Monday, January 16, 2012

Life is A Merry Go Round

My first quilt finish for 2012 is  done. Merry Go Round got the final stitches in the binding this afternoon.

I don't usually blow my own trumpet . In fact I'm often self critical and deprecating. That being said I am completely , utterly and hopelessly in love with this quilt. I'd go so far as to say it's my most favourite of all the quilts I've ever made. It's close to perfect. 

My original vision was for this quilt to be done in 30's repros. But then I saw the Tonga Hard candy line I ordered that as well as the repros. The second the fabrics  arrived it was no contest. 


From the fabric to the quilting (Thanks Sharon - you did an utterly fabulous job !) I LOVE it. My cruddy pictures don't show this well but it's quilted in variegated thread the same colour as the fabrics. 


To the binding which caused me so much grief on Saturday and led to an almost tear fuelled breakdown with some very sailor like swearing....



I love the back and I think it's very "me"


In all it's glory.


This one is staying here to be loved and used by me ! I love every single stitch in it. 

In other news I went on a fabric buying kick a couple of weeks ago and this parcel of yumminess arrived today from Fabricworm.

Pinks and Greys 


Im loving chocolate and blue at the moment. 


And check out this "scrap " pack. Scraps ! They're huge and look at how beautiful they are. And only $13.50 for all of this. Amazing!



I also may or may not have done a run to Spotlight today where further fabric buying may or may not have occurred....but I'm just going to absorb that into my stash and pretend it never happened. I can't resist a sale. 

50 comments:

Helen said...

Gorgeous quilt! beautiful quilting! delicious new fabric! - gotta love Fabricworm!!! and hey, you may or may not have visited S@#$%^&*( but I did - is it me or has the fabric selection and quality really improved?

Nicky said...

Great quilt - I would have wimped out and straightened the edge before binding so well done!

haha! You should be saying my name is Shay I am a fabriholic!

But I love it all! With you on the pure joy and irresistability of buying fabric!

Lorraine said...

You are quite entitled to blow your own trumpet with a finish like that! Love it! ....glad you stuck with the binding....it is perfect. Enjoy your fabric buying spree

susan said...

Love the quilt and that binding would have had me teaching the whole neighbourhood new words! Very brave of you!! And stop with the fabric. All my money went on storage.

Amanda said...

The quilt looks fantastic. Well done YOU.

Nelly said...

YOu should be very proud that is ne gorgeous quilt maybe you should put it in a quilt show?

Kris said...

Love it. It is gorgeous! Aren't you the clever one!

As for your purchases, may I just say that chocolate and blue have always been delicious! Yours look exceptional. And those scraps are truly awesome!!!

Suzan said...

The quilt is glorious!

Jennifer said...

Ooooh, I love your quilt - fabulous! When I retired from work I had built up quite a stash, and now I am using it.....that's what you are doing, isn't it? building up your retirement stash?

Vesuviusmama said...

A finish that fabulous deserves a shopping spree. I have a feeling that binding would have undone me. Bravo!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

That quilt is complete gorgeousness! I'd keep it too. ☺ Love your new fabrics. Nothing wrong with building up the stash. I'm sure you'll find a project to put them to good use.

Happy Monday night! ☺

Cindy said...

WOW!!! That quilt is truly AMAZING!! And I don't blame you one bit for keeping it yourself!! It's absolutely stunning, Shay. I am so impressed. Seriously!! It's absolutely gorgeous!!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Gorgeous quilt! That binding would scare anyone...impressive job!

Karen said...

I am loving your finish! SO glad you kept that hexie edge - very colorful and fun! :)

Maree: said...

Congratulations your Quilt is Gorgeous & Well Done on the Binding..You Should be Chuffed I Would Be!!
cheers

Pokey said...

It's easy to see why it is your favorite, it has such style and beautiful color! I think everyone would be pulled into its charm as they entered the room its in. I can't believe you would do that hexie edging, also, man what a grueling task. I think I'd want to do it, but it would just be a UFO for life. W.O.W. A+ for you!!
:-}pokey

Elizabeth said...

That is a really beautiful and amazing quilt! Congratulations on a really fantastic finish! You should be very proud, because it is gorgeous!

Also, love those new fabrics you bought! Those are so pretty!

xo -E

Lisa Marie said...

Your quilt is absolutely amazing!! Great job!! and I love the colors too!

Sara said...

The pink and grey bundle is really nice - I have a huge collection of pink and brown fabrics that I plan on one day making a quilt with.

AnnieO said...

Great finish, Shay! It is really gorgeous and the binding looks lovely--those weird angles are definitely stress-inducing while trying to make multiple thick layers behave.

New fabric is coated with an addictive chemical. True! You can Google that....:)

P. said...

Oh, wow...WOW! I love your merry go round quilt--the fabrics, the backing, the binding, the quilting, every little bit! Bravo, Shay! It's beautiful!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Congrats on a finish! You are on a roll, you can get another one finished next week too. We can do it!!!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi Shay

Loving that quilt. Now I really will have to get that pattern put and give it a whirl
Cheers
Linda

Logopaedchen/Kirsten said...

