Saturday, May 14

Blogger's Quilt festival : Window on the East wallhanging

Almost 2 years ago, my mom came with me to a quilt store and fell in love with a display model. She decided to buy the pattern and a kit of fabric so I could make a wall hanging for her.


The fabrics from the kit were OK. But not a great match. Wrong pink, wrong black, wrong style. Month after month I have been musing and looking for the right fabrics. As I was searching for the right additions, the project just sat in one the the boxes on the top shelf of a fabric cabinet. The left one to be precise. 


The last piece of the puzzle is that gold and pink zinnias fabric I found at a local quilt show early March. This project made me fall totally in love with Kona Bay fabrics. I have since bought quite a few more of their designs. No specific purpose yet, other than petting them until the right project comes along.
Bottom left - the zinnias
I pieced the top during a weekend sewing retreat in Lewes, Delaware at the end of March. 2 days of sewing bliss to put it together along with a few other smaller projects, I love it. But I  have to confess a few no so lady-like words escaped my lips while I was trying to get all those mitered corners to line up properly. Glad my little bug was not around at the time :). Then I had to set it aside for a while as I recovered from surgery.


A couple of weeks ago, I pulled it back out of its box to quilt and bind it. And since I'm a glutton for punishment (and I have enough fabrics left) I'm making another one almost identical, I just shifted the Geisha a little bit to avoid cutting the bridge in the background. I probably won't quilt the second one until the fall but I had to finish this one for my mom since her birthday is coming up soon. The whole family will be traveling to France to visit her for the occasion. 

I kept the quilting very simple since the fabric is a work of art in itself. Just an outline in gold thread of the flowers.

 
After outlining the flowers I just quilted in the ditch to stabilize the design


When came the time bind it, my husband suggested plain black. Awesome idea actually. I pulled black satin from my stash and it really finishes the piece without distracting the eye from the design.


I can't wait to give it to my mom in person in August :)

27 comments:

  1. She is gorgeous. No wonder your mom fell in love. You're right about the zinnia fabric - it is perfect! And I'm really, really digging the black satin binding.

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  2. What a gorgeous little quilt - love the depth of field and how the rich colors pop.

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  3. Hi Caroline..your little quilt is such a feature and will make any wall burst with character!

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  4. This is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Absolutely stunning! Your mom is going to love it. I had to laugh, though, that you said you kept it simple but outlined those flowers in gold - doesn't look simple to me!

    I, too, got into a pattern that my mom loved...and made two of them as well. It's a challenge, but one completed with love.

    Have a great trip!

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  6. Beautiful! Just beautiful.

    I'm here from Relax and Surf and am a new follower. Please stop by soon to return the favor.

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  7. Your Mom is going to love that quilt. It's absolutely gorgeous.

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  8. The way you framed each of the elements is fantastic.

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  9. The geisha is stunning and the hubs hit a home run with that binding choice!

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

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  11. So pretty; looks as though you are peaking thru a window at the giesha lady!

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  12. It is beautiful! Such a clever design to showcase the Japanese fabric. I have a gorgeous piece that I am reluctant to cute but this idea would be perfect for it. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. What an amazing piece of art!!! Your quilt is wonderful:)
    Thanks for sharing:)

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  14. Wow! What a striking wall hanging. You did a beautiful job~

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  15. That is gorgeous! Love the pattern. Visiting from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday.
    ~Kimberlee
    {Accuquilt Giveaway} 

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  16. Absolutely beautiful. Just stunning.

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  17. I am so pleased you were able to find the right fabrics. It was definitely worth the wait. It looks great!

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  18. Congratulations! Stunning piece!

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  19. That is just stunning! Wow!!!

    Aloha,
    Charlie

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  20. Your mom is going to love it! This is so beautiful!

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  21. That is really fun! I love the window effect!

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  22. What a stunning work of art! The colors and the detail...perfect!

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  23. thanks for sharing, love! you-re project made it to this week's votation round. Votation will start today and will run for a week. good luck!

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  24. That is a gorgeous quilt. Love the gold thread around flowers. Just wonderful. Black satin binding is a great touch. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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