Friday, May 23, 2014

Fantastic Friday Finish!

I am so excited to share that I have completed my "Angel Solstice" quilt! 

The photo shows that the dandelions are growing well, but the tree leaves are still not out yet!
I am happy with the weird creative thing I did in the corners of the red inner border. I was running out of red fabric and thought I would stretch it out using the gold at the corners. And then I found more of the red fabric at Ye Olde Quilt Shoppe which I used for the binding, so it turns out I didn't need to do all that work! 
The only thing I would change about this quilt top is to add another border around the outside. I cut off most of the outside triangle points when attaching the binding and I could have avoided that with an outside border. Oh well... live and learn!



The machine quilting was done by Cathy over at Eagle's Wings Quilts. She quilted the angel design that I love (which she also quilted on my Civil War quilt). 
Can you see the quilted angel flying above the angel on the fabric? 



This quilt was made from Bonnie Hunter's "Celtic Solstice" pattern that she posted as a free mystery quilt starting last November. You can see more than 100 variations of this quilt that were posted on the Quiltville link up in February - click here to see them.

This photo shows the backing for the quilt. It started with the "Angels Among Us" panel.
If you are wondering how to construct a pieced backing from your leftovers, this is how I made mine. I started with the panel, and built the backing out from there. 
First I added extra pink triangle blocks above the panel, and then added a pink bar which used up all the leftover pinks from this quilt. Then I pieced sections of black scraps to add to the top and bottom of the panel. Lastly long strips were pieced to fit and were added on both sides of the centre panel, which used up most of the remaining fabric.


The binding is made from two of the reds in the quilt.

If you want to download the pattern, it is still free (click here) until June 1st when it will be removed from the website, and will likely appear in one of her future books. A big thank you to Bonnie for another great quilting adventure!
I am linking up with the celebration parties over at TGIFF and Finish it up Friday!

35 comments:

pennydog said...

Wow, fabulous!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Absolutely fantastic! I love it!

soscrappy said...

Congratulations on a HUGE finish. It looks fabulous! Love the scrappy back. Such a fun way to put all the extras to great use.

Lesley said...

Oh so beautiful! Love your creative corners!

Deb A said...

Wow! You are rocking the finishes. Your CS came out great and I love the creative corners.

Ellen said...

Congratulations on a fabulous finish! I love the colour scheme you chose - so pretty. Cathy did a great job on the quilting.

beaquilter said...

love your colors! great finish! I have mine on my bed :)

Kristin said...

Your quilt turned out beautiful!! Congratulations!

Chantal said...

Gooorrrgeous Kathy! Love the colour you've choose. It makes a romantic solstice. Congrats on a finish.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I sure have seen versions of this quilt posted, a very popular pattern. Love yours in pinks

Deanna W said...

WHAT you are not gonna take the corners out and replace them with the red??? KIDDING!! It is always a learning process. A finished quilt is a good thing!Loving the angel quilting design too. Thought you were working on Nabby's Dowry, where did this finish come from?

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Vicki W said...

I think your color palette is one of the best I've seen for this quilt. It's lovely!

Sarah Elliott said...

Amazing quilt! I love your creative corners. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF this week!

Gari in AL said...

Your quilt is beautiful. And I am so jealous that you have yours done and I still only have some pieces. ;-)

Béa said...

WONDERFUL, I LOVE !

Sheila said...

It's beautiful, Kathy! Love the colors : )

PeggyinNO said...

Great finish Kathy! I love your colors palette and the backing! I "heart" pieced backings!! Thanks for the tip about adding another border before the binding. Think I will do that whenever I get back to mine!! We are in the middle of moving and don't think I will have my sewing room set up again til August!!! I am in serious quilty withdrawals!!

Cathy said...

I learned that same lesson about pieced borders the hard way, and now always add another, if there are points that could end up cut off. And your quilt is gorgeous. It was a pleasure to quilt it. With this one finished, are you giving yourself permission to start a new one?

Mary said...

I love your colors! Mine is DONE too!! It will be on DWM post. I am showing another NEW (surprise) project that I started in January and finally get to show today over at my Blog.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations! Oh, I think the little change in the corners makes it uniquely yours. Love how you did the back, too.

Bonnie said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for how you go about piecing a border. My sailboat top is ready to quilt but no backing is done yet. I keep floundering away at it. Your method will definitely work for me. Hum, maybe next week I'll have this backing done!

Your finish is stunning too. Makes me wish I had started it.

Janet O. said...

It is gorgeous, Kathy! I think the corner treatment is a great feature.
I learned the hard way about bindings cutting off triangle points, too. Makes me think about my borders more before I say I am finished. : )

Jeanne said...

Kathy, it is wonderful! Love your colors.

AnnieO said...

Gorgeous! Hope your spring catches up soon. At least the grass is green :)
I've had the same idea for stretching a color, only mine is regarding being short on a binding fabric. Great minds....

Andee said...

It is beautiful!

Design Originals by KC said...

Wow... Love your Angelic Soltice quilt... love that backing and the angel panto you chose rocks! Thanks for sharing your great finish! How does it snuggle?? Or did I miss something and it is meant for someone else?? Kathi

Missy Shay said...

Your quilt is fantastic and I love the gold in the corners!

Rebecca in AK said...

I think your 'Angel Solstice' turned out beautifully! Lovely colors! The backing is fantastic too!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful quilt! You must have a great sense of colour to have chosen those fabrics from the mystery description. This is really beautiful ;o)

margaret said...

this is a real beauty

Gina said...

Love the colour scheme you chose for this quilt. I think the inner border corners were worth all the trouble. THey look great and so different xx

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Congratulations on the finish. It's a lovely quilt...I've enjoyed seeing you work on it over time :)

Kate said...

Congrats on the finish. Angel Solstice is gorgeous!

julieQ said...

Love your quilt...congratulations on your finish!! The pink in the outside triangles is so pretty...just love the whole thing!!

Karen said...

So many pieces in your quilt. I can imagine it took a lot of time to stitch everything together. Such a good finish.