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

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  • Terriaw

    February 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Reply

    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.

  • amanda

    February 10, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Reply

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

  • Maranda

    February 10, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Reply

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

  • Amber

    February 10, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Reply

    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!

  • Cate

    February 10, 2009 at 7:35 pm | Reply

    Amazing! You’re a genius.

  • Darci

    February 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Reply

    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!

  • Katy

    February 10, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Reply

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

  • kvinta

    February 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Reply

    Alissa,
    This has become a very nice quilt!

  • Jackie

    February 11, 2009 at 2:40 am | Reply

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

  • LauraJ

    February 11, 2009 at 3:50 am | Reply

    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!

  • Janice

    February 11, 2009 at 4:10 am | Reply

    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!

  • Carrie

    February 11, 2009 at 6:12 am | Reply

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

  • MichelleB

    February 11, 2009 at 6:45 am | Reply

    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.

  • Cami

    February 11, 2009 at 7:54 am | Reply

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

  • Rachel

    February 11, 2009 at 7:58 am | Reply

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

  • Jackie

    February 11, 2009 at 8:25 am | Reply

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

  • Wendy

    February 11, 2009 at 8:52 am | Reply

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

    Wendy

  • pam

    February 11, 2009 at 9:22 am | Reply

    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!

  • Cathy

    February 11, 2009 at 11:15 am | Reply

    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!

  • Ashley

    February 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Reply

    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!)

  • jacquie

    February 11, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Reply

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

  • ellie

    February 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Reply

    It’s stunning Alissa!

  • nettie

    February 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Reply

    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?

  • nettie

    February 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Reply

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

  • Lee-Anne Gilbert

    February 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Reply

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

  • jessica levitt

    February 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Reply

    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 | Reply

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

  • amandajean

    February 11, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Reply

    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.

  • Adele

    February 11, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Reply

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

  • Sarah your Sister

    February 12, 2009 at 6:27 am | Reply

    Jealous. Very, very jealous.

    It’s fabulous and whozzit for?

  • Sarah

    February 12, 2009 at 8:04 am | Reply

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

  • Elizabeth

    February 12, 2009 at 10:31 am | Reply

    Congratulations! It looks just awesome.

  • missy

    February 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Reply

    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.

  • katie Pedersen

    February 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Reply

    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.

  • Julia

    February 17, 2009 at 1:15 am | Reply

    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

  • Cathy

    February 18, 2009 at 8:42 am | Reply

    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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