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Mid Century Modern Quilt

Since I’m knocking things off my list, here’s another.

Husband doesn’t get excited about quilts the same way I do, but when I showed him this one, and told him I wanted to make it for our bedroom he was all for it.

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A trip to my favorite quilt shop to pick up a collection of Kona cottons, and I was good to go!

Originally, I planned to have the quilt drop to the floor, but I didn’t like it. So, I hacked off eight-ish inches on each side to get a drop I was happy with. Now, that fabric was sure as heck not going to go to waste, so I pieced parts into the back, some became strips on the pillows, and the rest I used to make cording for the pillows. Nice accent, huh? Oh, and the print outs above my bed? I saw something similar on Etsy, but couldn’t pay $15/each when I knew I could make them with scrapbook paper from Michael’s, and some inexpensive frames from IKEA.  Until we finish building our headboard it will be just fine. And the cool prints on the right? You can get those here. I LOVE this guys artwork!

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The back was almost as much work as the top, and I love it! The polka dot is a fabric that I found here. It’s on the back of the Euro pillows and it cost a pretty penny, so I used every inch I had. I smile looking at it, and think it’s great that my bed will (maybe) look mostly made even when it’s not. Ha!

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My friend, Regina, quilted this for me. It’s got a mid century pantograph, and orange thread. I’ll get a close up soon.

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Quilt Transformation – part two

What began as a blendy, rainbow type quilt has ended as a red quilt. I have to say that it surprises me a bit because I don’t generally gravitate towards red*. Don’t get me wrong, red is a lovely color, but I think it’s more than fair to say that I wouldn’t make a red quilt just “because”.

I completely forgot to snap a photo of the quilt while I was auditioning the sashing and cornerstones but, oh, well. It took me a while to decide on the borders. This quilt is made entirely of scraps (except a few pieces like the sashing) so it seemed appropriate to have a scrappy border.

To answer what may come to mind** – no, the center blocks are not paper pieced and yes, the edges are all bias. A lot of patience, practice and precision required if you intend to duplicate.  The sashing keeps the quilt from getting wonky and wavy. The edges of the border are all bias as well so I stay-stitched along the edge.

* let it be known that my favorite color is blue and has been since I was about six.

** yes, I should take another photo of the blocks so I don’t have a thread in the middle but, quite frankly, I’m very proud of this quilt and want to share it as quickly as possible. woot, woot!!!

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Quilt Transformation

I’ve made many quilts with strips and scraps and scraps of strips. It goes without saying that the goal is to use some of the fabric in my stash and create a beautiful quilt.

I began this quilt about a year ago.

 The quilt was achieving the look I wanted – colors bleeding into one another to form an asymmetrical rainbow – and I had great plans! But the corners were very thick with all those pieced parts and since I didn’t paper piece the blocks I had some wave in the quilt. But mostly the corners were making me crazy! They were unruly. I was starting to dread the entire project, including the quilting, and I was nowhere near quilting the darn thing.

So I put the quilt and all the extraneous parts away in a colorful little box.

Except for a few small pieces that taunted me for a year.

Then a few weeks ago I took a small square of strip pieced pink fabric and put a yellow border on it.

I liked the results but wasn’t quite sure what to do or where to go so I just looked at the block for a few weeks.

Then! An a-ha moment! What if I take apart my “rainbow” quilt and border each square in a complimentary color?  Armed with my seam ripper at a neighborhood meeting and a completely uncomfortable chair, my quilt was deconstructed into all these little parts.

I ironed all the blocks and starting sewing borders on my “new” project. Then I decided that a complimentary border was too orderly for me, so I mixed them up to get this.

I bordered three blocks, put them on the design wall but wasn’t happy with how my quilt looked.

I was, once again, a bit frustrated…then I looked at the rather large pile of red squares I’d made and put them on my wall. I didn’t want to make more blocks. So far I have this and I really like it.  I’m pondering a golden yellow sashing with red cornerstones but really I haven’t settled on anything yet.

I think it’ll look good. What do you think?