Wednesday, November 19, 2008

the last of the year

I've been very wanty (to use Melissa's term) lately, especially in terms of fabric. And it occured to me if I kept ordering fabric I would have something to post about every day. That's dangerous territory to tread. But it sure would be fun! :)

Here are the results of my last fabric buying hurrah for the year.

These came from the Fabric Shack. I am so happy to finally have some of the Farmer's Market fabric. It's so lovely. There is also some Kaffe Fassett, some Ginger Blossom, a little Bijoux and Park Slope in this mix. I sure have been on a green and blue kick lately. And orange! I love orange. Most of these are just quarter yard cuts. A few are half yards.

and these came from Cia's Palette.
Her customer service and speed were outstanding!!!
These are yard and half yard cuts.

So now I'm done. Until next year.
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Does anyone have any great ideas for a quick and fun quilt? I would like to donate a quilt to the silent auction at my church's Women's Christmas Dinner. At first I thought I would make a Christmas quilt, but not having a Christmas quilt of my own, I'm afraid I wouldn't want to part with it after I make it. I'm thinking lap size. And it has to be fairly easy, because I need to have it done by Dec. 2. Any suggestions? Please? I'm drawing a blank.

59 comments:

Shanna said...

Love the new fabrics!! Just wonderful! I just finished Bonnie Hunter's Oklahoma Backroads quilt (http://www.quiltville.com/okbackroads.shtml) and it only took me about a week to do a 6 block by 6 block version. For you it would take a lot less time though!

Cara said...

What about a simple disappearing 9 patch? They always look so clever, and you can't mess it up. Or at least I could care less about wonky seams and mismatched points in that type of pattern.

CAB said...

I can't remember exactly where I read about it...maybe here? But, I recently ran across information for a disappearing 9 patch which looked (to my novice eyes) like it would go together fairly quickly...

Ah, found it:

http://quiltsatcs.blogspot.com/2007/04/disappearing-9-patch-tutorial.html

Along the righthand side of the blog there are more links to other examples of how folks have used this pattern.

Julie said...

How about a bandana quilt? I posted about one I made last month. Very fast, for me so warp speed for you. (hee hee)

Stephanie said...

Well I love the blues and greens because they are my favorite colors but I have been buying orange. Certain shades of it just call out to me. How about doing a strip quilt. Fast, easy, and very attractive with the right fabrics and you have lots of great stuff.

Life is Sew Crazy! said...

How about your own ragged squares quilt?

I'm completely new to quilting & I did it in just a few days.

Thimbleanna said...

You. Crack. Me. Up!!!

"Does anyone have any great ideas for a quick and fun quilt?"

Silly Girl.

This is where we come for quick and fun quilt ideas. In fact, as we speak I'm working on quilts I've seen here. Yes Here, on your blog. I'd like to suggest a stroll through your archives LOL.

(If that won't do....for easy, it's hard to beat a quilt of just patches that showcase fun fabrics!)

Suzan said...

"Four on the Floor?" - hands down the fastest quilt top EVER to put together and it doesn't LOOK like it is easy. It is an amazing pattern that can look totally different each time you make it. You can cut and sew the lap throw version in an evening.

Gretchen said...

Bento Box?

Samantha said...

What great fabrics. I love Cia's Palette too--she's fabulous!

Michelle said...

Ditto for disappearing 9-patch...

Christina said...

Disappearing 9 Patch - especially fast if you pick up charm packs. And it always looks great and somewhat complicated, but only you (and possibly other quilters) will know just how easy it was. :) I have a quick tutorial on my sidebar if you follow the link to my blog. LOVE the fabric finds. But, really...last hurrah for the year? We still have over a month left...can you really go that long without buying fabric? I don't think I could. ;)

Marie' said...

Love your selection! Have you tried afabricoutlet at etsy? I just found it last week and can't believe how cheep it is. You should check it out, next year.

I would make whirlygiggle and make each block fairly big. I just made one last month, and it was fast yet beautiful.

Linda said...

Turning Twenty goes together fast, too. You wouldn't need to do the full twin size, you could make it smaller. Want me to bring that pattern with me tomorrow?

Jessica said...

I agree, this is the place I look for fun and easy quilt ideas. I absolutely love all that fabric you have!

