Parquetry – complete!

I know how much you all love the colour brown, so earlier in the year at the Uttoxeter show when Ange, Susan, Reene and Katy were making rude remarks about the largely brown traditional quilts, I decided to be subversive and declared I would make a contemporary brown quilt (sorry I still disagree with the use of the word Modern, as I believe we are technically in the Postmodern movement now).

The idea was that they would actually change their minds about brown, however I think they’re stuck in their stubborn ways still πŸ˜› Never mind, here is my finished quilt, Parquetry. It’s already been commissioned for a national magazine for next Autumn so nerrrr.

Β The quilting is FMQ and it was completely inspired by a conversation with Shevvy at the last East Mids meeting.

Size – Lap quilt – 38″ x 51″
Number of blocks –120 ish 3″ squares on point, plus setting triangles
Time to piece – About 6 hours I think
Time to quilt – 3 1/2 hours approx (home machine)
Fabric – A mixture- Michael Miller neon highlights plus some Joel Dewberry, Denyse Schmidt, Jenean Morrison,Β AlisonΒ Glass…
Backing Fabric – Half a single duvet cover off eBay
Binding Fabric – Sketch style print, machine bound
Threads – Aurifil 50wt really white, not sure of the number, all the way through.
Batting – Black Hobbs Heirloom 80/20
Quilting- Flower FMQ design- a round centre with two or more rounds of wavy petal shapes

That’s the first goal completed for the Finish Along this quarter!


  1. Posted November 13, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    I think that all colours can have some challenging tones so there are browns & there are browns & it also depends with what you put them.
    You did good!

  2. Posted November 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Personally, I like it! Will you bring it to show us in person or do you have to send it off?

  3. Posted November 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I like brown!! And I love your quilt but I LOOOOOVE your quilting. Clever girl and congrats on the pubs!!

  4. Posted November 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on the finish, and I’m betting the commision is for one of the traditional patchwork mags, right??!! ;o)

  5. Posted November 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha what Ange said – we are just jealous, have no forward vision and where you see ‘chocolate’ we just see ‘poop’!

    HOWEVER I do own some decent brown, in teeny doses, Denyse Schmidt, Joel Dewberry and Lotta Jansdotta, which one day I will use, diluted with as many other colours as I can πŸ˜‰

  6. Posted November 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    that quilting is gorgeous. Personal appearance on 23rd?

  7. Posted November 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    This is by far and away the best brown quilt I’ve ever seen. Congrats on your magazine commission πŸ™‚

  8. Posted November 15, 2013 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Its fun and lovely. The quilting is great. I thought if a quilt was in a magazine you had to keep it all hush hush till the publication date. I am also hoping to change some minds about brown with my pickle dish quilt.

  9. Posted November 16, 2013 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Well done Kerry- that looks fab! Both the colours and the quilting.

  10. Posted November 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    You’ve done so well to get it finished and all done, isn’t it a great feeling when you can tick something off the list!

  11. Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Oh, look, it’s, err, brown… πŸ˜‰ Congrats on someone wanting to pick it up anyway πŸ˜€

  12. CeLynn
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Personally,I love your brown quilt with the pop of color in it! Congrats on a lovely finish and on being published!

  13. Posted November 27, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Yay for the commission! You have some lovely browns in that quilt, but I still won’t be making an all brown quilt myself. Ange and Hadley would disown me!!!

  14. jody deschenes
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    i love that you made this! we all need to remember that someday we’ll be gagging on gray…and red & aqua…and magenta and mustard…and white white white (if we’re not already)! all colors have their days to shine in the mainstream…the important thing is that we create from our own minds and hearts and don’t worry about what anybody else thinks of it! (:

  15. Posted November 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    It just goes to show almost anything can be updated and find it’s place in contemporary quilting. I’m not much of a brown person, but I can appreciate the work you have done here.

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