Flora & Fauna Quilt all finished!

And now you know the name I came up with for the biggest quilt I’ve made!  I think that it’s perfectly fitting because there’s lots of both flora and fauna in the quilt.  And that’s it.  Don’t have to dig too much to get to the meaning! Ha!

Flora & Fauna Quilt

Flora & Fauna Quilt

I have to say… I’m proud of this one.  I think that it’s my favorite quilt that I’ve made.  I put this one together block by block and, to me, it really represents the progress I’ve made in my quilt design. Improvisationally pieced, lots and lots of different fabrics, and a balance with solids. These are all things that I’ve really worked on and have all come together in this one quilt. This one is going to be hard to part with! But it will be very near by and I will visit it often.

A quick mention ’cause the photos aren’t really true… the dark solid is chocolate brown, not black…

Flora & Fauna Quilt

For the back I put together something that worked with the white fabric I had.

Flora & Fauna Quilt - back

This has to be the biggest log cabin block I’ll ever make! It’s huge!

Flora & Fauna Quilt - back detail

This quilt also reminds me how much I enjoy blogging and recording my progress. Back on November 5th of last year I posted this photo of fabric that I had pulled for my next quilt.

The next quilt

And here we are, three months later and (plus or minus some fabrics) it’s finished. I really just find the whole process so rewarding and satisfying. From raw fabric to completed quilt!

Flora & Fauna Quilt detail

Lots of cuddly quilt

36 Responses to “Flora & Fauna Quilt all finished!”

  1. Terriaw February 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    I really like the name you came up with for this one. It’s so fitting! And I agree with you – that huge log cabin block on the back is fab! You should be so proud of this one.

  2. amanda February 10, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    It’s beautiful, Alissa. I love matchy-matchy scrappyness. Does that make sense? Well anyway, I LOVE it!

  3. Maranda February 10, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Stunning! I just finished my first quilt, I can’t wait to tackle a big one.

  4. Amber February 10, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    I still can’t believe you quilted that at home – that’s amazing! And you’ll be able to visit it? Does that mean you aren’t keeping it? It must be going to a very special home!
    You always blow me away – the back is fantastic too!

  5. Cate February 10, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    Amazing! You’re a genius.

  6. Darci February 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    It looks great, I love the big log cabin on the back. I would be sad to part with it, too, since it took you FOREVER to quilt!

  7. Katy February 10, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    WOW…Love it. Great job Alissa. This is fabulous… must feel great to have it finished. Well done.

  8. kvinta February 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    This has become a very nice quilt!

  9. Jackie February 11, 2009 at 2:40 am #

    It is a wonderful feeling to finish a quilt and be proud of the product. I just love what you did, it is fantastic!

  10. LauraJ February 11, 2009 at 3:50 am #

    I hear you! I just finished my project improv quilt yesterday. Slept under it last night and I’m beside myself with glee that I MADE THAT! :)
    Bravo to you and to all accomplished quilters out there. We have arrived!
    How big did your quilt turn out? It’s wonderful!

  11. Janice February 11, 2009 at 4:10 am #

    I think this just might be my favorite quilt of yours to date. I adore the colors and design…the way it all works together is so perfect. The darks/lights/patterns/solids all came together so well. Congratulations on this quilt…what an awesome accomplishment!

  12. Carrie February 11, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    Beautiful. I really love the backing. It all came together wonderfully.

  13. MichelleB February 11, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    It is spectacular! I love the deer block. It’s wonderful that you quilted the whole thing at home. I’m sure the recipients are going to be ecstatic.

  14. Cami February 11, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    It really is fantastic! Love it all! I think I would have a hard time parting with this one.

  15. Rachel February 11, 2009 at 7:58 am #

    I absolutely love the back of this quilt-the big blocks are perfect! The front too is amazing!

  16. Jackie February 11, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    The back is just as pretty as the front! great job!

  17. Wendy February 11, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Love it! Love the block with the plaid outside and the birds inside the most.


  18. pam February 11, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    I am new to your blog but I really love what you have done, and that quilt is wonderful! I am inspired to make my own improv piece.Keep up the great work!

  19. Cathy February 11, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Love how you had stippled the quilt – it definitely gives off “one of kind” feeling and I like the black binding or was it dark brown… I wasnt sure. But its so nice!

  20. Ashley February 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi Alissa – WOW, it’s wonderful! I still can’t get over that you were able to quilt it yourself. I know that your friends will love it (and if they don’t love it enough, you can steal it back and send it to me!)

  21. jacquie February 11, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    and you should be proud! i thought this one was for you…ohhhh how can you let it go?

  22. ellie February 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    It’s stunning Alissa!

  23. nettie February 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    I can’t believe you are giving this away…i totally thought you were making it for yourself. There is no way I could do a king size to give away…maybe someday.

    how did the stippling go on the king? would you do it again?

  24. nettie February 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    I forgot to say how beautiful it is. REally stunning.

  25. Lee-Anne Gilbert February 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    Awesome effort Alissa… The back looks great too… Well done. Lx

  26. jessica levitt February 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    Gorgeous. The colors just sing. I really like how the black (brown?) solid balances it so well.

    • Alissa February 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

      Thanks Jessica! Yeah – it’s chocolate brown. I know the pictures make it look darker than that!

  27. amandajean February 11, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    alissa, i am in awe!!! both front and back turned out lovely. your pieced backing is so fun. i like the big log cabin, but even better i like the red and brown square. it’s an amazing quilt and i’m glad that you will get to visit it often, LOL. i have to agree, blogging is very nice for referencing progress.

  28. Adele February 11, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    Looks awesome, you must be so pleased with this one, well done! You’re a clever girl.

  29. Sarah your Sister February 12, 2009 at 6:27 am #

    Jealous. Very, very jealous.

    It’s fabulous and whozzit for?

  30. Sarah February 12, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    Very cool…and very large! I can’t imagine quilting the whole thing! Nice work…

  31. Elizabeth February 12, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Congratulations! It looks just awesome.

  32. missy February 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    Just want to let you know that I love your blog, and I really,really love all of your quilts. I am truly amazed by your talent! This quilt is beautiful.

  33. katie Pedersen February 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    I love to look at all the fabrics. I have so many of these fabrics and you put them together so wonderfully! I need a kick in the pants.

  34. Julia February 17, 2009 at 1:15 am #

    Hi Alissa,
    wow, your quilt is awesome – stunningly beautiful!
    I really have to rethink about my “dislike” towards orange ;o)
    More than well done, if I dare say so
    - Julia

  35. Cathy February 18, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    Alissa.. If you see this comment, if you could get back to me. I did stippling the twin sized bed last night. I dont have frame for that but did what you did with your flora fauna quilt. It was painful experience because I had to move around and nearly break my back. Im curious if you feel this way? Or was it easy? I was kinda hurried to stipple and get over with. Take a look if you have time, http://holtgallery.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/mocha-passion/

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