Friday, September 26, 2014

A FINISHED X AND PLUS QUILT

This quilt started last fall when Cindy contacted me about being her partner for an x and + swap that Carla and Susan were starting. I immediately said yes and we set about choosing our colour palette. I couldn't find our inspiration picture when writing this post, but perhaps Cindy will have it.

We decided on 64 blocks. Each month we made 4 pair of blocks. 4 to keep and 4 to trade.  It was so much fun getting them in the mail each month because her fabrics were so different from mine  : )
Today is the day for the reveal

My quilt



The blocks were sewn together randomly which resulted in some lighter areas but that's ok. I had fun just grabbing the next block and sewing it on.
While quilting this, I was thinking of where I might go for a little photo shoot. I knew of a small waterfall that my son has taken pictures of and I asked him if he could take me there.  His reply was "I think you could make it"

So...........channeling my inner 'mountain goat',  off we went.


There is much less water right now so we didn't get too wet.......





Seeing as how we traded blocks every month, I knew when I saw this fabric that it would make the perfect backing. It's called  '8 days a week' by Windham fabrics. The binding is a scrappy mix of leftover turquoise bits.


I'm super happy that I joined in this swap. I just love this quilt! Thank you Cindy for being such an awesome partner.


I'm linking up today with Lollyquiltz where you can see more x and + quilts made by others who partnered up

quilt stats:
58 x 58
pieced by Cindy and me
quilted by me

linking up with finish it up Friday

54 comments:

Rene' said...

Oh, Carla it's just spectacular!!!! The mix of your blocks and Cindy's are perfect, and it's great that you randomly chose blocks for assembling. I love seeing another beautiful photo shoot location. Your son is a good sport.

Carla said...

Oh, Carla, this turned out just as lovely as I thought it would! How clever that you and Cindy chose the perfect backing for this monthly swap quilt. Your photo shoot was a great outing...isn't that part just so much fun! I love your quilt. Thanks for joining me and Susan. We should do it again sometime!

mle said...

Beautiful! You always make such a wonderful effort with your quilt shoot locations. What a beautiful area!

Debbie said...

This is so beautiful and I love your photos. Your son's comment made me smile. But what a wonderful 'swap' - very very nice!

canuckquilter said...

Beautiful quilts and lovely photo shoot too. I think I need to take a stack of quilts out to the state park and get creative.

Needled Mom said...

It is beautiful and your setting for the photos is spectacular too.

Katja said...

Gorgeous Carla! I love the results of both quilts. And I must say - GREAT photo shoot!

Ladyquiltsalot said...

Wonderful finish Carla!

Annika said...

Your quilt is fantastic - and also the pictures at the waterfall!

Pat Converse said...

Beautiful quilt and I love the pictures!

nerospost said...

Hi Carla! I love your quilt and your photos! Your colour palette is girgeus and we/your readers do appreaciate that you take your quilts to amazing places for photo shooting! x Teje

Lorna McMahon said...

Whoop! Whoop! What a fabulous finish! I love the palette of greens and blues. And the photos are simply stunning! Well worth the climb. Congratulations on a beautiful quilt!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Such a beautiful quilt. I love having my own. Did you do your quilt label yet? Did you see that Susan and Carla also swapped labels? I think we should do that as well. :)As usual, GORGEOUS photos! I couldn't do that if I tried, if only for the reason that we have no water in California right now. So sad...

Kathinca said...

I love quilts that are assembled randomly. Lovely result on this one and stunning pictures with all that water.

Lorraine B. said...

Beautiful! It's matches the falls perfectly!

Patchwork and Play said...

I was thinking of you while I tried to photograph my quilt Carla! Being a city girl I really only have children's playgrounds to choose from, and seeing it is Spring break, everywhere I went there were crowds of people! Love your photos and your quilts is just delightful! The colours are just what I love- blues and greens are a favourite of mine! What a fun experience this was!

Ella said...

It's a stunner! I'm going to have to hunt down of that backing. It's fabulous!

Fran said...

I love how the pattern fades in and out, depending on the strength of the fabrics. Great quilt, and a wonderful spot for photos!

Carla said...

