Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crossroads ~ A Finished Quilt

Warning!  A heavy duty picture post follows as well as a small tribute to Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons:


Not everything is always smooth sailing, however this quilt simply unfolded and came together like it was always meant to be.   The actual rotary cutting and piecing didn't take all that long, although the same cannot be said for the quilting.


I love the quilting! It has added so much character and texture to the finished quilt.  Without it this quilt, although otherwise graphically striking, has no soul, no personality, no zing factor.


And the back: ~ No tucks, no puckering; it's all in the basting.  I am still a pin baster, taping the layers to the floor and crawling around on hands and knees to pin, pin, pin.  There isn't a whole lot of fun in the process but it consistently produces the best results for me.  And so, it will continue.


I really wanted to bind this quilt with a printed fabric, however I quickly came to the conclusion that a black solid fabric was warranted and the only suitable option to frame this quilt.


I have listed this quilt in my Etsy Store Red Pepper Quilts @ Etsy - SOLD


You can find the listing here:  Crossroads Quilt @ Etsy

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

62 comments:

  1. I can't believe it's already finished with all of that quilting! Gorgeous!

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  2. Your quilting is just fabulous. Soooo smooth. I just love all of your work, but the quilting on this one is just wonderful.

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  3. Zingity bingity! What a great and simple quilt. You are absolutely right the quilting is what gives soul. The extra effort put into basting always pays off with a piece that is terrific. Zingity bingity wow.

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  4. i LOVE the quilting on this!! it's just perfect :)

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the colours and the style of this quilt. Fantastic!

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  6. This is a lovely quilt. Congratulations for this great work. It just gives me more inspiration to continue mine!

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  7. This is simple but amazingly dramatic! I am so impressed with the quilting! It is a perfect quilt for the fabrics, piecing, and quilting!

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  8. This may sound like an odd question, but what batting, and stitch length setting, do you use for quilting like this?

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  9. How lovely! The quilting intimidates me though!

    Sarah

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  10. Zingy! And I do love that quilting, it does make the quilt.

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  11. amazing, rita! you really have a way with color!

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  12. That is absolutely stunning, congratulations!

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  13. wow, another amazing quilt. It looks wonderful, so fresh, modern, beautiful!!!

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  14. Beautiful. The quilting really adds beauty to it.
    Teresa

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  15. So different for your usual...
    How lovely!!!!

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  16. That quilt is just fabulous Rita - love the grid quilting - really finishes it off.

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  17. Totally beautiful - my favorite you've made :)

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  18. Wow! That is really "out there". Very strong!

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  19. Stunning! The regularity and repetition in the quilting is incredible

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  20. gorgeous quilt, Rita, LOVE the colours, design and quilting. So simple but so very clever, love it. Cat.

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  21. It's awesome! Great job, I love it, Rita! You do such great work. The quilting is beautiful and I love the green on the back!!! Well done.

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  22. Blown away Rita.
    I think this is my favourite RPQ quilt EVER!!!!

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  23. Another amazing quilt. I am so impressed how you managed to line up the strips on both halves!

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  24. Oooooh! Looooooove this! Beautifully done, Rita!

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  25. You are the expert on taking plain fabrics and giving them the BAZINGA!

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  26. As usual, it is stunning and beautiful.

    I have to ask what sounds like an obvious question, so I'll qualify it in a moment, but, What was your sewing pattern when you quilted this? Meaning, Did you start in the middle and quilt every horizontal line, then all the vertical lines? Or, did you sew every other horizontal line and then go back and fill in the horizontal, and then do all of the vertical lines after the horizontal were complete? Or, did you a set of horizontal lines (i.e. every other one), then a set of vertical lines and then another set of horizontal lines, etc?

    I ask because I recently began a similar project and was thinking of quilting it very similarly to how you did this quilt, and the "pattern" I will use has been haunting me. I LOVE the way this turned out, so I am wondering exactly how you did it.

    Please forgive the long comment, but Inquiring minds want to know...

    Thanks,
    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  27. I love these stripes and your grid quilting is fab!

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  28. Wow, the quilting is fabulous on this quilt !!

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  29. i bow in awe...the design is stunning but the quilting is amazing.

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  30. Love, love love the quilting on this!!! My walking foot doesn't always produce such nice stitches. Any suggestions? Yours are so even.

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  31. Holy quilting fabulousness, Batman! The stitching, the lines... really amazing.

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  32. Gorgeous! I can never get my strait line quilting to turn out so nice. Even with a walking foot. What's your secret?

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  33. It is impossible for me to overstate how much I love this quilt. It. Is. Amazing! Wonderful work!

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  34. Yes for pinning! I did a basting demo at guild and even the seasoned quilters were surprised by how many pins I use. But I get no puckers...

    This is a stunning piece.

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  35. what did you use to keep the quilting lines so evenly spaced?

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  36. Rita, this is absolutely stunning....the quilting definitely "makes" the quilt...
    Did you mark every line????How do you get it so perfect???? LOVE it.......
    Leslie

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  37. Wow... this is too fabulous for words. The quilting really is amazing and makes the quilt.

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  38. All that quilting looks like it would drive you around a bend, but the effect is perfect and so gorgeous! Well done!!

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  39. I have to admit I'm also wondering if your machine is your secret to those perfectly paced stitches. But, really, I'm sure it's your skill from hard-earned practice, not a quick fix like a trick or a fancy machine!

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  40. I'm a pin baster too, but must be doing something different because I always get a pucker or two or twelve. So, how far apart are your pins? I'm always looking for ways to improve.

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  41. Really beautiful quilting! I admire the "no pucker" quilting!

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  42. I cannot even believe this quilt. I love it so much. I have to bookmark this to try, and I will heed your warnings about stretching and distortion. It is wonderful!!!

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  43. I have decided that you painted those straight white lines on your quilt, because that quilting just Isn't Possible! Fabulous quilt! I was at the gallery opening in Philly, and Nancy Crow's striped quilts were breathtaking. As is yours :)

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  44. HOW on earth did you do this ?! The quilting is stunning ! Quilt is amazingly beautiful. I think a lot of us want to learn your perfect-quilting-in-a-grid secret :-)
    tinakatwal @ gmail . com

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  45. A great wallhanging! I like your work so much.

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  46. This is so gorgeous! I love it's simplicity, brightness and that quilting just makes me happy! :)

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  47. Gorgeous and the quilting looks so perfect!

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  48. I'm all about pin basting & crawling around the floor too. :) Your quilt is just awesome, wonderful job!

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  49. I love it! The quilting looks bloody fantastic on the back (and the front!).

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  50. Amazing quilt! How did you get those stripes to line up so perfectly? None of them seem even a smudge off! Great job! Anxious to hear your secret to perfectly matched seams. TIA.

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  51. this may be a stupid question but how wide are the strips/stripes on this quilt?

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  52. WOW! I wish I could sew that straight.

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