Thursday, April 21, 2011

{THAT quilt}

Commissioned quilts can be difficult, at times. That's why I've only ever agreed to a handful in the 3 years I've been quilting. This quilt was NOT difficult, and do you know why? Because I loved all the fabric, the design... pretty much everything about it. And it was on the small side, only 35"x45". So very doable, and enjoyable to create!

This side was inspired by Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts, but I didn't use any solids like she did.
Ever wonder how to make strip quilts without all the strips going curved? Check out Ashley's mini tutorial, she's got some fabulous tips! Not to mention a gorgeous new baby boy, Max!

Its rather hard to see, but I did straight-line quilting in sets of 3, going the long way.
I really like how that turned out!

The other side (not really the back, as I consider it a 2-sided quilt) is really fun, and was inspired by this block that I received from one of the girls in a virtual bee I was a part of via Flickr.

{I've said it once and I'll say it again - if you've never joined a quilting bee, virtual or otherwise, you need to just do it already! Don't know where to start: check out this thread}

Washed and extra crinkly!

I rather adore the green Katie Jump Rope binding.

While I was taking photos of the quilt, I couldn't help but notice the pear blooms on the tree in the garden. I hate this tree because it blocks all sunlight into the garden, but at least it looks pretty for a few days, eh? I would chop it down in a heartbeat but it would smash the fence... thus, it must stay. grrrr
Or maybe there's a way to kill it... must google that!

Finally, Eli. It was a windy chilly day.... and we thought a ride in his new wagon would be fun.
I didn't bring a winter parka for him, of course, so a huge hoodie to go over his spring jacket did the trick.
And did I mention he's walking?! He is. Everywhere.
And he's not far from running, too. Yikes!

What have ya'll be up to? Lots of quilting and sewing I hope!


Kiera said...

Really nice. I like how it's a 2 sided quilt and love the straight line quilting. I'm doing my first commissioned quilt now.

wishes, true and kind said...

Very pretty quilt! I love the colors. Love the little walker, who will be running and growing into that sweatshirt before you know it!

Aunt Spicy said...

totally love! especially because some fabric fav's are in there!

Catherine said...

Stunning! It's definitely two sided as I couldn't decide which was the front or back,love both sides. Your fabrics choices are perfect and I too love that green binding.

Faith said...

I just love it! And how is Eli that big?? Wasn't he just born?!