Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back to Basics

a few weeks ago, i ordered some Ruby Star Rising. (btw, have you seen the fall preview? i love the typewriters and the clocks) i only ordered a small amount and i had a hard time deciding what i wanted to do with it, as the prints are really awesome and i wanted to make them go a long way. i started with the colors of RSR and pulled fabrics from the stash that would coordinate. i ended up with a lot of it's a hoot and sherbet pips, but there's amy butler, denyse schmidt, 30s reproduction fabrics, sunkissed, heather ross, and others as well.
Patchwork quilt
i've had fun lately experimenting with more intricate blocks, but i felt a craving to go back to something simple. i cut 5.5" squares and did simple patchwork. i forced myself not to get hung up on making the squares face certain directions so everything is willy-nilly, and hey--it actually looks ok.
Patchwork quilt
for the backing, i used kona medium gray and my yard of echino leopard. i did a stacked coin strip with the leftovers from the front. i can't remember which kona blue i used or the name of the red dots for the binding. i made myself get away from solid bindings and went with the ever so exciting world of dots instead. maybe i'll even do stripes next time. i'm so adventurous.
Patchwork quilt
it's been awhile since i've tried FMQ, so i did a stipple in gutermann gray thread. i used my supreme slider for the first time and it did help. my stippling still isn't perfect but it is improving. i switched to the open-toe foot but i ended up breaking 3 needles, which wasn't too fun. fortunately there were no injuries--to me or to the horizon.

i did a double fold binding and hand-stitched it to the back. i've resorted to this because it really does look much better than machine-stitched binding. i even finished it in one evening but my hands were cramping pretty badly by the end. it'd probably be better to spread it out over 2 nights next time.

the quilt is 50x70 and will replace my well-loved if crappily made flying geese quilt. experience has taught me that this quilt is a great size for couch sitting, camping, and long car rides. post-washing the cotton/linen blends did feel softer, but i wouldn't use them for a baby quilt. spicy said that it's been a really long time since i made a quilt for us, which is true. now we have a nice brand new one that's already seen some use (Fall in August is upon us). I'm linking this up to Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.
Contest at feeddog
btw, I entered a design contest to win a Go Baby at feeddog. You can vote for my block design here. Tell your friends! you know, if you feel like it.

8 comments:

  1. i love the quilt.  you whipped that out in no time! and i totally voted for you!

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  2. It's beautiful! I also love the RSR (and still have some in the stash!), and I love your use of it here. That Echino print on the back is awesome, too! Oh, and you got my vote this morning! Your design is really fun and modern.

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  3. That quilt is gorgeous. I voted for you.

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  4. What a pretty, happy quilt!  I enjoyed your detailed explanation of the process.

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  5. oh, i love a quick utility quilt made with happy fabrics! so lovely.

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  6. I love your quilt!  I have a ton of 5 inch charms.  Might as well put them to use.

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  7.  This is beautiful! Patchwork squares are still some of my very favorite quilts:)

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  8. Your quilting is so inspirational.  I hope it's not too late, but I voted for you. 

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