The Demanding Doll said...

I just did a square in square that was quick to cut and quick to piece. Check my November 5th post. I did this full size top in 2 weeks. Christmas fabrics would be cute (and you could make yourself one too).

~D Spack~ said...

Have you done a quick brick quilt? They really are quick and easy! I have the pattern if you want it.

Andi said...

I agree with all the suggestions about a disappearing 9 patch.
Also, if you like flying geese, I have a method for putting the blocks together with just 1 seam.
Here's my tutorial:

http://patchandi.blogspot.com/2008/10/breaking-drought-and-also-little.html

I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Andi :-)

Tina said...

For me, Chinese coin is fast and dirty. Cut strips in varying widths so you don't even have to measure, sew 'em with long panels and - viola! Quilt top in one night.

Sherri said...

I have some of the same fabrics, but I love them so much I can't decide what to use them for!

MichelleB said...

Wanty. That's me too. I won't EVEN show all the fabric that I've got recently, and that's still on its way to me.

I have to go with the disappearing nine patch as well. Especially is you have some charm squares. Super speedy.

Cami said...

Oh no, I'm officially a fan of this site. I already placed an order. I'm going to be addicted. Hopefully I can exercise a little control.

Anonymous said...

I know you said no Christmas quilts but this one is so quick and easy and you don't necessarily need too many fabrics I thought I'd suggest it anyway:
http://www.backporchfabrics.com/easy_quilts.htm
Good luck!

E.D. said...

This one is quick. I made it for my son.

http://quiltmaker.com/patterns/patt4/

Molly said...

Suprisingly super simple from Threaded Pear. www.threadedpear.com. I have never pieced one, but I have quilted several. They all turn out so cute!

Kelly said...

I made this one for a friend for her birthday... it came together in a day and a half and turned out very cool. she loved it :) http://www.sewnews.com/library/sewnews/library/aaquilt0104.htm
I used blues and purples... I'm sure you could use any color combination that strikes your fancy!

amandasasikirana said...

how about a strip quilt but instead of all strips of fabric, you can do one row of quilt blocks for the strip. or do two rows or quilt blocks depending on how fast you want to finish it.

Michelle said...

ditto on the disappearing 9 patch... although now that I think about it a rail fence is pretty fast, especially when you alternate the rails with solid pieces of a great print!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see what you pick!
I'll be looking for the finished product!
Love all the fabrics you chose, but HOW can you go for a month and a half without buying any more???
I'm so addicted to this site! :)

Bloom said...

Hi Amandajean! Have a look at this one on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16948463@N03/3026464154/ I think it is you all over?! It is definitely on my 'to do' list. Simple & fresh. Love it.

Shelli said...

with the arctic chill that just came into the NE, I'm scurrying to create a "stroller quilt," aka - a small crib-ish sized quilt that I will sew velcro tabs onto that can wrap around the stroller bars. In NYC, bundle me's are tough, as they prevent the stroller from folding, which one needs to do on a city bus. So the stroller quilt came to mind. I'm thinking EASY squares, but all askew, in a very Frank lloyd Wright kind of style!

rachel griffith said...

have you seen the winter issue of quilts & more???
they have a 'easiest quilt ever' quilt.
basically it's 10' squares made into a lap quilt.
{use a layer cake for NO cutting.}

your ragged squares quilt would be perfect!!!

and yes. the 9 patch too.

kheli said...

The "Triple Treat" lap quilt from Happy Hour by Atkinson Designs. Uses 20 fat quarters and goes together super quick!

alanajo said...

Check out my simple quilts on my blog.

sarah, rsm said...

how about a big block, flannel rag quilt? i love snuggling with one in the winter months in front of the tv.

SuzyQSparkles said...

First of all, the first several quilts that came to mind were all made by you. So I thought some more. There is a simple design that I quite like (but don't know the name of). You take a square and four rectangles, then spin partial seams off the center square. It is very simple, but striking. Often the center square is uniform, while the rectangles are random. Using larger pieces it would go faster. For example, 1 @ 2 1/2" square and 4 @ 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" or 1 @ 3 1/2" and 4 @ 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". The other idea I have is called "Arkansas Crossroads", you may see some here... http://suzyqsparkle.blogspot.com/2008/01/crossroads-trips.html
actually, the book listed, "Quilts from the Heart" by Karin Renaud is full of great, simple, bright ideas for charity quilts. It's currently one of my favorite books!

