Friday, 22 May 2020

Endless Lockdown

Look at this! It's a finished quilt!




This is the Endless Summer pattern by Anna Maria Horner. But I've decided to call my version Endless Lockdown to reflect the fact that I made it during the COVID-19 lockdown of March/April/May 2020.

I first saw this quilt when Anna Maria came to New Zealand in November last year.  It was one of the quilts Anna Maria showed during her trunk show.  I just loved the quirky images and the way that they were used in the quilt, so I bought the kit as a Christmas present to myself.



At Easter I decided that I needed something substantial to get my teeth into, so I cracked open the kit and started to make this quilt.  I worked on it every day for the next three weeks and loved every minute of it.








The quilt is 64" x 64" so I thought I might have something that would work for the backing.  I found a big piece of Libs Elliott skulls fabric in purple that was almost big enough.  I fussy cut some of the leftover fabrics and made a strip to make the backing big enough.


 


The back looks almost as good as the front

I've got a backlog of quilts to be hand quilted, so I decided to get this quilt quilted by a local long arm quilter, Rayna Clinton of Tui Song Quilting at Wainuiomata.  I know Rayna through our guild, and I've been impressed with her quilting on other people's quilts.

As soon as we were free to leave our homes, I went to see Rayna and we discussed patterns and thread colours for my quilt.  A week later my quilt was finished and ready to pick up.  I asked Rayna to  baste a couple of other quilts at the same time, so my hand quilting pile now has grown even bigger!





So my quilt is finished - quilted, bound, washed and ready to keep my knees warm on winter nights. I'm really happy with how it's turned out.



I've included a link at the top to Anna Maria Horner's website, but a word of warning - be very careful ordering any quilting supplies from outside your home country at the moment.  I know people in Australia, New Zealand and Europe who are all waiting for items to ship from USA at the moment. I'm sure there are problems with freight going the other way too, so just try to order locally if at all possible to avoid disappointment.



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17 comments:

Susan Snooks said...

You must be thrilled with this quilt finish Wendy? It's gorgeous!

Frédérique said...

Congratulations on the finish, your quilt is gorgeous! I'm always afraid of working with large and busy prints, but your quilt is a beautiful example of a success story!

tubakk said...

A beautiful quilt in great surroundings. So sorry you have to think about this corona thing when you see it. Have a nice weekend!

Gretchen Weaver said...

Beautiful!!!!!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

beautiful - so colorful I just had a newsletter from a company here in the states that has some Anna Marie Horner fabric on sale.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

WOW Wendy that is a gorgeous quilt!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Oh my goodness. What a stunning quilt. Another beautiful finish and you gave it just the most perfect name. Have a happy weekend :)

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

What a beautiful bohemian feeling quilt. I love all the details within the prints and each block. Perfect name too.

Bambi Pearson said...

Beautiful job Wendy. I love AMH fabric designs and had an opportunity last year to go visit her shop in Nashville. I had to use a lot of restraint there but did come away with a few yards.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Kudos on your finish, Wendy and what a finish it is! Gorgeous!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Such a splendid quilt! And I'm truely impressed with your longarm quilter's turn around, one week to quilt it & get it back to you is amazing!

Frauke said...

It ist a Wonderful quillt weit lucky colours and Pattern. I like the Blogs. Tank forthe Story. Best wishes Frauke of north germany.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Endless Lockdown--so appropriately named, and such colorful, fun hope!!! I just love looking at it, Wendy! Great quilting choice, too!!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

You can really see the tiled/mosaic effect when it is all together. The skulls are a good choice for the back.
I've been thinking about asking my local long-armer to baste a quilt for me too.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Wendy, what an amazing quilt. That will keep your warm in the winter. Congrats on your finish.

audrey said...

Gorgeous finish Wendy! Would love to see this one in person.:)

Rebecca Grace said...

Your Endless Lockdown quilt is gorgeous, Wendy -- and unfortunately, the name is VERY appropriate!! Congratulations on a gorgeous finish!