exuberant Color said...

I just love your quilt! I like busy quilts so I especially like the pieced backgrounds. I love her fabrics and own most of them too.

Jackie said...

This is just fabulous!! A beautiful quilt!!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

thank you so much for all your detailed instructions (previous posts) I am just new to needle turn, and found these very helpful. I was having trouble with the points...will try your suggestions. Thanks

audrey said...

I have loved this project ever since I saw your first blocks! Great finish on the quilt top. BEautiful!

Nedra said...

It has been wonderful to watch your progress over the last year or so as you have worked on this quilt. congratulations on a beautiful finish! It will be even more lovely once you hand quilt it.

Annie said...

Cathy, your flower garden quilt top is SO fabulous! I could look at that variety of flowers all day long. I agree, that background design is awesome with the flowers. How wonderful it will be to get it to completion. I look forward to seeing it again then.

dutchcomfort said...

Such a wonderful quilt and great finish! You’ve set a new trend with your pieced backgrounds!

Kleine Vingers said...

Beautifull quilt, the striped background looks very nice. Was it not more difficult to do the application due to the seams?
greetings

kim mclean said...

Beautiful quilt Cathy!!! Just love it, especially done on the pieced backgrounds. It is absolutely beautiful! Kim McL

Carin Wijnand said...

It's a beauty!

Carla said...

Congratulations on another absolutely stunning quilt, Cathy! I ran across some of the darling flowered fabric in your quilt today while shopping at my LQS and immediately thought of you and this quilt! How fun to see the top finished when I looked at your blog tonight!

syglad said...

I like your work very well and this quilt is gorgeous ..
Have a great Sunday :)

Salley said...

A tour de force. Completely original and . . .WOW!
Gets us all thinking outside the box. Thankyou.

Helen said...

Looks awesome Cathy! Well done!

Kathie said...

beautiful I love how you made the quilt your own and set it differently . love, love,love the pieced background
your going to have fun quilting this and revisiting all these fabrics.
Kathie

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's wonderful!!

Kellie said...

Love, love, love this! Pretty please bring it to the MMQG Saturday 16 Feb - having seen a couple of the strips in progress it would be fabulous to see the finished top xx

I Quilt for Fun said...

This is a WOWSER and I can understand your pleasure. There is no way to look at that quilt and not break out in a huge smile! Yea, you!

Barb said...

Soooo fabulous!

Stina Blomgren said...

Love it Cathy.....congratulations.... :0))))
Your quilt is absolutely brilliant...so fun and happy ...:0))
Kviltstina at gmail dot com

Debra said...

Your pieced backgrounds and fabric choices are wonderful. A truly lovely quilt.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Cathy! Wow - this is so special and beautiful quilt! Just fantastic! x Teje

Donna~~ said...

Fabulous! So many fabrics to look at and enjoy! Love your inner border--such movement in such a little strip!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

FAB-U-LOUS!!! Absolutely stunning - you deserve to be very proud, it's really a very special quilt!!

fiberchick said...

I've loved watching the progression of this quilt over the last year. There are no superlatives to describe how great this is! Congratulations!!!

Nifty Quilts said...

Congratulations! I have love this quilt--with your unique fabric choices--all along. Now you've topped it off with the most perfect borders! Bravo!!

Karen said...

Fab.u.lous!! And your back is as pretty as the front. So glas you perservered!!

Ann Champion said...

I love this quilt! It was brilliant to piece the backgrounds with those fun fabrics. They're the perfect backdrop for your fabulous applique. Well done!!!

Liane said...

Congratulations on another fantastic finish!

Cardygirl said...

Just beautiful Cathy...love everything about it!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow.....stunning, love it

Quiltjane said...

Cathy, stunning as ever. I love every fabric choice you have made to make this quilt a real gem. We have just had power out for 22 hours. Back on now and catching up on everything.

Quiltjane said...

Cathy, stunning as ever. I love every fabric choice you have made to make this quilt a real gem. We have just had power out for 22 hours. Back on now and catching up on everything.

Marit said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!

trish said...

Your quilt is absolutely stunning.

Stephanie said...

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Pip said...

This quilt is amazing, congratulations on getting it finished. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny M said...

Amazing fabrics and I admire your confidence in making your choice of fabrics work so beautifully together.

Laney said...

Really beautiful! I love your pieced backgrounds.

Stacey said...

Really lovely....I have been following your progress over the 18 months and it's wonderful to see the finished top :

doris batting said...

I love the variable horizontal bars, give a really different feel the the whole, brilliantly done

pandchintz said...

Well done you, Cathy - it looks fabulous!!! Love it!

Tatkis said...

Adorable quilt, full of colours and flowers! I love every detail!

Hugs,
Tatyana

thelonefarmer said...

I could look at this quilt all day!
It is mesmerizing. I love every inch of it!! Too bad you live so far away - I bet it is even more captivating in person!
Congratulations on a masterpiece!

Anna said...

I love it. Congratulations
A hug.
Anna

Anna said...

your quilts ALWAYS make me smile!

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

beautiful quilt!

Carla said...

Be still my heart!

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Your quilt turned out so beautiful!