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.


  1. says

    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 :-)

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    It looks great – and the quilting is wonderful.<br />I really like the side with the orange. I’ve been thinking about something similar – inspired by an Amy Butler pattern.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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!<br />Blessings, Kimberly

  8. says

    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!<br /><br />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

  9. says

    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.

  10. says

    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!<br />~Tootles for now!

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