Monday, August 26, 2013

Vintage-Sheet inspired quilt finished!

First of all, thank you so much for the sweet comments and encouragement on my post last week. That meant so much. I'm always a little leery of sharing TMI, but at the same time finding the balance of keeping it real. That's a tricky thing for me.
Second of all, I finished binding one of the quilts! I started this quilt ages ago. Well, it feels that way at least. The fabric in this quilt is from a collection for Moda called Dream On by the Urban Chicks. The collection was inspired by vintage sheets (something I really love). It came out I want to say 4 years ago (was it really that long ago?) and I gradually collected bits and pieces because I liked it so much.
It took me a while before I finally decided what to do with the collection - I chose my Double Crossed pattern because I really liked how the green solid (I think it's Kona Green Grass) contrasted with the busy floral patterns.
Lest anyone out there think that I am constantly cranking out a quilt - because I know it can tend to seem that way in blogland - let this quilt be a good example of the reality behind the scenes.  Fabric purchased 3-4 years ago; finally started cutting into it 1.5 years ago; started piecing blocks last summer; finished piecing blocks at a retreat in February; finally sewed all the blocks together at the beginning of the summer, then it still took me 2 months to add the borders and choose a back; had someone else do the quilting last week. And voila. It is finally done.
The back for this one is a vintage sheet I found at a thrift store a few years ago. I knew I wanted a vintage sheet for the back and it took me a while to find just the right one. I've actually cut up most of the one's I have. Fortunately I'd preserved this one because I liked it so much and it turned out to be a good match. Plus, it was just the right size! And it was so nice not to have to piece a back.
The quilting is a simple all-over meader-loop pattern by Melissa of Sew Shabby quilting. Perfect for the really busy prints.
It's such a cheerful, summery quilt. Feels so good to even have it done before the end of summer! Bonus.

60 comments:

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Love how the green frames the florals. It's almost like the flowers are climbing up a trellis. (Lovely quilting by Melissa too!)

Krista said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Betty Lou said...

Love the color and style of this quilt------I think I had those sheets back in the early 70's. Now why didn't I keep them?

Erica said...

This might be my favorite of all the quilts you've shared. It is just perfect!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

So gorgeous!!! Love the colors!! Happy day! xo Holly

Bloggymom said...

It is a beautiful quilt. Very summery.

Melissa said...

WOW! That is beautiful!

Isisjem said...

Looks gorgeous! The backing is just perfect!

Thimbleanna said...

It's beautiful Amy -- I love it!

Cille said...

So much fun and happiness in one quilt - it makes me feel eternal summer.

Ramona said...

I love this quilt. I have some vintage sheets I have been saving and I am going to use your pattern for them. Your quilt is just perfect.

Acorn to Oak said...

It's beautiful! The colors are so cheery and pretty! :-)

Lauren Deel said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks for the timeline behind the quilt, too. You're right: blogland does make it seem like people are cranking out quilts left and right; but this provided good perspective!

Jeanna said...

Beautiful! I think I'm going to start my vintage sheet collection this week!!

sarahquilts.com said...

So lovely! And thanks for the honest breakdown of your timeline. :) It's a good reminder that lingering projects can eventually get finished. :)

Heidi said...

Wrote! That is absolutely gorgeous!

Heidi said...

Wrote! That is absolutely gorgeous!

thriftstorecrafter.com said...

I love this fabric line and have used it for many projects. Love what you have done with it. Great quilt!

girlsmama said...

I love it! It is breathtaking. Good work friend!

Nanette Merrill said...

It is so darling. I really love it. It has such a good vibe. All your stuff is great but I really love this one.

Nann said...

Thanks for describing the "serial" nature of this quilt's process. The fabrics are so cheerful. The back is perfect. It's hard to find all-cotton sheets at the thrift shop, but I search diligently -- which includes searching for the hang-tag to verify the fiber content. Oftentimes sheets have been washed so much that the tag is illegible.

Lynne Tilley said...

Love love love this quilt, it's so HAPPY!

ChristaQuilts said...

This is gorgeous! I love all the citrus colors!

Tara Mitchell said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Great job!

Karen said...

All of your design decisions are perfect! I especially love the green contrast. Thanks for sharing another great quilt.

Susan Owenby said...

It's amazing! Nice work. :)

meia ameruddin said...

It's lovely! I love the colours. :)

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Thank you for sharing your timeline of getting this quilt done. Many of my own projects have followed similar timelines! You have helped to make me feel better. The quilt is lovely and was definitely worth the wait!

Tammy Vasser said...

I love it! I'm not a vintage sheet collector but your quilt makes me want to start! Thanks for sharing!

sewnhenge.com said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! that is all.

mjb said...

Very, very, pretty:):) I love this quilt- well all your quilts are amazing:):)!!!!!

Anita said...

Your quilt came out gorgeous! Thanks for keeping it real with the timeline :)

Sheila said...

Your quilt is Beautiful! I remember this wonderful collection of fabric. Thank you for sharing this quilt's timeline : )

Noga said...

The colors combination is great! Lovely for the garden! Just "Hello" from far Israel.... :)
Noga

margaret said...

a wonderful quilt, not only a lovely design but the fabrics are to die for, love everything about this one.

Michele said...

It is really wonderful and Yes so perfectly summery.

Kathy said...

That sheet was made for that quilt! What a perfect backing.

LandGirl1980 said...

This. Is. STUNNING!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Beautiful finish!! Love it these fabrics with that green.
Amanda

Tammy said...

Gorgeous . Love the fabrics and the vintage sheet. & sheets looks

LittleLucyGoosey said...

What is it about vintage sheets that is so appealing? The color? The nostalgic feeling? No matter, I love it. This quilt is gorgeous, Amy! ~Karissa

Emily said...

I'm not normally a one-fabric-line-kinda-gal, but this is one that I LOVE (but sadly missed out on)! Love that it blends so well with "real" vintage as well. Thanks for keeping it real with your time line. :)

MellieWo said...

So pretty! I agree about the green solid! I like to do that in mine, too. Love how the different florals blend.

Nicole said...

What a lovely & happy quilt!

Katy Cameron said...

It looks great, and perfect choice for the backing :o)

Jennifer Bell said...

Pretty, pretty colors!

Cathie J said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the citrus colors.

Tania said...

Hi Amy, what a lovely quilt, such gorgeous, fresh, summery colours - the sort of quilt that makes you feel happy just looking at it. Really pretty....

Megan said...

I love this! Such a great pattern, and fun fabrics!

Rosa said...

Just stunning quilt and colorful fabrics.Love it!

Artsy-Craftsy Ivy said...

Beautiful quilt! I LOVE the backing!

Serena Edwards said...

I really love this quilt Amy - it's amazing what different fabrics do to the look of the same pattern. Never fails to amaze me!

@pril said...

This is a great looking quilt.

@pril
KoolBeenz Blog

deanna said...

Thanks for 'keeping it real' with the timeline! Great pattern + great color choices!

debbie m said...

This is such a "happy" quilt..if that makes sense. I love the fabric. For about 5 years the closest shops to me did not carry Moda, so I guess I missed this line. I would definately bought it!

VickiLorraine@lefthandednotions said...

I so love this one Amy :)

diane said...

this is beautiful and I love the way the green shows of the prints

Sarah said...

I love the green contrast and how it is a nice rest from the busyness of the prints. I have a very similar timeline for finishing quilts!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

I have a layer cake of this line with extra yardage! I had it on ebay but removed it because its so wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration
jlblvn@gmail.com

raggedy amy's said...

I ditto krista! Gorgeous!