Thursday, January 22, 2009

snippets


normally, i'm not one to hang quilts on the walls.
but i am slowly changing my mind.
this quilt really helps to persuade me to do so!
it's too white for a baby quilt. or a throw.
but perfect for my front entry wall.

this is the back-i LOVE the one little strip of patchwork.

this quilt is all scraps, except for the binding-i even pieced the batting.

all the little colored bits were pieces that were minuscule, but i still couldn't bear to throw them away. i'm so glad that i didn't! that being said, this was a very intense quilt to piece. it took me a long time.

i stitched a sleeve to the top, then inserted a dowel for hanging.

most of the colored scraps are only about 1" wide.

i quilted it on the diagonal using a walking foot and 2" wide tape for marking the lines. i chose a grid pattern for a few reasons: there are so many seams both in the front and the back-i was afraid that it would get bunchy if i stippled it. plus, stippling is hard on my arms. the straight line quilting (especially on this scale) was much easier. actually, i think jacquie is rubbing off on me. ;) she does gorgeous grid quilting.

the final piece measures 32" x 47".

again, the tutorial is here.

I LOVE this quilt!!!!!!!!!

147 comments:

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

That looks GREAT!!!!

1stdaughter said...

Just beautiful! I love that you can really put to use some of the things you would normally think you had to throw away. Love it!

Karen said...

I think this quilt has found its perfect home. Another lovely creation...You are good;)

Bison Girl said...

I totally agree about not hanging quilts on the wall but this one looks great. I used to say "quilt are for couches and beds, not walls." But dare I say, I might have to do a wall quilt soon. :) thats for all the inspiration.

nettie said...

i love it too! the grid quilting is perfect on this!

Bison Girl said...

oh I forgot to ask - do you wash and dry wall hanging quilt before hanging?

kangaroo said...

wow, it looks PERFECT in that space. another job beautifully done, amanda!

Jackie Russell said...

I love this quilt too!

Kate said...

Quilts on the wall are the BEST kind of art! Usually my wall quilts are the ones that couldn't be used on a bed because of embellishments like folded fabrics, sequins and crystals, or they are just small, but I think any quilt is able to be appreciated in a new way when hung. And you can always safety-pin the sleeve onto the back of a quilt if you want to hang it for a bit and then also use it on a bed. This quilt of yours once again contributes to my absolute inability to ever throw away a scrap of fabric!

erinmalia said...

i understand the dowel sleeve, but how did that attack to the wall? thanks! the quilt is beautiful.

Regi said...

What an awesome quilt... I love it! Its beautiful where you placed it.

Anonymous said...

Works great in this spot.I like. Wig.

Anina said...

That looks stunning! It contrasts so well with the wall color.

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

It looks great on your dark wall.

Cyndi said...

It looks like a wonderful piece of art hanging there. I love it.

MichelleB said...

It looks great! I love it. You have given me courage to maybe try some on walls, too. I love grid quilting because it is so easy. Do you have a walking foot that has a little measuring thing on the side (yes, I know, not explained well)? If you do, then you don't have to worry about taping!

Roxanne said...

Wow - that is not simply a quilt hanging on the wall, that is a work of art! It couldn't be more perfect in that spot!!

Patty said...

I love how this quilt looks on your wall; it works well with your wall color.

belinda said...

I LOVE THIS QUILT TOO!!! and it looks great where you hung it!!

Jenn said...

Way cute. What a fun splash of color. I just finished quilting a baby quilt on the diagonal grid too...mostly because I'm not very daring with my quilting...and it's quick and easy :)

Ashley Ann said...

I LOVE it, and it looks awesome on your wall. I'm a little anti wall quilt myself, but this one looks like a work of art that belongs on a wall. It's safe there from food spills and other gross things. It's glorious!

Worm's Woman said...

I think this is so neat! I was doing some stocking up of fabric at Joann's at their recent winter sale, and the woman cutting my fabric was talking about quilting. You had just recently posted a picture of the top so I was desribing it to her and how neat of an idea it was and how pretty I thought it was.

amandajean said...

erinmalia,

i just pushed two straight pins into the wall and placed the dowel on the pins.

aj

Rachel said...

That quilt looks great hanging on the wall! Great job!

Dionne said...

I've also never been one to hang quilts on my walls. I hung my first up this week actually and it looks great! I love your confetti quilt, it's quite stunning! And it looks PERFECT where you hung it. What a great welcome as you walk in the door!
Cheers,
Dionne

Beth said...

It looks fantastic there on your wall! Cute quilt!

house on hill road said...

it looks wonderful, amanda jean! i really like it on your wall.

Contented Caroline said...

It's lovely and looks perfect on the wall - a true piece of modern, original art.

Andrea said...

