Ripples and Reflections Quilt - Finished!

  Y'all. This quilt. It's...probably my best. And will remain my best for a long while. And that's okay, because I kinda like it.

And even better, I got to do her photo shoot in Alaska, where she blended perfectly with the fireweed and scenery.

Except for Denali - that mountain was camera shy! We managed to spot it between clouds on our last day, but it was washed out in my photos. I believe it's right in the center of the mountains here. Of course, I could just be saying that to convince you we saw it. {We really did!}

But seriously - the greens and pinks! Love! Even though it took twelve hours to cut out all the pieces from thirteen different fabrics. Scratch that - I had to cut out one of the fabrics twice, because I went out of order and mixed up the greens. Never go out of order on a project like this.

There are approximately 1200 individual pieces in this. Each {of 11} monthly step took between 1-5 hours to complete, for a total of 28 hours piecing, plus an additional 3 hours on quilting and binding prep.

A little bit of background {in the picture and in this paragraph - ha!} My mother-in-law drove with me from Oklahoma to Washington when we moved in 2013. We stopped in Sun Valley, Idaho, to visit Craters of the Moon Natl Park and Hemingway's grave. Popped into a quilt shop, and my MIL was hooked the moment she saw this. It's totally her colors, and she adores batiks. I said if she buys the kit, I could make it for her 60th birthday, May 2015. Challenge accepted!

Why yes, if I'm going to make you walk to the edge of a skinny little probably-not-structurally-sound dock, I'm going to take a picture of it. If only to prove that these are definitely my mother-in-law's colors.

Look at how nicely it hangs on a queen size bed! Perfectly planned.

I think needs some matching pillows and bedskirt. The quilting is loose curly-Qs and swirls, with some oversized flowers and hearts thrown in. Lots of fun to quilt.

I really wanted the quilt hand bound, but I was running out of time before vacation and stressing myself out. Then I realized - why? Why stress about something when I know that my friend actually enjoys hand binding, and she's fast at it to boot? I don't think I could have made a better decision - her stitches are darn near invisible.

Ripples and Reflections


Pattern: Ripples & Reflections by Laura Shifrin Designs

Kit: Sun Valley Fabric Granary {they still have one kit available, if you want to make your own!}

See also: Finish It Up Friday/Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop/Confessions of a Fabric Addict,TGIFF/Quilt Matters, Needle & Thread Thursday/My Quilt Infatuation, BOMs Away/What a Hoot