Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Simplified Rainbow Quilt - Completed!

Simplicity. Sometimes its a welcome thing. At least for me...
Just today I discovered the (apparently) huge debate amongst quilters regarding the "dumbing down" of quilting. I'm both fairly new to quilting AND love simple designs. I've gone out of my comfort zone and tried some crazy hard blocks thanks to a couple of Virtual Quilting Bees I was a part of last year, and I discovered I didn't WANT to make an entire king-sized paper-pieced art quilt. Its just not my cup of tea. I've definitely become more adventurous since I started quilting two and a half years ago... but simplicity is where its at for me. Partly because I don't have TIME to make 956 teeny tiny complicated blocks but mostly because I prefer to finish a quilt than have 97 started projects and never finish one of them.
I know for a fact there is an audience for fancy "complicated" quilts; there is an audience for simply designed quilts; and they may be two completely different groups of people.
But that's ok, afterall.

Maybe its not so much what was said, its the actual term DUMBING DOWN....

Moving on:This quilt is simple, and small, I admit!
But it hangs in my sewing room and it makes me smile every time I see it. Its my first wall-hanging!
Finished size: 24" x 28"
Inspired by Red Pepper Quilts
Fun to make: YES!
Quick to put together: YES!


Fabric used: 1 charm pack of Kona Brights plus Kona Coal grey
Quilting: Free-motion on my domestic Janome machine
Binding: Sugar Pop by Moda
Batting: Warm and White cotton






Now go sew something already! ;-)

13 comments:

Faith Jones said...

I'm with you. :) love the quilt!

MeganAnne said...

this looks awesome!

thanks for inspiring me to get cooking on my solids challenge quilt!

Lisa said...

You know, I haven't read the actual stuff posted about this "dumbing down" bit, but I have to say, do what you like, the way you like and that's all that matters. Your quilt is lovely. Keep doing what you love!

Carolyn said...

I'm with you too! I love simple quilts...and yours is gorgeous!

Sonia said...

OH I love more simple quilts! I'm totally an improv girl. I have a hard time with patterns. I just can't concentrate on them. lol.

Oh dumbing down? How nice @@.

Beth said...

I agree! Now if only I could finish my summer quilt!

~The Bargain Babe said...

I really like this one! Any chance of you posting a tutorial/directions on how to make it? I could try to stare at it and figure out how many of X color I need, but honestly that would take a long time. I'm a newbie quilter.

Good work and I like how you quilted it. :)

Spontaneous Threads said...

It's yours and it's lovely- that's all that matters.

BaileyGirl5 said...

That quilt makes me smile too :)

Love it!

Liz G. said...

That is beautiful, I think quilting is art... Discourse is good.. but I'm with you, to each their own.

randi---i have to say said...

looks great! the design with solids is perfect!

Jackie Russell said...

I love the simplicity of this quilt!

Lindsay Conner said...

This is so pretty! Love the sugar pop binding :)