Thursday, July 12, 2012

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.

68 comments:

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

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

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  3. Very very cute. And yes, very very purple :-)

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  4. I love purple. This quilt is beautiful!!

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  5. Great quilt - and great story. What a mom to make such a cool project :)

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

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. What a great and supportive Mom you are, and I am sure you have one very happy daughter.

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  10. Pretty!
    Love the fairy fabric.

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  11. 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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  12. Oh my! This quilt is just awesome. I she doesn't want it, I DO! I love purple.
    Congratulations on a beautiful, finished quilt.

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  13. It's lovely! Good for you getting it finished.

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

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  15. it's darling! I always love a quilt with a story behind it, makes it a little more special..

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  16. it's darling! I always love a quilt with a story behind it, makes it a little more special..

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  17. Aw I'd love to see your daughter's face when she sees this... great job, mama!! It's so calm, peaceful and pretty!

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  18. 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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  19. Don'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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Sweet story, sweet quilt and sweet fabrics!

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  24. So perfectly purple! I never got over my purple obsession!

    I made the purple barn raising from AQ last year and I LOVE it. Well done Amy!

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  25. It is the perfect purple-y quilt. Just wonderful! I'm sure she'll treasure it for a LONG time!
    xoxo

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  26. 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'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 her!

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  27. so pretty! I love the purpleness and I am lots older than 11 :)

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

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  29. As soon as I read the word "purpley" I thought of Buddy! :o)
    Your daughter'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)
    I hope you have had a wonderful week Amy.
    My son loves his duct tape wallet!
    sending love, Trish

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

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  31. So cute and I love the story! This purple quilt will mean so much to her for years to come!
    Amanda

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  32. It's such a gorgeous quilt! I'm not a purple lover, but really like your quilt. Bet your daughter was stunned!

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  33. Amy,

    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.

    Love your blog!

    Linda f

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

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  35. I didn't know purple phases lasted so long. Love the wonky stars

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  36. I didn't know purple phases lasted so long. Love the wonky stars

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  37. Amazing quilt and love your story behind it:)

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

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

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  40. A very lovely and wonderful purpley quilt!

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

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  42. 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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  43. A beautiful purple quilt! So fun!! xo Heather

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  44. Absolutely precious! Love,love,love the purple! :)

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

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

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  48. Wonderful quilt, some beautiful fabric.
    Carol xx

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  49. 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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  50. What a pretty quilt! and so nice to see a PURPLE quilt...there isn't a lot of purple fabrics around at the moment!

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  51. Love it, it'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'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'm happy to buy, I should say) - so I like the idea of your ever-growing box-of-purple. Thanks for sharing. Cat.

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

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  54. My daughter is obsessed with purple too! She would LOVE this quilt!!! :)

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  55. i really LIKE this! I had a purple 1" 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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  56. 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't love this? LOVE!!!

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  57. What a lovely and cute colors.i love it.!!!!!!
    Quilted Bedspreads

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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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    1. It's a very simple pattern. The large squares are 8" finished and the four-patch blocks are made up of 4" squares. The 8" 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!

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