Friday, October 25, 2013

Tula Pink Anchor Quilt - Coral

Welcome to my little entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. If you are new here, welcome! Please feel free to look around. I have links to my finished projects at the top. :)  If you've never seen the Bloggers Quilt Fest, go check it out. There is tons of great quilty eye candy! I'm entering this quilt into bed quilts because it turns out to be a queen size quilt (here's the link to vote http://amyscreativeside.com/2013/10/25/bloggers-quilt-festival-bed-quilts-2/).

As soon as I saw this anchor pattern from Tula Pink, I knew I was going to have to make it! When my sister asked me for one, I decided I'd make two. One coral for her and one blue for me (or my son). The first thing I noticed when my fabric arrived was that there are some value differences between the colorways. So I compared them and made my best guess on a couple switches. I laid out the beginning and took a deliberately blurry photo to get the effect.


Ultimately, these were the fabrics that I made changes to for the coral just in case anyone wants to make their own!





And the result...




This is a giant quilt! It's queen size. Here's a close up of the piecing so you can see how many pieces go into making this.




My good friend Denise let me use her longarm again to quilt this one. The pantograph is a square spiral which I am in love with! And I'm totally addicted to long arming.



The pattern had a few mistakes (including final dimensions which are below) and was a bit challenging. But nothing I could complain about since it was free! And it was all stuff you could figure out if you think about what you are doing as you go along. The one heads up I would give is that there are some cuts of the solid that require you to go length of fabric rather than width of fabric.

For the back I used a bunch of Kona gray and then I had this raindrop print leftover from my sister when she did her daughters nursery. I know there is no blue in the front, but when you are trying to make backing for a queen size quilt, anything is game!



My label is pieced in there as usual.





I am so glad I decided to make both of them at one time. I don't think I'd be going back to make a 2nd any time soon if I had just done one. Pixelated quilts are tedious!!


The blue one is pieced, but needs to be quilted. Excited to show that one to you as well! Hope you enjoyed this one. I'm thrilled with how it turned out and can't wait to hear my sister's reaction when she receives it!
 Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Coral Anchors Aweigh
Pattern: Anchors Aweigh
Fabrics: Tula Pink Saltwater, Free Spirit Pearl and Dogwood
Finished size: 90" x 95"
Finished: 10/15/13

Edited to add: My sister sent me this picture. I think it looks fantastic in her room!!



19 comments:

Charlotte said...

great quilt! What patience you have! Enjoy the festival :-)

Leila said...

Beautiful! When I first saw it I thought it was much smaller. That is one huge quilt! I love the striped background and the quilting.

audrey said...

You know how I feel about Tula...this is incredible! I love this pattern, but knew I didn't have the patience, haha. And I love it in coral! :)

Laurie said...

This is gorgeous! Congratulations! I am planning on making this quilt too with Sarah Jane Under the Sea fabrics- just need to muster the courage to start.

Amy said...

Gorgeous, I have a kit for the blue anchor.. waiting to start until I have a clear plate. great job on yours.

Penni Domikis said...

Very cute idea. Love it.

Shannon said...

This is great. Such a wonderful eye for color shading.

Denise in PA said...

Excellent choice for the Festival! Thanks for the shout-out o:) Glad my machine had a part in the making of this amazing quilt!

Katie B said...

WOW, this is amazing!

Katy Cameron said...

Gorgeous, and perfectly timed finish too :o)

CitricSugar said...

It turned out beautifully! Just gorgeous.

Rachel said...

The quilting is great. Good job.

LynCC said...

Hey! This just turned out so marvelous. That panto was perfect for the quilting. :)

Sarah said...

It's looks great! You're a very generous sister. Can't wait to see your blue one too.

Sophie Belle Designs said...

That's a stunning quilt. What a huge amount if work. I just love it!

Leanne said...

I have been looking at this pattern and it is lovely to see your finished quilt. It is beautiful, and looks great on the bed.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Fantastic quilt .. it looks marvelous in your sister's room too. :-)

alidiza said...

What a beautiful finish!!! So much work but definitely worth it:-)

Queenie Believe said...

I've had my eye on this pattern for ages. I love it in coral!! You did a great job! You totally get my vote. Longarm quilting is wonderful fun. I got my Innova in April, love it! I highly recommend Innova, the best machine investment.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

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