Wednesday, November 05, 2008

more new fabric + wip


My favorite local quilt shop had a sale last week.
I had to participate.
The large yellow floral will be the back of my swell zig zag quilt.
The stripe will be the binding.
The rest is for my stash.
I'm building a lovely green polka dot collection.
I need to go on a fabric buying ban soon.
And here is said zig zag quilt in progress.
I'm using swell charm packs.
This is less than half the quilt.
I really don't like working with triangles.
I love the effect, though.

70 comments:

Anna Willett said...

so so pretty! triangles are buggers, aren't they?!

Michaela said...

I love those greens and reds. Great combination. Lucky you.

Krista said...

Oh I love your zig zag quilt. You are so fabulous at picking out your fabrics and knowing how to showcase them in a quilt!
~Krista

Carolyn said...

the effect is AWESOME. ;)

Shanna said...

I love the zig zag! Never tried one myself, but looks like it would be a fun challenge. The new fabrics are fantastic as usual...love getting new fabric!!

imtina said...

I'm working with Swell fabrics right now and love the combinations. I haven't done triangles yet, but everyone seems to be really into the zig zag...I'm going to put it on my list of quilts to make!

Tina

Tine said...

It's wonderful!! The greens and reds go well together :-)

PunkiePie said...

It so pretty! I have 2 Swell charm packs in my stash and have been saving them for something... after seeing this, I NEED to start a project with them.

Jen :)

mamaspark said...

This is so pretty!! I can't wait to see it finished!!

Suzy said...

Lovely! I like the color scheme, too!

I try to avoid triangles as much as possible. I don't know if this method will work with the charm squares you are using in your project, but have you tried to make them this way?...
http://quilting.about.com/od/quickpiecingtechniques/ss/halfsquaretria.htm
(just cut and paste the url to your browser).

This way you can avoid those nasty bias edges. Hope you can utilize it. :o)

Erika said...

I like your colors combination!

Carol said...

I love your zig zag quilt!

Pikku- Kettu said...

Beautiful fabrics and a beautiful quilt-in-the-making!

If you manage to succeed in the fabric buying ban, tell me how! Please? :)

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Love those swell fabrics! Triangles? I tend to shy away, just for all the time they seem to take. . . but I too love the results.

Paula said...

I really like that zig zag quilt. So cute!

Philigry said...

that looks beautiful. this is going to be stunning. that swell fabric is to die for! i have been drooling over it for some time now.

La casa nella prateria said...

Beautiful!

stephanie said...

Great idea with the charm packs! I have a million but not quite sure what to do with them. Maybe in your "free time" (ha ha, I know) you could make a list of creative things you do with charm packs. You always have such fresh ideas!

lera said...

I love the pattern of the zig zag. I like it a lot!

Such pretty fabrics. I can see how it would be hard to resist them. Sale or no sale!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Should I say this is so CHARMing or this is SWELL? Either way, I love it. LOVE IT. I will be interested in hearing, when you are done....how many charm packs you used and finished size.

Roxanne said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Love the zig zags!

Linda said...

The zig zag quilt is going to be lovely! The "swell" fabrics are so pretty!

sulu-design said...

Just HAD to participate... of course! I like the zig zags, a bit of a departure from your usual, no?

BUMBLE BEANS said...

I love those zig zag quilts! I keep seeing them,, and I have pieces cut, but can never get the right layout... it looks fabulous!

Stina said...

Oh this quilt is going to be wonderful... great purchases!!!
I just love the Swell fabrics!!

CT said...

oooh! lovely!!!!! mommy wants!!!!! hehehe! it is fabulous, you have such a great eye for colors! and those fabrics! keep up with the eye candy!

kateohkatie said...

Gorgeous! I want to piece one RIGHT NOW. But I may just have to settle for "this weekend."

Candace said...

Great quilt! I made one a few years ago with very bright fabrics - so much so that it's difficult to "see" the zig-zags! I like your contrast much better! I can't wait to see how you quilt it. Cheers!

denice said...

you dont like triangles? you sure are doing a great job with something you dont like.

Erin K said...

I'm also working on a zig zag quilt, although mine is not as far along as yours. I also dislike triangels. Although I do love the look.

Yours is FANTASTIC. I love all your new fabrics too. :)

Jeri said...

I can see that it's way past time for me to get into a fabric shop. I thought Swell fabrics were your cute way of telling us what you thought of them! They're swell! Duh. Well, they are swell, I like them. I love polka dots, too. And, 1/2 square triangles are not my friend. I can never get them the same size. What size are these? I think I have learned to make them bigger, than cut them down so they can be the right size. Wasteful, I know, but more accurate for me!

Paige said...

Oooh, that floral is gorgeous (and I'm not a floral fan)! What is it?!

