Almost a year ago (January 15, 2011), I did a blog post about UFO busting and finishing my Super Mario Quilt top. You can see that post here, if you want.
EDIT: EXCUSE ME...ALMOST A YEAR AGO???? I JUST LOOKED AT THE YEAR....THAT WAS TWO YEARS AGO. OH, MY GOSH. I AM SO BAD. I CAN'T BELIEVE NONE OF YOU CAUGHT THAT. HAHA! I CAN'T BELIEVE I FINISHED THIS TOP TWO YEARS AGO! IT DOES NOT SEEM LIKE THAT LONG!
Well, I'm now doing a post (yes, one ER-TWO yearS later) that the quilt is actually finished and given! LOL! That's some UFO busting, huh? Maybe you can see now why I've given up worrying about my UFOs. They get done.....eventually.....or not.
Here it is. Quilted and bound! I was alone when I took these photos, and it was hard to find a way to hang it for photographing. So, It's hanging over the back of our trailer. haha. I think it turned out great. One of my favorite things about the quilt is the borders. Two of the corners are pieced nine-patch blocks and the other two are mismatched fabrics. I really love that touch.
Here, I laid it on the grass so you could see all four corners at the same time. (I took these photos in early December, before the snow flew!). I am quite happy with everything about this quilt! I bought the fabric and pattern when I lived in Idaho. I haven't lived in Idaho for about 4 years now. So, that shows you how long it takes me to make a good-sized quilt!
Linda Hrcka, The Quilted Pineapple, did the quilting for me. I think she did a fantastic job! I love it! I told her I wanted an all over design of some sort and that I love her free-form loops and feathers. So, this is what she did. This is how it looks after washing and drying....I love the crinkliness of it. The quilting is all in a nice tan thread. It goes just great on the quilt.
It isn't quite big enough for a bed quilt, so I figure it will be used as a couch quilt for cuddling under in front of the TV. Linda is big on wool batting, and I have never used a wool batt before. I thought this quilt might be nice and warm with a wool batt. Plus, I wanted to see how it draped. Linda says wool batts drape so nicely. I tell you, I love this batting. It does drape so nicely, was really warm on my lap when I was putting on the binding, and it is not as heavy as a cotton batt. I'm pretty sold on the wool. It did cost a little more, but not in the grand scheme of things, when you consider all the other costs (fabric, thread, quilting, etc.). I will be using wool a lot more!
Speaking of binding....one thing that slowed me down on finishing this quilt is I could NOT find the blasted binding fabric! I let too much time elapse between finishing the top and getting the binding on....somehow the binding fabric got buried in my sewing room. I couldn't find it anywhere. So, I went shopping and found this lovely green that matches that inner border to a T! Seriously, it might even be the same fabric line! I am not sure. But it is so dead on, it's amazing. Surprising I could find that after having purchased the original fabric something like 5 years ago! I was happy. It was exactly what I wanted for the binding.
Here is the back of the quilt. You can see my label down in the corner. (More on that in a minute.) I used up all the scraps I had to make the backing wide enough. Not a very inventive use of my scraps, but functional!
I love this backing fabric. It was one of the things that drew me toward wanting to do this quilt. I found this fabric and loved it. I wanted to make a quilt using this as a border or backing. I don't know if you can tell, but these are all olive branches with olives growing on them. It really appealed to me a lot. It is just so warm and inviting looking.
(I should have ironed the label after washing the quilt. It is a little wrinkled!) Because of the backing fabric, I titled the quilt "Olive Juice." Did you ever mouth "Olive Juice" to someone? It looks like you're saying "I love you." My brother and I used to do that to each other in church all the time. (I know, not what you're supposed to be doing in church!) He'd mouth "Olive Juice" to me and then say, "I didn't say, 'I love you!' I said, 'Olive Juice.'" And then he'd stick his tongue out at me. (My brother is 8 years younger than I am). Since I was giving this quilt to my brother, I thought "Olive Juice" was an apropos name for the quilt!
I made this label using the technique I blogged about here. I found the Olive Juice graphic on the web somewhere. You can't see it in this photo, but above the "Olive Juice," it says, "Read my lips...." LOL I had to hand write all my information (EEK!), because every time I printed it, my typed stuff wouldn't print! ARGH! The image would print, but not the text. Drove me nuts. So, I hand wrote it.
My brother and his wife just bought a new house. They are redecorating and bought a tan/gold couch. This should go perfect on it. I hope they like it. I sent it to them at Christmas.
Quilt Pattern: Super Mario, by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
Size: 75" x 75"
Quilted by Linda Hrcka, The Quilted Pineapple
Linda blogged about the quilt here, so if you want more information on the batting and the threads, as well as her thoughts on quilting, she used for quilting, head on over there. You'll find that information in her post.
Well, that's about it for today. I am happy with how this one turned out. I hope my brother and his wife like it. They do so many nice things for me, I wanted to give them something special. I hope they use it a lot!
I'll blog more gifts over the next couple of weeks....now that they are given!
Until next time,