Just in case you are new friend, this Summer Solstice quilt is the Quilt Along that I hosted this past summer. Each of the posts for the Quilt-A-Long will always be on my blog. You can follow these links to walk you through each step week-by-week on how to make your own Summer Solstice Quilt , just in case you want to make your own.
There were so many amazing folks quilting along with me and it was so fun to see all of your gorgeous finishes, and I am just so happy to finally be adding mine to the finished group!!!
This was such a fun quilt to piece!!! I love making giant blocks because they just pop!!! And I know it sounds a little crazy, but I really did love putting together all of those curved pieces. The first few were a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, they are pretty fun. (at least, I think they are pretty fun ;)
This quilt is for my little brother and his wife, and even though I won't be able to deliver it for Christmas (they live in SL) I can say that I finished it in time for Christmas, and hey, that counts for something right ;) My SIL picked the fabrics, followed the progress of the qal while I was piecing, and then got super excited when I posted on instagram that it was on the long arm ;) And now, these pics can be a few days early Christmas present. Yippee!!!!
When it came time to quilt, I had lots and lots of fun with lots and lots of custom quilting!!! For the background I quilted small swirls in the sashing, echoed paisleys in the corners of the block, pebbles in the corners of the star, and a giant swirl in the center of the star. Isn't that just so super yummy!!!
And then on the prints, I quilted wavy lines on the star so they would look like "rays", echoed scallops on the star border, and echoed arches on the corner points. With all that small quilting in the background, I wanted to do something a little simpler on the prints so I just played with changing the basic lines and I love how it makes the prints pop all the more ;)
And then on the border, I swallowed my fear of feathers and went for it!!! And I have to say, I am so excited with how it turned out!!! I am still totally learning feathers, (I practiced when my little ones wanted me to join them in sidewalk chalk fun this this summer ) but doing a giant one around the entire border really cemented it in. They are not perfect by any means, but that is what practice is for, right :)
It took a while to do all of that yummy custom quilting, especially as this quilt is a monster King size :) But it was so totally worth it. It just adds so much yummy textures and all of the different quilting motifs just help to emphasize the fun quilt design. So fun!!!!
And just in case you are wondering, I was totally laughing the whole time I was taking pictures at the fact that it was Snowing while I photographed a Summer Solstice quilt. Too funny!!!
And that is my finished Summer Solstice Quilt Along Quilt!!! And I am so, so, so happy with the finish!!! Thanks again to everyone that quilted along with me, as that is what makes this quilt so special. Even while writting this, I keep thinking of everyone that pieced along with me all summer and how much fun that was. So thank you so very much!!!!
Linking up to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;)
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The quilt is gorgeous, Melissa! And the quilting...oh my, stellar! Now you can enjoy the holidays! Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful Christmas!ReplyDelete
Love it!! One day I want to attempt this quiltReplyDelete
Your quilting is beautiful! Love it! Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
So pretty! I really the scrappy border to go with the scrappy quilt.ReplyDelete
So glad I spotted your finish on Busy Hands Quilts! It's beautiful--color, design--AND then I saw your quilting. Swoon!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh it is beautiful Melissa!!! It makes me want to get out my fabrics and work on my version, but that will NOT be a king! Congrats and Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
Absolutely gorgeous! They will love it!ReplyDelete
Just beautiful! The quilting is wonderful!ReplyDelete
Absolutely beautiful, love it!!! Now it's on my todo list <3ReplyDelete
Just beautiful!! Merry ChristmasReplyDelete
It looks wonderful, and your quilting is the bomb! Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
Love it! Thanks for posting the pictures of your quilting. I'm still quilting mine. I actually did Quilt as you go, but left the prints alone because I wanted them to stand out. Now that it's assembled, I think that it is too much space to leave unquilted. Plus, I was trying to figure out what to do with the sashing and the squares/diamonds that form between. You have given me some good ideas, I'll take another look at it after Christmas and see what will work. This was a fun project, thanks for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
I forgot, I was considering a border to make the quilt a bit bigger and had thought about something scrappy. Seeing yours, I'm thinking even harder about it, lol.ReplyDelete
Very beautiful quilting, some ideas to finish mine...:)ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas XXX
It's beautiful. Because of the white background, I think it could pass for summer or winter. Thanks for sharing the details. I wasn't able to follow along this year. Maybe next time. You always have good QALs.ReplyDelete
Your quilt is of course absolutely gorgeous, congrats on a finish! Looking forward to the New Year and seeing what you create in 2017. Merry Christmas.ReplyDelete
The quilt is awesome. On my to-do list for 2017. Merry Christmas to you and your famiy.ReplyDelete
Can I, just this once, say how good I am? Just kidding but really... I adore these colors together. I am so glad that you liked that bundle and made the quilt out of it because I was most excited about that bunch together. It's so pretty!!!! I wish I would have saved one for myself.ReplyDelete
I love it. Very inspiring. Your quilting is amazing.ReplyDelete
It turned out beautifully!ReplyDelete