4/07/2014

"Radiate"


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

18 comments:

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

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  2. Beautiful finish! Great quilting too.

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  3. Love the quilting on this! Beautiful!

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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.
    Kathy

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

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  10. 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.

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

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

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  13. I really love the way you've quilted this one ... enjoy the Spring sunshine!

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  14. So pretty and I love the way you quilted it

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  15. Such a bright and cheery quilt!

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

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

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