Cielo Quilt Finish

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is probably my favourite time of the year. I'm on vacation and after the crazy busy week leading up to the Holidays, it's amazing to be able to just relax with no commitments or deadlines.

The quilt finish I'm sharing today is another one from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is now my fourth finish from the book, so I'd definitely call this book purchase a success. (Here are links to the other quilt I've made from the book - Rustic, Marfa Lights and Dunes.)

This one is Cielo.

I'm not usually a big fan of browns, but man oh man, do I love this quilt! I used four different shades of beige/brown - Kona Espresso, Mocha, Taupe and Sand. I finished the top of this quilt a few weeks ago, and I had it all basted but then because of the huge contrast between each fabric, I was stuck on how to quilt it.

I ordered matching thread (Aurifil #1130 - dark brown, #2340 - taupe, #2314 - dark beige and #2000 - sand) and decided to go with a mix of free-motion motifs and straight lines with the walking foot.

The darkest and lightest areas got FMQ flowers and the middle sections got dot to dot quilting designs. I can't tell you what a pain it was to turn that quilt about a gazillion times while quilting those small sections! In the end though, I really do like the results, so all worth it.

The backing is a really cute flannel with funny little woodland creatures - the colours are almost a perfect match.

The binding are leftover strips from the fabrics I used on the quilt top. And can we look at the almost perfectly matched binding?!

The details:
  • Pattern: Cielo from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder
  • Size: 64.5" x 70.5"
  • Fabrics: Kona Espresso, Mocha, Taupe and Sand 
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil in 50 wt


  1. I really love the browns in this quilt, too! It's a stunner!

  2. Awesome pattern. Those are not my go-to colours, but I love it. Happy New Year!

  3. What a graphic quilt, and that backing is just perfect! I love how you quilted it; beautiful finish, Izzy. :-)


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