Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Finished Strawberry Fields Quilt #2

This weekend I finished a quilt that has been in progress for a while now. And I'm SO happy with the final results.  I was going for a really vintage, faded, Cath-Kidston-y look. And I think it worked.  All thanks entirely to the fabrics.
This is my second quilt made with the Strawberry Fields collection designed by Jan Figueroa for Moda. Usually I like to throw prints from other fabric collections together and mix them up a little, but since I loved every print in this collection, I figured why mess with a look I already love?
The first Strawberry Fields quilt was the Easy Bricks quilt made for Moda Bake Shop. I used 2 Layer Cakes (collections of 10" squares) to create both quilts. For the Bricks quilt I used more of the saturated colors to contrast with the white fabric.  This one I used all the light prints and the remaining brights to create a more washed out color palette. Both quilts were machine quilted by my friend, Meridee.
I usually go for bolder binding fabrics to really frame the quilt, but this quilt called for something more subtle that looked old and classic, so I went with the bias blue gingham. Does it get more classic than bias blue gingham? I'm not sure. I think one of the reasons I love the way this one turned out is because it looks like something Anne Shirley would have on her bed. But then again, it's maybe a little too froofy for Marilla's more sensible taste.
And here's a literal "behind the scenes" shot.  I took these pictures last night at my mom's house before a family barbecue.  My husband rarely has the privilege to hold my quilts for pictures, so I thought I'd give him this awesome opportunity. This may even be his debut on the blog. (At least in a photograph. He did write an awesome guest tutorial in June.) Isn't he doing a great job?  Look at how straight those arms are. And that's after a 7-hour hike with our 7-yr-old. What an iron man. Way to go, honey.

This quilt was made using my Hour Glass Quilt pattern (only I eliminated 6 blocks - one row- to make it a little smaller and to use the number of 10" squares that I had. And I made the inside border slightly wider.) If you're looking for Strawberry Fields fabric you can find it at Shabby Fabrics & Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.

41 comments:

Bumblebee said...

Absolutely amazing! love them both!

Jenny said...

whoa. Your seven-year old went hiking for seven hours? I can't get my six-year old down the block and back.

Gorgeous quilt by the way.

KRIS said...

es preciosa, me encanta!!!

Layne Bushell said...

I love your work. All of it. Every time!

Kelly said...

Beautiful! Both quilts are amazing and I love that fabric (that's probably why I chose it for my baby's quilt). Love your hour glass pattern too!

Liz said...

Swoon!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is my favorite Amy! Beautiful!

Christine said...

Stunningly beautiful ... I love your quilt.

Lynz said...

Good grief, that's a beautiful quilt! I love those sort of vintage, pretty affairs. And your Green Gables reference has made my night. Gilbert Blythe, my first literary love!

cowbell kelly said...

I really like the color choices. And strawberries always remind me of my Grandma which is always a good thing:)

Katy Cameron said...

Beautiful quilt, love those colour choices! I think you're right though, Marilla would think they were just too airy fairy :oD

They just opened a Cath Kidston store round the corner from my office. I'm doooooomed!

lifeinredshoes said...

I do believe that Cath and Anne would be thrilled with the results :)

KatheG said...

Beautiful quilt -- and love the quilt holder!

Laura-Lu said...

I don't know how I missed this great achievement of Bakal's last night. It's funny because I was just thinking, whoever is holding that quilt did a great job, no fingers showing! That's tough for us pros to do let alone a rookie. Nice job.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh Amy- this is absolutely gorgeous!! And you're right-why mess with perfection- I LOVE this whole collection! Hubby did a great job holding it up. :)
Cindy
orr20004@msn.com

randi said...

so pretty! i love how this quilt came out!

nikki said...

oh, wow--beautiful! terrific job.

Nicole said...

Wow, I love this quilt. How did I miss this fabric from Moda. So pretty, I've been going for the same sort of look for my daughters room. So Cute!

Sheila said...

I love both of your beautiful quilts! Lovely fabric collection :)

custom labels said...

All of your quilts are very beautiful. I also saw some of your designs and I am surprised when I saw the Hour Glass Quilt, it really grabbed my attention.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous. Makes me want to go strawberry picking.

Cheree said...

Anne Shirley had great taste, style & passion! Beautiful quilt! Yes, she would've loved it. And even if Marilla would think it to "froofy" she would still appreciate all the hard work put into it. :o)

Lucy said...

I love that vintage feel, it's so pretty :)

Sandra said...

So beautiful! I love the border fabric, it's so vintage-y and cute!

S x

Domestic Artisan said...

Gorgeous! The fabrics are shown so nicely. Anne would have dreamt of such a quilt : ) I think Marilla would have seen the quilt as a way to show love; through honest handwork, much like Rachel Lynde's tabacco quilts Anne take to College. (I named my daughter Marilla!) love AOGG : )

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Amy, this is such a pretty quilt!!

Michele said...

I really like the way that turned out. So soft and relaxing to look at and I'm sure really warm to snuggle under. I just got a big pile of charms in the mail and I've been thinking about making them into hour glass blocks. Of course I have no idea when I'll get time to start that.

notes of sincerity said...

I could not be more in love with your quilt! :o) And adorable references to Anne's taste in quilts. :o)
I have a layer cake in this fabric and can not wait to cut into it. You have created such lovely quilts with yours!!
Have a nice week.
Sincerely, Trish
ps. Are you all ready for the Sewing Summit?? I can't believe I am really going! It is like someone handed me the moon. (I am a little nervous too...)

Anna said...

woot woot, way to go hubby! love how soft the quilt looks.

Shelly said...

Gorgeous quilt! I love the Anne of Green Gables reference. I am making a quilt for my little girl out of Strawberry fields - - LOVE the fabric!!

mascanlon said...

Great quilt! I love that collection and the hourglass block is one of my "go to" blocks for quilts with a vintage feel.

AnneMarie said...

So beautiful! I love the softness of this line.

Micki said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! You do such awesome work.

I love this line and I'm working on a Strawberry Fields quilt right now too. It's perfect.

Love it!

Michelle said...

Such a sweet quilt. The colors are lovely.

Kristyne said...

Lol! Love the "behind the scene" shot!

Charo said...

What a beautiful quilt!!!!

Calli Makes Do said...

Oh I absolutely love them both Amy. The binding is my favorite.

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

You make such beautiful quilts... I love the fabric combos you pic.

amy said...

LOVE it! I think gingham makes the best binding, too. Especially gingham on the bias. Lovely pics, Amy, beautiful work ;) xo amy

Hanna said...

I just LOVE the strawberry quilt, it's so beautiful! I'm still working on my first quilt ever and it's really hard. You should be so proud!

Alex Sand said...

The strawberry quilt is lovely. The gingham binding is a nice touch.