New Wave Quilt

New Wave Quilt FO

New Wave Quilt FO

Woohoo! My New Wave Quilt is finished! Another thing off my finish-it-now to-do list – I’m just knockin’ those suckers back now! – and ready to use for the summer. Because it’s lightly quilted, it’ll be nice and light for summer nights, even if it is only a large lap quilt (a good size when you don’t want lots of blanket, but can’t stand to sleep without one).

New Wave Quilt FO

I chose to use Kona Charcoal and Kona Pomegranate for the sashing and binding, respectively, because it was just a bit off the obvious color choices the prints I used suggested. The easy option would’ve been a dark brown for the sashing, and some kind of gold for the binding, but a friend of mine has the Kona color card (lucky gal) and I had the luxury of sitting with my pile of prints, holding each one against all the different Kona shades. I felt that the Charcoal really did the prints justice while still standing up for itself and contributing something of its own, and the Pomegranate tied together all those bits of pink and red and kind of girl-ified the masculine colors a bit. I’m so so pleased with my choices!

New Wave Quilt FO

I used a vintage sheet – well, actually, part of a duvet cover – as the backing, pieced with a strip of a vintage pillowcase. I got both for peanuts at the charity shop I volunteer for – actually, the pillowcase was a big mess and would’ve been tossed, all full of holes and marker stains, weirdly. I managed to chop out just enough good fabric to piece that strip in – here’s to making awesome use of garbage! I love that main print, from the duvet cover, but it really did need to be broken up with something that would brighten it up.

New Wave Quilt FO

I’ve named this one for The Partridge Family (audio of this, perhaps their most classically corny song, here) because this quilt is all about the gloriously brown-and-gold colors of the 1970s and, let’s face it, when am I ever going to be able to name something for The Partridge Family again?! This is no joke, I really do love them – I’ve got the dvds, the albums, even books about the show. That zany singing family and their absurdly cheesy, terrible songs just make me so very happy!

The New Wave pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!. See more photos of my finished quilt in my Flickr photostream!

New Wave Quilt WIP

New Wave Quilt WIP

Working down my list, now that my mini-quilt is done, I’ve turned my attention to my New Wave quilt (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson). Although I’ve been gathering the perfect arrangement of fabrics for well over a year, I put this quilt top together in a massive sewing frenzy over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May. It was like a blur of thread and bits of fabric.

New Wave Quilt WIP

This one’s all for me-me-me, in all it’s gloriously brown-and-gold 70s-ness. Yum! I’m even using a vintage sheet as the backing. These are totally, completely, not like my normal color choices and maybe that’s why I love it so much. Do you ever find yourself drawn to things that seem wildly un-you and love them double-much for it? I think it’s important to sometimes treat ourselves to something that’s completely out of the ordinary, whether it be fabric choices or a day out. It shakes things up.

New Wave Quilt WIP

Anyway, I pieced the back and basted it shortly after that weekend, but it was put aside for other things until now. Now the quilting’s almost done and I’ve got the binding (HOT pink, baby!) all ready to go.

New Wave Quilt WIP

Expect an FO post on this one soon – I’m actually quite in need of a light quilt for these suddenly hot summer nights, so I’m anxious to get it done!