Sherry said...

Love your new fabric stash additions. I just bought a little stash of Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market myself, couldn't resist. Isn't it wonderful?

Tine said...

Mmmmm. Wonderful fabrics :)
I think you should do a charmquilt using 5" or 6" squares...

Katherine said...

Gorgeous stash enhancers!

What about another Bento Box quilt? That's a quick pattern.

Louise said...

I'm with Thimbleanna and can't believe you actually asked! However, you could just get some gorgeous fabric in the size you want and quilt it with crosshatching or something plain without doing any piecing!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

It was too late to look through the comments. . . what about one of those happy hour quilts. They are fun and quick - have fun!

Marie' said...

My whirlygiggle pieces (the individual pieces including the 1/4 seam allowance) are 5 3/4 wide, 2 3/4 on one side, and 3 3/4 on the other. I hope this makes sense.

Ethne said...

Check out Blue Meadow Designs blog they, in recent months, have shown photos of 100 of their favourite quilts - lots of those are based on large fabric pieces with large basic applique enhancement and simple stripped pieced backs - stunning and ideal for a childs quilt - a likely seller - especially at this time of year

Jilly said...

I think the important thing is to remember that as sewers and quilters, we often think "Well, it only took me a day / a weekend / 10 hours to make, so people will think I"m being stingy giving this to them / auctioning it off instead of doing something more complicated." But I've found that the reality is that non-quilters find any hand made quilt -- even the most simple one - kind of magical. So get some pre-cut something, or cut some strips or squares and throw it together. Non-quilters will still think its beautiful.

Suzy said...

Bento Box is easy and you can choose to make as many "boxes" as you like around the center square to add interest and variety to the quilt. Have fun! :o)

kattmd said...

I think any quilt you do will be beautiful and loved. I love all your new fabrics. So pretty.

The Calico Cat said...

Oh my gish, if you are drawing a blank, there is no help for the rest of us...

Chinese coins, sashed squares, that rectangle pattern that is on Amy Butler's website...

Jackie said...

Loving all your fabric picks. They are just yummy!!

A quick one and only requires 6 fat quarters is Yellow Brick Road by Terry Atkinson.

beki said...

Such lovliness! I likeordering from Fabric Shack, though it's been a while. I just did some damage on etsy, so I need to stay away.

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

Wow, so many great ideas for quilts! I look forward to seeing what you choose. Great fabrics,too!

lera said...

When did this happen? Did you neglect to inform me of your recent purchases?????

Lisa E. said...

What about a Roman Square? I know it is a traditional style, but those fabrics would make it fresh and new looking. I just finished the top for a doll quilt (thank you for the inspiration!) and even for a new-ish quilter, it was fast and oh-so-easy!

Amy Jo said...

I love the blue ones!! And the orange! You have such a great eye for fabric! Miss you.

casserole said...

I made this one for some friends' sons. It pieced super fast. It quilted fast too, since it was just straight lines.

http://casseroleblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/baby-blanket-finished.html

This had the added bonus of being a stash-burner. (i'm pointing you to my blog because I didn't follow any ready pattern. In fact, my 4-year-old daughter came up with the basic design.)

Rebekah said...

cia's palette is such a great online store! The fabric that you got from her looks like popsicles :)

Cheryl A said...

What is that orange and white fabric in the top left? I NEED it!

sulu-design said...

Wanty. I like that. That's been me for a couple weeks now, for things that usually don't get to me, like leather boots and scarves. But beads I''m always wanty for. So I get you.

domoshar said...

I had to make a quilt in 10 days /including the shipping/. I though of something simple and come up with this after some sketches. It was fun! http://www.flickr.com/photos/89419320@N00/2888599566/

I think your fabric collection and this simple pattern will make it fun for you too.

GRACE said...

was just leafing through a kaffe fassett book this week and copied a few pages of it, he uses simple quarter sq triangles using striped fabric that really zing, and he mainly uses very simple, often one-patch patterns but lets the fabric to the work. i would think a simple rail fence or a floating 4-patch would do the trick.