Saturday, July 18, 2009

"Making it Work" quilt is finally complete

When I had the idea to make a quilt for my mom and stepdad (what else was I going to make them, really?!) I knew I wanted to use Daisy Chain in this colorway. They just repainted their house and these colors fit in well with their decor (I hope!).
I've had the fabric for a while now, but was struggling with what pattern to use. My mind went through a good many patterns before I got frustrated and just started ripping the fabric and sewing strips together. And so it became what you see here, the "Making it Work" quilt. Once I had the strips, I just made it work from there!
My intention was to make a checker board with white blocks between the blocks of strips, but it looked too bland with just the white, so I cut up the white blocks and framed up some Robin's Egg and Stone Kona solids.
The binding is pieced with each of the five Daisy Chain fabrics in the blocks and is sewn on entirely by machine. I'm pushing two weeks late on this one, so some sacrifices had to be made! I am quite pleased with how it turned out. My picnic quilt also has a machine sewn binding, but it's lacking a bit since I didn't figure out to sew the 2nd time around on the front until this quilt! Much neater this way!
Throughout the process, I was never 100% sold on this quilt, but I've never met a quilt fresh out of the dryer that I didn't fall in love with.
~Sara

14 comments:

Mimi said...

I really like your quilt for your mom and dad. The colors are soft and relaxing...I'm sure they will love it. How could they not??!

You're right, a quilt...freshly washed and dried is wonderful...all cozy and crinkly!

Hugs

roseylittlethings said...

Love it! such pretty fabric.

Donna said...

It turned out so great! Wow! Impressed with the pattern, even if it was unplanned, it turned out beautifully. love the crinkly quilting . . .!!

Isa said...

It's gorgeous Sara,
I really like the pattern and the solid sqaure, well I like the whole thing actually.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Love what you have done with these Amy Butler fabrics! Some of her latest fabrics have been so bright that I have struggled to use them, however, this is a really lovely quilt. Great use of fabric, and love the final layout.

Rita

Zarina said...

I love it - it solves have those plain alternate blocks for those big patterns.

Annie said...

lovely quilt, as usual..the colors are beautiful..

Mickie said...

Love the quilt! The colors and pattern are wonderful! I think your parents will be thrilled!!! Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

Wow! Thanks for your sweet comments.

I meant to say that I was surprised how little fabric a bigger quilt really takes. I tend to buy at least a meter when I buy fabric "just incase" I want to make a big quilt, but I learned a lesson making this one. The solid blocks are all cut from just a fat quarter of each color and the patterns are all cut from just half yards of each pattern. Plus, I still have 5" x 44" strips left over of each one and a few scraps of the fat quarters! I should mention that the finished quilt measures 44" x 54", so it's not huge, but a good size for a lap quilt.

Karen A. said...

So beautiful Sara... everytime I think you've made the most beautiful quilt I've ever seen, you come out with a whole new amazing creation... ;) xo

Holly said...

Really lovely Sara! Very clever use of Ms. Butler's fabrics. I think that the fantastic combination of pattern & solids and the colours make it a bit more "serene". Reminds me of a beautiful day at the beach - all sand and blue sky. MmmmMMMmmm.

jaybird said...

the mix of the squares and stripes is perfect!! i'm working on one like this with bright kid fabrics!

Melissa said...

The colors are beautiful!

mayaluna said...

This is really gorgeous, Sarah! I just left you a little response on my latest post.
xo