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A Very Purple-y Quilt

Lo and behold, a finished project. Ta-dah!  I’ve been keeping this under wraps until it was delivered for a birthday present on Tuesday to a purple-obsessed now-11-year-old.

This is another part of my master-scheme to complete some of those nefarious WIPS (works-in-progress) that have been hanging around way too long. My second daughter has been obsessed with purple for the majority of her life.  At first I thought it was just the normal 4-yr-old purple fettish, which is when we first started collecting purple prints and squares and putting them in this box. I even had a bunch of star blocks with purple in them left from making a quilt for my sister’s baby (7-years ago) and we added them to the box as well.

One day when she had just turned 4 I was bravely trying to bribe my way through a quilt fair with 3 small children. I let the girls each pick a fat quarter to keep them busy while I looked briefly.  I was more than happy to buy this purple fairy fat quarter for the 4-yr-old because it guaranteed me a few minutes of browsing peace.  We added it to the purple box and occasionally would get the fabrics out and look at them.

But somehow the purple quilt never materialized. In my defense, we moved to a new house almost 3 years ago which happened to coincide with the 4 month period of my daughter’s life when she decided she was over purple and ready to move on to a new color scheme, and so we created this room and I made a fun new quilt for her bed, and felt like that was a great motherly effort accomplished.

But then the purple obsession returned and with it the guilt every time I looked at that box of purple fabric.  The final straw came this spring when she was cast as the Purple Fairy in the school play, which seemed like some kind of divine intervention, and I knew that purple fairy fat quarter needed to come out of the box and get put to use.

So while she was at 6th-grade camp for a week in June, I hauled out the box and scraped together all the purple fabric I had on hand, and finally created the purple quilt. 

The whole time I worked on this quilt I could hear the voice of Buddy the Elf in my head saying, “That’s a very nice purple dress. It’s very purple-y…” At first I worried about using so many different shades of purple: periwinkle, lavender, dusty purple, bright purple and then I stopped worrying and just threw them all in.
Some other new and welcome additions include pieces from Sarah Jane’s Children at Play as well as some of Doohikey Design’s Dress Up Days.  Those prints will always make me feel sentimental for my little girls. I also added a little bit of green, orange and pink to spice things up a little bit.
The back is pieced from the various remnants I had on hand and the quilt was quilted by my friend Monica Steelman, which saved my bacon so that the quilt was finished by the birthday.  I was still binding it the day of, but it did come together just in time. 

I’m happy to finally give those purple scraps a life outside the box, to cross another WIP off the eternal list, and to finally give my very purple-y girl her very purple-y quilt.

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68 Comments

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    Anna
    July 12, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations on getting this WIP done! I have a daughter with the same purple obsession. She would love this.

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    jlk
    July 12, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Hahaha! It is very purple-y! Love it.

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    Happy Cottage Quilter
    July 12, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Very very cute. And yes, very very purple 🙂

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    Judy Bagwell
    July 12, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I love purple. This quilt is beautiful!!

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    tracy_a
    July 12, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Great quilt – and great story. What a mom to make such a cool project 🙂

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    Maria
    July 12, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I love purple and I love this quilt. I'm sure she loved it too.

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    Kar
    July 12, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Beautiful! My oldest daughter would fall in love with this because of all the purple. This will be a treasure for your daughter. 🙂

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    Ginette
    July 12, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Beautiful quilt! My 4 year old is now in her Purple phase and I wonder if it actually is a phase or if she will be like your daughter and be a fan of the color for years to come! Fortunately I am working on a log cabin quilt for her bed right now and it is pink and purple! I know she would love your daughter's quilt!

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    Ginny Worden
    July 12, 2012 at 7:59 am

    What a great and supportive Mom you are, and I am sure you have one very happy daughter.

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    Anina
    July 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Pretty!<br />Love the fairy fabric.

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    Rebekah Gustafson
    July 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I love the colors and fabrics in this quilts! This is one quilt that I would have loved to have in my room as a girl, it would have matched my bedroom perfectly!

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    Sheila
    July 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Oh my! This quilt is just awesome. I she doesn&#39;t want it, I DO! I love purple.<br />Congratulations on a beautiful, finished quilt.

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    Vicki
    July 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I love it, Amy!

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    Mev_Lohman
    July 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I love it!

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    Jeanne
    July 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

    It&#39;s lovely! Good for you getting it finished.

