Thursday, 27 February 2014

Finish it up Friday - Walk, Don't Walk

Well I dithered and dithered about the binding for this little quilt which was made for fun using leftovers from Big Red Triangles.   Thank you to all the nice people who commented on my earlier post with suggestions.   I was really drawn to the idea of a no-binding binding, but with the thought  "if in doubt, try the more challenging option and learn something" I eventually settled on the red on acqua, acqua on red option.


Are you like me and feel compelled to point out the flaws in things you make?  Not sure what that's about.  This has got lots of flaws but actually the only one I'm going to mention is that some of the wingtips of the flying geese are missing, but this was my first go at flying geese, so that's okay.  



Another first was matchstick quilting, with a fiddly colour change at the seam between red and acqua sections which involved lots of pulling the ends to the back (296 in fact).  I used the same red Aurifil as Big Red Triangles, and a Gutterman acqua sew-all.  They seem to get on quite well together! 



Backing is the old standfast Ikea Nummer - a word of warning, when I hold up this quilt to the light you can actually make out the numbers, but I won't be holding it up to the light too often.



The name of this quilt was in my head all the time I was making it - because it reminds me of people on a crossing but also because the effect of the triangles and the vibrant colour contrast is a bit edgy, so I felt it was a bit like someone shouting Walk, Don't Walk simultaneously.  All right, call me pretentious:-)


Walk, Don't Walk
17x20 inches
Klona in crimson
Moda Bell solids in Carribbean
Aurifil 28
Gutterman Sew-all
Warm and Natural batting
Ikea Nummer backing









Linking up to New to Me at Celtic Thistle Stitches - Fiona always inspires me to be more adventurous - and to Finish it up Friday - thank you to Amandajean for making me get my finger out.



31 comments:

  1. What a stunning quilt, I love the use of such strong colours and I am always super critical of my own sewing 'mistakes', but I don't think anyone else notices. Your leaves are also gorgeous - Adore them!

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  2. Beautiful strong graphic design and I love the colors! Also, I laughed when you mentioned a compulsion to pooint out the flaws in a project. I definitely suffer from that too!

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  3. I really love this little quilt - it proves that simple can be best

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  4. Hi Catherine! Love the wall hanging. The positive-negative and negative positive with the colors makes it so muchmore interesting than a regular two color quilt! And I think the way you did the binding is the logical extention of that! perfect! cheers, CW

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  5. Wonderful! Certainly can't see any flaws from here Catherine, I love it :)

    Thanks for linking up to New to Me too, I love seeing all the great projects everyone tries.

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  6. What a fabulous quilt! The binding and the quilting must have been a real challenge, but so, so worth it! It's a stunner!

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  7. Wow, it's wonderful. I love the background you used for the photos.
    I know what you mean about pointing out flaws in what you make. I'm guilty of that too.

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  8. Hiya Catherine! Well, I just about fell over with your 296 end pulls! Holy Cow! 'Nuff said.

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  9. Very stylish! And yes, I point out the flaws in my work all the time...not a good habit!

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  10. Beautiful mini quilt Catherine!I I love the name too. I was not sure about the two colour binding but now I can see how wrong I was. It's absolutely stunning! I can't see any mistakes really but I always doubt my work and point to my own mistakes too. :-)

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  11. stunning :-) I can't believe that you could be bothered to match the thread too - but it is so effective. Great work :-)

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  12. love this almost as much as its big brother

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  13. This looks fantastic and I love the way you've bound it :)

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  14. Gorgeous quilt!!! Love the colors and I love the simplicity of the design - its one of those quilts that just makes you smile! And the binding is perfect. Nice job!!

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  15. You changed the thread halfway through every line of quilting?!?! I'd never in a million years have that kind of patience. But I'm awed at the amazing job you did of it! :-)

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  16. This first thing I noticed was the binding! Love it! Great little quilt!

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  17. Love this and the quilting and binding are perfection! So is the name! ;-)

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  18. That is a very beautiful quilt, and yes I always find the flaws in my own work, too. Looking at your quilt I can't see any missing wingtips, it looks perfect!! Great job with the colors on the binding and thread. I have a flying geese project I've been procrastinating on and now I feel like doing it! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Emily at backtothecraft.blogspot.ca

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  19. Beautiful, it looks perfect to me :) Can't believe you had to swap threads so many times!

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  20. I love this quilt, I would love to make one similar but in bed size. I love your quilting too.

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  21. Ahhh - it looks fabulous and I love the way you bound it and the attention to detail with the colour change in the quilting. I too point out the flaws in my own work!
    x

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  22. Catherine, that is a stunning quilt. I always loved the aqua-red combo, but this takes it to another dimension. What patience you demonstrated with the matchstick quilting PLUS changing thread colour. Beautiful work!

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  23. This is great; great concept, great colours, great choice of binding, great name.

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