A little big ago I was asked by my good friends at Moda if I could make up a quilt for them for Market. And I always love sewing for Market so of course, I was all in. And so the box arrived from Moda and I totally squealed when I opened the box to find that the quilt I would be making was a Union Jack quilt!!!! Eeekkk!!!!
I have always wanted to make a Union Jack. My Mother was born in England and so it has a special place in my heart and every time I saw one of these quilts I would think to myself that I totally need to move that up the "to make" list :) So ya, it was just meant to be for me to make up this particular quilt. I was so excited!!!
And when I realized that I was using the new William Morris Revisited collection that was created in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, (which comes out in October and is absolutely stunning!!!) well I will admit, I might have cried a little bit. It was just like everything was coming together as this perfect memory of my mother's homeland. And so ya, I knew off that bat that making this quilt was going to be special :)
And I just loved that Moda had me do it in all the beautiful blues from the William Morris Collection. I just loved paring up the beautiful lights, mediums, and dark's to really make each flag pop :) And the white is a tiny silver polka dot that just goes so perfect with the blues. Each time I made a block I decided that it was my new favorite block, and when I got to the point of sewing them all together, well, let's just say that this quilt shot way up to the top of the list of all time favorite quilts ;)
When it came time to quilt it, I decided to go with an all over wavy horizontal line. I wanted to give it the motion of flags waving in the breeze. And I am so happy to say that it fit perfectly for what I had in mind. I just love the way it adds to the design but also doesn't take away from each block ;)
And I used a beautiful Chambray for the cornerstones, binding, and backing and it just gives it the perfect finish. I love the little extra weight it gives it in the backing and really lets the quilting stand out ;)
And oh my, talk about some super yummy texture in that quilting. I tried to keep the quilting about 1/4" to 1/2" apart so there is a lot of lines. But I can't say how awesome it feels to run your hand down this quilt and feel all of that texture. So fun!!! I just love it.
And the biggest, most awesome surprises of all . . . My quilt ended up center stage at the Schoolhouse Opening Seminar!!!! I totally freaked out when I started seeing pictures pop up on facebook and there was my quilt, Eeekkk!!!! I knew that the main seminar was Moda and the V& A Museum but I thought I had been making the sample for the booth. So ya, it was a total treat for it to be part of the opening debut of the line. A treat indeed :)
Thanks for popping in today to share this special finish with me ;)
I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!