Beautiful quilt, great new fabric...I love the binding on the new quilt and I can picture you sitting there and fitting with it. But you did an awesome job

Rachaeldaisy said...

What an awesome quilt! And a great First finish of the year!! Nice new fabrics! The scap bag is a great score!!!!

Terri said...

Love, love, love the quilt. It's all my favorite colors! and I love monochromatic "squares" all set solid together with other m.squares. Yum. I might have to make one, too.
Love the blue and brown, but I'd like more color in each...just me? I love the jewel tones.
So glad you are back to the quilting.
Hugs...

linseed said...

Aaah, that beautiful quilt has made my day. So beautiful, thanks for sharing lots of pics! Can't wait to see what you do with the next stash of fabric...

Leanne said...

I can see why you are doing a happy dance. It is fantastic.

thea said...

I'll jump on the bandwagon and agree with everyone else and you - Merry Go Round is absolutely gorgeous! and that binding. You did an amazing job. Keep blowing that horn!

Very nice fabrics .. can't wait to see what you make with those.

Kelly said...

Love it! Our family is adopting 2 little girls with Down Syndrome and as a fundraiser we are holding a quilting contest. I thought you might be interested in entering. Feel free to spread the word about it too! You can find all the details about it at
where-love-resides.blogspot.com
Thanks!!

Deb said...

Shay that quilt is absolutely stunning. You have done a fabulous job on it and hey I can see how a few choice words may have been spoken with that binding-not pleasant. What a yummy group of fabrics you have purchased lately, they are really exciting, can't wait to see progress on them.(No pressure!)

Helsie said...

No wonder you are so happy with it! Such bright , beautiful colours ! you've done a great job. That binding looks a bit tricky, no wonder it gave you a bit of grief.
Now .... what's next?
Cheers

Michelle said...

Omigosh! That quilt is even more fantastic than I imagined it would be (and if you recall, I imagined pretty well, because I kept trying to get you to promise it to me)!

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! It makes me happy just looking at it.

AMW said...

Man, Shay, that is BEAUTIFUL! I love it! WOW, WOW, WOW!

Mistea said...

Enjoy the Merry Go Round now the hard work is complete.
Nice new fabrics to inspire your creativity - Oh and Spotlight - too sneaky. I went just for backing and maybe batting and came home with lots of other stuff!

Kate said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE IT! It's so beautiful, and bright, and the back is so very you.

Mindy said...

I totally see why you love the quilt! It's such a happy quilt, and I love the edges! Even if the binding gave you fits, the end results are great! That grey and pink set of fabrics are great, one of my current favorite color combos.

Shocking Hocking said...

it's gorgeous shay - defo one to make you smile. your pinks and greys look a bit gorgeous too - love to see what you make of those

Marg said...

That quilt is absolutely fabulous, I can't get over the binding, it's awesome, you did a brilliant job with it. I can totally understand why you are loving yourself sick!
What a way to start 2012, you definitely started with an absolute winner, onwards and upwards my girl! Can't wait to see what else you will make this year.
Your scored with your purchases from fabricworm, love your fq bundles and those "scraps" are amazing.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Simply Stunning! I adore the binding and I can see what a lot of work it would have been. Well done.
Lots of lovely fabrics waiting for your special treatment Shay.

Dianne Neale said...

Fan-dabby-double-dozy! I love the ziggy-zaggy edging. Well worth the effort/tears/cussing

Brenda said...

Veruca, darling... Love your merry-go-round quilt - yummy! And those fabrics - tempting...

libbyquilter said...

that is one gorgeous quilt~!!~i can see why you don't want to turn loose of it. i love the back too~!

so happy to see that i am not the only one that has had a few weak moments when it comes to buying fabric . . . it was all on sale though . . . well mostly . . .

:-)
libbyQ

quiltygal said...

Love that quilt & kudos to you for actually attempting & finishing that binding ...I'm with you on the blue & chocolate kick thats how my kitchen/dining room is morphing into love it !!!

Lisa said...

Oh!My!Word! That is one stunning quilt, and I love the borders. How in the world did you do that?
I actually got the same fabric group but have been trying to come up with what to do with it. Don't normally spend that much on fabric, so am waiting to get the PERFECT idea as not to waste any.... dumb? I'm scared to cut into it and then wish I'd done something else! =)
Again, absolutely awesome; and so glad you get to keep it an enjoy it for yourself!!

Lisa said...

not borders... binding. ;)

Kate said...

Merry Go Round is gorgeous! Congrats on getting it finished. It would be hard to be down if you were cuddling under that quilt, it's too so bright, it would have to make the cuddler feel that way too.

You find the neastes fabrics. Can't wait to see what you do with the blue and chocolate. That's a color combo I'd like to play with too.

Jenn said...

Oh yes, that IS gorgeous! I can see why you are smitten! :)

Kristie said...

Your quilt is utterly fantastic. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Doesn't it feel amazing when it all finishes up even better that you had imagined?

Char said...

I'm tring to catch up with blog reading so I'm a bit late seeing this one. This quilt is absolutely stunning. I love color, I love brights and I really love Baticks! Really beautiful job on this one Shay! Way to go!