Monday, November 16, 2015

Wild Cherry Limeade

Welcome! Would you like to try some Wild Cherry Limeade? Sounds like an awesome drink, doesn't it? Well, in this case, it's the title of my latest quilt!


Wild isn't it? My husband wonders what I was drinking when I thought this up--I'll just say that there was almost Sangria in the title!

Started back in June, the project moved to the front of the list in October. Made from the Chic Kisses pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful, I put my own spin of ric rac on it, approximately 11 yards. Check out a work in progress post here

Here's a few more up close pictures.



As for the ric rac, it was first stitched through the center to the curves of the blocks, with the ends to go in the seam allowances. After the top was assembled and the quilting done, the curvy edges were stitched down so that the ric rac would stay flat and not fold over. The jumbo ric rac was just too wide to let it be free.



And of course, quilting detail. An open stipple in the black background, avoiding the cherry print; straight lines in wedges; figure eights in the green centers; and the pretty four patch design, complete with cherries and lime wedges.



Last week, I gave a tutorial on stitching the four patch design, which can be found here, or on the longarm tutorial page. There are lots of variations possible within the basic framework--just change the fill, and it's totally different.

And love those cherries!



How to stitch those are also on the same tutorial. Love em'!

And what quilt wouldn't be complete without a peek at the backside?



Yes, I was brave and used a solid pink to go with the front. Shows off all that pretty quilting! Now to make a label, and attach a sleeve, and up on a hanging rod it goes.


Wild Cherry Limeade anyone?



16 comments:

  1. I love the Rick rack! Great idea. Your colors are wonderful - so bright and cheerful.

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  2. Beautiful quilt and quilting!! I love using a solid for backing to show off the quilting!!! Love the ric rac - I have a bunch of the wide stuff, just need to figure out a cool way to use it like you did!!

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  3. Well, I love Cherry Limeade and I especially love Wild Cherry Limeade! :) The quilting texture looks yummy and adding those cherries and lime slices was genius! Thanks so much for linking to Main Crush Monday. I'm happy to have found your blog and plan on staying and visiting a while!

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  4. Thanks so much for the tutorial! It makes Angela's book come alive even more. Love this quilt!

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  5. This is a stunning quilt...love the colors, the addition of rick rack and all your amazing quilting!!! All around bold and fun quilt!!

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    1. Thanks Mel! The ric rac certainly adds a fun vibe!

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  6. Every detail of the quilt just makes it nicer and nicer! I am in love with the rick-rack.

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  7. There's so many things here to love -- the piecing, ric-rac, and the quilting all compliment each other fantastically. Beautiful work!

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  8. the lime green really kicks energy into this quilt! Great quilting details, especially the cherry motifs. So glad you shared this finish!

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  9. Okay this one is simply luscious!!!! And your workmanship is extraordinary! How pleased you must be!!!

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  10. Well this is pretty fabulous, and that giant ric rac puts it over the top! That quilting is amazing, too. Nothing like that is happening at my place what with my tiny machine and
    all. ;) Hope you have a great week.

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  11. Did you preshrink the ric-rac? I seem to remember ric rac shrinking on me in the past. It really turned out beautiful!!!

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    1. No, I didn't pre-shrink the ric rac as this quilt is going on the wall, and won't be seeing the washing machine!

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  12. dropped by to say "hi" from Linky Tuesday, fab colour saturation, very cute - Chris @madebyChrissieD :D

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  13. What a beautiful quilt Susan and love the large ric rac!!!

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