Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Dahlias of Our Lives

Hee hee - That's got to be the tackiest post title I've ever come up with, but I'm working on the hope of it being so bad that it's funny.. maybe?

Here's my lovely Dahlia center that I made in Chris Jurd's class.

Her quilt has beautiful circle blocks surrounding the dahlia and then some borders of stunning fabric. ( Chris always finds the most amazing fabrics for her borders!)
Well... For my borders I went a little bit crazy . That was way back in November but just recently found time to sew them on. Where does the time go?
Crazy...
or should I say loud, zany and crazy borders?!
Here it is on the floor about to be basted.
Now, wouldn't you think I'd have the sense to take a proper photo while it was up on my design wall... but No I had to wait till it was on the floor and my shots are all at weird angles. I guess it adds to the crazy, zany feel of it all.This is a pretty strong statement but I think this is my Very favourite quilt that I've ever made. The colours are so me!!! I just love each and every fabric and how they work together. I like the bit of traditional piecing and then the free form borders. I find myself getting lost looking in the labyrinth of shapes in the border.
The borders were just sewn willy nilly together, no foundations and not necessarily in blocks. I started them on a day when I needed a break from accurate measuring. Considering the amount of bias going in every direction, there's just a couple of mini puckers and against all odds it lays surprisingly flat. Phew, Sigh of relief!
I even enjoyed basting this quilt, usually my least favourite part of quilt making. I think I really am caught under the spell of this quilt, knowing every pin gets it closer to being finished. The quilting plan is to stabilise it first with some stitching in the ditch then lots of lovely cosy winters day, bright coloured perle cotton stitching.
Nothing like snuggling under a quilt you're quilting. I once saw a girl knitting a colourful stripey scarf ... while she was walking down the street... and wearing it in long loops down to her knees. It was a real life Dr Suess moment.

Cheerio.

23 comments:

Leila said...

Oh wow this is one gorgeous quilt Rachael!! You're right it is so you, and it's absolutely beautiful!
Love the girl knitting a scarf on the street, talk about obsessed lol ;-)

melissa said...

WOW! that is jaw droppingly gorgeous Rachael, and can understand why it is your fave ... just beautiful! x

Melody said...

This quilt is spectacular. I love all your work but I think this is my very favourite.

Ann Marie said...

Fabulous border! Your quilt looks so good.

Melissa P said...

This is amazing! I love seeing the Sis Boom fussy cut front and center. I understand why you're looking forward to the quilting. Just being near it would be comforting and invigorating.

regan said...

Ok.....WOW WOW WOW!!!! This is fabulous! I'm loving everything about it! All those beautiful fabrics, and the insanely narrow black edging and inside border you did! LOVE IT! Can't wait to see it finished....what color of binding are you planning?

And hey.....where are 'you' in the header pic!?!

Miki Willa said...

This is the most amazing quilt! I love the fabrics in the border. I, too, love to make this kind of fabric to use in quilts. Wow! is an understatment.

Elvy Crafts said...

Oh my, this is stunning. Makes me want to cry it's so beautiful.

Patchwork and Play said...

Fabulous!!! You have every right to feel happy, excited and proud it!

Chris said...

You've done a great job and it looks beautiful. I bet the quilting will only make it better!

Shelley said...

Beautiful!! I like the crazy border with all the ordered symmetry in the center :)

Did you use the QuiltSmart pattern for the dahlia? English paper-piecing? I've got to put that on my "to-be-pieced" list!

Karen 'n Chris said...

Ok, so you know the drill. You finish this absolutely to die for quilt and then send it to me.
Seriously, awesome top! (again!!)
Love the post title too, but now I have that theme music going round in my head. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

Janet said...

You come up with some great ideas for settings, I love this one a lot. Zaney Dahlia, a perfect description.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I think the border is wonderful!!! So happy and scrappy, go for it. I love the colors too! That looks like a hard block to piece, hooray for you.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

looks fabulous! fits great with 15 minutes play! gorgeous!

quiltmom said...

I love all the fabulous rich fabrics you chose Rachel- The dahlia is one challenging pattern- You did a fantastic job on it. Thanks for sharing.
Regards,
Anna

Marg said...

Wow it is absolutely amazing and I can understand too why it's your all time favourite. What a fantastic quilt and such beautiful colours, congratulations!

Karen said...

Its a gorgeous quilt! Love your blog post title.

circle retreat quilter said...

What a fab quilt and the colours are fantastic. well done.

smazoochie said...

Your patchwork staggers me--both the precise and the improv! Amazing!

LynCC said...

What a remarkable quilt!!!! No wonder it's your favorite! I sure would love to make a dahlia.

holly k said...

Wow!!! Love it! :) I think I need to learn how to make that gorgeous dahlia...what book/pattern can I get to learn since I don't live where you are?!!!! :)

Lindi said...

I can understand your love and absorption in it - it's.....what is the word I'm looking for? Beyond gorgeous, spectacular and beautiful...it's so alive!

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