The trees have leaves.  Well, some of them.  I can’t believe it!  I seriously thought that was the winter that wouldn’t end.

I’m really pleased with the finish I have to share today.  I’m calling it “Radiate” not only for the radiating diamond pattern, but because this quilt makes me think of summer…the radiating sun, heat, and.. lightning bugs (maybe you know them as fireflies?).  Quilts probably don’t normally seem like a summer thing, but in my house I like it cold…so I can relax under a quilt while I think about how miserably hot it is outside.  Oh air conditioning…how I love thee.

But, lets not get ahead of ourselves.  I need to enjoy spring while it’s here and the temperatures are lovely for being outside.

Maybe enjoying the Oklahoma wind…

Lets keep our fingers crossed that we don’t have a big tornado year again.

Anyway…lets talk quilt.  I used a layer cake of “Oh Deer” and a layer cake of Kona Snow.  Yeah…I wasn’t so thrilled with the Kona Snow.  It was cut all kinds of wonky.  :/  But, I made it work.  I did sort of a plaid quilting on it that I LOVE!!!  

It took quite a while to mark the quilting lines out on the top, but it was totally worth it.  I would love to try it again in a variety of thread colors to get more of a “plaid” effect.

On the back I used some Ikea fabric (the flowers…I can’t remember the name but can look it up later if anyone is curious) as well as some Alexander Henry fabrics (“Heath” which is a crosshatch and the goat fabric).  My absolute favorite one has to be those lightning bugs in the jars.  It’s a Teagan White for Birch Fabrics.  It just brings back so many fun memories of catching lightning bugs, back in Pennsylvania, as a kid.

I did machine bind this…which isn’t a favorite of mine, but I needed it done by tomorrow for our family pictures.  I think it’s going to be spectacular in our pictures.  I’m hoping to get one of the kids wrapped up in it to go in my sewing room…which I still need to blog about.  🙂

I hope y’all are getting a taste of spring wherever you are!

Linking up with – Show and Tell Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday, Lets be Social, Needle and Thread Thursday


19 Responses to “Radiate”

  1. Mary Ellen Wood April 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Very nice! I like that the front is off-center, and I love the back!!

  2. elizabeth April 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    Fabulous in every way!

  3. Renee April 8, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    Beautiful finish! Great quilting too.

  4. Diane April 8, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Love the quilting on this! Beautiful!

  5. madfabriholic April 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Gorgeous finish, and the plaid style quilting is perfect! Hope your photos turn out wonderfully!

  6. Alycia April 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    It is beautiful. YOur quilting really enhances that quilt! Great job!

  7. Conni April 9, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    very nice! that is a pattern I would like to try to make, can I ask how big is the finished quilt??

  8. Lorette Cole April 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Visiting from Let’s Bee Social! LOVE this!! It’s really fun and well quilted! Great job!

  9. kathyinozarks April 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I am stopping by from lets bee social-love your quilt-very pretty. we finally have spring here in the ozarks-definately a long winter this year.

  10. Vera April 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Congrats on your finish. It is looking good! Nice quilting too.

  11. Sue Daurio April 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    great finish! Love everything about it, the fabrics, the quilting, the leaves on the trees 🙂 What you have leaves on your trees? We’re still waiting hiere in the Chicagoland area.

  12. Jasmine April 10, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    This is a beautiful quilt, and will look great for pictures. I love your pictures.

  13. Marly April 10, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    Congratulations on creating such a simple, yet striking quilt. I love the fabric you used; it’s so fresh and happy.

  14. Serena @ Sewgiving April 10, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    I really love the way you’ve quilted this one … enjoy the Spring sunshine!

  15. Sandy W April 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    So pretty and I love the way you quilted it

  16. Jo April 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Such a bright and cheery quilt!

  17. Lorna McMahon April 13, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    What a fabulous finish! That is a lot of hst’s! Love the plaid quilting. That would look spectacular in coloured threads… I agree!

  18. liz April 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    This is gorgeous and I love how you chose to quilt it!!

  19. eileensideways September 2, 2014 at 3:27 am #

    love it. how did u quilt it so densely without the fabric bunching up?

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