Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Flight Path Quilt

It's good to be back! Unwittingly, I took a two month hiatus from the blog. It's seems with travel, visitors and some weather too rainy for photos this Summer, my quilt production has slowed down. But of course, I'm still sewing a bit every day :)

This quilt has taken me a while to complete. I've gone through ups and downs with it in terms of fabric and quilting. The pattern is "Flight Path" by Alison Glass. I've had the pattern for some time, loved the cover version, but really wanted to try and do something different with it.


As much as I loved the bright colors in the original quilt, I wanted to see how the pattern would look with a completely different look. Flipping through a West Elm catalogue, I felt inspired by the neutral, minimalist, mid-century style. I decided to go with blues, grays, navy and a pop of gold for added spark. I looked for modern geometric prints and used prints from Carolyn Friedlander and the Aligned Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. It took a couple tries {and fabric purchases} to get the background shades right, but I persevered.


After some time with my seam ripper, I finally had the top completed and I have to admit I didn't love it. I also had no ideas on how to quilt it. I showed some friends one day and they noticed how unusual a color palette it was for me especially with the bright gold and said I just needed to finish it! We brainstormed some quilting ideas and I was determined to carry on!

I ended up quilting one of my favorite, go-to designs, organic straight lines. If you're not familiar with them, it's a super easy design to quilt with a walking foot. You just quilt edge to edge and don't try to keep the lines perfectly straight. 


And now I love it!



For a backing, I used Kaufman's Carolina Gingham. I've used this line for backing in the past and I love that it's fairly inexpensive and results in a really soft drape for the quilt. The binding is the dark navy and frames the quilt nicely {another texting consultation with some friends!}


Do you ever go through stages of liking, not liking and liking a quilt? Sometimes we just need to power through! Hope to be back soon with a couple other Summer finishes!

My quilt has feet!

15 comments:

  1. Love this! A great "boy" quilt as well. Love the backing and your quilting. Terrific!

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  2. This is really cool. I am glad you persevered. The colors are very pretty.

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  3. It was worth all your time getting the background and quilting dialed in; it's a stunning finish, Cindy!

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  4. It’s an awesome finish, Cindy! Bet you’re glad you stuck with it! Sometimes when I am making a pattern my own, I’m so disappointed in the results, but’s once it’s a finish, I see it through new eyes.

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  5. This turned out fabulous! I usually go from love to what was I thinking on most projects, but always finish them and usually end with love. Seeing the same pattern made with different fabric always fascinates me. Looking forward to seeing what else you've been working on this summer.

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  6. It is really beautiful. The colors are so pretty.

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  7. I had to look up the pattern. Although I am a huge AG fan, I couldn't remember it. It still doesn't speak to me much, which is probably the reason for the "not-knowing". But your colors?! I am amazed. Love the pop of gold. This quilt speaks loudly - at least to me. I am glad you persevered and finished it.

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  8. It's beautiful! The colors are so soft and soothing, like a quiet foggy morning. I've definitely gone through stages where I don't love a quilt, but it always redeems itself after a trip through the washer and dryer :)

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  9. I love these colors! Awesome job!!!

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  10. Wow, I love your version. Looks like a totally different quilt. I think the blues go with the theme of flight.

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  11. So glad that you are back to blogging. The quilt is beautiful. I always love a mid-century color palette. The Aligned collection is on my wish list.

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  12. Such a nice color palette and the organic quilting lines were a good decision!

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  13. This is "simply" beautiful! Lovely, soft colors and the organic line quilting was the way to go! Great job; aren't you glad you persevered?

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  14. Your quilt is gorgeous... great colours...

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!