Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Little Letters finished


2015 FAL at On the Windy Side


My Little Letters quilt, is finished. This was a QAL on the blog of  the Temecula Quilt Company last autumn, and while the letters were finished in December (see here) I have now got it finally quilted and bound.


I quilted the border with a mixture of flowers and leaves, without a real plan, but making sure there was  flower in each corner. There is also a Charlie's pencil (see here and here)in the border, next to the U.

Thank you to those of you who gave advice on the binding last week. I chose scrappy! I didn't have enough of any of the fabrics to use just one fabric, except the white background fabric. I generally cut my binding fabric 2" wide which gives a very narrow border to the quilt which doesn't finish as such an important design element.

Scrappy binding: the smallest piece is barely 3" long, the rest between 10" and 16".





I left the letters unquilted, only quilting in the white space between them. There wasn't a quilting plan as such, I just went with the space available, and really enjoyed the letters, like D, O and U with a single large piece of white.







        I really do have to practise STRAIGHT FMQ more!








































and now it's been washed; I love the crinkles! 


Quilt statistics

Pattern:
Little Letters by Temecula Quilt Company
Size:
34½” x 39½”
Fabric:
letters: scraps; background: Bella solid; backing: "Simple Pleasures" by Fresh Designs for Henry Glass & Co.

Wadding:
Cotton from LQS.
I'm linking up this week to:

   Freemotion by the River    Sew Fresh Quilts Needle and Thread Thursday   tgiffriday


and at the beginning of April to:
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

For my list of would-be first quarter finishes click here.

So go and see what else is doing in the Quilting Community. And now I'm going to do some more sewing towards a finish.

Happy sewing

Marly.

34 comments:

Kathy S. said...

What a fun quilt! LOVE your quilting -- especially the borders around the letters and the pencils! Congrats on your finish.

Vireya said...

Congratulations on s lovely finish! The scrappy border is perfect.

ipatchandquilt said...

Congratulations Marly! It is a super sweet quilt!!!
Het is weer een hele mooie!
Esther

Ruth said...

that turned our really lovely - love the unplanned border quilting and the scrappy binding was a really good choice for this - looks perfect!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Marly! This is most beautiful letter quilt! So sunny and I love the clear letters! Great design! x Teje

Ramona said...

What an adorable quilt! Your fabrics are so much fun and your quilting is wonderful.

andrea @ tideline quilts said...

Your quilt is so pretty that it makes me want to have another baby!!!!! Just so I can make one, too! I love it, it's wonderful!!!!

Andee said...

Marly...this turned out so cute! I love it!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Yay! It is fantastic. I made two and get to give away one this weekend at a baby shower.

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Marly, it turned out great!! Love the texture your quilting has given it!! And the scrappy binding is perfection! :)

Karen said...

I like the bright colors for the letters. Very pretty quilt.

made by ChrissieD said...

I've enjoyed watching your progress with this and it's perfect in its finish. What a great quilt - Chris :D

Preeti Harris said...

Oh my gosh!!! I love everything about this quilt. The letters (so useful if you need to personalize a quilt, make a wall hanging for a baby's room etc.) are so neatly done. The colors are so bright and cheerful and that you chose to not quilt in the letters itself makes them stand out. PERFECT!!!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Marly you pictures wonderful share all your quilting details! Thank you!! This little ABC came out just so charming!! I love your scrappy binding too!!

MartiDIY said...

It turned out great! I love the quilting and the scrappy binding is just perfect for it.

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

Beautiful! I love your quilted flowers and leaves. I adds a lot of charms to the quilt. I find the pencils a nice touch too... Must have been harder to quilt with all the lines close to each other!

Soma Acharya said...

It's such a fun quilt with bright colours! You quilting really pulls the whole quilt together. Lovely work!

-Soma

Julie said...

I think the binding turned out perfect. We sweat our choices all the time, but sometimes when we're more limited--like not having enough of any one piece, the twist is just what it needed. Great finish, Marly.

Julie

Maryse said...

Congratulations on your finish! What a fun and beautiful quilt!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Such a fun quilt! I really need to make an alphabet quilt at some point!

Karisma said...

What a fun quilt! My son's 1st birthday is coming up and the more that I see of this project the more I want to make him one! Thank you for sharing! Oh! I found your blog over at TGIFF! =) Happy Sewing and thanks for sharing! ~ Aloha!

The Farmhouse Quilter said...

I love the letters...I must try that someday. Thanks for sharing.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely Alphabet quilt! The border is perfect.

Shelley Folkerts said...

I love appliquing letters. Your quilt is adorable and the quilting sets it off. Thanks for linking up to this week's TGIFF.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

It's very cool, I love it!

LynCC said...

This quilt is marvelous. I love the border work (nice Charlie's pencil addition), and the pop of the letters is perfect.

Kate said...

Beautifully done! Congrats on the finish.

Teresa Aparecida de Aquino Soranso said...

Beautiful! I loved your quilt! Congratulations! Kisses

Valerie Reynolds said...

I'm determined to finish my letters TODAY...yours is inspiring me!! THANK YOU!!! Your quilting is as playful as the quilt!!

Béa said...

Very fun quilt, congrats !

Adrianne @ On the Windy Side said...

This is really pretty! Great work.

Mad Cat Quilts said...

One like this is on my quilty bucket list!

Marga (MarPie) said...

It is really bright and lively.
I love it.

Kind regards,
Marga♥

Peaches1003 said...

This is fantastic! I love the quilting and your colour choices are so happy. I want to make an alphabet quilt for my daughter's kindy teacher for Christmas - great inspiration!