TGIFF! - October Sky

It may be November, but I'm celebrating finishing October Sky (formerly Layers of Leaves).

I'm very,  very happy with this finish. Major happy dance happening around here!

This quilt has had quite a journey. It evolved quite a bit from the original design, then there was a lot of deliberation over the colours, and finally undergoing a lot of hand stitching and machine quilting.

Even the blocking process proved eventful when the backing fabric started to run -- grrr! A good wash with some colour catchers solved that issue thankfully.




The quilting is about 1/8" to 5/8" max. I'm thrilled with the movement that the quilting and hand stitching gives it -- like air currents.

Hope you don't mind a LOT of photos. ;)






Final size: 24" x 44.5"
Fabrics: Kona solids
Threads: DMC embroidery threads and Aurifil (50wt.)

Happy, happy, joy, joy! I'm linking with Lynette @ What A Hoot Quilts, who is hosting TGIFF! this week.


39 comments:

  1. Oh... The hand quilting and machine quilting mix was so-o-o worth it. What beautiful texture! Wow!

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  2. I still like it.:-) Love the subtle shading and the graceful curves and the quilting.

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  3. What amazing texture you've created! It's really lovely!

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  4. This has turned out beautifully. I love your colours, the shading in the orange stripes and your quilting has added great movement. Lovely!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful - love everything about it. Keep dancing! xx

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  6. It's beautiful and the intense quilting makes it stand out!

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  7. this is unbelievably brilliant :-)

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  8. good movement and colour…it feels like the sky…bright and calm

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  9. I couldn't 'see' leaves but as a landscape it totally works!!!

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  10. Gorgeous, love the texture look.

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  11. This is stunning M-R! And I just love the handstitching added in!

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  12. It's beautiful. Well worth the wait.

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  13. well worth celebrating! love the hand stitching with the denser machine quilting. you are right, the movement is fabulous!

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  14. Love! So glad you took the time to do all the hand stitching. It is beautiful!

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  15. What a great quilt! The combination of hand and machine quilting really sets this quilt apart--well done!

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  16. It's awesome. Your combination of quilting techniques really make the quilt sing. Congratulations on finishing it.

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  17. Wow - Wow! WOW!!! "Mind" all the photos? I was devouring each one. :) Yes, that movement created by the hand stitches in the machine stitching is just spectacular. Absolutely terrific finish, and I love the name change.

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  18. Oh I love those colors and your quilting. Fab job!

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  19. Definitely worth the wait and all your hard work. It's simply perfect. I love the quilt and all aspects of it. It's very peaceful, yet it pops with energy! I love the yellow and orange

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  20. I got stuck! I love the strong yellow and orange paired with the subtle pale blue. And the hand quilting is amazing.

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  21. I LOVE THIS Quilt! So beautiful!
    Carol

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  22. So beautiful! The fabrics are so perfect, and adding the hand work just finishes it.

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  23. It turned out so great!! I love the mix of machine and hand stitches, it add a whole new element to the quilt.

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  24. This is beautiful. You do such amazing work. I am popping in on the Blogathon Canada blog hop today. (But I follow your blog on Bloglovin too.)

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  25. Crazy Cool.
    Makes me want to make another one. Like yours. :)

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  26. This is stunning and I know that the pictures don't even capture how good it is in person and close up.

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  27. Greetings from Bismarck ND USA on the Canadian Blog Hop. Lots of talent up there and you're sure talented. Lovely quilt showcased here. It's cold here but not much snow yet...it's coming I'm sure.

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  28. OH MY GOODNESS!! I just adore how this turned out. and am SO glad the color catchers worked! I really also love how the hand quilting adds so much, even though the machine quilting is so fabulous! This is the kind of quilt that inspires me to stretch and grow and make!!!

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  29. It looked wonderful in person, I loved the look of the handstitching and machine stitching together!

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  30. Just stunning! The movement your machine and hand quilting gives this quilt is amazing.

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  31. This quilt is fabulous! The quilting is exquisite! So tiny spaces. What batting did you use? Did the intense quilting make it turn to a board? I'm on the hunt for a new batting, maybe. Warm and Nat, def turns into a board. Hobbs 80/20 less so.

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  32. Really a beauty you have created M-R. The hand quilting is such a special touch too!

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  33. THe quilting combination is just fantastic. Great finish.

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