29 October 2011

Diagon Alley


It's fun time when Amy invites us all to take part in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Welcome to all of you!

I want to share my recently finished "Diagon Alley". You may recognize this from one of Kaffe Fassets book ... I was lucky to see the original quilt at one of his lectures before the pattern was published. And I fell completely in love!



This is the biggest quilt I have attempted hand-quilting. With help from Anne Rønningen, I got it basted on thin cotton (Quilters Dream Request). Then I spent hours stitching with perle cotton. The quilt is soft and not too heavy. I am so pleased to have finished it. The size makes it a challenge to take a decent picture. Even my husbands long arms was struggling to hold this one!


Showing a pre-quilted picture.

And a picture of the finished top before quilting. Not sure if I will ever try hand-quilting another one this size. It finished at 80" * 85". So it's big enough to share with a friend...

Thank you for stopping by! Please enjoy more quilts from the Blogger Quilt Festival, and let yourself be inspired...

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60 comments:

Jane said...

Gorgeous quilt! The colors are wonderful. Great job!

Andi said...

Absolutely stunning Marit.
And I bet the hand quilting makes it super soft and snuggly.
Enjoy!!
xxx

pamina said...

Woaw! What a beauty and what a great accomplishment !

Toni said...

Amazing quilt! Love the colors and design!

Lynne said...

It is absolutely gorgeous!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Wow Marit, this quilt is sooo beautiful! Love the fabrics, the pattern, everything! A true heirloom.

Lisa Echerd said...

Just fabulous! I love the colors and arrangement.

Pat said...

Wow, hand quilted! Beautiful quilt!

Mary said...

Marit!!! This is stunning! I love this quilt - the colors are fabulous. This is another one I would love to see in person!!!

Jackie said...

I love this quilt!!

pinsandneedles said...

This is a gorgeous quilt. The color choices are beautiful.

Sujata said...

Absolutely stunning! I can't believe you hand quilted a quilt this size! Bravo!!!

sewfrench.com said...

I love this! Love me some Kaffe Fasset but sometimes I feel it can overwhelm a pattern, but not this one!
I love that you hand quilted it, too!
As a hand quilter, you should link up with a growing new group of hand quilters. I have the button on my blog if you find yourself there, otherwise it's called Hand Quilters Unite, Celebrate Hand Quilting. (It's just something I stumbled upon, last week, it's not mine.)

Carla said...

GORGEOUS!!! I always admire this pattern hen looking through my KF books. Hopefully, someday I will make one......and MACHINE quilt it! ;) I am impressed by yours very much, Marit!

Una said...

It is simply breathtaking! The red diagonal stripe really gives depth to it - making it look like and alley:) I love the nine patch border. It looks like a quilt that will be well loved for a long time!

Judy said...

Gorgeous quilt with lovely colors! That was quite a large quilt to quilt by hand, but is it one of your favorites since you spent so much time working on it? Enjoy!

Sabine said...

Stunning quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Janice said...

Wow, gorgeous quilt! I really need to try working with KF fabrics. I adore them! You did an amazing job.

Westfalenmaedel said...

Dear Marit,

breathtaking quilt!
How do you judge the quilting with pearl cotton? I will try that on my next project ;-)

Greetings from Germany ( were summer returns, 18° outside ),
Karin

Donna~~ said...

I love this quilt! Definitely on my to do list! And yours is beautiful--an accomplishment indeed!

Nifty Quilts said...

It's absolutely beautiful!! Your colors and patterns are so entertaining. I could look at it forever.

Brenda said...

lovely!

Fran said...

That is absolutely beautiful!

Jenny said...

WOW!! Lot's of love went in that quilt! Beautiful!

notes of sincerity said...

Oh what a beautiful quilt. :o)

Annabella said...

That is an amazing quilt! I`m a huge KF fan and so it won`t surprise you that I love to play with colour too. I love hand quilting but I don`t know how you managed one quite that size! Absolutely stunning.

Quiltycat said...

I love your colors choice!
nichi

Tamie said...

What a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Bobbi said...

You're always Safe with Kaffe!
I love his stuff! I saw him speak last year during the Houston quilt show. What a handsome man!

Oh, and you are a brave woman to hand-quilt this beauty. :)

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous , gorgeous !!

Zibu said...

This is beautiful! I love the colours and of course, one can never go wrong with Kaffe!

Cathy said...

It is a beauty Marit. I too love this one and hope one day to make it. It would be so soft after being quilted like that. Fabulous! xo

Banaghaisge said...

I will let you share it with me!!! That is one stunneroo of a quilt. Well done that girl. And double well done for hand quilting it. Hugs Jas

laura said...

BEAUTIFUL quilt!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

oh wow Marit, I didn't realise you'd finished it - it is absolutely heavenly and wonderful and I'd love to see a close up of your hand quilting - gonna go back and look closer and see if I can see it! I machine quilted mine and could not have ever had the patience to hand quilt it but I bet the results are stunning!

Nina Lise Moen said...

Mmmmm, delicious!

Danielle said...

It's beautiful, Marit. I have long admired this gorgeous quilt, you've certainly done it justice! Thanks for sharing!

Cape Pincushion said...

Wonderful! Well done!

chiliquilter.com said...

What a lovely quilt - it´s amazing and the colors is absolutly gorgeous.

I love it :-)

Flying Blind... said...

Stunning!!

Ariane said...

It is gorgeous!!! I love it!!!

Lisa said...

Gorgeous quilt ... AND hand quilted!?!?!?!

quilthexle said...

great colours, wonderful pattern, amazing quilting = gourgeous quilt !! congratulations ;-))

The Tulip Patch said...

gorgeous...love it!

Hollie said...

Gorgeous colors!

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Very eye appealing quilt. Nice job. And kudos for the handquilting.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Ohhh, so pretty! Great bright colors and that pattern is just striking! And you hand quilted it? Marvelous!

Heather said...

I love your quilt, it looks great. It is so bright!

Margreth said...

What can I say...wow! Absolutly gorgeous! I wonder if I'm going to handquilt my Kaffe Fasset..hmmm?

Eileen said...

Lovely quilt. Just beautiful Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Teje said...

Hi! Just fantastic! So beautiful - I love all the different red colours and prints! Your design is really good! x Teje

Susan Entwistle said...

Beautiful quilt. I love everything Kaffe Fassett. I admire your patience for hand quilting. Something I'll probably never try.

The Thompsons said...

Gorgeous, bright colors! I really like it.

Julie Fukuda said...

Oh my, that must have been fun to organize!I don't know how you could have kept all those squares in order.

Dresden Quilter said...

It is so gorgeous! Congratulations on all of that hand quilting.

Sandra Kaye said...

I am a HUGE Kaffe fan. !! I really love this quilt! Great job!! Hugs

Pat B said...

Love your wonderful quilt.

Kit Lang said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing. :)

KateKwiltz said...

Still can't believe you hand quilted that! It's gorgeous!