Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here's the guy you made it for. His future is bright! I'm a happy mom that he'll be wrapped in a quilt made by all of us.
The quilt has had a few renditions since I first posted the top. I took it apart a couple of weeks ago and did a redesign. I paired some of the blocks and framed them as pairs for the top section and for the bottom section, framed the blocks individually.
I really like how the vertical pairs add interest to the quilt and I love how the pairs relate to each other. It's quilted with simple straight lines which I think adds to the modern feel. The quilt fits his double bed perfectly. The back is snuggly, chocolate brown flannel.
Now, for the sad part of the story. I finished the quilt last week in time for graduation on Saturday. I popped it in the washer and when I took it out of the dryer I found one of the blocks had disintegrated. Liz, I'm so sad to say it was your circle block. It didn't have a thing to do with the block's construction because that's not where it ripped. I think it must have caught in the washer and just ripped and ripped. This is the replacement block. I had to take out about a fourth of the quilting and tear the top apart to insert the new block. It wasn't easy, but I'm so happy that I was able to repair it. I had an extra block, but I had already used it to make a pillow sham for him. I didn't want to rip that apart, so I used a block that I had made for a project improv quilt that wasn't in a top yet. It was made from scraps you all sent back, so I think it fits.
Though I'm sad that the quilt isn't the original, I think the washing disaster makes the quilt even more special to me and I hope to Jon. You all did beautiful work and helped me make the perfect quilt for him. Thank you.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Hope you like them!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I can't get over how much I love the colors that Wendy chose for her quilt and her inspirations. And after seeing all the great blocks already made for her, the finished quilt is going to be gorgeous.
Here is my little addition to the quilt. I loved making this block because there was no way to do it wrong. Every color combination looked amazing. I hope you like it!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I hope you like it, Lynn!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I opened the fabrics and was so happy -- the reddish orange is my favorite color, and in fact was the theme for my wedding!
I also finally looked at a tutorial on how to make log cabin blocks (are you chuckling at me?) and dare i say these are the finest looking log cabins i've ever made!
and poor lucy fell asleep reading the craft books... (i didn't set this up, i swear.)
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
and i love it, love it, love it! i decided to go with a stripey binding (my first non-solid binding!) and ended up finishing the hand-sewing in one evening, with the help of hulu and episodes of arrested development. that is some funny stuff.
here is a full shot of the quilt top hung on the backstop at the park across the street from my house:
in my head, i usually orient it vertically (not horizontally), but i'm not tall enough to hang it that way for the photo, so you'll just have to turn your head or your monitor.
loopy, loopy quilting. it's quite a mess, but i actually sort of like it that way.
and here is the back (i used a lovely, lightweight dark denim that my grandma gave me from her stash):
i've even tried it out in my car to see if it works (that's my toasty warm feet up on the dash):
it works! too well, in fact. i spent a wee bit too much of my lunch hour admiring the way the sun shines through to the backside when you're cozied up underneath it. it was the perfect weather for trying out a quilt--sunny, but surprisingly chilly.
i haven't yet washed it, and i haven't made the bag that the quilt will get stored in in the car (that's where your block will go, liz), so you may get to see more pictures of this quilt. i am so happy with it! thanks a million for helping me to create this beautiful, funky and soon-to-be-very-well-loved-and-frequently-used quilt!
since i loved all of the colors and didn't want the arrangement of them in the block to look too pre-meditated, i decided to try my own version of "paper bag piecing." I just put all of the fabrics into a paper bag and pulled them out each time I was ready to add a new piece to the block. I then cut (with scissors, but still surprisingly straight....) off the size of strip that I needed and sewed it on, then pulled out the next color.
it's not particularly wonky, unless you count the unevenness of the width of the strips, but i hope that's okay.
both of the blocks ended up being at least 11" square, so you should have plenty of wiggle room for squareing them up the way you want, Wenday. I love the unifying idea of the black as the centerpiece of each block. Thanks for this fun assignment!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I pretty much followed the piecing on the block seen here that Wendy mentioned as block inspiration. This was my first time cutting fabric without a rotary cutter and ruler. Picking up the scissors definitely helped to make this block less straight linear than the log cabins I've tried in the past.
The colors of these fabrics are gorgeous. It was so much fun to work with deep jewel tones. Can't wait to see the finished quilt hanging over your couch, Wendy!