WOW, that quilt is beautiful and the pictures...well, I love that you found that mountain goat inside. Worth the climb, for sure. If this partnership is wrong, I would never want to be right. LOVE IT!!

Dawn Hughes said...

Carla your quilt us amazing, love love love both the front and the back. And what a trooper, now a mountain climber....

OPQuilt said...

Oh, you take my breath away! Not only is the quilt a thing of amazing beauty, so is the site where you were able to photograph it (and many thanks to your son). I put a line-up of all of the finished quilts (I checked our Flickr page) on my blog just now, and we are a pretty impressive group!

I love the colors that you and Cindy chose and think your quilt(s) spectacular finishes!

:) Elizabeth

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Really this is the most beautiful plus quilt I have seen! The color movement is dramatic. Inspiration!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

It looks amazing Carla. Beautiful choice of colours and your random placement creates an artistic movement of colour depths.

quiltmania said...

You really go above and beyond for a photo shoot! Love the quilt.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wonderful fabrics in your X + quilt. Terrfic job!

Maggie said...

Wow this is one gorgeous quilt. I love all the fabrics and the randomness. Beautiful colours! How fun to do a swap like that! The setting is perfect. It was worth being a mountain goat for a while to get there. X

Kim said...

Oh my....gorgeous location and gorgeous quilt...lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo!!! Oh you are too funny!! I love the randomness of the blocks. Just perfect!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's gorgeous!

W-S Wanderings said...

It is art! The swappingness, randomness and the scrappy binding are AWESOME. And where you shot it? *Swoon*

Jan said...

I love everything about this quilt, and the photography is great.

Christine said...

At the risk of sounding like a broken record... I adore this quilt! It's just gorgeous. And... I really, really love the setting that you shot in! These are beautiful photos!

Happy Turtle said...

It's so gorgeous and the pictures are amazing!!!
Carol

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Mountain goats never had to carry a quilt as well as watch their footing!
The colours you and Cindy chose make this quilt. They blend so nicely that sewing the blocks together randomly works just perfectly.
I had better go take a peek at Cindy's quilt!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

What an amazing collaboration - the finished product is so beautiful (those colours are my favs). Glad to see you made it up and down safely - you don't want to be carried to hospital in your own quilt!

Lynne said...

Aaahhhh I like everything about this!
You win the prize for best photo shoots on a blog, every time!
Love the colors, they almost seem to blend,then fade, then pop. The backing fabric choice is perfect.
Beautiful!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What a great quilt. You always find great places to photograph your quilts. I do good to get someone to hold a quilt up for me.

Megan said...

What amazing photos - and the quilt is gorgeous. I love the colours you used.

Donna quilts said...

Your quilt is beautiful! What a great adventure to get to that place for a photo shoot - it was worth it!

Leanne said...

I've been checking out all the quilts in your group, I love the colours you and Cindy used. Your quilt is beautiful.

Kate said...

I love this quilt! And the colours are incredible.

Taryn said...

Amazing quilt and amazing photo shoot! You have done a fantastic job!

Mary Huey said...

Doing it as a swap -- great idea and wonderful results!!

Martha said...

Oh Carla this quilt is absolutely amazing! I love the mix of colors and shades of blue and green. And you picked the perfect location for the photo shoot.

Annabella said...

Absolutely stunning - I love the colour palette and the block is perfect. You must be thrilled.

Anne said...

Gorgeous finish and such wonderful pictures. The backing is just perfect and the photo with the back showing is my favorite.

ruthsplace said...

Love the quilt and the location of the photos is just stunning!

Cathy said...

How absolutely wonderful!

Kris said...

Wow that quilt turned out so lovely! Daring photo ops too! great job!

rachel said...

Absolutely stunning! And those photos! - Wow-za!

knottygnome said...

beautiful quilt and great photo shoot!

Nat at Made in Home said...

What an amazing quilt - and love the location for your pictures!

dutchcomfort said...

So beautiful and spectacular!

Carla said...

Cool quilt and I love the backing.
A wow the photo opt was breath taking.
Nice job all around

Mama Pea said...

This is just beautiful! And what scenery for photographing it!