Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunshine

Officially done; all photographed, too.  Huzzah!  Between the weather, the time of year (my favorite photo spot is shaded) and the size of the quilt, I could not photograph it at home.  I brought it to the library to take pictures.  Looks like the library may be a nice outdoor setting, too.  I need to remember that for future shoots.


Goff hall (where we contra dance) has huge windows and lots of sunlight.  I wasn't able to get good clean sun and shadows because of the window panes, but I'm happy enough with my photos.

I named the quilt Sunshine, because of how the back looked.  The back!  What a way to name a quilt.  But the name fits.  The swirls on 30 of the suns/flowers go in one direction... and the 31st does not.  I knew about it early on - the odd one was the first or second sun I quilted.  But it looked great, so I left it in.  I know roughly where it is and it still takes me a while to find it.  No one else will ever notice.


I love the back as much as the front.  On this side the border makes me think of cathedral windows; It looks so different on each side.

I used the backing fabric for the label and tucked it in a corner, sewing it down with the same colored thread.  This way, if Mom wants to throw it on the bed back-side up, the label won't stand out.

I ended up keeping the name Blood, Sweat and Swearing as well.  I scrubbed off two spots of blood from white pieces (ack!) after several run-ins with pins.  Wrestling it through my machine to quilt it was certainly warm work.  And there was more than a few bad words (especially while washing out the blood), as you've discovered in a prior post.  Additionally, the name makes me laugh; which is good, because I'm really happy with this quilt.







I liked the fabrics Mom picked out, but never  guessed the browns and blues would look so terrific together.  Sunshine looks great in so many places.  I loved it against the the wood in the library.  (The librarians oohed and ahhed over it, too.)












The quilt looked so pretty on the snow, too - lots of blues and whites.  I wish I had a chance to get properly set up before it tried to blow away.  The wind has died down, but not until after all that snow has disappeared - over a foot of snow gone in 24 hours.  We're now back to freezing temps.  Crazy!


Now that I have photographs to keep, I'm ready to hand it over to my mother.  I'm a little surprised she's not camping out on my doorstep this very moment.

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12 comments :

  1. That is an absolute stunner! I love the back, too...it would be hard for me to choose which way to display it so I imagine I would keep switching. Really it would be like having TWO gorgeous quilts! Wow :)

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  2. yea! great job wrestling that to quilt in a regular machine. The piecing is hard enough, but the quilting too! Awesome. The name is funny, and your own spit breaks down blood stains, for future reference.

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  3. It's fantastic! Love this one! Congrats!

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  4. Wow what a beautiful quilt, congrats on the finish.

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  5. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the beveled corners of the quilt -- what an interesting detail.

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  6. A beautiful finish, Sally! I've enjoyed watching your progress and hearing about your blood, sweat, and tears!

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  7. Hi Sally,
    WOW! This really did turn out great, and that picture in the library!! Only surpassed by the snow picture - and all gone in 24 hours. Holy moly. That really is crazy. The quilting on the back is really stunning - I would definitely enjoy that each time I used the quilt. Not that the front isn't beautiful, but your quilting. Ooh-la-la. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  8. What a beautiful quilt ! I like your library idea for photographs! :)

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  9. Just gorgeous! I agree, the blues and browns look wonderful together.

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  10. Wow - that really does stand out fantastically on the wood rail, doesn't it? Love the back, good choice for a name. I actually really like oddities like the one swirl that goes its own way - I kinda feel like somebody who is attentive enough to find such a quirk gets the prize of knowing it's there. :) Oh, and those corner are neat with the unique angling.

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  11. A beautiful quilt, lovely colours and great quilting.

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  12. This quilt gets ALL The Hearts!!! It's wonderful in every way! (including both names - ha!) Congrats on a beautiful finish.

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