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WoW-E! Welcome to TGIFF!

Posted on: December 25th, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

Hello!  My name is Lorna.  And Sew Fresh Quilts is hosting this week’s TGIFF!

The final TGIFF for 2014!

Today I am sharing my WoW-E! quilt finish.

It was a bit windy when I took this quilt out for photographing.  So after my fingers got cold waiting for the breeze to settle, I tried out a new shoot location and hung this quilt on the well house door.  Last week we were fresh out of snow when I photographed the custom quilt.  But now we have a little sprinkling.  Not a completely green Christmas!

I have to admit…. when I had the blocks completed…. and put them up on the design wall…. I had my doubts about the colour choices I had made.  They looked great together as a pile of fat quarters.  But to me, the blocks looked bland and boring.

The addition of the Silver sashing and Coal cornerstones changed everything.  They brought all those colours into line and set each block apart so perfectly.  Now I just love it!

When I shared in Tuesday’s post that the top was finished, I had no idea what I was going to use for the backing.  Of course my son Russell was called into the sewing room to give his opinion on the two pieces pulled for the audition.  He always has the best advice.  So honest and with the eye of an artist.  He enthusiastically said he “really liked” this one.  It is Novella Finnelopy in Aqua by Valori Wells for Free Spirit.

I did not want to go with something too plain.  The blocks are made from some pretty subdued Kona cottons.  Some of their names remind of summer: Melon, Punch, Lemon, Daffodil, Green Tea, Asparagus, Sunny, Mango, and Cypress.  The Ice Frappe may be something to drink in summer, but the name makes me think of winter.  As does the Snow, used for the background and the Silver used for the sashing.  Coal was used in the block centers and for the binding.  Hope none of you ended up with this in your stocking!!!!  Unless it’s Kona Coal of course!

When she was all ready for basting, she called out for the Serpentine stitch.  I recently washed up a doll quilt made using this stitch and was so WoW’ed by the crinkly results, I knew this quilt needed it, too!  I like how the curvy lines soften up the sharp angles of the blocks.  And help to hide the slight imperfections in the piecing.  *Wink*

These individual blocks finish at 9″ square.  And the quilt finished at approximately 41″ x 51″.  Making a nice sized baby or lap quilt.  But the WoW-E! pattern, has instructions for THREE DIFFERENT sizes.  It is now available from my little Etsy shop here!

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Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Keep On Quilting On!
See you all in 2015!
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32 Responses

  1. Hi Lorna! This is gorgeus quilt! Not boring colours at all. As you have the quilt in the First photo, I was thinking that perhaps these blocks would look great also 'in point'. I haven't made yet any quilt where the blocks are in point and would love to try that too. x Teje

  2. Cassandra says:

    This is a beautiful quilt! I love how you have taken blocks with sharp angles and straight lines, juxtaposed them with a backing with a softer curving design, and finished it off with the serpentine quilting. The placement for the one darker block is also perfect to balance the overall composition. Simply lovely!

  3. Beautiful finish – a great way to round out 2014! 🙂

  4. Hayley says:

    I love how this has turned out, it is just beautiful

  5. Vicki says:

    Boy, I'd say Russell has really good taste! This turned out so fantastic. The quilting is perfect for this pattern. Yay, great way to finish up the year.

  6. You're so right Lorna … those curvy lines in the quilting work beautifully with your pointy blocks 🙂

  7. Phew, I was thinking that was an outhouse! LOL! Love your quilt. The one dark block is sweet!

  8. Unknown says:

    Great finish! Congrats to you and your sun. Best wishes for 2015.

  9. margaret says:

    very nice quilt, nothing to add myself, all I finished last week was a hardanger runner so not quilting

  10. Kate says:

    Do I love that wee house – although I was a tiny bit disappointed that it was the well house …. it's the perfect backdrop for your gorgeous quilt! ^^

  11. Adrienne says:

    Seriously, your fabric choices are perfect in this quilt. Wow for the back! and I love the quilting too! I so wish I had that stitch on my machine. I must add it to the new machine \”wish list\”. Happy Boxing Day!

  12. I love how the serpentine stitch looks on this quilt.

  13. KaHolly says:

    Oh, wow!! Between the sashing/cornerstones and the serpentine machine quilting, this quilt is a true beauty!! It never fails to amaze me how the sashing can pull together a questionable assortment of blocks and make them absolutely gorgeous when sewn together. Have a wonderful holiday week.

  14. magistra says:

    Hi! I love this pattern and I think your decision to make all the centers the same is very striking. I also wanted to say how much I love your quilting on it. I can say now that I am a big fan of the Serpentine stitch. I have never seen it before. This is the first time I've ever commented on the quilting because usually it's just not that important to me so I don't notice it. But this one is a really neat pattern and stands out! Congratulations on a great quilt! Magistra13 at yahoo dot com Beth

  15. Oh my gosh!!! I really like that!!!! Beautiful! And congrats on a finish!!!

  16. It is a gorgeous finish, Lorna!! Your son picked the perfect backing fabric too! He has good taste :)-Soma

  17. Sharon says:

    Love your finish! that block is so cute, and I always like the squiggly line quilting….it's about as good as I get at doing my own quilting (-:

  18. JanineMarie says:

    This quilt is delicious!! And the setting for the photos is perfect. Please tell me about the serpentine quilting. Is it free motion? Walking foot? I love the texture it gives.

  19. Wow-E indeed! Love, love, love your quilt, Lorna. That serpentine quilting gives it such great movement. Congrats on a gorgeous finish! Thank you so much for hosting our last TGIFF! of 2014 too!

  20. Susan C. says:

    Well done, a team effort and a great finish. I often call my family in for approval of colour choices, whether or not I agree with said choices is another matter entirely …hahahaha. This is a cute quilt and I love how you have shown and discussed it's progression, nice to know these things don't just plop on the landscape all perfect all at once! Hope you all had a wonderful festive season and continue to laugh into the new year and beyond.

  21. Oh this quilt is so pretty! Hopping over from Finish it Friday.

  22. Carla says:

    It's just gorgeous Lorna. I'm in love with that backing too!

  23. I hope you had a happy Christmas! xx

  24. Claire says:

    I love how one detail can change everything! The finished quilt looks great.

  25. Linda says:

    Beautiful, and I love the backing.

  26. Karen says:

    This is a beautiful quilt. The backing fabric is perfect.

  27. Laura says:

    Hi Lorna, I like the way the grey softens the white. Did you do the quilting with a large serpentine stitch on your sewing machine, or did you mange to FMQ the lines so evenly? Nice visual impact no matter how you did it. PS I see that a previous commenter was also curious about this aspect.

  28. Stunning. I love the colors!!!!!!

  29. Laura says:

    That is just gorgeous!!! you've done a great job and the pattern looks fab. Hope you get lots of sales! thanks so much for hosting!

  30. Glinda ♥ says:

    I do love your wiggly line quilt stitch … every time I see it, I want a machine that does it too! Congrats on hosting the link-up 🙂

  31. Vera says:

    Looks great you done a great job with it!

  32. Clairequilty says:

    Almost a year later since you made this and it is just as outstanding now as last year. Thanks for sharing.