Monday, September 29, 2008

plain spoken, again


I finished another plain spoken quilt. I adore this pattern. This quilt was part of baby quilt week, but it is actually more like a lap size-it measures 46" x 56". The pattern is from The Modern Quilt Workshop.

The backing fabric is decorator weight. I picked up this stuff for $1.29 a yard! It's extra wide, so no piecing was required. It also makes the quilt heavier, which I like.

I went through the trouble of making bias binding, which was totally worth it. I love that detail on this quilt.

My intent of baby quilt week was to make quilts for charity. I'm not doing so well with that...I doubt I will be able to give this one up. I love this quilt, but my daughter really doesn't need 6 quilts in her room, so I'm torn. Either way, though, it does feel good to have it finished, because my "in progress" list was beginning to scare me.

53 comments:

heymom said...

Lovely quilt, I get so many ideas from you to use someday. You inspire me.

Sheri said...

It's beautiful. I hope to one day start quilting.

MelissaS said...

So lovely! That seems like the common thread of all the comments I make on your blog! :)

Alissa said...

Oh it's so nice!! I know what you mean about not being able to let quilts go... it hurts my heart every time I give one away! But the happiness from the recipient helps...

MichelleB said...

It turned out lovely! I'm going to try actual "bias" binding one of these days too!

Karla said...

I love the quilts! I really like the look of the plain spoken quilt. Beautiful!

Jackie said...

I love your Plain Spoken quilt. I have that book and that quilt is also on my to do list. Someday I'll get to it, but in the mean time I can live vicariously through you.

Vicki W said...

It's a beautiful quilt!

Linda said...

Your plain spoken is really cute! You don't want to see MY "in progress list" LOL

Island School House said...

If you ever want to send a quilt to a wonderful charity check out www.lovewithoutboundaires.com. They would use your quilt in their annual art auction which raises funds for orphan children who need heart surgery! I love your quilts! You are such an inspiration!

Lina said...

Just beautiful! The bias binding is gorgeous and you're right, its all in the details!

Quilt Nut said...

fabulous! love the pink and yellow together. and the backing fabric is adorable!

Chris' Shady Grove said...

I love your plain spoken quilt. Nice fabric choices. I am hand quilting the Spice Market quilt right now. It's a very similar design by Bill & Weeks using their fabric line. Can't wait to sleep under it this winter.

Marie' said...

The machine quilting is modern, too, and matches the quilt very nicely. I don't blame you for not wanting to give it up.

lera said...

Love the animal print! The quilt is just lovely.

And the bias gingham. I think I have to agree that it was worth it. I love the diagonal lines of the gingham when it's cut on the bias. Otherwise, those lines just never look straight. :-)

Ruthie said...

What a cute quilt. I can't blame you for not wanting to give it away.

Amy Jo said...

Love it!!

jacquie said...

such great color choices. i love this pattern too. been seeing a few on blogs lately...may have to tackle this one. love the bias binding too...does give it a special touch.

Lynn said...

Whoa there - decorator fabric?!? - Is it all cotten? What kind of batting do you use? I think you may have again opened up new possiblities for us. $1.29 a yard!!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Oh it looks great! Are those AmyB solids? Love the bias binding - the added detail is great for such a plain spoken quilt :)

If you hang on to the quilt for a while you may find the perfect person to give it to - just a thought.

mamaspark said...

I really like this quilt. I sometimes use decorator fabric on the backs too. Some of them have really fantastic designs. This is the second time I have seen that Plain and Simple quilt and will have to look into them, hmmm.

Regi said...

Oh that quilt is lovely! I love the colors.

I actually looked at that book today at Borders. Chose something else but its definitely on my list of "have to gets"

~Regi

Roxanne said...

Love it! The backing is perfection! I always wondered if it was "okay" to use a different weight on the back. Guess so! :)

em's scrapbag said...

What a fun fabric for the back. your binding is so sweet. I love your little baby quilt.

jan said...

I really enjoy your quilts and your blog. I have intended to start quilting for about 30 years and I think your baby quilts are the thing that will get me beyond hoarding fabric!

sulu-design said...

