Monday, April 20, 2009

A quilt that stretched me

I love what Amy over at Park City Girl has done organizing an online quilt festival! Brilliant!
She's a genius! I'm so proud to live in the same state as she does. ;)
So fun to look at so many beautiful quilts all connected in one location.

Since I too can't pick a favorite
[kind of like picking a favorite child - different ones are favorites at different times :)]

I'm going to pick a recent quilt.This one was made from Moda's new Arcadia collection and all I used was a Charm Pack, Layer Cake and Jelly Roll,
plus about 2 yards of solid orange for the front and the back.
Almost not sure which to call the front and which to call the back.
I kind of like them both equally!
I also used the jelly roll strips for a scrappy-pieced binding. and I love how it turned out.
This quilt was a total improv project one weekend. It was a really cool new experience for me.
I LOVED having the big variety of colors and patterns from the whole collection and pre-cut pieces made it go so quickly.
Also, this was the first quilt I've long-arm quilted myself in a LONG time. I am totally not confident in my machine-quilting skills. I am TERRIBLE at stippling, and since I have some kind, wonderful friends who will do a lovely job for me, for a very reasonable price, I usually take them up on that. But with this quilt, I was working on a tight deadline and I needed to get it finished quickly, so I took a deep breath, and went for it myself.

I like how this image captures the quilting. I totally went with my own style, using the front as my guide. Much more modern and geometric like the fabric style. And it works! I'm so pleased with it! Thank goodness "wonky" is cool, because the quilting on this quilt is VERY wonky!
This quilt represents accomplishment to me on many different levels. Not just because I tried something new and went out of my comfort zone in piecing and quilting style, but in the motivation and purpose it served as I prepared for Design Mom last week. That whole experience was completely out of my comfort zone and I had a ton of doubts and fears (and stress) as I prepared. But the work and the reach to try something new paid off! It was a really gratifying experience to expose myself a little more, and in the process, meet some wonderful new people. Awesome.


ps. in case you aren't already aware, there is a giveaway below. it's Wonderland. Mmmm.

59 comments:

Trisha said...

Love this quilt, love the orange!

Sherri said...

What a great quilt...I don't think I've seen that line at all...but now I'm going looking for it!!! The colors are wonderful!

Quiltefia said...

Hi!! I love the quilt!! You did a great job!! Quiltefia

Kim said...

What a lovely quilt! (Also loved how you photographed it over the fence.) I'm working on my first improvisational quilt now and it's too much fun! So I can feel your delight in the process and product coming through your words :-)

Jackie said...

This is a great quilt! Your machine quilting skills are great, no worries. Just keep plugging along.

Notjustnat said...

Lovely quilt. Orange is always good colour in quilts - Natima

Anne said...

I love the fabric colors, the style, and the quilting! The whole thing works together perfectly!

Ariane said...

I love it. I like that it is reversible. Looks amazing on both sides. Great job!!!

Bunny said...

Terrific quilt! I love everything about it, from the colors to the binding. Great Job!

Priscilla said...

it is a lovely quilt, I love the colours, and the whole impression it makes.
Kristina
priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Carrie P. said...

What a great quilt you came up with. Love the fabrics. I am getting ready to post a picture for the show on my blog. It is so neat how are there are so many participating.

Cindy's Stitching said...

love the colors and design

Aida said...

i love the quilt..bright and beautiful

Misty said...

Oh my. I love this. Orange is my fave-fave-fave! This turned out fabulous and I absolutely adore the "wonky" quilting.

Natalie said...

That is such a great idea...using a charm pack, jelly roll, and layer cake all together like that! I'm in love! Your quilt (and quilting) are gorgeous! Amazing!

Carol said...

Very elegant. Love the simplicity of the design and the color combination is interesting.

angela said...

It looks great - and the quilting is wonderful.
I really like the side with the orange. I've been thinking about something similar - inspired by an Amy Butler pattern.

Linda said...

Loving the fabrics and colours in the quilt. Isn't a quilt that stretches us always one we remember fondly?

Nedra said...

I hadn't seen that line either. You did a great job. For some reason Orange has been calling to me lately, so I especially loved the quilt.

Susan said...

This is such a fun quilt you have made. Lovely colors and nice quilting.

Robin said...

