Monday, July 29, 2013

You & Me Quilt

Yesterday morning I made an extra, extra long roll of binding in Denyse Schmidt's Complex Plaid in Maple and finished off another new quilt, with enough binding left for at least one more!

Shelburne Falls Quilt Binding

Of course I turned to that trick using the extension table that came with my Janome to neatly feed me my binding, I love that!!

Shelburne Falls Quilt Binding

All that red plaid against the navy parts of my quilt, along with the bright yellow Aurifil quilting, looks especially nice to me! I was a little nervous about the bright yellow at first, but I'm so glad I went for it!

Quilted in Yellow Aurifil

Shelburne Falls Quilt binding and stitching

We took a quick drive to the fields for this photo shoot, where lots of sunflowers, black eyed Susans, Queen Anne's Lace, Goldenrod and Vervain are in full flourish. It was so, SO beautiful!

Shelburne Falls Quilt

Shelburne Falls Quilt

Shelburne Falls Quilt

Shelburne Falls Quilt

This photo of the back of my quilt, with all that warm flannel, is one of my very favorites!

Shelburne Falls Quilt back

Shelburne Falls Quilt backed in flannel

I had originally ordered the entire Shelburne Falls collection by Denyse Schmidt with a picnic quilt in mind. Once it arrived, I immediately sketched out my idea with no particular meaning behind my plan other than wanting to come up with a pattern that would showcase the three different palettes in this collection nicely. I did struggle there for a little while, but once things clicked this quilt became something very special to me, very quickly. While I worked away the plaid and various floral prints returned me to a very special memory of mine. Just a little more than twelve years ago, almost to this day, when I was just twenty years old, Kevin walked from his Mom's house on Main Street where he was staying, to my parents house out of town to see me, picking a few of each of the different wild flowers he found along his way. Wild flowers are my very favorite! That day he came to the door holding a bouquet for me, wearing a red and navy plaid shirt that he wore almost everyday back then, along with his sweet smile and adorable dimples, of course. That image of him is a permanent fixture in my mind and one I will always treasure. Like a beautiful song that seems written just for you, the mix of vintage-y florals with the stripes and plaid, along the colors and charm of this collection brought me back to those sentimental days. And so this quilt quickly became OURS. A special memory embraced in pieced together fabrics and lots of quilting stitches. An assemblage of wobbly pieces beautifully blended together to make OUR quilt, perfect. So, I'm calling this my You & Me Quilt and we both already love it so much!

Sunflower field

My favorite!

Shelburne Falls Quilt at Sunset

Shelburne Falls Quilt At Sunset

Wishing you a nice start to your week!   Maureen

79 comments:

  1. Love it, and absolutely love the backing!

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  2. Love the story behind your quilt! It looks great as always! You are lucky to have such great places to take photos, beautiful :)

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  3. What a beautiful quilt to honor a beautiful memory that I hope you and he will share always. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. It's amazing how nostalgic a quilt can be, but I think that's one of the reasons so many of us are choosing to both make handmade and buy handmade these days. Its so special!!

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  4. awww, what a great memory! And, I can't believe how well all of those colors & patterns end up going together. GREAT choice on the yellow for the quilting!

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    1. Thank you, Janelle! Choosing a colorful or variegated thread always feels like a risky choice in the begging, but so far it has always paid off! I love that little extra bit of color, and it makes the quilt look a little more interesting and special up close.

      Thanks again!

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  5. It turned out beautifully, Maureen! :)

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  6. A beautiful quilt and a gorgeous setting!!

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  7. Now aren't you glad you pushed through? Beautiful!

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  8. Now you guys just need a couples photo shoot on this quilt to complete the picture :)

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  9. Clever girl--such a great idea for sewing the binding! Loved the binding with your quilt--was thinking how fun, then I got to the photo of the back, and wow! Love it! And so perfect for the two of you!

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  10. Absolutely love it, Maureen! Thanks for sharing your special memory.

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  11. Great story! Fabulous quilt, so warm and inviting and great design! Just love it a lot!

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    1. Thank you Lynne! Sometimes I'm shy to share these sappy stories here, but it just made this quilt so special, I couldn't resist!

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  12. I love the fabric with the flowers and the solid black.
    Your light stitching looks pretty and the back of the quilt is amazing!
    Your pictures are beautiful but the last one is my favourite :)

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  13. that turned out really neat! I was wondering what you'd do... :)

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  14. It's beautiful! Love that plaid binding, especially!

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  15. What a great quilt, love that it brought back such good memories while you were working on it. That's what makes quilts so special.