Yet another simple, modern pattern that appeals perfectly to my design sense. I don't blame you - I wouldn't be able to part with this one, either.

Kristin said...

Beautiful and serene. I love this quilt! I want to jump up and make one!

Diane said...

Oh my goodness, I love everything that you do. And that you can do it all with little ones around, well, you have my complete admiration!

I LOVE this quilt and want to make it for my married daughter for a TV throw. Lap size, I guess that would be. Would you recommend making the rectangles larger or keeping them the same size as the crib?

Thanks for your inspiring posts.

henny said...

Lovely blog... and full of helps for me, a beginner in patchwork and quilting.
I just blog walking and found yours. I think I'll make a regular visit here..and maybe some help from you by email if I need to ask something in quilting. Thanks for this site :)

Tine said...

The bias binding looks really good on this quilt! Makes a nice contrast to the solids. I also like your backing fabric, that elephant is so cute!!!

Barefoot Quilter said...

That is so pretty. I know what you mean about the unfinished project list getting too long. You did a wonderful job! And thanks again for your help. I really appreciate that!

house on hill road said...

it's beautiful. it think i would have a hard time giving it up, too.

amandajean said...

diane,

I would recommend making the rectangles the same size as the pattern, no matter what size you make your quilt. easier math calculations that way. :)

aj

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Gorgeous. Yes, you are right the binding is perfect.
Teresa

NanaKaren said...

Oh, what a nice quilt! Love the backing! But then, I love all that you do. Why not keep this one and donate some of the others?

denitza said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the colors and the back! It will be hard for me, too, to part with it!

mikawendy said...

So beautiful! I love that this is fairly low contrast--it has a different look than high-contrast Plain Spokens do.

The bias binding really looks splendid. I have some pink gingham that I've been saving for the same reason, but it's quite thin, so I have to find out whether it's too sheer (meaning too many different layers of stripes will show through.)

If you are having trouble deciding on charity quilts, maybe your daughter can help you choose one for charity? That way she will have a part in it, too?

Robyn said...

I love this quilt!! Just starting out myself, but I'm working on my second quilt and I think this one will have to be my third!! Thanks for sharing, and the quilting is beautiful!!

The Calico Cat said...

Tee Hee Your daughter doesn't need 6 quilts in her room...

My unborn baby has 4 completed & 3 almost completed quilts already....

Jane said...

Amanda,
I bought The Modern Quilt Workbook because of you and can't wait to someday make a Plain Spoken of my own. I love this quilt and the gingham binding. Also, the idea of decorator fabric for the back is one I am definitely going to use someday. Thanks again for being so inspiring!

sarahmurray said...

Oh I love this quilt! It reminds me of sherbert. And you were so right on with the bias binding. It looks perfect. x

Katherine said...

So lovely, Amandajean! I love not having to piece fabric for a backing and I adore gingham fabric cut on the bias for binding. This is such a sweet quilt that I totally understand you feeling torn about giving it away.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I love that quilt and totally understand not being able to give it up! The colors are beautiful and I love it with that backing.

Anina said...

So pretty! My list still scares me.

Danetta said...

I don't know how you give up any of your quilts, they are all so pretty!
Stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I am participating in with about 40 others that starts tomorrow. There are some really great things being given away.

Valerie said...

How in this world do you do all that you do? There has got to be a secret. Please share with us.

Stephanie D. said...

I like the looks of that quilt, too. I'm not sure which of your renditions I like the best!

Just put the book on my Amazon wish list.

CJ said...

So pretty. Soft, soothing colors. I LOVE the backing fabric.

Sherry said...

Another lovely quilt to add to your finished list, that's great!

katelnorth said...

what a nice baby quilt - sometimes the simplest patterns are the best!

Rebekah said...

so pretty! I really love the backing fabric that you used. My PSQ is staring me in the face and betting me as to when I'll work on it next...hopefully this weekend :)

nicolette said...

Scary lists are all around me!!
Love your plain spoken quilt. Can imagine you’re having a hard time to give it away!

Sarah said...

I love this quilt! I actually have The Modern Quilt Workshop book, but have never made anything from it. I am inspired now. Plain Spoken is my favorite from the whole book.