Saturday, June 14, 2008

simple is good


This quilt was so easy to make. I pieced the top in a few hours (if that), and the stippling was very easy, due to the lack of seams in the majority of the quilt. I used light blue thread to stipple the aqua parts, then I switched to white thread to quilt the strip of patchwork. I think the hardest part was trying to square it up after it was quilted.

I love the aqua solid fabric, which I bought at my local Mill End Textiles store. I wish I had another bolt of the stuff. It's the perfect color.

I backed it with one of my favorite fabrics of all time, (the cherry print) which is called Dainties, by Robert Kaufman. (I bought the rest of the bolt, also at Mill End Textiles.)

The red gingham bias binding is the perfect finishing touch, I think. I did not use my bias tape maker on this, I made traditional double fold binding. Working with bias strips is not my cup of tea, but I am glad that I went through the trouble this time.

The final size is about 68" x 76". It makes the perfect napping quilt. :)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I LOVE this quilt.

62 comments:

Bridget said...

I love this quilt, too! The aqua color is perfect and the simplicity is striking. I want to make one, too!!

Carla said...

I LOVE it too! The colors are so perfect and sweet.

Tine said...

So pretty! I agree, the aqua and red are wonderful together! So so beautiful!

Danetta said...

I love this quilt so much too!

When you first posted it I decided this might actually get to be my first finished quilt. I went right out and bought the fabrics for it and now I just have to find the time to put it together.

Carrie said...

Very, very nice! I think it's a perfect summertime quilt.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm confused now! Is there another way you finish a quilt without using binding around the edges? Don't all of your quilts have bias strips? You said you are glad you went through the trouble this time. I'm so confused!! Can you tell I'm new at this?! LOL I finished my first quilt and made a bias binding around the edges (It's a doll quilt! LOL) but if there is an easier way I'd love to hear it. But I actually didn't find the bias strip to be as difficult as I had imagined. I'm sure I didn't do it perfectly but it worked for me. I sewed it onto the front, then folded over the fabric and then machine sewed it onto the back without catching any of the front. Is this an okay way to do it? I hate hand sewing.

Michelle said...

It looks great (as always). I love this quilt, too.

seemownay said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I want one, too. Did you take all of the red colors from your stack?

amandajean said...

seenownay,

yes, all the red colors are from my stash.

aj

amandajean said...

anonomyous,

the way you finished off your quilt is just fine. normally I cut my strips for the binding across the grain of the fabric rather than on the bias. I do handstitch on the back, but unlike you, I LOVE to do that part. Lucky for me, otherwise I would have a mountain of unfinished projects right now. :)

aj

sarah, rsm said...

I LOVE it, also! YOU are such an inspiration for me ~ THANK YOU for being YOU!

:o]

Mette said...

Lovely quilt. Good job!

Kristie said...

Simple but beautiful!!! Such a lovely job!
Kristie

Heather said...

This may be my favorite that you have made. The cherries kill me. Sweet!

Valerie said...

This is my favorite, too. Aqua and red are my two favorite colors together right now, so it doesn't get much better than that! I wish I had a Mill End to go to. When we lived in Minnesota 5 years ago, I loved to go -- it was always like a treasure hunt -- and, of course, that was before I got into quilting, so I can only imagine how much fun I would have now if I went!

nicolette said...

Love this quilt. Less is more!
And I love your little girl in her wonderful dress! She’s discovering the world!

Mama Urchin said...

Oooooh, I love it too!

the pesky bombolino said...

It is very beautiful, I love the red and aqua combination.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

I can see why you love it! Simplicity is perfect! I agree the gingham bias binding does finish it off perfectly.

Dandelion Quilts said...

I think the simplicity of it is what makes it so charming! I love it.

jane said...

I love this quilt too!x

Lina said...

Oh yes, simple is defintely good Amanda Jean. Love the colour combos.

Amy said...

I am so glad that you love your quilt! It wouldn't be nearly as pretty without your love put into it =)

Amy Jo said...

I'm with you - LOVE. THIS. QUILT. The color combination is fantastic!!!

Minka said...

Great quilt!

Louise said...