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    Becky
    July 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Very lovely purple quilt. I even adore the back. Such cute fabrics!

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    nettie
    July 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    it&#39;s darling! I always love a quilt with a story behind it, makes it a little more special..

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    nettie
    July 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    it&#39;s darling! I always love a quilt with a story behind it, makes it a little more special..

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    Francine
    July 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Aw I&#39;d love to see your daughter&#39;s face when she sees this… great job, mama!! It&#39;s so calm, peaceful and pretty!

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    Mermaid Sews
    July 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Gorgeous quilt.

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    dolores
    July 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

    You know I have horribly slow dialup so all I can do is read your post while waiting for the photos to finally come up….low and behold a beautiful NOT screaming purple quilt appeared. Perfect Purple for a 6th grader! Congrats on gettin er done!:)

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    Lisa C
    July 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Don&#39;t you just love a finish! Congratulations! I have NO purple in my stash but I could do this in orange! Happy Birthday to your purple fairy.

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    Lee Ann L.
    July 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I absolutely love it. I may have to create a similar quilt for me! This is so gorgeous and my favorite color is purple too!

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    Leslie
    July 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    i have to say that this quilt….while at first it is SO purple… as i went through the pictures the more i fell in love with it. The scrappiness and the stars and the hints of yellow and green. it is great!

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    Lynnie
    July 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Sounds like a dream come true. A happy b-day to EmRo. And you can just go ahead and save that pink, red, and turquoise set for me someday. 🙂

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    Di~
    July 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Sweet story, sweet quilt and sweet fabrics!

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    girlsmama
    July 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    So perfectly purple! I never got over my purple obsession!<br /><br />I made the purple barn raising from AQ last year and I LOVE it. Well done Amy!

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    Amy at Ameroonie Designs
    July 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    It is the perfect purple-y quilt. Just wonderful! I&#39;m sure she&#39;ll treasure it for a LONG time!<br />xoxo

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    Mary
    July 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    LOVE the Purple still after all these years. My Mother heard somewhere that if she painted my Ceiling Lavendar, it would make me sleep more restful. So, my new bedroom they built when I was about 13 was painted Lavendar/purple. It didn&#39;t stop me from staying up way to late at night. I still do! I wish she had made me a quilt like you made for your Purple-y girl…Happy Belated B-day to

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    doodlebugmom
    July 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    so pretty! I love the purpleness and I am lots older than 11 🙂

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    Katy Cameron
    July 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    That is certainly one purple quilt! But she deserves it for 7 years tenacity if nothing else :oD

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    trish
    July 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    As soon as I read the word &quot;purpley&quot; I thought of Buddy! :o)<br />Your daughter&#39;s quilt is just precious and so sweet of you to bring it all together for her. What a special blanket it will be for her, for many years to come. :o)<br />I hope you have had a wonderful week Amy.<br />My son loves his duct tape wallet! <br />sending love, Trish

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    Jennie
    July 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I have a purple girl too and she loves this quilt!

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    materialgirlquilts
    July 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    So cute and I love the story! This purple quilt will mean so much to her for years to come!<br />Amanda

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    Kati from Kati's Quilting
    July 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    It&#39;s such a gorgeous quilt! I&#39;m not a purple lover, but really like your quilt. Bet your daughter was stunned!

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    linda f
    July 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Amy,<br /><br />Beautiful! My oldest loves purple and I have a huge purple stach. I made a purple Irish chain quilt 10 years ago and it is well loved. Happy belated BD to your dtr.<br /><br />Love your blog!<br /><br />Linda f

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    Sharon Dawn
    July 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    You created a beautiful piece! I am sure your daughter will always treasure it…and the memories it will bring!

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    DKB
    July 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I didn&#39;t know purple phases lasted so long. Love the wonky stars

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    DKB
    July 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I didn&#39;t know purple phases lasted so long. Love the wonky stars

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    mjb
    July 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Amazing quilt and love your story behind it:)

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    elletaylor
    July 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Does she love it? I do!

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    Lana
    July 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    oh Amy…stunning…and now she has two of the prettiest quilts around made by her sweet mama. Lovely indeed.

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    Lana
    July 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    oh Amy…stunning…and now she has two of the prettiest quilts around made by her sweet mama. Lovely indeed.

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    BJ is Quilting!
    July 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    A very lovely and wonderful purpley quilt!