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  16. Oh I just love this! So nice to stop by and see your lovely pictures.

    May I ask what your flannel backing fabric is?

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    1. Thank you so much! The backing is actually a 100% cotton flannel shirting fabric that I just picked up at Joann Fabrics for $7.99/yd - a 40% off coupon. It matches the Shelburne Falls colors perfectly, but I can't find the one I bought online. You can see some other options here -- http://www.joann.com/search/_flannel%20shirting%20fabric/?page=1

      Thanks again!

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  17. Delightful quilt - love that you struggled through to make something super special to you!

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  18. I just love when something that you aren't sure about but you perservere anyany turns out to be a treasure!
    xo jan

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  19. This quilt turned out so lovely ~ funny how things turn out when we aren't liking something we've made (I do that a lot). Love how you did the binding too.

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  20. Love the story. And that last picture with the sunbeams is a stunner!!! You could win an award with that shot!

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    1. Wow Kathy, thank you!! It was such a pretty place to watch the sunset last night! The sunflowers looked like they were glowing, they were so bright!!

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  21. That is a sweet story. Thank you for sharing it with us. No wonder your new quilt is beloved already.

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  22. I am so glad you were able to work that quilt out. I didn't like the way it was going either, but you worked through it and it is awesome now. It does everything you wanted it to and then some. Wonderful story too. Pictures...amazing! You're lucky to have such a backdrop close by.

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  23. Awww! Love the story behind the plaid backing--and your binding choice was great.

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  24. I love quilt photography. I start thinking of ways to "pose" my quilt before I even finish making it, lol! Your quilt is stunning, and the settings you have chosen are equally so.

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    1. It's usually the fabrics I'm using that makes me think of where I'll be taking my photos. Sometimes the design, like with my recent Zig Zag quilt, which made we want to find a staircase or a barn painted a certain color for another. I'm not sure with what quilt it started, but I recently decided that I would go to a new beautiful place here in Potter County, Pa to take my pictures. And now we are all really into it, especially my husband, which you can probably tell from the big rock photo above -- that was ALL his idea! :)

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  25. I love the story behind your quilt! It's so beautiful and to have such a wonderful memory tied to a new quilt is really special :)

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    1. Thank you! While I was piecing it together and I shared with my husband what I was thinking, he asked if the quilt could be for him. I loved that!!

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  26. Your quilt turned out beautifully! The binding makes such a nice frame for it :)

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  27. wow, it's such a stunning quilt maureen! i adore the flannel back and the story makes it even sweeter. lovely!

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  28. like any great relationship there is always struggles at the beginning to make it "right", i think the quilt and the making of it tell that story too, you loved it right away but you struggled too, i love how it turned out, and the story of that long ago day is so sweet;)
    i really do like the 3 colorways together, i have layer cake of Shelboure Falls, i'm going to keep this in mind for sure, thanks

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  29. Your quilt turned out great (as I knew it would). What wonderful pictures you have taken. The photo of the quilt in the field of sunflowers really brings out the yellow and gold colors of the quilt. What a fun quilt. I hope you get many more years of memories with that quilt.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! The yellow and gold in this collection, along with the bright yellow Aurifil thread are some of my very favorites parts of this quilt when I look at it closely! It makes me happy to read that you could see those elements from my photo. It was so pretty to see all the bright sunflowers and watch the sun set across that field!

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  30. Maureen this turned out beautiful. All of the colors really melt together nicely. And thanks for sharing your special You and Me moment, so sweet. Wonderful pictures.

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  31. Wow! I love those bright, happy colors!

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  32. MAUREEN,THANK YOU SO FOR THESE SHOTS!

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    1. THANK YOU, Linda!! :) That means alot! We're really getting into taking advantage of the beautiful backdrop that comes with living here in Potter County, Pa!

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  33. Beautiful work. Very folksy yet modern. And great binding choice.

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  34. Wonderful sentiments for a beautiful quilt. I will try your trick for feeding the binding! I use bias binding, so I do need for it to stay put and not get stretched out while I sew.

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  35. Wow, that's a lot of binding. And given how I use mine, it would be wrapped around me about 5 times by now ;o) Love the quilt though!

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  36. I love the gorgeous colors!!

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  37. What a pretty quilt. Love how it turned out.

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  38. I do sometimes think that the projects you have that little struggle with are the ones that come out best - not that you seem to have struggled for long! Love the quilt - looks fabulous, great pictures and a lovely story to boot. You should maybe have called it the "we have it all quilt!" ;o)

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    1. I agree, it definitely felt extra good working it into something that we both loved so much! Maybe once the student loans and house mortgage are all paid off I will make a new quilt for us and call it that! Haha :)

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  39. Gorgeous! What an awesome quilt and amazing pictures too, Maureen!

