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April 4, 2011

Rain or Shine Quilt


I finished my Rain or Shine quilt last Monday and have been dying to share it with you, but the weather wasn't cooperating! Springtime in New Orleans = Monsoons. This is the first quilt I've ever made for myself, and as you saw last week, Whiskers and I have been happily snuggling under it the past couple of days. For those of you not familiar with the pattern, it's from Elizabeth Hartman's Practical Guide to Patchwork.

I have a ton of pictures, so I'll stop typing and let you see for yourself :)




Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

The binding fabric is Flora & Fauna Dandelions in Stone. 

A big thanks to my awesome friend Karen for letting me take over her dining room for an entire Saturday. I showed up at her door with a homemade pie and some big, sad Puss 'n' Boots eyes, and she let me use the superfly quilting frame she keeps set up on her dining table. It was just big enough to accomodate this quilt (the finished dimentions are 62" x 62"), so I was in luck. It took me about 6 hours to quilt, and my neck totally locked up on me the next morning when I woke up...oh, how we quilters suffer for our art :)  It probably would've only taken me 3-4 hours to finish if I hadn't kept forgetting to lower the presser foot...which made the thread wad up on the bottom - GAH! *tears hair out*

And of course, another big thank you goes to my loving husband who stood outside looking foolish with me at our apartment complex taking pictures, lol!

27 comments:

  1. Wow! Looks great. Love the gray with the colors! Just beautiful!

    Kiera

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  2. oh wow. I love this so much! I love purple and it looks fantastic with the yellow. Beautiful quilting too. Amazing.

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  3. Wow and super woooowwww!!! This is gorgeous!!, love it. The sashing is a med grey Kona , right?
    absolutely adore it! xoxo

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  4. Love the colors of this quilt! The quilting looks great as well, worth the sore neck in the end - get the hubby to massage it better!
    Cheers,
    Carolyn

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  5. I've been following this one on flickr, and I'm thrilled to see the FO. It is such a beautiful quilt. I love the color combination you chose, and that fabric you chose for the back is lovely! I've started cutting for my own Rain or Shine, but it's been on the back burner while I finish up some other projects.

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  6. Again, I love this one!! :) Great work!

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  7. Beautiful! Now tell me, do you actually machine both sides of the binding and catch it ALL the first time on the front??? I still have not mastered that, but would so love to so that I don't have to hand-sew e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e quilt!!! And I've used Rita's tute, too, to no avail! (red pepper)

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  8. Wow, that is really beautiful! Great colours too! And your quilting is really professional and really complements the quilt top!

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  9. It's beautiful Kaelin!! Love these blocks they look all 'shine'to me :-)

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  10. Great quilt...I can see why you love it SO much!

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  11. I love it! The purple and gray look so great with the bright colors!

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  12. Yes, the colors are great! And your points all come together in the middle, like they're supposed to! You are such a brave girl for posting those closeups, but you should be proud :-)

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  13. What a wonderful finish!! We're in monsoon season up here in Vancouver, too. Only it's freezing cold rain!

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  14. You did an amazing job! I adore the colours you chose.

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  15. Oh, I sooooo love love love this! Gor-ge-ous!! Makes me feel sunny inside just looking at it! No wonder you love being wrapped in it :)
    -Candice

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  16. Gorgeous! Your piecing is perfect!!

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  17. This looks gorgeous Kaelin!! I love it! And that is so sweet of your hubby to help you even in public with a quilt!

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  18. This is gorgeous! I love the colour combo'

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  19. It's beautiful! That's my favorite pattern from the book.

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  20. Oh this has turned out beautifully. It looks totally different to the one in the book. I just love the colors in yours.

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  21. These are soooo beautiful colors! I love this quilt.
    Silke

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  22. this is so beautiful! i love your color choices - what fabric is the grey solid?

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