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    Tessa Marie
    July 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I have a purple obsessed eleven year old too! She would love this (and so do I)!!!!

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    Sarina
    July 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I have an 8-year old purple obsessed little girl that I just made a purple quilt for too! What is it w/ purple and little girls? I remember loving purple and turquoise when I was a tween. LOL Your quilt is very fun and cute!

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    vintage grey
    July 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    A beautiful purple quilt! So fun!! xo Heather

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    Lori Kae
    July 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Absolutely precious! Love,love,love the purple! 🙂

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    Kristy
    July 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Oh I love this! It is so whimsical! Very sweet. I am partial to purple too. I love the stars. Your own creation? Would make a great Project Linus quilt. We have lots of scraps and colors. Thanks for sharing this. K-

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    robin
    July 13, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Every family should have the good fortune to have a member who loves purple! Your quilt is so sweet!

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    Michele
    July 13, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Really nice but my 3 yr old purple loving missy would instantly call that one &quot;mines&quot; if she got her hands on it.

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    Carol
    July 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Wonderful quilt, some beautiful fabric.<br />Carol xx

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    Sue Bone
    July 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Very pretty and purple.

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    mascanlon
    July 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    My 4 yr old granddaughter is bouncing back and forth each month between and pink and purple! So thats the next quilt on my list as they are moving and she will have a bedroom redo. Thanks for sharing, this is an adorable quilt.

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    Sew Create It - Jane
    July 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    What a pretty quilt! and so nice to see a PURPLE quilt…there isn&#39;t a lot of purple fabrics around at the moment!

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    Melissa Corry
    July 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    This is so adorable!!!

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    cat and vee xoxo
    July 16, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Love it, it&#39;s just gorgeous, and I love your sweet story. I too have a nearly-11 purple-obsessed small person. Have been very slowly making a purple-and-green quilt for her, but there&#39;s no way it will be done in time for Birthday 11. Hopefully by Birthday 12 though …. I am always looking for purple prints, there are way too few of them out there (that I&#39;m happy to buy, I should

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    Melissa {polkadot chair}
    July 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I love your purpley quilt!! My 11 yr old daugher LOVES purple too much to my chagrin 🙁 The Sarah Jane fabric is so perfect in this, it reminds me of my girls too- I used it in the quilt I made her for Chriastmas this year.

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    Cheryl Arkison
    July 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Awesome! So good that you mixed up all those purples, it just sings.<br />And for your purple obsessed daughter you should look up Mable Murple by Sheree Fitch.

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    Natalia from Piece N Quilt
    July 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    My daughter is obsessed with purple too! She would LOVE this quilt!!! 🙂

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    ktquilts
    July 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Love a purpley quilt!

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    Mary Zoom
    August 8, 2012 at 7:27 am

    i really LIKE this! I had a purple 1&quot; gingham smocked and quilted bedspread – It was VERY purple, and I love it! As a matter of fact, I still have it. :o)

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    LittleLucyGoosey
    September 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Catching up on summer blog reading, and this one touches my heart. My four year old is in her purple obsession, I wonder if it will last until 11? No matter, what girlie girl wouldn&#39;t love this? LOVE!!!

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    Admin
    November 6, 2012 at 7:24 am

    What a lovely and cute colors.i love it.!!!!!!<br /><a href="http://www.raggedrose.com/bed-bath-c-1.html&quot; rel="nofollow">Quilted Bedspreads</a>

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    Dena Farrar
    January 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I need to get busy and do the same! only for a very special 9 nine year old grand-daughter. On her last visit we ordered online some purple fabric. I am still ordering, cant wait to do it! Yours is very pretty.

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    Dena Farrar
    January 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I need to get busy and do the same! only for a very special 9 nine year old grand-daughter. On her last visit we ordered online some purple fabric. I am still ordering, cant wait to do it! Yours is very pretty.

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    Wife, Mom, and Nana
    January 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Do you have a pattern for this purple quilt? Looks perfect for my 8 yo grandaughter…and she is a purple fan. Bless!

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      amy smart
      January 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      It&#39;s a very simple pattern. The large squares are 8&quot; finished and the four-patch blocks are made up of 4&quot; squares. The 8&quot; stars come from a pattern from The Buggy Barn. I had them left over from another project so I included them here. Hope that helps!<br /><br />

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