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  40. I love how you photographed the quilt, stunning photos and a beautiful quilt.

    Debbie

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  41. Stunning quilt with gorgeous binding! I adore your photo backdrops, that field of sunflowers is incredible. Beautiful! xo

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  42. I love the binding and the backing, but what I think I love most about this quilt is that it shows a style that is so uniquely you. There is something about your quilts that link them together, just by looking at them you can see that, ah, yes, that is a Maureen Cracknell original right there. I think it might have something to do with how you play with colour.

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  43. I love story Quilts especially ones that mean LOVE.. I am trying to design a baby quilt, Before with the other 5 I did what the theme was, well this time and in the future I want it to me My design. Lovely photos, my camera is in the shop, I feel like my right hand is gone.. thanks for sharing MC

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  44. A lovely quilt. Simple and sophisticated. The plaid binding is really striking.

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  45. What a beautiful story! And a great quilt to snuggle up under, together! (I love that backing!)

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  46. Oh what a wonderful quilt, and beautiful story! I love the plaids...I am from the Pacific NW and all...land of plaid flannel. ;)

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  47. I love the yellow quilting thread, although I'd be prepared to stretch it a little and maybe describe it as 'gold'! :-) I've experimented with invisible thread, but so far it's not for me, and finding the right colour can be a struggle. Here, your yellow is spot on. Well done for being brave!

    Ro

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  48. What a great quilt Maureen. I love the story behind it too. And that field of flowers is just gorgeous. Wildflowers are my favorite also :)

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  49. First time on your blog (I am a fan of Aurifil on Facebook, that's how I ended up here). If someone had given me the colour combo you chose and asked me to make a quilt I would have though they are crazy. Bright red and pink? with blues and flowers and plaids? What? and YELLOW thread to top it off? Oh, but you are one adventurous genious! This quilt is absolutely wonderful. Love at first sight! So outside of my comfort zone and yet, that I am thinking "I wish I had thought of this one" first time here, but I will be back for more...

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  50. Perfect fabric to use for binding and I love that trick - I'll have to see if it will work on my Janome table.

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  51. Wow once again your gorgeous creation astounds me ..I love it and the backstory had me emotional and weepy. I love how you are able to pull your faily into everything you do...cherish them as I know you do because its amazing how quickly the time goes and they will be grown. I hope the You and Me quilt and you and yours enjoy many happy moments all together

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  52. so so awesome. and the pictures are so amazing. It must have been such a fun photo shoot. love the binding and the flannel backing especially.

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  53. awesome quilt (now you need a picture of you guys having a picnic ON the quilt). Love the story and am awed by the combination of fabrics...and that binding.....wow! I make a LOT of quilts for Project Linus and am going to choose wild fabrics for the bindings from now on! Yours is so successful and fun!

    Enjoy the memory of your reason behind this quilt and look forward to many more. A+++++

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  54. Beautiful photos, beautiful quilt, beautiful story. This post made my day! I love the plaid binding--works perfectly with the quilt-and the yellow thread! I just started using colored thread in my quilting and I love that little extra burst of color.

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  55. Your quilt looks great! Showcases those fabrics beautifully.
    And that binding is to die for.
    Love the straight line quilting which compliments the quilt design.

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  56. I am glad to hear that you are satisfied with the end results! I have been wondering since you mentioned your "uh-oh, I-might-not-like-the-end-result" post the other day! :D

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  57. Love it and the backing. Sweet story.

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  58. *sigh* Love the quilt, the pictures and the story! I think DS fabrics are my very favorite now that I've been sewing for a little while- they're current without being trendy, retro without being old-fashioned...I guess 'timeless' is the best word. Love what you did with them!!

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  59. That looks spectacular. Well done!

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  60. what a beautiful story maureen! i love the quilt! it is gorgeous and perfect for the two of you! xoxoxo

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  61. Oh yes, the binding is pretty much delicious. Caught my eye immediately. I'm in love. The quilt is beautiful. XO

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  62. OMG :)

    STUNNING :)

    I hope you have many years of joy with your beautiful quilt :)

    I have made quilts for everyone in our family and it is awesome on a Winter's Holiday evening, strolling through the house, seeing everyone in their fav. spot snuggling under their personal quilt, most are now 20 yrs old and still going strong :)

    You've made a lovely memory :)

    Have a lovely week, cheers, T. ;)

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  63. Enjpy you beautiful work and the scenery is a lovely bonus!! Marj

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