Friday, November 8, 2013

Back To Basics Finished!!!

I am so excited to share my newest finish, Back to Basics.  This quilt was made for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge.  This is the first time I have been able to participate in a MQG fabric challenge as they opened membership up to individual members this year.  And oh, I am so glad I got to participate.  What a fun project this has been to put together :)


When I first heard that we would be using Riley Blake basics for the challenge I set out to design something that used only my favorite basic piecing blocks aka squares, HST's and Flying Geese.  I just love the way this design came alive with the scrappy look.  To what we were sent for the challenge, I added some Riley Blake basics in black.  I had a wonderful little bundle I got at market last spring.  It worked just perfect!


I ended up quilting it with the large spiraling circle.  Ever since I saw this quilt from Kati,  I have wanted to try this quilting design.  That was 2 years ago and I was just waiting for the right quilt to come along and this was it.   I just love how the curves softens all of those lovely points.


And while I love it, I don't need to do it again anytime soon.  Oh man, that is a lot of spinning the quilt and my shoulder is feeling it this morning.  8 bobbins and several hours of quilting.  Good times!!  But oh, totally worth it!!  Don't you just love that crinkly look a quilt gets coming out of the dryer for the first time.  It just says cuddle with me :)


The quilt measures 48" x 48", just perfect to snuggle a wee one in.  And oh the polka-dot biniding.  I just can't get enough of polka-dots!!!  


So that's it.  Back to Basics, my first Modern Quilt Guild challenge quilt.  I look forward to many more to come :)

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Oh, and be sure to stop in next week, I have 3 new quilt shares that I can finally show, 2 blog hops, and 2 giveaways.  Should be a fun filled week for sure :)

Linking up to Sarah's and Amanda's :)
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52 comments:

  1. Melissa it came out wonderfully -- and getting that circle quilting off your list -- makes it all worth it! Beautiful.

    Karen

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  2. That is gorgeous and I love your quilting on it.

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  3. When it popped up in my bloglovin' feed, I couldn't wait to click on it!!! It's the bomb.com! 8-)
    I'm so glad you went with the off-center circle quilting. And that binding...girl, that binding is PERFECTION! Love the different sized polka-dots.

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  4. Beautiful! and the quilting is to-die-for :) Have to give that a try!

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  5. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! And that polka dot fabric for the binding is just PERFECT for the quilt!
    LOVE IT!!!

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  6. Looks great! And the spiral quilting turned out wonderfully! I'm glad I was wrong about it. :)

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  7. This is fantastic!! Ever since I got my bundle of basics, I have been completely stumped as to how to use it. What a wonderful challenge entry :)

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  8. what an awesome, graphic quilt!

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  9. I absolutely love everything about this quilt!! The colours, the combination and layout, the spiral quilting and the fun binding!! You are my inspiration!

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  10. This is beautiful Melissa and the quilting is gorgeous! Totally worth a little shoulder pain, just place the heating pad on it while you snuggle under the quilt :)
    Amanda

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  11. Beautiful - very inspired use of the Riley Blake challenge fabrics! Love that spiral quilting. Great quilt!

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  12. Love it! That is the perfect quilting for that lovely quilt! Great job!!!!

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  13. Luv it....HAPPY to see you went with the circular QUILTING. :)

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  14. wow this really turned out fabulous. I love the circles you did. really does soften it a lot. Job well done.

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  15. Turned out great Melissa. The spiral quilting looks fantastic. I'm part way through a small quilt that I am quilting in concentric circles but it got put away as others things took over. Need to get back to it and next time I'll do a spiral instead of concentric where each circle starts and stops. The spiral sounds much more efficient.

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  16. And this is why I didn't want to offer a quilting suggestion when you asked ... I wouldn't have gone for the circle design. And I absolutely love it on this quilt! I've tried the circle design and have made a mess of it. Obviously I need more practice.

    This quilt is just beautiful. I really want to try this pattern. Beautiful, beautiful job!

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  17. That's just wonderful how it turned out - there is so much to look at on it, I rarely want to go back for third helpings of looking at a quilt but this one made me!

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  18. Love it and so glad you did the spiral. I think it is amazing how much bobbin thread we go through but it just looks so great when done. :)

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  19. Absolutely beautiful! The circle quilting on it is just perfect for the angular piecing.

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  20. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about this quilt! You have done a great job of marrying the scrappy look with a great sense of balance and design. And the quilting - brilliant!!

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  21. The quilting really adds so much to an already great top - well done

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  22. Love it' I got my circle one half way bound today and hope to finish it up and post it Saturday or Sunday! I feel ya on pushing through mine is 50 x 64! Eeeeerk!

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  23. I love it! LOVE it! You know you want to put together a tutorial or pattern, right? :)

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  24. It's beautiful! I am so looking forward to all of the different creations that people make with the challenge bundle. I am making pieces of mine slowly, and debating whether to share my progress or keep it all for a big finish :)

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  25. Oh, I love the circular quilting, and I love how you alternates smaller polka dots and larger ones on the binding. Really fun!

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  26. My favorite part is the quilting. You rose to the challenge. Nice work!

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  27. What an awesome quilt! Love the quilting! =D

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  28. Love it, it;s the first HST quilt I might consider actually making due to the randomness!

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  29. Absolutely fabulous and the spiral quilting is just perfect.

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  30. Just beautiful, Melissa. I live the spiral quilting and it is my new go-to.....fast and looks great!

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  31. It turned out beautiful! The quilting is perfect!

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  32. This turned out so great! Your spiral quilting is just the perfect finish!

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  33. I really like this quilt! I love the random feel, but when I take a second glance it has a ton of continuity.

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  34. This is beautiful and I'm glad for the close-up of the beginning of the spiral. I'm new to all this so I hope you don't mind my asking a couple questions. I see you didn't start smack dab in the center of your quilt; is there a reason for that? Also, is this done with a walking foot, or is it FMQing? Thank you!

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  35. Absolutely fabulous Melissa - the quilting really makes it!

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  36. PS - I think a tutorial on machine quilting the spirals is in order :-)

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  37. Very well done! I also love the circular quilting. Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. What a fabulous challenge quilt! Your design is amazing and the spiral quilting is just perfection! Congratulations and good luck!

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  40. This is a gorgeous quilt! I love the detail the quilting adds, and I love your different dot fabric binding! Beautiful finish. I am a new follower!

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  41. Love it! And the circular quilting is amazing! I'm going to have to try that.....on a very small quilt!

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  42. Beautiful!! And I love the quilting.

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  43. Totally gorgeous quilt......I'm way too scared to try that circle quilting, but yours looks great!!

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  45. This looks so great! I love the binding :)

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  46. Just saw this on the MQG blog, and had look up your blog post for it. Really hope you'll be publishing a pattern for this! Please publish a pattern for this! Love it so much.

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  47. Congrats on being one of the 10 finalists! Very cool quilt!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa