Wednesday, December 26, 2012

the puzzle {finished quilt}

Hello, I hope you all had a lovely couple of days spent with friends and family. Our Christmas was wonderful, full of cooking, baking, eating, playing, resting, and general lazying around - my absolute favorite.

As you may have noticed, there was no sewing included in the activities of the last few days. I do, however, have a big finish to share with you today. I finished my Puzzle quilt a while back but since it was all dark, cold, and windy most of the days I was not able to get any decent pictures done until now.
 I must say, this quilt was really hard to photograph. I think all these colors and pattern were just a little overwhelming for my camera.

 I started this quilt after seeing Chase's Everything but the kitchen sink quilt and the plan was to use up as many of my orphan blocks as possible. 


 I started off with these liberated pinwheels. Well, they actually looked a little different when I started as I decided to chop the block up and add that red strip of fabric just for fun.


 I then played with lots of HSTs and turned them into different blocks,


while using fabric from my stash to fill in all the empty spaces. I was trying to stick with low volume fabric as my filler, since I didn't want to add to the busyness of the whole quilt.

I made a simple backing and quilted The Puzzle in straight lines about 1 1/2" apart.


I then used red and white polka dotty fabric for the binding - I think it finishes it off so very nicely.


To sum it all up, this was one tricky quilt to make. My design wall proved to be the most useful tool for this project as I kept arranging and re-arranging all the blocks many times. There was lots of Y-seams, chopping off and adding to the blocks, and the seam ripper was my constant companion throughout the process. I've never made a quilt in this way before and I loved every minute of making it very, very much.

If you'd like to read my older posts about making this quilt you can check them out here and here.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Svetlana

29 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! The back looks perfect with that black and white stripe. It sounds like a fun quilting adventure.

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  2. Beautiful quilt! Love how you used all the blocks!

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  3. This is just a spectacular finish! I love the patterns and the colours, and the balance and overall feel of the quilt. You should be very proud of it. I also love the quilting, plenty but not overwhelming to the design. I have a sampler to quilt and keep debating how to quilt it, this is helpful to me to see this one.

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  4. I love it! So bright and cheery.

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  5. It is absolutely beautiful! I love how the binding gives it a great pop of color without being overwhelming. Gorgeous!

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  6. It is a masterpiece - I love every single bit of it :) Well done!

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  7. this is a great quilt, I love it! I wouldn't've thought to put it together like this, but now my orphan blocks are calling out to me. love the little teapot.

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  8. oh.. How I love this quilt!! The binding fabric is perfect!! I also love the simple backing piecing! What's the green fabric in the back? Happy Holidays~ We have overate and too lazy around here.. no sewing activities for me, but hope today will be the day to start. :)

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  9. I really love this one and can imagine how much fun it was too make. Quilting at it's most relaxing!

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  10. What a fabulous quilt! I love it!!

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  11. Fantastic! Must have been so much fun to play with. :)

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  12. Amazing! Love everything about this scrap happy quilt!

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  13. I repeat: what a great way to use different blocks. Wonderful made.

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  14. Svetlana I love this idea, I'm digging out my orphan blocks today and starting to plan a similar quilt.

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  15. This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Svetlana! I want to try making one of these myself now! :)

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  16. What a great idea and beautiful completed project. You are an inspiration for sharing this.

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  17. It's beautiful. I bet it was difficult to make! But it's obviously something you wanted to make, because you got it to work and it turned out great. It's it something you would ever find a pattern for!

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  18. That quilt is really something! Very very cool!

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  19. I know I have said this before, but I seriously just love this quilt! And then you went and added the perfect binding! :-D A great quilt all around!

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  20. Great use of all the orphans. Love the dotty binding.

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  21. what a gorgeous quilt, I love it!

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  22. It's super fantastic, Svetlana! You did a great job! Chase's quilt was very inspiring to me as well. I'm still scared!

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  23. It's a beaut! This is the same way I made my Ghastlies quilt....added as I went, which caused some headaches but was also so much fun. I love the end result of yours!

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