I love this! The colors, the quilting, the pattern (or lack of it)...it is just stunning! I am going to have to look for this line of fabric...I love it!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Gorgeous quilt and gorgeous quilting!

Sarah said...

Lovely quilt!

Millie said...

I love both quilts...simple designs and the fabric do the talking. Just lovely. And the orange is so warm.

Zonnah said...

It's darling, I love it :)

Amy Sp said...

I think this is fab-u-lous! I love the fabric, and the quilting on the back looks terrific. You should be very proud of this one :)

Serena said...

This is a great quilt. I love that it has both a usable front and back and the colors are just marvelous. Great Work!

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

Amy, that is a great quilt! you should be proud of it. I can see how you have a hard time deciding on the front and back.

Aimee said...

That is a fantastic quilt! The front and the other front are equally gorgeous! : )

Dawn said...

Your quilt is fantastic!! It reminds me of orange soda pop!!

The Quilt Shoppe said...

What a great quilt! I love the way you combined the different cuts. And isn't it wonderful when you can get the front & back out of all the fabric. Way to go :)

Simone de Klerk said...

I just love this quilt, the pattern and the colors! Looks very warm.

Kimberly said...

Very sweet! The orange is yummy.I love it and your quilting looks perfect! I wanted to let you know that I made your messenger bag last night... and posted about it this morning. Come have a peek if you have time!
Blessings, Kimberly

Regina said...

wow i love the colors the Orange is fantastic and the binding is wonderful. your quilting is great too.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Amy,
You must work very well under pressure, they are going to love this quilt. Great job.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Steph said...

Wow Amy. That's a fabulous quilt. And that was a weekend project? You are too dang talented.

CMN said...

Hi there! First - GORGEOUS quilt! And I love your explanations of the jelly roll, layer cake, et al, sampler packs. I'm usually so focused on looking at yardage that I never paid attention to them and always wondered what they were. LOL!

Second - I'm looking for someone to do a bit of beautiful machine quilting for a great price. Do your friends accept work orders from nice strangers? ;-) I'm local, in the Brighton HS area...

Let me know?
Thanks!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such a bright cheerful quilt. Really love how you put it together.

Quilt Rat said...

Delicious quilt I just simply adore those oranges!

Quilt Nut said...

i love this. the colors are fabulous and i love how you've quilted it. great job!

scrappy quilter said...

What a georgous quilt. I love the colors. Great job!!

orchard_girl said...

Fun quilt. Love the orange. Found you through Design Mom. Quilting is a hobby I've been wanting to start.
Heather K.

Barb said...

I really enjoyed each picture, the quilt front, back and the quilting....thanks.

quiltycat said...

LOVE your quilts! I really like as you are able to use pre-cut fabtics.
nichi

Allie said...

I love this quilt SO MUCH! The happy colors, the design, the quilting, it's absolutely fabulous. I'm in serious covet mode right now.

nicolette said...

Love Moda Arcadia en your quilt is a celebration of the fabrics!

Carlotta said...

What a lovely quilt, and totally on a whim. I'm with you on that machine quilting. I can do straight lines, but fancy curves, swirls and designs... It's not happening yet. But you did a wonderful job!
~Tootles for now!

Lisa D. said...

Beautiful quilt! I can't pick a favorite side, either!

Kelli said...

Oh, wow! Beautiful!

Julianna said...

I LOVE this quilt. I'm a firm believer that anything orange is wonderful!

stella g. said...

i'm new to your site and am in LOVE with this quilt. i've saved the post for one of those rainy days when i have lots of time and lots of scraps!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Love, love, love your quilt! who is it for? the shop or one of your boys? Thanks for calling me a genius - I'm blushing! Great work with your quilt :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well it is truly darling. Swooning over the colors.

stitchinpenny said...

Love the colors. A great quilt. I am finding out I love orange quilts.

nikkifilosa said...

I just love this. I'm thinking you need to create a pattern and sell it! I know we all would buy it NOW :)

Katherine said...

This is beautiful! I hope to one day quilt half as well!

Chloe said...

That is so gorgeous! I cannot imagine having a whole weekend to quilt and cranking that baby out! How inspiring :)

tko said...

Maybe I'm missing something...but is this pattern available?? Love it!

elizabeth said...

I think you should make a pattern of this beautiful quilt to those of us who are not nearly as talented as you. I know a lot of people would buy it.