Thursday, April 09, 2015

Looking for Mr. Right - My Finished Wall Hanging

It was an 11th hour finish of the wallhanging I made for the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild's retreat raffle quilt. Here it is thrown over the rail on the porch outside the retreat center.

Over the rail at the retreat center

I didn't take a photo of it hanging inside (on an improvised hanging system using a curtain rod and two bungee cords ... that worked surprisingly well)–I will update this post with a photo of that because I had low expectations that it would work at all.  Here it is "test hanging" on the gray-green wall in my kitchen earlier today.

Test hanging in my kitchen

Updated with a few more photos of the quilt:  hanging at the retreat behind the fabric sale table; a close-up of my improvised quilt hanging system (using two bungee cords); and a peek at the back.

Hanging at the Retreat Improvised bungee hanging system A peek at the back
(click for larger images on Flickr)

After tormenting myself trying to decide on thread colors and quilting design, I decided to go with a simple spiral, using medium gray thread.  I tried a different approach to quilting the center of the spiral (bad idea), but I am still happy enough with the result.  Here are detail photos of a log cabin block, an Oklahoma Boomer and one of Julie's "Boomerettes"(there is a second boomerette on the back). 

Brite log cabin block Oklahoma Boomer block A Boomerette!
(click for larger images on Flickr)

At some point during the quilting and binding, in my easily amused mind, the quilt became Looking for Mr. Right. 

The quilt measures 36-inches wide by 42-inches high. The spiralling quilting lines are approximately 1/2-inch apart - quilted on my little purple Bernina using the the walking foot.  Here it is one more time, in the sunny courtyard ... my outdoor photography definitely need work :-)

In the courtyard

The quilt top has been waiting to be quilted for a while ... I ended up finishing the quilt the day before the retreat.  I'm celebrating this 11th hour finish on the following:

Block Lotto Show & Tell
Can I get a Whoop whoop? on Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilt's  Finish it Up Friday
Fabric Frenzy Friday on Fort Worth Fabrics
QuiltShopGals' Creative Goodness
Richard and Tanya's Link a Finish Friday

22 comments:

Michelle L. Momof11 said...

I really like how the spiral quilting looks on that quilt....one thing that would be near impossible to do with a longarm.

Moira said...

Love how it turned out!

Jo said...

Well done. I love the quilting you did. It is so effective. I like quilting this way.
Good on you, it's lovely

Quiltdivajulie said...

Well done! What's wrong with your outdoor photos?

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilt and love how you quilted it!

Sewing Up A Storm said...

It it beautiful. Love the photo off the railing. Very cute name for it. One of these days I need to do the quilted spiral but not on my longarm.

Cathy said...

I love how bright and colorful it is. So pretty!

Jayne said...

It is beautiful! Love all the color and the quilting is perfect for Mr. Right!

Snowcatcher said...

One of the most cheerful quilts ever! I love each of your photos because they all bring out different highlights in the quilt. I love the colors! (And the setting, as a former New Mexican...)

Ramona said...

Your quilting is perfect for this quilt. Love the colors and design.

Terri said...

That is a beautiful quilt. Love the quilting design - just right for this quilt.
Hugs

Marie Joerger said...

What a beautiful bright and FUN! quilt! Where do I buy tickets?!?

Gemini Jen NZ said...

So gorgeous with all the colours!

A Nudge said...

Really, really like this quilt!

molly b quilts said...

So bright and cheery! What a fun quilt!

Sheila said...

I love your colorful, fun quilt. Especially the quilting. Awesome.

SuperMomNoCape said...

I love how happy this quilt looks... so bright and cheerful! The spiral quilting make for a nice contrast with the straight lines of the log cabin blocks.

Mary said...

I love your 11th hour finish! The rainbow effect along with the swirly quilting just sings. Thanks for sharing. Is that your shower curtain rod you hung it on at home? Genius.

joe tulips said...

I want to try this circle quilting too..it is perfect on this project.

Cathy said...

Oh, how cute. Oh, how fun. Cute name too. (Thankfully I've had a Mr. Right for over 40 years now!)

desertskyquilts said...

Love the name!

LynneP said...

SO wonderfully bright and cheerful!

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