Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Little Red Riding Hood

So here's Lil' Red Riding Hood, the latest finish. It was started in fall of 2015 on a total impulse one day. I had been making a series of circle quilts and this one incorporated some of the leftovers from the other quilts. Don't you just love the feeling of 'using up' and being frugal!

It's finished!
It also included 5 fat eighths from a traveling stash that I had received back in 2014. These fat eighths were {'little red riding hood'} conversation prints, something I don't usually buy and potentially a good challenge for me. One day, after a little bit of play, the entire plan for the quilt came together all in a rush. Overall, it was a fast little quilt and one I don't remember feeling a great deal of angst about. Maybe it was the idea that anything was better than having orphaned bits languishing in the totes. Or perhaps it was just one of those days when all the stars appeared to be in alignment!

Loving the texture
Whatever the case, it felt like one of those quilts that practically make themselves. I completely hand quilted Lil' Red Riding Hood with #8 perle cotton thread {just got done a couple weeks ago} and fell in love with it all over again. It may seem soft and sweet--totally non consequential--but up close, it has a lovely, cozy feel. It's absolutely a feel good quilt. Nothing to be ashamed about that! The hand quilting added a much needed texture and all together, the process seriously helped soothed some ragged edges around here. For me. Who cares what anyone else thought about the quilt draped across my lap in the evenings!
This one actually looks good on the back too....

Another thing that made this quilt interesting to me was the fact that this quilt has lots of soft blue/green fabrics in it. They were fabrics that I'd tried and tried to play with so many times in the last several years. And finally, they found a home with Lil' Red Riding Hood, a quilt that basically sprung up out of nowhere. So ironic when that happens. I guess that just proves that we can't force anything when it comes to quilting!
Lil' Red Riding Hood
This quilt ended up being 58" by 63", pretty small for my personal preferences, but a decent sized lap quilt. I've had to teach myself how to stop when a quilt says it's done. Too many over-sized, design monstrosities through the years until now, mostly just-the-right-size-at-finish. Well, that's what I tell myself anyway!  Linking up to sew-stitch-snap-SHARE #14.

27 comments:

  1. I love this, it has the faded, much loved look already, the quilting definitely adds texture, bet you can't wait for cooler nights to use it now. Thanks for linking to Sew Stitch Snap SHARE.

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  2. Such a pretty quilt, I love the mix of the soft blue/green fabrics with pink! And all your hand quilting is beautiful!

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  3. It is a sweet quilt and beautiful quilting. Warm Greetings

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  4. The soft nature of this quilt is totally charming, and my guess is that it will be a favorite go-to quilt around your house.

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  5. OH how charming...lovely, and you. Congratulations on your finish!

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  6. I have been telling myself that I need to stop making so many big quilts and start doing them a little smaller - I am being over run with large quilts. Love this one!

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  7. Lovely finish...nice quilting on this, too hugs, Julierose

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  8. I don't remember this one! It's just lovely and the quilting looks wonderful.

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  9. Your quilts are not only visually wonderful, but the texture just makes me want to wrap myself up in it. Fun!

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  10. As always it's gorgeous! Love the colors, love the pattern, love the quilting. Chalk up another finish in your column! Great job!!!

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  11. Very nice, Audrey. I love the soft colors. And of course your quilting.. so cozy!

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  12. A sweet, soft, beautiful finish! I love looking at your quilts. When you use Perle cotton #8, what kind/size needle do you use? I'm near finishing a long time project, and would like to copy your stitching on my next one.

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  13. It does look cozy and very pretty! The handquilting texture as always is marvellous - A lovely finish

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  14. It has the look of a quilt that has been someone's favorite for years! Well done on such a cuddly quilt!

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  15. another wonderful quilt! I too make my quilts too big...currently deciding what to do with a king size top...maybe psyching myself up to take it apart and remake...6" basket blocks on the diagonal...sigh...hand pieced...

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  16. Well, I'd say the stars were all in alignment. Those Red Riding Hood fat quarters fell into place. The colors are soft and warm and the big stitch added lovely texture. Another awesome finish.

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  17. Wonderful color combination. I love the circles and your quilting. Congratulations to Little Red Riding Hood’s grand mother.

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  18. Love the quilt. It is such a thrill to have a completed quilt..., then on to another delight.

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  19. Oh nice finish! I love the gentle colour in this quilt.

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  20. It's a beautiful quilt! I love the photo from the back that shows the wonderful stitching texture!

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  21. How did you come up with the name for the quilt?

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  22. This is so pretty, Audrey. And I just love the hand quilting! Another great finish. :D

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  23. Your 'Red Riding Hood' is beautiful and nice hand quilting too!
    Looks great.

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  24. So pretty! It's interesting too, that at first glance it reads as a pink quilt, but actually it is as just much a blue-green one and that's what stops it from being too sweet. You are clever with colour.

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  25. Fabulous Finish! love the stitching texture.

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  26. Oh...a different color scheme from most of yours and you excelled with this one too! Congrats on a wonderful and cozy looking quilt finish.

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