Monday, August 31, 2009

The Finished Jaffa Quilt

This quilt was a dream to piece but a challenge to quilt. Having used a linen/cotton blend fabric (which is a little heavier than cotton fabric), for sashing the orange/red and brown designer fabric squares, the quilt is actually quite cumbersome to manoeuvre through the limited space of my sewing machine arm.

Jaffa Quilt
Finished Quilt measures: 57 inches x 53.5 inches

I have kept the back of the quilt very simple, giving it a modern and minimalist look. The solid grey fabric here is Kona Cotton Solid by Robert Kaufman in the colorway Ash.


The binding fabric is from Amy Butler's Lotus range and is called Full Moon Polka Dot in Lime. I really did not want to use a strong contrasting color to frame this quilt, instead choosing a complimentary fabric thereby adding just a touch of detail rather than color.


I have also given this quilt a little road test today. No! I did not sleep under it! I washed it in the washing machine on a gentle but warm cycle, and then tumble dried it in a warm dryer.


It came out all soft and crinkly, probably a little too crinkly for my neat self, but a light steam iron sorted that out. It looks so welcoming, and feels so soft! It has withstood and passed the wear and tear, wash and tumble test!


These two quilts look great together. You just cannot have too many quilts on the one bed don't you think?

33 comments:

  1. A wonderful job! I love the orange against the green! and...almost looks like the two quilts were made for each other ;)

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  2. How gorgeous!! And no, you can't have too many quilts on the bed... I'm working on another for our bed cos my husband steals the one we have now! Hehe!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous, and no you can never have enough quilts on a bed! Love the green sashing, I am doing a nine patch with green sashing right now too!

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  4. Absolutely one can never have too many quilts and they just have to be together.

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  5. That green is just sub-lime (no pun intended!) And I agree, the two quilts look beautiful together and should definitely be on the same bed together!!

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  6. I am in awe of your skill, talent and most of all your timing. In the time you have made this completely I have cut a third of the blocks I need for my Fortnum's quilt.

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  7. Very nice, Rita! When in the world do you ever sleep????

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  8. It really looks fantastic! It seems to have washed up really well too!

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  9. Gasp! It's gorgeous!! I'd love to be snuggled up with it!

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  10. I had to chuckle while reading this blog entry...I just came back from the store yesterday with 6 yards of Ash Kona!:) I just love that color. What is the name of the other neutral you use a lot?

    So, if this is on your bed does it mean it's a keeper?:)

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  11. what pretty quilts! i really enjoy your color choices for the sashing. i often just stick with white and i enjoy your use of color.

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  12. De-lurking to say I *heart* the simplicity of this quilt!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!!

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  13. Another beauty - must say I love the dark grey, right hand corner - is that a Chinese Coins?
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  14. I'm a lurker but this is just enough to get me out of my cave and say: I LOVE it!

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  15. Gorgeous! I'm in love with Kona Cotton's Ash color too. I adore the green sashing and modern minimalist back!

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  16. Gorgeous! The two look like they were made for each other!

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  17. I love this! I was watching the design unfold and thought, "Why is she using lime green for those fabric squares? That's... different."

    But it turned out fantastic. Sorry I doubted your awesome design ability!!

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  18. i am with you, you can never have too many!!! it looks so great. I just love the combination of the browns and oranges on that beautiful soft green

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  19. I a million years I would have never thought to make the sashing green - wow - what a kick!

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  20. Just like all your work. I love it. Beautiful. Your style is fabulous.

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  21. Love the quilt! And CONGRATS on the new machine! I love my Bernina...and I'm sure you do too! How do you like the free motion stitch regulator?

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  22. No you can't have too many quilts. Well maybe, I was tucking up my 7 year old the other night and counted.... 7 quilts on his bed!! The weight of it must have been incredible. they weren't all boy quilts either, there were all sorts. I love your Jaffa quilt, it's so amazing. I wish you would publish a book, just with photos of your quilts!

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  23. Beautiful quilt. I really like the back of the Jaffa Quilt.

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  24. pretty, pretty, pretty!!!! just LOVE it!

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  25. I love the modern quilts so much. The strong colours look amazing as backgrounds. Squares are looking to be my favourite so far. I think those two quilts are beautiful!

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  26. Everytime I visit, I'm blown away! You are amazing! ooxx`jodi

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  27. it's beautiful! i just picked up some of the ash kona cotton and i love the color. it looks like it will work well with so many colors. congrats on your new machine. have fun with it!!!

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  28. Hi...can you tell me what the dark solid fabric is that you used on the quilt in the last picture? I love how it looks with all the bright patterned fabrics! You can email me directly at bsavinda1980@hotmail.com Thanks so much!

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