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Farmhouse Parlour Quilt

So, are you curious to know what I did with these ...?

Well, here she is ... Farmhouse Parlour ...

... the quilt I made with Lecien's "Antique Flowers" fabric (which will be available in stores in a few months ... I PROMISE to let you know as soon as it's available and where if I can find an online source, kay?)

I am totally over-the-moon happy with how this quilt turned out.  I was very disciplined and used exactly the same amount of each print because I wanted the quilt to be an accurate representation of the entire fabric collection. 

Aren't you proud of me for not favoring the pink as I so desperately wanted to do?  And in the end those little rosy sparkles are absolutely perfect.  I think if I'd added more pink it would have thrown the color balance off and made this quilt too sacharin.  By respecting the collection this quilt has a sophisticated personality with gentle & feminine characteristics.

It's even more beautiful than I was picturing in my mind.

I stitched 1/4" inside every.single.piece in every.single.block ... and THEN I appliqued the circles on!  I wouldn't necessarily recommend that method, but I reeeeeally wanted this quilt to have that old-fashioned, hand-quilted look and I didn't want to stop and start every time I met up with the circle in the middle ...

This is a traditional quilt design.  I saw a picture of it once and was inspired to make it for 2 reasons:  I LOVE hexagons and I LOVE dresdan plates.  The single, repeated block is basically a hexagon/dresdan love child. 

I couldn't think of a better fabric collection to use for this design.

And I'm absolutely banana.nuts.crazy over the secondary pattern created when the blocks are all put together.

Isn't that just THE.coolest.thing.EVER?!

I'm particularly pleased with the side edges ... I knew I wanted to take advantage of the hexagon shape.  This angled edge is just sooooo vintage-y to me.  In my experience, the extra time and effort required to make a non-straight quilt edge is ALWAYS worth it.  Always.

And yes, these pictures were taken in my livingroom.  Doesn't it look perfect on my sofa? 

Honestly, I didn't realize how "old-fashioned, parlor-esque" my livingroom looked.  I don't know if I should be proud or embarrassed! LOL!

The sofa - or rather "chesterfield" as we Canadians who hail from the east call them - happens to be a family hand-me-down from the 1930s.

But never mind about that. 

This post is about this quilt, and how the fabrics reminded me of my Grandma Irma's farmhouse parlour and how the vintage aesthetic of that room inspired me to find the perfect heirloom design.

Oh, I should also mention the background fabric is NOT part of "Antique Flowers".  It is another Lecien fabric - a beautiful linen - from Meg Hawkey's new collection "Inkwell".  (I've been a HUGE fan of Meg's embroidery designs for years!)

Hope you like it.

You know I do!  LOL!

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Reader Comments (57)

Oh my goodness, K. Don't just 'like' it. The feelings about this quilt are much deeper than that. It is a joyous, vintagy, lovely, lovely, quilt. Your Grandma Irma would love it, and so do I.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee

AMAZING! That is all I can say....just amazing!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColette

OMG!! I love that quilt. Well... you did it again.

Take care,

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarole Y.

GORGEOUS!!!!! It has that vintage yet modern look.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Wow K...this WAS worth waiting for. Gorgeous, absolutely Gorgeous!!! I really hope our local shops carry this fabric collection. Big Hugs...

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy in Utah

Perfect quilt and perfect pictures. Will this result in a published pattern? I think I have to add it to my lifetime list of quilts to make now. Thanks so much for sharing!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

You have an amazing eye for color. Add to that your skills and your work is always the most beautiful ever!!!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda R.

Kristyne!!! This is my favorite of all of the Pretty By Hand quilt designs that you've posted! It is exactly what the fabric line needed. A perfect match! I wish I could see this one in person. Actually I'd like to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with it! So lovely and vintagey and still modern. You just can't get any better than that! :)

Oh, this is an amazing quilt!! I love the pattern!! So fun, and it looks gorgeous in your living room!! Great job!! Have a wonderful day!! xo Heather

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

That is beautiful. This is one I can see on my bed! Definitely keeping this post handy! But I am also totally glad to know what a "chesterfield" is! Always seen it in books and such - and then on here! Never took the time to google it obviously. :-)

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKori

I'm in love with this quilt! I knew you would do something amazing but this is over the top! And you're right it looks perfect in your living room ... you should keep it;-) Hildy

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHildy

It is such a beauty! You should be so proud!! Oh, and by the way, we westerners also call our sofa's couches or chesterfields =))

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Wowee! well worth the wait!! please say you'll publish a pattern that we can purchase (notice the fine alliteration) to do this lovely, lovely quilt. I am verklempt!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon (Michigan)

'o' Wow!! What a beauty!! I SO LOVE this pattern! You did a wonderful job on this quilt, wow, really, wow!!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLucky Lisa


May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

Stunning, Kristyne! And it is perfect in your "parlor"

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise in PA

Oh, so much like. Wow. Love that pattern and the fabrics make it just snap, pop, shine.

