Thursday, May 24, 2012

Happy BIrthday Quilt


Happy Birthday to my Mom! It was the last day of preschool too, which meant a program AND going out to lunch - busy day around here :-) So I'm rocking the 1600 quilts for sure. This one was made with half of a Moda Bella Warm Solids jelly roll that I bought locally from Whipstitch and the other half was strips I cut from my Sandi Henderson stash. The solids were all gorgeous but it seemed a little boring so I punched it up with the prints. I think my Mom really liked it (hope so anyway). This was alternating strips of print and pattern, 5 of each. I just laid them out and took one from each pile and when I'd taken one of each I just started at the beginning again until I'd used all 40 strips. It's interesting to me the pattern that emerges and it definitely has me thinking about other ways to lay out strips to see what happens.

I used a duvet that I bought from the "as is" section at IKEA several years ago. I just knew someday I'd find the perfect project for it and lo and behold, here it is. It was really nice to not have to piece the back at all and the green went really well with the greens on the front. Again, I can't sing the praises of this quilt enough - I started sewing on Monday and finished it up last night (and I mean out-of-the-dryer finished). If you need a quick sew, this is it! I already have plans for two or three more. I mean just THINK of how cool this would be done in Flea Market Fancy or some bright fun Amy Butler print? And it's a great size for a toddler bed or a picnic quilt or a read-on-the-couch quilt. It's also about as big as I want to do the actual quilting on - any bigger and I'd happily pay someone else to do it.
My helper, all enthusiastic to you know, help and all! I meaning getting in the picture and standing on the quilt IS helping, right mom? Mom? Mom? MOM! Teehee - hope you guys have had a good week and that you have a GREAT weekend ahead of you! Sew Mama Sew giveaway is open until tomorrow night and then I'll choose and announce a winner on Saturday.

8 comments:

  1. Very fun - congrats on a nice finish for your mom!

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  2. What a gorgeous quilt! Lots of movement. Happy Bday to your Mom!

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  3. I love this one, too! I'm waiting on a particular fabric to come out so I can make a 1600 quilt. You've inspired me! I don't know that I'll get it done as quickly as you did, but I'm going to give it a try :) What a lovely gift.

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  4. Love this quilt....possibilities are endless!

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  5. Cool! I am always so anxious to finish my quilts, this would be perfect! Two questions, though. 1. Did you just cut up the duvet and use it for the backing, or did you fuse your 1600 quilt top to the duvet to make a pieced duvet? 2. Can you explain a bit more specifically how you organized your piles of strips? I love how it's laid out and can't quite wrap my head around how you pieced it.
    Thanks!

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  6. I love this! Beautiful movement.

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  7. Love the colors and the fact that the quilt is somehow divided in four sections, but blends together at the end.

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  8. The quilt has such a nice flow to it. Really pretty. There are so many lines of fabric this would look terrific in - thanks for the Summer Contest link up.

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