Sunday, June 23, 2013

sam's quilt

Forgive me for being forward, but I'm a little obsessed with this finish.


Maybe it's because my inaugural foray into scrap-tastic sewing didn't turn out half bad.  Or perhaps it's because this is the first full-sized quilt since my first quilt ever (circa 2005, also a gift for my husband) that will live happily into crinkledom under the {no} hats roof (!)


Not even kidding; I had to check my portfolio tab just to be sure I wasn't being overly dramatic, but each and every one of those larger quilts was made especially for someone out of {house}.  (How did I let that happen?!)


"Sam's Quilt" (BB #3725) started out as an entry in a2(w)'s Pantone Emerald Challenge back in March (background posts here, here and here).  But after glancing at the top on and off for months, I couldn't get motivated to quilt it because, well, it felt like it was missing something.  So, following my scrappy idol's lead, I decided to piece a double border from the same shape that made up the majority of the quilt:  equilateral triangles leftover from the top, plus some white and cream ones cut especially for this task.


How I ever turned into a border-free snob is beyond me, but to date the only other quilt I've finished with a border was that first one eight years ago.  ...Folks, that just might be about to change ;)  The finished quilt measures ~83" x 93".  It's bound in a scrappy combination of blue, green, and cream prints, and backed in the most luscious organic bamboo woven fabric (bonus:  it's 96" wide!).

I tried to get some better shots of the full top strewn across the front lawn, but someone decided a little nose-diving,


quilt-stomping,


and just plain crazy sneak attacking...


...would be more entertaining.


I'm with her when she's right ;)

Happy Sunday to all!

P.S.  Out of curiosity, what camp are you in border-wise?


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24 comments:

  1. For borders, it really depends on the quilt. I like using them to make the whole thing bigger. Your quilt is gorgeous - your color scheme on white is fabulous :)

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  2. what a beautiful quilt, with such an interesting pattern! Quilt stomping looks like fun!

    I personally add a border if I need a bigger quilt and I don't want to add another block to the width (particularly if I'm trying to stay within the fabric I already own and don't want to buy more). I don't always add borders though, it just depends on the quilt and the size I want it to be when finished.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  3. It looks great! Like something you might find in the perfect little beach house. Thanks for the link to the bamboo fabric... I think I might copy you on that one!

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  4. Love how it's truned out. Great idea to add the funky border! And yay for keeping it. I'm actually debating adding a plain border to my HST pantone quilt when I take it up again...

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  5. Looks great and fun pics! I'm not in either camp. I'm yet to find out.

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  6. I agree, it it has a cozy beachy feel. Love it! Borders are considered on a case by case basis.

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  7. If ever you look out your windows late at night, and see a mommy ninja with her one and three year old mini ninjas, just ignore us... i mean them! They're definitely not trying to steal this quilt!!

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  8. That's a beautiful quilt. Your scrapping worked out well! I can go either way with borders. I let the design tell me.

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  9. Most of my quilts have borders but I've made 1 or 2 that don't have a border. I think it really depends on the blocks used and how structured you want the quilt to look.

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  10. Oh my Gosh - I love love love this quilt!!!

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  11. I tend to be a no border girl but I've been seeing more and more quilts that tempt me to change my mind! This one included :)

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  12. I really love this one! I am usually a border girl, but I usually don't do any kind of fancy borders.

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  13. Beautiful quilt and brilliant photo bomber! When it comes to borders I think I let the quilt decide!

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  14. This quilt turned out beautifully! A great size too. Love your colour choices.

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  15. I just LOVE everything about this quilt... The triangles, the colour scheme, and the border is not boring - and adds sew much interest to the overall effect! Great finish!

    Lorna:)
    http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

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  16. The blues are so soothing to look at and love the little model!

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  17. This is just scrap fabulous. Wonderful.

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  18. I can understand why this quilt is a "keeper" - it is stunning! Borders seems to suit some quilts and not others... it's like the quilt has it's own preference, and sometimes they just don't seem to be finished until the perfect border has been attached. I also love the little person and the action shots - of course that would be why a quilt is laid out like that!

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  19. It's beautiful! I love everything about it...the colors, the pattern, the size, the borders and the quilting. Oh yeah, and you get to keep it! None of my quilts reside in my home either. Sad, but true and I NEED to change that. Borders? For me it depends on the quilt.

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  20. That is a beautiful quilt! I can go with or without a border, depending on the pattern, but yours really works with that pattern. I think that quilt looks better for having it. Great job.

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  21. That is one of the most beautiful quilts I've seen in ages! I am in love with the colors you chose!

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