Hexxie/dresdan mashup= love.

Great work, Kristyne. You rocked that quilt and your room is says you. :D

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

It is absolutely wonderful !! Bravo !!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlorence

It's beautiful!! Boy, I would MAKE sure that quilt came back to me after market! It's beautiful. ;p

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterina

Oh, I love it!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Wow! That is a wonderful quilt. You are so talented. :)

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeAnne


Like it? I LOVE it! It looks so perfect in your living room! What a fun block and the secondary pattern is so cool - I love the look of the fabric and the linen look of the solid - soooo pretty and antique looking. The edge is so cool, too! Was it hard to bind something like that? I have never done anything but straight sides... you have me intrigued! And I cannot believe all that quilting! You did it again! :o) I would be so proud of that quilt!!! ;o) It looks wonderful!!!!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo

So pretty! We have chesterfields too. The quilt was dominating so bit hard to admire it but Farmhouse Parlour definitely deserves centre stage. Very vintage.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa Kidd

Wow, I didn't see that coming at all and I totally LOVE it!! What an awesome quilt!! Look at you making country fabric look all chic. Woo Hoo

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracey S.

I about fell off my chair..................... it's beautiful. nuf said.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Like it?! I LOVE it! To be honest, I wasn't that excited about this range...now I can't wait to get my hands on some. You have more than fulfilled the brief given to you by Lecien.....Love it! xx Krystena

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrystena

Wow! It is one beautiful quilt. All the work you did was certainly worth it, the end product is amazing. Congrats!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinny Worden

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

You Promise??
So Beautiful!!


May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiwako

gorgeously perfect! such a classically traditional design and looks modern any yet takes one back to by gone days...

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Being Snippy

Absolutely gorgeous! You did good!!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Shackleford

Beautiful! You couldn't have picked a better pattern for the fabric. I've been meaning to ask you: do you pin your quilts, and if so, where do you do it? Just curious :)

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I'll just say DITTO! to all the above. Gosh my life has been so hectic, but it seems to me you just got that fabric! Can I assume you haven't slept that much in the past couple of weeks? My goodness, you are a wonder. Hope this pattern gets published. Did you make it up? I marvel at such ability. I'm a copycat and would LOVE to copy this one. You rock! Yet again. :p)

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPolly

Wow! You are prolific! Great quilt - and it looks perfect in your "parlour"!!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeredithe

Do we like it? I think everyone really LOVES it !!! I love it, reminds me of giant windmills in Holland. The angled edge is a wonderful finish.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb in AZ

Stunning, I love it and I am astounded at how quickly you've gone from a little pile of circles to a whole completed beautiful quilt.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Sigh just beautiful

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

It's absolutely beautiful - a great design so perfect for this beautiful fabric! It reminds me of a lovely family heirloom that will be passed down for generations. You did a great job!

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Speechless. What a perfect pattern to show off that beautiful fabric collection. Again I am amazed at how quick you are to finish things.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

*insert jaw drop here* OMG! That is beautiful! I MUST have not only the pattern, but the fabric to do the pattern with!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing! I especially like the close up to show the pretty texture of the linen and your tiny little stitckes.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

This is just beautiful, and you are right, it has just the right amount of pink. Love the hexagon/dresden love child reference.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Wyant

this is just amazing! I can not believe how you managed to complete this quilt in such a short time frame...it is beautiful!! Wonderful job!

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Q

Totally Awesome! Pattern please!!!!!!

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanell

OH MY girl! That is FABulous!

robin :-)

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Reilly

Applause!!! What a show stopper!!! You have captured it once again perfectly. And so lovely on your Chesterfield!!! You rock girl, our favorite designer!!!! Could not be more perfect. Family must be over the moon with iut,and that linen is a beautiful touch.So lovely.Woth the wait!!!

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist

You have reasons to be proud ! It's wonderful !

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia Petitpoint

You did well with this one, it is just beautiful and I love it as well. Looking forward to the fabric release and will definitely buy it.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGillian Dempster

It is no wonder they keep asking you to make quilts! It is because you do such a wonderful job! What a gorgeous quilt! I love the colors, the edge and the design. It looks really hard to make! Glad you are pleased with it. Thanks for sharing with us. K-

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

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