I was so excited last night when I took deliver of my finished Floral Cracker’s quilt. The fabulous Rachel from 2nd Avenue Studios had used her amazing long arm/free motion quilting skills to complete this project for me.
I meet Rachel through the Portland Modern Quilting Guild and fell in love with her quilts. She does the most amazing wonky scrappy creative quilts. I was a huge fan and when she offered to quilt Floral Crackers for me I was beyond excited. Rachel also makes a lot of charity quilts and also does long arming quilting of charity quilts for the Guild. Basically she is a rock star.
I made the blocks for this quilt months ago using my black and white stash and lots of crazy floral fabrics. i raided my Kaffe Fassett stash, my Amy Butler stash as well as my friend Lisa’s stash. You can find my original post about the block, along with pattern links on how to make it here.
Rachel used a wonderful free motion flower pattern for the quilting. The shape is very “Kaffe” and mirrors several of the fabrics in the quilt.
I struggled to get decent pictures that do the quilt and quilting justice. Why do photos never capture the true beauty of a quilt?
To back the quilt, Rachel went with a gorgeous light orange dot solid. It is the perfect simple accompaniment to the crazy busy front.
Rachel also kindly did the binding for me on this quilt with her new Bernina binding magic thingy…. and I love it almost as much as I love the quilting. As a nod to me she used Kaffe Fassett’s “Aboriginal Dot” fabric.
I know it is kind of cheating but I am counting this as one of my October Project Linus quilts… I did make the top!
FLORAL CRACKER DETAILS:
Technique: Paper Piecing
Finished Block size: 7 inches
Quilt size: 56″ x 70″
32 thoughts on “Floral Crackers Fabulous Finish”
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So pretty! The quilting is fabulous 🙂 Complements the beautiful top so well!
Super quilt. I love it. Super cheerful and the longarm quilting is perfect.
I could get used to having some one else do my quilting for me!!!!
Really nice job on the quilt top, the quilting and the binding! I love the quilting design Rachel used- it works nicely with your bright floral fabrics.
Love the quilt top, the quilting and the binding. The quilt design Rachel used works really well with the floral fabrics.
Amazing job Cath, love all of the black and white centers – so much fun!
Thanks Nicole. I love using black/white prints as a neutral.
I’m very envious of the kid who gets this. Of course, they deserve it — and I can just make my own. 😀 It’s a gorgeous gorgeous quilt.
It’s gorgeous. Once again, I’m going to steal your idea – combining black and white with strong colour looks really good. Doubt my quilting is going to be anywhere near as good, but I’m getting braver.
Oh my quilting is still dodgy. I realize how much work I need to do to get better. It is going to be my new focus.
It’s so vibrant and alive! Love everything about it!
Not cheating at all – it’s a lovely quilt and I’ve pinned 🙂
This quilt totally knocks my socks off and makes me want to go home and quilt! LOVE!!!
It looks awesome! I like the low volume, it helps to tone all those busy florals. Beautiful quilting too.
Gorgeous! loving the mix of low volume and bright color
Thanks Adrienne. Black and white is so fabulously versatile and underrated I think.
Gorgeous Cath….loving the colours and the quilting is fabulous. I love the Aboriginal Dots!
love this so much! I’ve been looking for a bee block and I think I may have just found it – thanks!!
I had not thought about it as a bee block – I was hunting high and low lady month for appropriate blocks and it did not even hit my radar but it would be perfect.
I love your colors!
Wow! This is just amazing! And I love everything about this quilt! Just WOW!
Thanks Lorna. I keep petting it, it is so pretty. I will be sad to see it go.
What a beautiful quilt…top, quilting, and binding! I’m going to add the pattern to my “to do” list!
Carrie I can highly recommend it. It is super easy and really effective.
oh my goodness. that is one gorgeous quilt. I love that there is so much to look at in all of the fabrics!
🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
I’ve loved this quilt since you first posted about it!! What a fabulous finish!!! The quilting is gorgeous and I love that binding choice. Great job!
Thanks Ashley. It turned out so much better than I hoped.
Beautiful quilt. I always love seeing what other people do with Kaffe and Amy Butler prints. They are my favorite designers.
Not cheating at all to count your (big) part of a collaborative quilt finish as a finish. Love the combo that you used, they really make the most featuring the contrast
That is so pretty! Love the black and white between all those beautiful prints.