Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sunnyside Pinwheels--A Finished Quilt

It's done! It's really done! And I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

This is the first quilt that I've started.   I knew my first quilt had to be a pinwheel pattern.  I don't know what it is about them, but I am just drawn to them.  They are fun, pretty, and really quite whimsical.  I knew that this was the pattern for me.   It looks intricate and looks like a ton of work, but looks can be deceiving.  It was actually quite simple and really anyone could make these pinwheels.  

I knew my first quilt had to be colorful.  I am drawn to color.  I love the bright patterns against the neutral white.  The white makes each fabric pop with color and really shine.  I was really inspired by the Sunnyside line of fabric because it was so colorful.  It has a wide range of colors and tones.  It really is a fun line of fabric.  My favorite fabric from the whole line has to be the floral border fabric I used.  I like how it ties all the fabrics together.  It also has sort of a vintage vibe to it, kind of reminds me of vintage floral sheets.  

For the quilting, I decided with straight line quilting.  I just ditch stitched around each square.  I thought about stitching the diagonal lines as well, but decided against it.  I wanted the pinwheels to really shine on this quilt, rather than the quilting.  So I stuck with the simple grid-like pattern you can see here.

For the backing, I used one fabric for the whole back.  I wanted to keep it simple and I just happened to come across a dot pattern that had the same salmon color as in the pinwheel fabrics. So it just seemed like a natural fit to me.  

I binded this quilt by hand.  I really like the look of hand binding. Machine binding is something I need a lot more practice in! Heck, I need more practice hand binding.   I thought the binding turned out beautifully and really just added to the quilt.  

I am definitely keeping this quilt.  I am going to keep this baby around and actually use it!  Plus I think it will be a good reminder of how awesome I am! ;)  But seriously, when you finish somethig like a quilt, it feels so gratifying to say that you made something so beautiful!  You pieced every single piece of fabric together and created something new and beautiful.  No quilt is perfect, and I could probably point out every crooked stitch, or every point that didn't line up, but that really doesn't matter because this quilt is going to be loved and used for many years to come. 

Parties I'm Joining:
Anything Goes by Stitch by Stitch
Show and Tell Tuesday by Fresh Squeezed Fabrics
Fabric Tuesday by A Quilt Story
Wip Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Wow Me Wednesday at Polkadots on Parade
Whimsy Wednesday at The NY Melrose Family
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Cottage
We Did It Wednesday! at Sew Much Ado
Really Random Thursday by Live a Colorful Life
Needle and Thread Thursday by My Quilt Infatuation
Thursday Threads by 627Handworks
I Quilt by Pretty Bobbins
Link Party Palooza at Today's Creative Blog
Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal


JimmyMo said...

Lindsey I love it, you did a wonderful job.....;o)

Christine S said...

Your quilt is very pretty!

Samantha said...

Pretty quilt! Great finish! Hope you enjoy many hours of cuddling with it ;)

Frances Meredith said...

You can't lose with a pinwheel! Lovely quilt.

Ava said...

Your quilt is so beautiful.

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

Love it girl! I have a Sunnyside layer cake I need to get to using. So fun and glad you are keeping it for yourself:)

Conni said...

very nice quilt, love the colors, and yes your are SO right, the white does make the other colors pop

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

You did a great job! It sure doesn't look like a first quilt to me; it is so well done.

Sweet Woodruff said...

Really amazing for your first quilt. Pinwheels are not easy for beginners. Love everything about this. Yay!!!! Great job!!!

Sarah @ Georgia Girl Quilts said...

Congrats on finishing your first quilt! It looks amazing. I love that fabric line and pinwheels too...can't wait to see what you do next!

Art and Sand said...

I think a pinwheel pattern was the first quilt I ever made. I am glad you are going to use it. I think quilts become prettier with use. When I finish a baby quilt, the first thing I do is wash it to get a fluffy (not sure what other word to use) look.


Val's Creative Life said...

I too love pinwheels! YOUR QUILT IS AWESOME!!!

Val's Creative Life said...

I too love pinwheel patterns! Welcome to the world of quilting...you will love it!

Renee said...

Wow you did a fantastic job on your first quilt! I just (like, as in, today, hours ago) fell in love with Sunnyside (late to the party, as usual)...I'm just debating on which precut pack to buy and which yardage to buy. Seeing your quilt is perfect timing. Definitely a keeping, I'm sure anyone that sees it at your house will secretly hope that you're going to make them one too (tell people there's a two year waiting list, haha).

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Love your sweet quilt! I can see why you are so proud of your first quilt! Awesome job!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

I can see why you're so proud of it! It's beautiful. The pinwheels do really stand out against the white, and that binding fabric is so pretty!

Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

What a beautiful quilt! As much as I love quilting, you definitely made the right choice to let the piecing be the show stopper here :) thanks so much for linking up!

Kate D. Spain said...

Way to go, Lindsey! Your quilt turned out beautifully! Keep quilting. Looks like you're a natural! xo

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilt and congrats on finishing your first!! I'm sure you'll make many more! Thanks for sharing.
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Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Hi Lindsey, thanks for linking up last week over at Pretty Bobbins, I'm going to give you a shout out in this weeks linky party <3 Cheers, Gemma :)

Judy said...

I love your quilt! It is amazing. You did a fantastic job!!