Friday, July 27, 2012

~ Friday Finish ~

I finally finished my Retreat Quilt 2 (I know, not much of a name, right?). I had mixed feelings while making this quilt. In the end, with lots of encouragement from my mom, sister, and quilty friends, I fell back in love with both the fabric and the actual quilt.  And let me say, I was REALLY loving it last night cuddled up on the couch watching Silence of the Lambs ;-)
The weather really interferred with my photo shoot...severe thunderstorms
all afternoon!!!

After the thunderstorms passed, I enlisted my granddaughter's help with the picture taking.

Bless her heart, she wasn't quite tall enough and her arms were not quite long enough, but we got it done!

I purchased the fabric, Flora Lane, at last year's retreat.

It took me a year to decide what to do with it. After much internal debating, I decided to make Elizabeth Hartman's Kitchen Window, really hoping to showcase the prints I fell in love with.

I quilted it using a meandering stitch, which went quickly after a thread color change. The first thread was a little too dark for my liking.

I pieced the back with left over yardage. I am really loving pieced backs...I don't know why it took so long for me to wise up ;-)

I pulled out the striped yardage from the collection for the it ;-)

I did get one outdoor shot before the rain hit...

Quilt Stats:

Size: 52 x 68
Fabric: Windows: Flora Lane by Laura Berringer
   Window panes: Kona Earth
           Background: Kona Raffia
Backing: Pieced with Flora Lane and Kona Earth
Pattern: Kitchen Window by Elizabeth Hartman

I am linking up to Sarah's Can I get a Whoop Whoop and Amy's Sew and Tell Friday.

Thanks, as always, for visiting my blog!!
~ Michelle ~


  1. I love this quilt Michelle and glad you now do too!!!! Your quilting skills continue to amaze me.....the stippling on this quilt is lovely. The striped binding is perfect! I'm happy you took a picture by your gorgeous crepe myrtle tree.

  2. This turned out so great....really like it. Glad you switched threads and are happy with it. Simply striking!

  3. That's really pretty -- you did a great job! Love the binding, striped fabric is so striking around the edges.

  4. It is so beautiful! The striped binding sets it off so well. :)

  5. Love this quilt! Going to have to find that pattern!

  6. I laughed to myself when you said it took you a year to decide what to do with that fabric! Why is it we hate to cut into our fabrics--anyway I've been there several times--many ideas and then you consider the possibility of not using the fabric the best way and then we get a bit frozen. I love your quilted outcome and the striped binding is just a plus!

  7. That's a beautiful quilt! I really like the blues and browns together. And it must feel so great to have it all done! Congratulations!!

  8. That is very pretty and i love the design.

  9. Whoop! Whoop!

    It looks fabulous, and I am SO glad you fell in love with it again!

  10. This is a fantastic quilt and I'm glad you perservered and finished it. I love the pattern and your fabrics.

  11. Wow, beautiful quilt! Good for you for finishing this and loving it. I can just imagine how awesome it was to curl up under during a thunderstorm and creepy movie. Love the quilting and that binding too. You should be so proud of this finish!

  12. AZZEKA's GrannyJuly 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Michelle, I am so glad that you are loving your quilt. It is absolutely beautiful.

  13. Ah - Kitchen Windows :) I really enjoyed working on this quilt pattern too. It was a bit frustrating at times for me, but the end result is beautiful. Your fabric selection is great. Here is a link to my version:

  14. this looks great. i love the window pattern

  15. You did a great job and I love the brown colored borders:)

  16. Beautiful quilt! This design is on my bucket list- hope to get to it someday soon! Whoop whoop!!

  17. Michelle, it turned out great! I am so happy you like it in the end! The striped binding is AWESOME!

  18. This is beautiful! I love the brown tones in it.