Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Picnic in December

Since the weekend was full of getting the tree and decorating the house for Christmas, it wasn't until today that I finally took the last stitches in the binding of my Picnic quilt today.  It had been waiting for several days under the sewing machine needle before I could get back to it.  That's because my sewing room looked like this:

Yeah, I know.  I did manage to get some sewing done in here, believe it or not! (Shay, are you impressed?)

 The binding is a polka dot.  I love a red binding! The brown print is the last of the Katie Jump Rope fabric I was hoarding.

"Picnic", designed by Kim Brackett, Scrap Basket Sensations book.
The goal was to have green the primary color, then red, then gold, but in the end the mix grew more varied and I love all its scrappy goodness. 

 Here you can see the great texture that Mary of Quilt Hollow gave to the quilt.

 Love the swirls and ginkgo leaves.  

 Mini the quilt inspector checking out the backing.  Originally I planned a green flannel backing but when my MATH was a fail, I went to leftover yardage instead.  I'm happy with the secondary idea. 

See the two sizes of ginkgo leaves?  The best birthday gift I gave myself last month was sending the quilt to Mary for "frosting", as she calls it.  Yum!  I have to give credit to my sister Kathy for pushing me to make this quilt top a priority.  This Picnic is complete and I'm happy to say it is staying with me. It feels great to have another finish.


Janet O. said...

Mary did a lovely job, as always!
I like the scrappiness of the top--no one color really stands out to me.
The texture shows beautifully on the back.

carol fun said...

Oh Annie - this is gorgeous! Love all the scrappy fabrics and the quilting really is the "frosting" on the top -- Enjoy this beauty!

Joyful Quilter said...

Great quilt! Love the variety of colors. I have Picnic cut out but haven't had time to sew it. Mary has that magic frosting touch.

Marg said...

It's beautiful Annie. I love the pattern, the colours, the texture from the quilting and of course that gorgeous binding.

julieQ said...

Your picnic quilt is just gorgeous!! It is too cold here for a picnic...hope it is better where you are!

Patrica said...

I have that book and love that pattern, another quilt on the to do list - heavy sigh... Yours is gorgeous everything about it just sings.

Shay said...

Are you kidding me Annie? Thats not messy...You dont have to jump over anything to actually get to your sewing machine!

The picnic quilt is fabulous...all that scrappy goodness and colour ! And the quilting is wonderful. Really highlights the beauty of the pattern. Finishes are the best feeling aren’t they. Congrats !

Stephanie said...

With the windchill is feels like 3* in Ohio so a Picnic in December sounds awesome. It also looks awesome too.

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on a fantastic finish!
Love it!

Sarah said...

It's a very nice finish and Mary has done a great job of the quilting. Hey, who cares what your sewing space looks like, as long as you get to use it?! Mine is small and often very messy, but it's MY space. Probably lucky it's small - can't fit any more c@&p in it that way!

Kate said...

Congrats on the finish. Picnic turned out beautifully! The quilting is gorgeous. What a great birthday present for yourself.