Friday, January 13, 2017

Summer Solstice {Finished Quilt}

While I technically finished this on New Year's Eve, this is my first finish share of 2017! My Summer Solstice quilt is completed!

I made this as a part of Melissa at Happy Quilting's Summer Solstice QAL last summer. I finished the quilt top in September with the QAL schedule, but put it aside because I wasn't ready to quilt it. As you might have seen on Instagram, I pieced my backing and was able to do the pin basing the week after Christmas and I did all of the quilting and binding on New Year's Eve.

For the quilting I did a meander with leaves to echo the leaves in the prints. I used an orchid thread for the quilting. White thread seemed like it wouldn't bend well on the front since the background is magenta and magenta seemed like it would show up too much on the green and white fabrics, so orchid it was. I did find the exact shade that I wanted, but it did take a little bit of searching and comparing. Most of the threads were either too pink or too purple!

For the backing, I pieced the remainder of the white print with a coordinating black floral print that I didn't end up using in the quilt and found an additional chartreuse print from my stash. It's always so nice to not have to buy a backing!

For the binding, I didn't have enough of any of the remaining prints (originally I was going to use the black print from the backing, oops), so I used a magenta geometric print fabric from my stash for the binding. I hand stitched this one to the back while watching movies, which is one of my favorite things to do!

Pattern: Summer Solstice by Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Size: 50" square
Fabrics: Mostly Botanica by Timeless Treasures (won this fabric all the way back in 2012!)
Quilting: Leaf meander in orchid thread

Sharing at Finish it up Friday!


  1. Congratulations on getting this one finished! I agree that having fabric on hand for backing is really satisfying, and the meander with leaves was a fun choice for the quilting.

  2. Hooray for having your first 2017 finish. I love seeing it hanging in front of the window. It has a fractured gem (ruby) quality to it.

  3. Good Morning Alison! Splendid quilting selection to chose with this lovely quilt! The variety of purples you chose for the front and back mixed with the yellows was an excellent choice also. The fabrics just worked/blended with one another. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on a finish!

  4. Ooh Alison this turned out so lush! I love the photo of it hanging over the balcony railing with the snow in the background. Bring on summer right?

  5. Oh how pretty is that - those colors are quite pretty!

  6. Yay for getting this one finished! And I ADORE the colors. YUM.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the colors!

  8. Congrats on a gorgeous finish!


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