TGIFF! - All Things Equal

Happy Friday, all! After a very quiet summer on the blog, I have a finish to share!

This is a gift for a wedding we attended out East on our vacation. It was a beautiful wedding for two very special people.

One of the recipients of the quilt is legally blind, but can discern simple, bold patterns. That was a big factor in the designs for this quilt.

The quilt is reversible -- marriage equality symbol on one side, star made of equilateral triangles on the other. Both sides were made with Kona Cottons.

On so many levels, this quilt is about equality so I've named it All Things Equal.

Marriage Equality symbol side

Star side
Machine quilting close up
I went with matchstick quilting using red 50 wt. Aurifil 2260 and red 40 wt. Aurifil 1103. I was hoping that using two weights and shades of red would give a bit of depth to the quilting, but the reds I chose were really too close in colour and weight to really tell. Lesson learned.

The matchstick quilting took a long time, but the texture is so worth it. Plus, because you don't have to worry about quilting precisely straight lines, it becomes a rather meditative process. I've only done matchstick quilting on one other quilt (Seeing The Forest) and found that it's quite a bit stiffer on cotton than on shot cotton. I think it will loosen up with more use and washing though.


But what to do about a label for a reversible quilt? I didn't want a label taking up space on either of the sides. Finally, I settled on writing my name and the date in permanent fabric marker on the binding. Much less information than I usually put on a quilt, but I'm okay with that.


Finished size: 60" by 60".

I'm linking this up with TGIFF!, which is over at Pippa's Patch this week. Let's head on over to check out the beautiful finishes!

I'm also happy to say that this was one of my goals for Q3 of the 2013 Finish-A-Long with Leanne at She Can Quilt. Yay!

Comments

  1. It is beautiful and I am sure the couple were extra pleased , lovely designs ! That is a lot of quilting :-)

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  2. What a beautiful quilt and wedding gift - I love the bold patterns and the quilting style (matchsticks) is gorgeous!! This is going to be pinned on my Quilt & Sew board. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Pretty and great spot for picture taking :-)

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  4. I love this quilt! You did a great job! My favourite part is all the red triangles, I think it created great movement and the quilting added great texture. The newly weds must love it!

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  5. A very lucky couple to receive such a lovely gift!!

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  6. oye, the quilting! But so worth it on this lovely and meaningful quilt. Legally blind means the texture will be especially appreciated and felt! :)

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  7. Amazing quilt. The match stick quilting must have taken forever. I agree with Elle above that the texture will be enjoyable for one who cannot see well. You put a lot of thought into the design as well. What a wonderful gift!

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  8. What a great quilt! And WOW...what a lot of time to quilt it, I am sure! You are far more patient than I!! :)

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  9. That is so stunning. Bless you in your thought processes for this one. I totally know that this quilt will be a blessing and reminder of their day for many years to come!

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  10. What a wonderful graphic quilt. It really makes a statement .

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  11. This is gorgeous! I especially love the star side, where those couple other colours in the background sort of seem to shimmer behind the star. Really looks great!

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  12. This is such a special gift with such a special meaning behind it. Lovely finish and the recipients are lucky to receive it. Spectacular!

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  13. Love the story and the different shades of red (and pink!) Absolutely gorgeous!!

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  14. This quilt is stunning. A wonderful balance of simplicity and significance and a perfect gift :)
    You've become a noreply, btw.

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  15. (I swear I commented on this post this morning but do not see it now! lol)

    This quilt is BEAUTIFUL, I love the meaning and the colors, all together it is priceless :)

    *for my rag quilt I used some extremely cheap poly batting and just to update I shaved with cheap razors, shaved the pills/fuzz off lol, worked great and is ready to mail off now :) *

    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    xoxo melzie

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  16. Absolutely beautiful! The colours look so amazing and the quilting really is stunning. A thoughtful and gorgeous gift!

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  17. What a beautiful present! Love the quilting and the story :o)

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  18. You've done it again, MR... Another stunning quilt! Bold pattern? Check! Texture? Check! Meaning? Check! Gorgeous Colours? Check! I am sure the happy couple was touched by this thoughtful gift. I am glad to have seen this one "in person".

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  19. I love your design with the equilateral triangles: the star and the different shades of red. It is beautiful!

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  20. That wedding quilt is gorgeous and the QUILTING!!! I need to make a wedding quilt and feel inspired. I also feel inspired to take the time to try for finer quilting. Thank you. M

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  21. this is a gorgeous quilt M-R - excellent job. I love the matchstick quilting on it - that would take a while, but oh, so worth it!

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  22. I LOVE this quilt! The star is amazing with the different tones of colour!

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  23. What a beautiful quilt Michele and the quilting is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  24. Wow, that is stunning! I have never done that type of quilting before, maybe I will try that too! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. When I saw this originally I had hoped it was an equality quilt. I'm so pleased that it is. It is beautiful.

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  26. beautiful quilting, and a beautiful message!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  27. Oh, and there it is! Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I love it!! Your quilting blows me away.

    PS - saw Patti's test of your pattern at our guild meeting last weekend. I may have threatened to steal it - what a great pattern, M-R!

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  28. The texture that quilting gives is simply stunning!!

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  29. Oooh! I love this quilt. Thank you for sharing your pictures. I happened upon it from various links at the bottom of your posts. I was originally looking at your Finish Along for Q2. I love the texture of the quilting, colors, the thoughtfulness of the design, the name and what the quilt stands for!

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