8.02.2011

{King Sized} Happy Garden is Done!

I am so proud to say that I have finished my first King sized quilt. 

Am I nuts.  Oh yes. 

Am I smitten with myself?  You better believe it! 

This was an exercise in discipline and commitment, but the results were totally worth every step of the journey!


It all started when Strawberry Fields came out.  I knew I wanted to get my hands on some and make a quilt for our bed.  I had just finished Tribal and wanted to use the same pattern (by Melissa from Happy Quilting and her Happy Quilt-a-long!).  I also threw in a Clermont Farms and Charleviox charm packs to add up to the 432 squares I started with.
I still can't get over how big it is!


I had a lot of fun quilting this one too.  I called them organic loopies and put them around each of the diamonds.


Doesn't it make you want to just jump into this hammock?


This was also the first time I used cotton batting.  And I'm loving how easy it was to work with.  It really helped me cut down on the wrinkles and movement I am used to when sandwiching.  I also like how it reduces the bulk, but is still nice and heavy. 

Looks great all rolled up, doesn't it?


I adore the mix of neutrals, reds, and blues!  I tried to make it girly with a pinch of boy thrown in.  The mister is still hesitant about all the fru-fru and flowers, but is excited to see it completed!


The back is a combination of big pieces of navy, beige, and a fabric I found with animals on it like koalas, pandas and elk. 

I also didn't realize this in the moment, but the red binding matches the red color of the animals!  Total win!


The question I bet I will get is so, do you think you will make another king size? 

My answer.  Heck yes!  In fact, if you tune in tomorrow you will see what I am planning next.  And yes, it's another big one!


Oh, yes I could really cuddle up with a book and just stay here all day!


Thanks for following along with my journey on this one.  I really enjoyed your encouragement and input along the way!

Have you see the Summer Fair going on at Gen X Quilters?
Who doesn't love a day spent with quilts and food!
Gen X Quilters Summer Fair


I am also checking in with to Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day!

Fresh Sewing Day

And last, but certainly not least, you can see me at Fabric Tuesday at the lovely Quilt Story and Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust


Fresh Poppy Design






日本のための多くの愛
Much love for Japan

22 comments:

Wendy said...

Congrats on your first king size quilt! (I haven't ventured past lap size yet.) Your quilt is beautiful!

Connie said...

Congrats on a beautiful quilt and your first king size!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Fabulous quilt, fabulous photos and a great blogpost too!

Linz said...

Yea Yea Yea!!! It looks so amazing!! I love everything about it! Well done girl!!

Amber said...

It looks amazing!! I am so impressed! I need to just dive in and start making my first queen size for our bed.

Oh and the red binding is so perfect! My favorite part :)

diane said...

Yeah! It is beautiful. I bet it feels great to have it completed!

Happy Turtle said...

wow! congrats. Its beautiful. :)
Carol

Seaweed and Raine said...

You rock girl!!! It looks amazing, and I bet it feels wonderful to lie on/under. I still need to buy more fabric before I try to make a king sized one for our bed... one day. I Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for the next one! :)
S&R xox

Cathy said...

What a lovely great big quilt!

Rhinestone Beagle said...

This looks awesome. Im so glad you went with the red binding. Im inspired to go back to a quilt I started months ago.

Andrea said...

I'm love how your quilt! beautiful photos

Lee said...

WOW. I am impressed! I don't think I'm daring enough to try to quilt a king-size! Yours looks great though!

Geri Centonze said...

I don't think I've seen you over at artseebloggers.com yet. It's a blog directory of "the creatively inclined" Hope to see you there!

Jenniffier said...

That is an amazingly beautiful quilt. I love that backing.

blesid said...

I'm not a quilter, but my mom was so I know how much time and creative energy went into your FABULOUS creation. So beautiful, that will be a family treasure! jules

AnneMarie said...

WOW - King size - that is huge!! Way to go - looks beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Summer Fair! AnneMarie
Sorry I'm so late to stop by.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! You've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :).

jbr said...

Nice and big-love the natural colors you picked.

Riel Nason said...

King Size? WOW !! Congrats!! Love all the pics too. Especially the woodpile.

Just Jaime said...

Pretty! Great color choices!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

This post made me smile. Thanks for inspiring me and many others to even attempt this feat. Really appreciate that you linked up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Mrs. Brittany said...

This is beautiful! I LOVE the colors and the design!!!!

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