Love that zigzag too, was thinking about making one of my own and you may have just cinched the deal!

em's scrapbag said...

I really like your zig zag quilt. I'm going to have to try one one of these days.

Bernadette said...

I love the zig zag quilt! I have some prints charming fabrics I need to use and this could be the perfect thing, just what I need another new project!!(NOT) lol.

KrisinTN said...

Another quilt from Charm packs...You are so good! I can't even imagine jumping to triangles yet, but maybe one day...

Fran said...

Love your choice of fabrics and admire your bravery in picking such a bold print in the yellow and red flowers. I'm such a chicken! I look at those fabrics and somehow I can never picture what to do with them. Maybe you'll be able to open my eyes to the possibilities of such fabulous prints.

~~Fran...:c)

Rebecca said...

love it!! check out the one i just finished this weekend. zigzag frenzy! www.whosies.blogspot.com

jacquie said...

i think this is looking really good...that swell fabric has a nice soft, vintage look. it's going to be fab! i'm right with you on the triangle. made another section for the monet quilt today...enough triangles already!

Jessica said...

I absolutely love it!

Kristy said...

Your new fabric is beautiful. You have inspired me to organize all of my fabric into color schemes and start on a quilt. I've taken one machine quilting class and that was about 5 years ago. Anyway, I love how you quilt all of your own quilts. I was wondering what kinds of machines are the best for this? Can you tell I'm a novice? Thanks and I will continue to check your blog as I love it!

Valerie said...

This is going to be beautiful. I am impressed as always.

MichelleB said...

It looks great! And thanks for the idea. I have a bunch of Swell charm packs, and I've been racking my brain for what I'm going to do with them. Now I know! I'll just copy you! Thanks!

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

Participate? lol! I love that!

Gena in Dallas said...

What a great quilt.... and the colors are perfection. I'm glad I found your blog.

Alissa said...

Oh lovely new fabrics! And I hear you on triangles... I don't enjoy 'em either. But the results are always so worth it and this quilt top is no exception!

pratima said...

It is going to be such a pretty quilt. I love your choice for backing fabric.

princess pudge said...

i don't envy you the triangles but you're right, the effect is stunning. interesting fabric choices :D

pricklypearbloom said...

I love the effect too. It's beautiful!

TAYLOR MADE designs said...

what a pretty quilt.
the colours remind me of the holidays :)

Julianna said...

Very nice! How many charm packs did you use up?

Diane said...

This quilt is so pretty and fresh looking! Are all the green polka dots from the same line of fabric?

Karen said...

Love this one! Can't wait to see it completed. Makes me want to go buy some charm packs and start one right now! What size are the blocks?

amandajean said...

paige,

the floral is from the swell line by Urban Chicks for Moda.

aj

amandajean said...

jeri and karen,

I started with charm squares, which are 5" cut. by the time the half square triangles are sewn together they will be just a bit larger than 4" finished.

aj

amandajean said...

diane,

all the green polka dots are from different fabric lines.

aj

amandajean said...

kristy,

I quilt and piece all my quilts on my JUKI TL-98Q. I LOVE my sewing machine and would highly recommend it.

aj

amandajean said...

julianna,

I have 4 charm packs that I am using for this quilt. the blocks that are shown on the photo is less than half of the number of blocks that will be in the quilt.

aj

Elizabeth said...

i've yet to do triangles - i do squares and strips . . .

but i just got a cutting board and ruler - so i'm feeling like i may be able to try the triangles - now that i can cut them straight!

looks lovely. i really like bright colors popping out of white.

denitza said...

The zig zag quilt is turning out great! I love, love the green polka dot fabrics!

Anina said...

Shoppin', shoppin', shoppin'!
Love the zig-zag quilt!

Clair said...

I see you couldn't stay away from the pink for more than one quilt shop trip. :)

alanajo said...

Wow!!

Marcia said...

Oh, this quilt speaks to my heart...I love this one! I'm bookmarking this inspiration. Thanks again.

Threeundertwo said...

What a great idea for using charm squares!

Very pretty.

LEE-ANNE GILBERT said...

Hmmmm... i know what you mean about triangles, but god they look good dont they? I love this quilt!! Lx

Quilt Nut said...

absolutely stunning! how many times do i say that on your blog? lol it's always true though!

Sarah said...

LOVE this quilt! Can't wait to see it finished and quilted.

Jessie said...

I love those fabric choices! That looks amazing.

Laura said...

Thank you for this! I was just waiting for something serendipitous to tell me what to do with the Christmas prints I found this year. Please come check out my progress over the next month!

laura said...

hello again amanda jean...thank you so much for this spark! i posted about my process and finished quilts today. you have such an eye for color and your patterns are just my style. have a great holiday!