Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Finished Citrus Quilt

Well, it's all done and I am pretty pleased with how it has turned out.  How versatile are those Half Square Triangles?


I've really fallen for this mix of colors!  These citrus colors contrasted alongside the fresh white fabric, make for a traditional quilt with a contemporary feel. Working with these fabrics has brought the feeling of Spring sunshine right into my home.
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Quilt Measures 55 inches x 71 inches.

The back of the quilt features a 14 inch wide strip of patchwork using printed fabrics that complement the quilt top  (together with a splash of blue), and those readily available in my scrap bin.  The solid background is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White.


As you can see the quilt is quite heavily quilted, with diagonal lines outlining the Half Square Triangles, but only through the lower half of the block (the solid white fabric).  Three lines run in both diagonal directions, as well as two horizontal quilting lines on either side of the seam line.  Four large bobbins of thread, and approximately 7 hours of stitching (and yes it does get tedious, but the effect it is well worth the effort).


Solid fabrics really show up quilting detail, and I do love the look of the closely spaced quilting lines, especially if  it doesn't result in tucks and puckers (Phew!)  The quilting is really prominent, and has become another feature of the quilt.

For binding fabric I have used a Kei Honey Comb in a Spring Green colorway,and as usual it is entirely machine stitched.  I decided to time myself this time to see just how long it takes from cutting binding strips to the finished  binding.  The binding on this quite large quilt took approximately 2.5 hours of solid work - include all the usual distractions that occur, and your looking at all that I accomplished  just last night.  Some nights are like that.


I have updated my Etsy Store to include this quilt.

You can find the listing here.  SOLD


Thank you so much for stopping by.  Your visit and comments are eagerly read, and very much appreciated!

54 comments:

  1. Love how this has been quilted Rit. Fabulous!

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  2. Love the bright fresh citrusy colours!

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  3. I do love the quilting on this quilt & the colours are so fresh !!

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  4. As beginning machine quilter...retired now, not so much discretionary income to give the longarm quilters, I love seeing what you have done with this quilt. It is lovely! I've always enjoyed your bright happy colors but now I'll pay closer attention to the quilting detail, Thank you for the inspiration! Toni

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  5. Another beauty! Looks so great on point and the quilting is amazing.

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  6. Wow, this is gorgeous - and I'm in love with the back! Once again, I am amazed at how fast you turn out the quilts!

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  7. The quilt is fantastic! I really love how the colors stand out. The quilting is also so well done.

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  8. I'll admit that it's nice to hear how long it takes you to do these things, because you make so many beautiful quilts that one begins to wonder if you're uber-quick. The quilting is breathtaking. I can't imagine how you manage such pucker-less work.

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  9. Beautiful. It really makes me want to start on a new quilt RIGHT NOW.

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  10. You sure work wonders with the HST. Very versatile indeed. : ) I love the color combo, very fresh and my favorite is the addition of that hint of blue. Just a little something, something.

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  11. I Love the quilting on this quilt!

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  12. From step one, this has been perfect!!! What a talent you have!!!

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  13. Looks great! You have such a way with color.

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  14. Beautiful! And I love your quilting!
    Tami

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  15. There is nothing I don't like about this quilt.....it's nice for you to share how long it takes you to do the quilting and binding. The results speak for themselves!

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  16. Love the quilt Rita, especially the colors and the quilting!

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  17. I love the color combo! And the quilting is fabulous! Straight line quilting looks so nice but it's so hard for me! It does take a while and I never get my lines straight! but you sure make me what to try it some more!

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  18. I think each of your quilts is more beautiful than the last! congrautlations!

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  19. I love EVERYTHING about this quilt...the colours, the quilting and of course the half square triangles!! Well done!
    Paulette

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  20. Another beautiful quilt. You gave me half-square mojo.Here's hoping I come up with something half as beautiful as this.

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  21. Your quilts are always an inspiration! I love the quilting and colors you used on this quilt.

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  22. BEAUTIFUL!! Its making me look forward to spring! Kxxx

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  23. Stunning !! Those citrus colours are just devine. very summery. Love the detail of the quilting.

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  24. It's beautiful. So fresh and lovely. Your quilting is AMAZING.
    I usually favour FMQ but am having a go at straight lines though can't seem to work it out without puckers. Any hints or tips you can pass on would be really appreciated by me and other bloggers who are afraid of straight line quilting too.

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  25. Gorgeous, congrats on the finished piece!

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  26. Love this quilt! The quilting pattern is wonderful!

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  27. Fabulous quilt - I love the extra lines of quilting you have done this time.

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  28. Wow, this is so mouth-wateringly inspiring Rita !!

    I even popped over to etsy to fantasise a bit more about owning it, but then my non-existent bank balance screamed at me ...

    I love your use of white - it's something I'm crap at, as the colours all shout at me to use them - I am inspired even more to try again!

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  29. Fabulous quilting. Now I feel like a lime gin and tonic.

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  30. Love this one! And the quilting is awesome!

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  31. I don't normally like white in a quilt but this one is absolutely outstanding. Your points (for the triangles) and quilting are wonderful.
    I would love to reach that level of work!
    Congratulations.

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  32. Really fantastic, Rita! Very interesting to read the time it takes. I used to time my machine quilting and knew approx. how long a bobbin of X thread would take to get through. I swear evil beasties make some take longer than others. ;-)

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  33. Great mix of colors! It does look like summer.

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  34. Quilting does make it complete. I sandwiched one last night but I am having stiff neck pain since last weekend. I did not listen to myself and totally messed up when I started a body combat class last night. today totally out and most likely tomorrow taking a medical leave.

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  35. You are a quilting machine! This quilt turned up beautifully and has inspired me to try my hand at HST. I love the quilting and colours.

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  36. The colours are beautiful what a lovely quilt

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  37. what a happy simple quilt. I love your backing and quilting too.

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  38. I really shouldn't even begin to comment...every finished project gives me butterflies in my stomach, and makes me want to just go on foolishly! I am so inspired and so happy I found Red Pepper Quilts...I love this quilt!

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  39. I love ALL of your quilts but this has to be my FAVORITE so far. Your work inspires me!!! Thank you so much for the smiles!!

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  40. Fantastic quilt! Great HSQ combination.
    Angie - www.craftedAngles.com

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  41. I love the colors and that white is something.

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  42. Gorgeous quilt. I'm in the middle of a similar quilt made from half square triangles. I'm contemplating straight line quilting too, so its good to see how you done yours. My free motion foot isn't working either so straight line it will be.

    A few of my readers gave me this link to your quilt/blog.

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  43. i absolutely loved your color palette ...its so refreshing...

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