Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Anne's Blue Fan Quilt Top Finished!



Yayy! I just finished my first King Size quilt top! (If you don't think King Size should be capitalized, just try making one; then you'll write it that way too. Haha.) This top measures 96" x 108" (plus a little to compensate for the shrinkage caused by quilting). The bottom photo is missing the outer 10" solid purple border because it wouldn't fit on my design wall. But the first photo shows the finished top.

Did you notice that the outer piano key border (appearing only on the right and left side) is darker than the inner border? That's to draw attention to the center and make the quilt more serene. And I love that little black sawtooth border "holding in" all the fans. Oh, I really like this quilt. And I'm really glad I don't have to quilt it! It will be shipped to Maika in Utah for machine quilting. She says she'll keep it simple because the piecing is so busy, and I agree. She uses a regular sewing machine, not a longarm. I'll show you the finished quilt. 

The outer solid border is Kona's Purple. The backing is Legacy's Purple Crocus. I used a gorgeous package of 22 shades of blues and purples (fat-quarters) called "Purple People Eater," but I held out a few of the "pinkish purples." There are 30+ different fabrics in this quilt! Anne and I decided to use turquoise too. We considered jade, but decided against it. I'm not sure about the binding yet, maybe one of the prominent purples, or black. The batting will be Warm and Natural cotton. 

Apparently I had a lot to say to you about this quilt. Thanks for letting me "talk it out." And thank you for your encouragement about making a large quilt (in the Sept. 22 post: "What's the biggest quilt you'll make?") 

My next commission quilt will be an orange wall quilt that will live in San Francisco. Can't wait!!

14 comments:

QuiltSwissy said...

Wow! Just plain Wow!

glen

Shirley said...

Fabulous Karen, you talk away.

The Cozy Quilter said...

I am excited when I finish a big project too! This quilt is stunning!

Linda said...

Gorgeous, congratulations on a big finish!

June Calender said...

Beautiful! Yes, that black sawtooth inner border adds just the right definition. Love those colors.

June Calender said...

Beautiful! Yes, that black sawtooth inner border adds just the right definition. Love those colors.

aprilsewingjournal said...

The quilt is really intense and graphic. Congratulations on a beautiful finish!

Staci said...

This quilt is just stunning!
and I think you should not only capitalize King Sized, you should do it more like this: KING SIZED!!! and use the LARGE size font, too! This quilt is a quite an accomplishment!

Pam said...

That's an amazing quilt!

Helen said...

How will you ever top this! It is a masterpiece for sure. Thank you for sharing your thoughts along the way.

patty a. said...

Beautiful!

RustyBird said...

It's beautiful! Those are colors I would put together too.

Dar said...

Absolutely stunning. These are such beautiful colors and you did a wonderful job. Congratulations on such a great job for this Monster size quilt. I have a special attraction for these colors and use them a lot in my quilts and wearables too.

seeneed said...

Beautiful. I saw the quilt on Pinterest. The colors are right up my alley. Did you have a pattern for this? I think the string stars are very unique.