Sunday, May 8, 2022

Double Delight, the Finish

The Monday before I left for retreat, I was texted by my long arm quilter to tell me the quilting on Double Delight was finished. I picked the quilt up and took her along to the retreat.

Early morning is a great time to use the cutting tables, no one else is up! I trimmed the quilt then attached the label. I always sew my labels into the corner of the quilt so it is machine stitched on two of the label sides. If anyone tries to plagiarize my quilt, I'm going to make them work hard at it!

After that, the binding was sewn to the front. I planned on turning and handing stitch the binding to the back at home which I did. Of course I put the quilt on my bed at the retreat even though the binding wasn't finished.

All other handwork came to a complete stop this week while I sewed the binding, this is a big quilt at 107" by 118.5". It did shrink during quilting.

This is a view of the back of the quilt. Since the quilt was so large, I used white whole cloth muslin since that comes in a 120" width.

Double Delight is designed by Bonnie Hunter and is found on the free pattern page of her website. You need to scroll way down to the bottom of the page. Double Delight is one of her older mysteries, if not her first one. She had plain borders on her quilt.

I don't take credit for Bonnie's pattern but I do take credit for the 9 patch border which I designed. The math actually worked out for me!


The overall machine quilting was by Three Sisters Fabric, New Paris, Ind. The quilting design is called Raindrops. I love all the swirls, they really do look like raindrops that have fallen into a puddle!

Of course I have to show a picture of the quilt on our bed. I've heard several people complain that they get too hot when a wool batt is used in a quilt. We weren't too hot at all, just nice and comfortable.

And yes, I am very pleased this border. Math and I do not always communicate well. In this case we did!

Here is a link to all my posts about Double Delight.

Linking to Kathys Slow Stitching SundayOh Scrap, Monday Making, Handmade Monday, Design Wall Monday, Favorite Finish Monthly

23 comments:

CathieJ said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. Congrats on figuring out the math for that interesting border.

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

That quilt is beautiful. I do like Bonnie's earlier designs best. And your border is amazing. Excellent job.

Vicki in MN said...

Bonnie's patterns usually have a ton of pieces and you did a fabulous job, love that border too.

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

it turned out wonderful it was nice to watch this one from when you were piecing and quilting to finish

Ivani said...

It is gorgeous,and the nine patch border is perfect for this wonderful quilt.
Happy Mother's Day, Gretchen!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

You did a wonderful job on this quilt. The color way is perfect, and the 9 patch border really adds to the quilt. I have not done a list for 2022, but am now at the point where I can make a list. Sometimes I think I should stop and just read a book, but quilting is so much fun! Great work Gretchen! Hugs

Rebecca Grace said...

Gretchen, it's gorgeous!! I know that digital quilting design Raindrops On Water is from Three Sisters, but I didn't know they offered long arm services as well. Your border is absolutely perfect -- it looks like it was always part of the patchwork design and not at all like an afterthought. Glorious color palette and masterfully executed as all of your quilts are. And I agree with you on the wool batting -- it makes me wonder whether the "wool is too hot" quilters are using some other kind of wool batting, maybe something blended with poly? Definitely the Quilter's Dream Wool batting I use is breathable and doesn't feel hot or heavy like I worried it might. But there are a lot of brands out there and they all have their own "secret recipes!" Congratulations on another spectacular finish!

Jayne Honnold said...

Your Double Delight is beautiful! I laughed into my coffee cup at your "math and I do not always communicate well." I think you've read my blog long enough to know that is exactly my same sentiment! Haha! But we love quilting, and do it successfully, so maybe we get math when we really don't think about math. Happy Quilting!

Quilter Kathy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! That is A LOT of binding to stitch! I bought my first wool batting to try for hand quilting this week and am looking forward to trying it!

Jenny said...

Your new quilt looks wonderful! I like wool batting on a quilt, nice and cozy in winter. During warmer months, the quilt is on the bed during the day, then removed in the evenings, no problem at all.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I've hand quilted several quilts with wool batting, it quilts very smoothly. I really like it for hand quilting. Happy stitching!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

congratulations on that beautiful finish. I think your nine patch border frames it wonderfully. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Bonnie said...

It is wonderful. Congratulations on a great finish. And wow! That one is a really BIG quilt. Enjoy sleeping under it.

Preeti said...

She takes my breath away!!!

Paulette said...

Double Delight is absolutely beautiful! Well done on the borders too!

Laura said...

Prettiest Double Delight I've seen. Your border makes the quilt.

Debbie said...

Totally love the colors you chose for double delight. And your own border is an awesome addition to the quilt and frames it well. Excellent! We like the puffiness that wool batting brings to quilts in our family.

Chookyblue...... said...

its a huge gorgeous quilt......congrats on the finish

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

The quilting is beautiful and looks wonderful with the design and the border you designed compliments the quilt top perfectly. Congratulations on a beautiful new bed quilt to use and enjoy!

Susan Smith said...

Wow, big & beautiful. Well done.

Cheryl said...

Stunning! I love the design, colors, and quilting. What a beautiful quilt!

Debbie said...

What a beauty! And your border is the perfect addition.

T Holzer said...

This is just so beautiful! I love the lighter side setting triangles that make your centre blocks float and of course your border that adds so much sparkle! Just gorgeous!! I came across this pattern many years ago and looked it up again this morning to decide if I finally want to make it and I was thrilled to come across your recent finish of it. Thanks so much!