16 September, 2009

Grass - Revealed

Okay, enough already.  Here it is - the Grass Quilt.  It was time to put Water aside and showcase something actually completed.  There was no trauma in getting this one together.  I knew what I wanted to do from the first scrap of green that I pulled. My ode to Grass, in 68 inches square.

This quilt is also my personal backlash against white sashing.  Yes, I love it and I've used it plenty, but I was getting a little tired of seeing wonky log cabins sashed in white. So I switched it up and made the squares plain white.  Some of these are plain Kona cotton, and the rest are whatever white on whites I had laying around to make 12.5 inch squares. One of them, you can see, photographs quite yellow but it isn't that way in person. The greens are all from scraps and stash.

The quilting process I've already told you about.  It uses a lot of thread and I did have some needle sizing issues.  But I am thrilled with the way it turned out and the quilt has a wonderful drape despite being so heavily quilted.

This is the back.  I took some more scraps and essentially made a runner. The rest of it is some Katie Jump Rope that I found on sale.  That fabric is so soft that it makes a lovely backing. What I didn't think of was that the softness would more or less be lost with all the quilting.  Oh well, it still feels good.

The label will eventually go here, but I print mine and I need to wait until I have another finished quilt so I can print two labels on one sheet.

And now, let the vacation begin.

35 comments:

Ashley said...

this looks fabulous! i love that you switched it up a bit with the white centers and I love that they're all different whites! Great looking quilt! Fun quilting too --- i plan on doing a lot of quilting on my next one, but the thought of all that work makes me dread it just a bit! :)

~Michelle~ said...

very nice! love that you "reversed" the traditional white sashing - bet this technique starts popping up around blogland ;)

minivanlife said...

Oh it's gorgeous! Love all those greens and love that you made the blocks white.

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Amy - Park City Girl said...

Love love love it! your quilting makes it - in my opinion :) I love the detail in the back too - looks like blades of grass. Amazing finish Cheryl!

Ruth said...

Thats a really beautiful quilt you have there - its very peaceful and serene looking - a real treat for the eyes!!!

Amy said...

It's a beautiful design but the quilting really makes it special!

Sew It Up! said...

I have to agree with everyone,the quilting really makes this quilt. Green rocks and so does your quilt.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Go Green! Love your grass quilt. The quilting very much mimics the flow of a field of grass blades. So calm and tranquil. Nice Job! Jenn

Anina said...

Love it!

Life of Joy said...

I love it. I just finished my first quilt and I hope that one day maybe my quilting will be as good as yours.

Quilts on Bastings said...

Fabulous quilt, great colours and I really love the quilting.

Katharine said...

What a lovely quilt. Love the use of green and white together and the wavy grass piecing on the back. And the quilting is great.

Victoria said...

The quilting and texture of this piece is so lush, and I love the idea of reversing tradition around. Great job!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

nice job! happy vacation!
love the back. a big grassy meadow.

beth said...

i love green. This green grass is perfect!

dillpickle said...

It's great! I especially love the back. (Apparently green is my favourite colour given the number of green things I own. This became obvious recently when I bought a lovely bright green jacket and everyone started commenting on how well I matched my pram. Oops.) I'm quite taken with the idea of interesting quilt backs at the moment, and I love the 'grassy-ness' of the runner :-)

Marielle said...

Oh neat and loving the grassy runner on the back. BTW, that first pic is killer.

jet said...

Love it.

And, I can't wait to see your water quilt with the diagonal design. Kidding. ;-) But I do hope you pick it.

Cynthia said...

Excellent. Love the way it turned out. The time you spent practicing really paid off. I should do more of that!

amandajean said...

this quilt is spectacular!!! i love the result of your personal backlash against sashing. the quilting is amazing. and the strip of grass on the back is genius! what a beautiful finish.

elizabeth said...

Wonderful! I love the reversed white. I think i might even love the back more, but I'm biased, green is my favourite colour!

belinda said...

wonderful quilt....great quilting!

Frogdancer said...

What a lovely design. (Personally, I like it better than the water quilt/s.) The slight wonkiness of the green sashing gives the quilt so much character...

very well done!

(Can you tell that I've been marking lots of essays... )

nanann said...

I really love the grass quilting! Adds a lot to the whole feel of the quilt.

Cristin said...

SO lovely! You're so creative following a motif all the way thru :-) And I ADORE grass green, the color! Well done for sure!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Two thumbs up for the GRASS! It is gorgeous!

Rene' said...

Love your quilt and your blog.

Jenny said...

Beautiful! You are so talented.

jacquie said...

i thought i left a comment on grass...guess not. maybe i was just speechless! it's beautiful cheryl!

elle said...

grass and water. Reminds me of life here on the farm. The pigs escaped. The grass enticed them, the water will bring them back. lol Simply smashing. Can't wait to see how the water'll lap up against the grass.

Alaskan Vaughans said...

Fun quilt! Now that I have 2 boys I need more "boyish" quilt ideas, thanks! =)

lisa mertins said...

wow! what gorgeous quilting. here from the fishbowl to say hi :)

anti snore said...

What a lovely design.I love it.

Matt & Mary said...

I just came across your blog today, and I have to say- this is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing your quilts with us!

Candy said...

I found your blog through Amanda Jean's Crazy Mom Quilts - I absolutely love the switch 'em up idea with the sashing! Great option and it suits the grass theme so well! Good for you!
Candice