Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Philadelphia Pavement Quilt - A Finished Quilt

And a Picture Post
Philadelphia Pavement Quilt
Each square measures just 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches.
Yes, I have finished the Philadelphia Pavement Quilt!  I don't know why I was so concerned about basting and quilting this quilt (all fabrics were cut on-grain but were now placed on-point and thereby adding stretch in directions that I am not normally used to) as really - and thankfully - it all went very smoothly.

Rather than add more detail to the quilt I have instead ditch-stitched ALL seam lines using black thread to quilt the seam lines that join the blocks together and a more neutral grey thread to quilt all remaining seam lines.  For bobbin thread I have used a neutral beige thread that blended well with the backing fabric.  Ditch-stitching is tedious and time consuming but I do love the texture created by the 1.5 inch grid of intersecting quilting lines - and here we need a touch screen for hands on texture ...

For the back of the quilt I have used a single fabric: Leaf and Dot in Green from the Flea Marker Fancy collection by Denyse Schmidt - very much an old fabric favorite.

There was no indecision about binding fabric this time; a solid black fabric for quilt binding was the obvious choice and I love that it blends with the quilt edge and thereby finishes the quilt perfectly.  

I have loved making this quilt - I enjoy repetitive block making, selecting and cutting fabric then piecing each block and watching the blocks blend together despite the overall scrappiness of fabrics used. This quilt has also reminded me to use more solid fabrics in my quilt making; solid fabrics add such strong contrast and color. Love!
I have listed this quilt in my Etsy Store.
All of the listing details are here:  Philadelphia Pavement Quilt
Ready for shipping.

Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Philadelphia Pavement Quilt in Progress 1
Philadelphia Pavement Quilt in Progress 2

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  1. Gorgeous!! I love all the bright colors and you made a perfect choice for the back! This must have been a fun one to make.

  2. Wow! Someone's going to LOVE this one Rita. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  3. So much bolder than your vintage-linen and low volume quilts of late - very pretty! Your photos are always so crisp and display your work so beautifully. Would you consider sharing some photo tips with us? Thanks!

  4. Rita, you have created another beautiful creation! Love this block (I didn't know it before) and your color choices.
    It has made me wonder though why it is constructed with HST in black. Why isn't Philadelphia Pavement constructed similarly to Trip Around the World or any other quilt of squares all the same size? I know for the edge pieces those will be HST (or trimmed) since it is on point. Just curious what anyone out there has to say about this pattern and making it in blocks vs. making a whole continuous connection of squares.

  5. this is so Rita ... !! beautiful, bold and clean ...

  6. Fabulous again Rita! I had to zoom to see where the bias edges were. I really like the solids in this

  7. This quilt is a work of art. The colors are amazing! Beautiful. Makes one happy just to look at it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow. It's fabulous. I love when you do soft, but I love when you do bold.

  9. The solid binding is great. I was wondering what your choice of binding was going to be for this one. Fabulous quilt, as usual.

  10. I have no other words besides "WOW"!

  11. Absolutely beautiful, I can't even imagine the piecing that's gone into making this. The fabrics are perfect thank you for sharing.

    Peg xx

  12. Now you are just showing off! (lol) Your quilts are so wonderfully beautiful and perfectly put together. Oh, how I wish! Great blog too! Thank you!

  13. Lovely quilt! And thank you Rita and FQS for the stunning Aurifil binding box I am so lucky, thanks again!!!

  14. Beautiful! Perfect choices for finishing - that quilting and binding can't be topped.

  15. Hi Rita!! this is so so pretty! I am loving the strong personality of this quilt!!:) great job as ever

  16. I have become such a big fan of yours since I started following your blog a few months ago. Your work is beautiful and I love that you share the details of how you decided on thread colors, quilting styles etc. the black and pink square towards the middle of this quilt is gorgeous! My eye goes straight to it everytkme I look at it. Fabulous work!

  17. This quilt is gorgeous! It reminds me of one my great grandma made years ago- she was a modern quilter too! ;).

  18. This is one of my favorites of your recent quilts. And you know I'm a fan of everything you make!!


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