Monday, March 22, 2010

Carnival String Quilt - Complete!

Carnival String Quilt
Yea, the Carnival String quilt is done!
Carnival String Quilt - complete
This has to be the largest quilt I've finished. It measured 90" x 100" before washing. I measured it quickly after washing and drying and it only shrunk up about 5" in each direction. It's still well within a queen size quilt!
Carnival String Quilt
A simple diagonal quilting worked well for this quilt. I had tried stippling, but the variegated thread kept breaking. So, diagonal quilting it was and I think it works well with this design and all the patterened fabrics.
Carnival String Quilt
The back design was a special request from my client. She wanted the verse "I Belong to the Lord" Isiah 44:5 on the back. I made up my letters as I went along and used the printed fabrics from the front to help make the letters. I was so happy when I had it all made and the verse fit perectly in one line across the back.
Carnival String Quilt - back

Carnival String Quilt - back detail
This is one heavy quilt; it weighs over 10 pounds!
Carnival String Quilt - binding
I'm trilled to have it finished and I'm sure it will look beautiful in it's new home!
~Jessica

30 comments:

maria said...

It's beautiful. I love the colours.I'm sure the new owner will love it.

julie said...

Wow! Those colors are incredible! I have never made a string quilt before, but this is so inspiring!

Elizabeth said...

That is beautiful! Very nice work! I love how colorful it is!

Maria said...

Wonderful! Wonderful colors, quilt, and verse on the back.

Leslie said...

this looks so amazing!!! i love the simple quilting

Domina said...

Stunning! Great job Jess!

Jacki said...

Wow Jessica! It is beautiful! The back is amazing and I am sure the clint is just going to love it!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, absolutely stunning! Great work!

Michelle said...

That is so gorgeous with all of the bright colors -- and then the verse on top of everything else...that is one special quilt!

Heather G. said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! Great work!

Suzanne said...

I love it! I really love the verse on the back too!

A. said...

This is incredible. The top is amazing, and I LOVE the back. What a great idea! I don't know that verse, either - definitely a new favorite.

Allie said...

Beautifully done! That is quite the project!

Valerie said...

Oh, heavens. That is magnificent! I especially love how you put the verse on the back, as I would've never thought of something like that. I especially love that dark blue (is it?) minky looking fabric thrown in the front. Or at least, I'm assuming that's what that is.

Just wondering, how much would you charge for something like that?

Laurel H. said...

Beautiful indeed!

Colleen said...

Your carnival quilt is gorgeous and the name is a perfect fit! The back is amazing!
Colleen

Ariane said...

It is beautiful!!! I love the back too! It's wonderful!

Jody said...

Congratulations on a beautiful job - it must feel so good to be done such a big quilt!

mallorymurray said...

It turned out absolutely beautiful! And what a fantastic idea for the back - very inspiring.

SandyN said...

HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!! I LOVE IT!!! The new owner will just love it too and I LOVE the colours. What a great job...

Sandy N

Jodie said...

I don't have the words to express how much I love this - great job, amazing colors. It's beautiful and inspiring and WOW.

Anna said...

stunning, love the quilting

Lindah said...

So neat! The colors and patterns are so rich and beautiful. I love the verse on the back.
Congratulations on a great finish.

Sara said...

Congrats!! Well done! This patchwork looks dificul, I love it!

Beth said...

Gorgeous! I hadn't thought of using minky in the blocks -- and it looks so fantastic!

Heather said...

Wow! It's absolutely beautiful. I'm in love with all the bright colors. What a happy quilt to look at on a dreary spring day!

iknitipurl said...

Jessica, you did a beautiful job on this quilt. I love the small quote you incorporated on the back. This will be loved for many years to come.

mandy said...

This quilt... oh my... it makes me want to CRY... for two reasons: First,I cannot free-motion quilt and I have let this hold me back, thinking that this is a handicap. So, when I see such a gorgeous quilt that has minimal quilting, and straight line at that, it gives me courage to quilt MY way, instead of thinking I have to do it someone else's way! Second, I love, love, LOVE navy (or dark) blues and I very rarely see them in quilts!!! I've actually had a very hard time even finding dark, navy-ish blue fabrics. This quilt is just stunning and I am so inspired. Okay, I'll stop gushing now. Thank you!

mandy said...

Well, I just realized that that could be purple, and now I feel like an idiot. But it looks blueish and I love purple-y blues, too=)

tarabu said...

wow - I think I might be in love with those Carnival strings