Friday, 4 August 2017

Allietare! finished, at last

I have a second finish to report this week. This one was really a UFO, as it was the Quiltville mystery from December 2015 of which I finished the piecing well over a year ago. It took me another six months to get the borders done.

After my frustration while quilting Star Light, Star Dark I decided on simple all-over "circles-on-a-string" in the centre section which was so easy (but still with the odd pointed bit in a circle here or there!) and on a vine with leaves and bunches of grapes in the corners (a nod to Chianti here) for the outer border.

I could have used any colour thread on the border but because my quilting often has those erratic hooks in it I decided to match the thread to the border fabric. Have you ever tried sewing black on black? Well mistakes certainly wouldn't have been noticeable; when I finished the first leaf I couldn't see where it had begun. When you sew white on white the stitches have shadows; you can't see the shadows on black. It's a shame about the Chianti but it was not to be! More unpicking, and then I quilted "tramlines" with the walking foot - easy and .... boring!

Tramlines! Alas no Chianti!
I was really happy to have this finished and ready to be used this winter.

Fabric: assorted from stash, mostly scraps
Thread: Aurifil light grey (
Wadding: cotton from my LQS
Size 1.75m x 1.75m

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Happy sewing



Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I love this quilt. It reminds me of victorian tessellated tiles. Congrats on having such a stunning finish :)

Julierose said...

You did a beautiful job on this one...hugs, Julierose

Sally Hurley said...

I love how this came out! The colors are great. Huzzah for a finish!

Lisa J. said...

Awesome work . It's a beautiful quilt and the quilting looks great.

Mystic Quilter said...

Congratulations on your finish! It most definitely does look like a tiled floor straight from Italy!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

There is a lot of work in this quilt and the result is beautiful, the colours are lovely. Try using a dark grey on black in a 50 wt. It will be a bit easier to see yet still blend in well. Congratulations of a wonderful finish.

Kaja said...

Wow, two great finishes in a week! Congratulations. I particularly like the colours in your Allietaire - as Maureen says it really has the look of a tiled floor.

Chantal L. said...

My! My! You're on a roll! I hand quilted a black quilt with black thread once. Yep, I know exactly what you mean. It was a great decision to change the quilting motif. Too bad for the Chianti but Hooray! for your eyes and sanity! Maybe straight lines are boring but they are effective. I think it frames all the little pieces of the center very well. Congratulations on a beautiful second finish. ;^)

JanineMarie said...

Oh my, yes! Black thread on black fabric is the worst!! Even though I love the look of it. Your original plan for the chianti sound wonderful, but then we may have never heard from you again. Better to have your sanity and nice lines. Congrats on finishing a Bonnie Hunter pattern. I'm in awe of anyone who does that.

Vireya said...

Well done! It looks fantastic.

Sandy said...

This is a really beautiful quilt! I've seen a lot of Allietare finishes, but I think your fabric choices really made it on this one! I hate sewing black on black. It's like you can't see a thing unless you have a ridiculous amount of light. Well done on your finish!

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

beautiful quilt - i have seen many that have done this pattern but I think your colors are some of the best I have seen