Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Postage Stamp quilt (UFO #10)

The Postage Stamp quilt!
I'm taught not to brag, but I can't help it; I LOVE IT!
It didn't start with love though! I decided to use colors out of my comfort zone; yellows, browns and greens, just to get rid of those fabrics I thought I'd never use for anything else.
How wrong I was! I love the way it turned out and it has become one of my favorites! It won't be the last PSQ I've made! No, it won't be, because this year I'm participating in a Postage Stamp charm swap, which you can read more about here. If that is not enough; NNC in Malaysia is starting a PSQ-QAL May 1st! I'm quite tied up with several projects right now, but I hope to squeeze in time for it.

I had lots of fun making this quilt. The original idea was to make a small one. It started with the rectangle in the center - 375 squares. Then I added the first border and thought that was enough...
It looked odd, so I got the idea to add the 'piano tangents' with 9-patches in each corner and the second border.

Still not satisfied... I still had fabrics enough, so I decided to add more squares for a bigger quilt. I'm glad I did! :)
The outer border has pieces of leftover fabrics.

I've done the quilting (FMQ) in a meandering pattern and decided to do the borders (sashing? lattice? Mixed up with those words!) different - as you can see. Some 'drunk driving' here and there, but... not easy to manoeuvre a huge quilt on a domestic sewing machine. :)  

The backing; the rest of the leftovers. :)

The quilt is made of 2.5 inch squares and rectangles (yellows, browns and greens).
It has 1011 squares and 88 rectangles (if my counting is right!).
It measures 74 x 95 inches - 188 x 240cm.
This is the first quilt I have used Quilter's Dream cotton batting. It's wonderful! It turned out so soft and cuddly! Can't wait to snuggle up on the couch on cooler nights with this quilt wrapped around me! :)
It's LOVE! lol!  


Karen said...

Stunning. There is so much work in this quilt. You have a lot of patience. It looks great!

Margaret wong said...

What a lovely quilt, Astrid! You have inspired me to make my own PS quilt, can't wait to start with NNC.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I knew you would love quilters dream cotton when you tried it! I love the quilt and I especially like how you broke up the squares with the inside border. I did that once on a postage stamp quilt I made and liked how it looked. I will be making one sometime after I get all my scraps cut up which I need to get back to work on when I get back from the quilt show.

Coloradolady said...

I love it! I really love the balance of just a few colors!! Fantastic quilt. I am inspired!!

Sally said...

A real masterpiece. Like MW, you have inspired me to make my own PSQ. Hopefully, we will have one by the end of 2012 ;)
Thank you.

PJs Lapperier. said...

Helt superflott teppe du sytt,

QuiltSue said...

That is wonderful. If you ever get tired of it, it would look great on my sofa!

Elzaan said...

The quilt looks fantastic! Well done on finishing it. You are on a roll with all your ufo...fufo's!

Anne-Kristine / Hjertesøm said...

Kjempefint teppe Astrid. Et imponerende stykke arbeid :-)
Jeg har faktisk vurdert om jeg skal begynne å samle på små firkanter selv, helst litt "store" til å begynne med :-) Men det spørs nok om jeg har nok scraps til å sy et så stort teppe. Jeg er nemlig veldig flink til å gå igjennom og kaste små rester etter en stund. Får liksom aldri brukt dem :-)

Lainee said...

What a beauty...I have started a collection of 2.5" squares...I see a PSQ in my future!

Rene said...

Very pretty Astrid! I sure hope I can make something 1/2 as pretty!!!

Brooke Davis said...

Wow!!! This is one of the best quilts I have ever seen!! If you want more amazing stamps, I'd check out postage meters for small businesses because I just found it last week to make mailing easier for me. I love all of the stamps it creates. Hope this finds you well. Have a great day!

Catskill Quilter said...

I saw your quilt on the flick'r site with other postage stamp quilts. I love the way you put it together, with the rectangles, and the borders! I would not have thought of isolating the colors that are NOT my favorites (for me also, brown, rust, tan etc) but it came out beautifully. I just became a follower of your blog -- I have never left a comment this late before...is it okay?