Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Meet Botanica

...or formerly known as Greek Cross. I decided to rename the quilt to 'Botanica' after a comment from my fellow Brit Bee and name companion Judith who said said that it was a 'fabulous botanic quilt top'. I thought this was such a good description and promptly decided to adopt the name as it is a much better name for the quilt. Thank you Jude.

So I guess you can gather that the quilt is done. It took me a little longer because I could not help myself and stitch up 'Lucky Summer' in between but it was worth it. This quilt includes a lot of fabric that are rather precious to me and I finally really love it after some initial hick ups.

So here it is in all its glory.


For about two years now I had in my stash this wonderful bright Philip Jacobs print 'Geranium' in duck egg which I saved for something special. I always wanted to use it as a quilt back on a quilt that would feature mostly green floral prints but when I was working on the top of 'Botanica' it became quickly clear that 'Geranium' was made for this so I decided to cut into it.



For this quilt I made big strides into two of my most favourite floral prints and whilst I was agonising over it while I was cutting, I am now really glad that I did it and the fabric looks so much better in use rather than sitting on the shelf and gathering dust.
 


I quilted in a petal pattern/orange peel pattern because I wanted to emphasis the floral feel of it. This I did with my walking  foot and not free motion and it really was very easy to do.



I used two different variegated Gueterman Sulky thread, the greenish one (no 4125) for the back and the greyish (no 4028) for the front.


I wanted something really bright and cheerful for the binding that complements both the front and the back and found this Kaffe Fasset Fuchsia Dot in my stash and luckily my local quilt shop Tikki had still some in stock as I would not have had enough otherwise.



The quilt measures 60 by 72 inches (1.52 x 1.82 m) and the perfect sofa size. Well, I better get on that sofa with it then.....



18 comments:

  1. Beautiful. The colours are so rich. Di xo

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  2. It's beautiful! And Judith is so right about the botanical nature of it, perhaps a photocall in the glass house at Kew? Would be right at home :)

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  3. What a fantastic quilt! love the binding!

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  4. Gorgeous! Love the quilting.

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  5. Gorgeous quilt J, and aptly named! Jxo

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  6. Beautiful! I love the bold border round the front.

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  7. Gorgeous quilt, and I absolutely love your quilting on it! Fabulous :-)

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  8. Botanica---yes that is a great name! The purple and yellow are so sophisticated looking. The binding is such a nice pop of color!

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  9. Love it! Judith has named a quilt or two of mine too, she is a natural.

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  10. Perfect quilt and a perfect name for it.

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  11. Oh my word what a beautiful quilt! I am in love with it and your quilting is great. I will need to try that out I think! Enjoy! xxxx

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  12. I am sure Kaffe and Philip would both be pleased with what you made - in fact they would both want it! I know I do! Gorgeous!

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  13. Sooo pretty and I love the quilting!

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  14. Gorgeous quilting! I am glad you were able to find more of the Kaffe print, it makes a gorgeous binding for this quilt!

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  15. Love the crosses, lovethe border with the dots, lovethebacking: love this quilt!

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  16. What a great quilt! And I agree, the name really fits!

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