Thursday, January 20, 2011

how do you say "it's finished" in French?

Pin It c'est fini.

(thank you google... I knew how to say it in Chinese) ;)


About my first finish of 2011 --
Really, it's almost embarrassing in some respects.

Completed Rouenneries

I had this quilt top done almost a year ago (eeps!)... but, like I mentioned there, I didn't know how to quilt it.

And so, sadly, it sat.

Holly (binkwaffle Holly) made me a gorgeous coordinating pillow (back in June)... and still, it sat.

But alas,
My Modern Rose Garden quilt top is now complete.

And where it belongs.

new quilt with its mate


I bought the pattern, Modern Rose Garden, from the lovely Emily Cier of Carolina Patchwork.  It was going to be one of my first completed quilts, and it was going to live on my couch... I guess you could say I got distracted. :-/

Completed Rouenneries

The fabric is from the Rouenneries collection by French General for Moda.  Before I bought this fabric, I didn't think I really liked it... I was so wrong.  

If you haven't seen French General fabric for yourself, be slow to judge... my hunch is that many of you would be like me and fall in love with it in real life.

Rouenneries was the first collection by Kaari Meng (of French General), and I still really like it (though I think La Petite Ecole is my new favorite).

With this top, for some reason, it took me a very long time to come up with "straight line quilting."  Though I don't know why... probably, I was over-thinking it.

What I love:
- the fabric
- the linen sashing and the texture it gives
- the monochromaticness
- the little man who already loves it
Completed Rouenneries
- the binding (I love binding with a woven)
- the homey feel of the quilting
- the label (you can't see it too well, but it says "Made with love for my family" and has those pretty French General selvages)

Completed Rouenneries back

What I don't love:
- the fact that my backing was an eensy bit too small, and I had to fudge the binding over in a few places
- the fact that it took me this long!

My message(s) of the day:
  • Don't stress too much over the quilting -- simple is still beautiful.
  • If you think you don't like a fabric, you might be wrong
  • Asking for coordinating items from swap partners is a fun way to decorate your house. :)
  • Every now and then, keep a quilt... and put it in permanent ink on the back. :)


Laurel H. said...

O remember this beauty; I'm glad that you have finished it!

Cathy said...

C'est magnifique! ...translation... It is magnificient!
Love the fabric and the pattern.

Funky's Mama said...

I love it! It's the perfect combination of modern & classic.

Heidi Grohs said...

We always give them away before parking one in our home, right?

Turned out Excelente! (a little Spanish!!!!

Sarah Craig said...

It's beautiful, Tracey! And yes, you should always keep quilts for yourself (occasionally!)

I hope you'll link up at my new Friday link-up, too - come check us out!

Sara said...

Red is so pretty rich and beautiful. Nice finish Tracey:)

Simple is truly wonderful too;)

AnneMarie said...

Very nice! I have quite a few that have just stalled... I can see how you may get hund up on the florals and not think of straight line's looks awesome!

AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

Angela said...

Well it's beautiful, so I think it was worth the wait!

Jamie said...

How could you not like that fabric?
I think it's so pretty! But I love reds :)
You've come so far in a year's time!

QuiltNut Creations said...

I looooooooooooooooove this line and this quilt is beautiful!! love the quilting.

Cat said...

This is simply stunning!
Well done to you

Anonymous said...

Fin is French for finish or the end. I love this quilt!

Katie B said...

Well, I can tell little man loves it!

I think this might be the perfect quilt! I love everything about it--the way you quilted it, the pattern, the fabric. Gorgeous. I'm so glad you're keeping it!

And now I HAVE to do something with my Rouenneries! Can you tell me the specifics about the sashing if you know?

Unknown said...

Ooooh ooooh oooh! I love this one. So cute. I'd say, totally worth the wait :)

Sunnybec said...

Tres Bien!!! C'est tres joli! I have just done a table topper in Maison de Garance and I love it. Linda (in France)

Lee Ann said...

Je L'aime! Tres beaucoup!!It is very pretty! :) And it looks like it will be well loved in your home!

Becky said...

This quilt is simply beautiful. I so would like to make one for myself.
I am new at this....and where I get stumped at alot is the quilting part. I don't understand a lot about it. My first quilt I quilted by hand. Took me forever. The second one that I just finished I just quilted it up the main lines of the quilt. How do I learn how to do the many types of quilting like this...with the lines. Is it just a matter of sewing straight lines? sorry to sound so inexperienced but I I would love to chat with you a little via email if you care to listen to a beginner trying to learn

KristyLou said...

Great job on finally finishing it. I have one of hose year long projects that I just pulled out to finish!

Michelle @ Sew-Krafty said...

What's not to love about the fabric? The quilting lines are just perfect for this quilt!!

" permanent marker"--- :)

paulette said...

You say "GORGEOUS!!!"

Nicole Morris said...

That turned out great! I love the french general. I had some once, like a jelly roll but not sure where it went to. It will turn up. Thanks for the tips, those are good ones!

Elsa said...

it's beautiful and inspiring too. I've got Emily's book and really enjoying looking at it. Looking forward to doing something from the book! thanks so much for sharing!

Peris said...

I love it....I love that fabric....I am hoping to get to keep a quilt for us this year....I have too many to finish first...also do you have a tutorial on binding..would love to hear your secret...

Poppyprint said...

Soon coordinating pillow #2 will arrive! It's a lovely quilt and I completely agree. Don't judge a fabric 'till you've touched it!! This line has the nicest hand...almost as soft as voile. It is printed on the nicest cotton.

Michele said...

It looks great....don't be down on how long it took! Maybe it would have turned out differently if you would have finished faster, and it looks great the way it is!

Kristine said...

A very pretty start to 2011.

Kristie said...

J'adore! C'est Beau! Ooh la la! Great job ;)

The Rx quilter said...

So beautiful...I agree, Ecole is lovely...they keep getting better. I have a bunch of Rounneries waiting for a pattern, I think I just found it. You did a beautiful job and love the straight line quilting. Lisa in Texas

Mama Pea said...

Love the design of the quilt. I'm a HUGE fan of French it all. What a great pattern to highlight their great fabrics!

Pam - said...

I love it!

E 'molto bello!

Vesuviusmama said...

I love your messages for the day! All words that I should take to heart!

holly | bijou lovely said...

Very pretty!! I love how the linen sashing looks with that line!


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