Oh I'm so with you - I LOVE this quilt!! Its simplicity is so wonderful and the fabrics and colour beautiful. It reminds me of a quilt I helped my very first customer with. She was making a quilt for her son and DIL who were both into very minimalist stuff. She did it in chocolate and limey green - it was stunning! Once I have done my machine quilting class I think I definitely need to make one for myself.

Jodz said...

What a gorgeous quilt. I love the colours you used. Absolutely divine.

liz said...

Hi,
I just adore those colours too.
Lovely quilt.
Kind regards from Liz

Mirre said...

I love the back almost more than the front! The colours are great... happy napping!

Andrea said...

This quilt screams summer and hapiness to me. LOVE the colours!

You inspired me today to get my act back into my projects. I started a quickie for my son and plan to finish it today.

Thank you for keeping up this blog, and the quilt alongs...I come here almost everyday just to see what you are up to. I find it helps me keep up in my growing love for quilting :) I know blogging can sometimes be alot of work, but what a fabulous opportunity to showcase your work, document it, and inspire others to learn!

pratima said...

This is such a sweet quilt. Just adorable!

lewister said...

Wow! I'm a little late to the party here, but this is a totally awesome quilt. Very modern looking, so not exactly what people think of when they think of "quilt". Great way to show off your quilting (if that's your forte). Love!!

Heidijayhawk said...

i love the simple. and he colors are just perfect.

Cheryl said...

I love it too! The colors are fabulous!!!

Philigry said...

i love it too. very simple.

upstateLisa said...

I love it too! I am a big fan of cherries... the kind you eat and the kind that are printed on fabric!!! I will have to find that fabric!!!

Rebekah C said...

this quilt is absolutely adorable! I love it!

lera said...

You already know what I am going to say about this quilt. Do I chance it and risk sounding like a broken record????? Okay ... I will.

Love this quilt, Amandajean. Love the fabrics and colors. You are killing me that the it only took a few hours to piece. Do you have to brag about that??? Seriously :-) (Just teasing, which I know you know. I just want to make sure your readers know that I know you know. You know?? Help me. It's getting late...)

Oiyi said...

Great colors used in this quilt!

Green Kitchen said...

No wonder you are happy. It's perfect!

Stephanie said...

Sew simple...LOVE it. Now I want to make one.

NanaKaren said...

I love your quilt too! It looks SO cozy and homey. Wish I had a Mill End store to shop at.

TAYLOR MADE designs said...

I love the colours! I can see why you love this quilt :)

Amy said...

Wow! That quilt really is just perfect...all of your fabric choices are just lovely!

erica said...

I love it! it is simple and playful, everything I look for in a quilt!

Sarah said...

LOVE it!! The binding is perfect, and I love the cherry print too.

Rebecca said...

super sweet! love anything with cherry print. they're the best.

sammyjo said...

oh this quilt is really pretty, i love the colours and the cherry backing is so cute!

Susan said...

I so agree, simple is good! Right now I have too many projects in progress, I may need to take a respite and do something simple...

sulu-design said...

Here's to broken records. I LOVE this quilt, too! You know that this color combination is an obsession of mine and you did an awesome job with it. Now enjoy a couple naps curled up in its loveliness!

Anina said...

I love it. I'm definitely starting to appreciate the value of solids more and more now that I'm "designing" my own quilts.

Linda said...

It's lovely! I am really into the aqua these days.

Katherine said...

Gorgeous! I love the colours so much that your quilt is the inspiration for the colour selection in my quilt for the star quilt along. OH! I adore the red gingham bias binding... and the cherry print is divine. Love it!

Connie W said...

The colors are awesome. Luv it.

carolyn CMB said...

i love it too!

Michelle said...

I can see why - it is lovely!!!

QuiltedSimple said...

I love this quilt - I just may have to start (another) new project to make myself one of these.

Kris

Melissa said...

Absolutly beautiful quilt.... I wish I knew how to quilt. :) Love those colors together.

Blakely said...

I love this quilt.

joanie said...

I LOVE that quilt too! It's perfect in every way. I'm not a real quilter but that style quilt looks like something I could manage.

Chara Michele said...

Oh I love that quilt too! It is absolutely lovely!

Stephanie said...

That is gorgeous! I love how simple yet intricate it is.