It looks great there! All those little bits terrify me. What a job to piece that! ;-)

I really like that table too, and I'm spying that really cute scale underneath!

Andy said...

oh my goodness - it's perfect for that spot! I think my entryway needs one just like it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Alissa said...

Oh I'm so inspired by this quilt! I need to use up all my white scraps and make one like it!

Gretchen said...

It looks like you made it for that spot! Lovely.

Christine Higgins said...

Ok... that looks super cute hanging in that spot! Darling quilt, soooo much work!

Amy Jo said...

looks gorgeous! I love the paint color on your walls!

Patty H. said...

That looks wonderful! I love it!

IQuilt4Fun said...

What a masterpiece! I just love it!

kateohkatie said...

Looks amazing! And, as always, I'm really inspired to work on my own wall hanging in progress.

LOVE the grid quilting, too :-)

Kendra said...

Beautiful, and I love it on the wall. It looks like it should be there. I love this quilt too.

Carolyn said...

it looks great on that wall. kudos, dude, an all-round great finished project. and grid lines! what?!? :) hee hee

The WoodLand School said...

Gorgeous!
The quilt is spectacular and the spot where you hung it is just perfect.

Chara Michele said...

It looks so lovely there on your wall! The contrast is just perfect! :)

Marit said...

Thank you for sharing this beauty. It's a beautiful wallhanging, and I love the way you quilted it. I think this one is on my most favorite quilts ever list.
; )

Molly said...

I too love this quilt. I am going to be linking it on my blog soon!

Lisa said...

What a perfect spot for your quilt! I love your green color on your wall - It's beautiful!

mr_monkeysuit said...

It looks so perfect there!

Holly said...

Looks great in your entryway!

Do you have any tips on piecing batting? I've heard placing the pieces side by side and zig-zagging them together is best. How do you do it? I've never thrown batting away...so now I have a big, tumbling pile of leftovers.

Renee said...

Absolutely STUNNING! What a beautiful quilt. It looks fabulous in your front hall on the wall. I'm inspired to sew one just like it, thank you for the tutorial!!

AllyJo said...

OH wow, I love it. I have to have one. Thanks for posting this.

luminousquilts said...

Very fun. I am starting to save my bits again after seeing this post. It is on my list. Thank you!

nclangs said...

Wow, what a great spot for the snippets quilt!! Great Job as usual Amanda!

amandajean said...

holly,

since i have no zig zag stitch on my machine, i used a needle and handquilting thread and just did a loose whip stitch by hand. one thing i would recommend to do is to line up the 2 straight edges from the manufacturer-it makes it easier to join the pieces.

i hope that helps!

aj

Lauralness said...

It really does look perfect.
You might not see this but...

When you use the tape to mark the diagonals do you use one piece and move it or do you tape the entire quilt one direction and then remove and repeat for the other direction?

liz taylor said...

It looks like you made it just for that spot on the wall. I love how it turned out.

Denise said...

I am constantly inspired by your quilts. This is a great idea to use those scraps and pieces of stash that might not get used otherwise. I think wall quilts and doll quilts are great for practicing new piecing ideas and quilting! You don't have to make a huge commitment when you make a wall hanging. PLUS, they add a bit of insulation to the walls too for sound and warmth. :)

Trisha said...

I love it on the wall. Looks like a piece of art.

denitza said...

Beautiful quilt! Looks awesome on the wall!

Vickie E said...

awesome awesome and it looks fabulous with the paint in your room..love it!

Jessica Christensen said...

I'm impressed with your backs -- how you have them all pieced. I'm afraid that the backs are what will ruin my fabric-buying ban. See how good you are peicing them all with such miniscule pieces! I'll take inspiration from you (again) and dig a little deeper for the backing. I love how this quilt turned out!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

It is so pretty and scrappy! I love it against your green walls :)

amandajean said...

laurelness,

when i taped the quilt to mark it, i placed one piece in about the center. then i pinned my quilt to baste it. i quilted on either side of the piece of tape. then, i removed the tape and moved it over to the other side of the quilted line. and i added another piece of tape on the other side of the quilting line-so i had it marked for two at a time. so then i quilted two lines, moved the tape out, quilted more, and just repeated that pattern until it was all quilted. then i started over on the other diagonal. i hope that makes sense!

let me know if you have more questions!

aj

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I love it too!! Well done.

Lauralness said...

Thank you so much! I was wanting to do this to a quilt I'm almost done piecing. It's going to be seam-alicious so I want to take it easy on my machine.

LeeAnn said...

That's a perfect spot on your wall for it! I love that it has a modern look with the softness of fabric.

Tine said...

It is gorgeous and it looks perfect on the wall! What a great color on your walls too :)

Mushyhed said...

I love this quilt! Sooooooo cute!

Heather said...

You make the prettiest things, I get so inspired by your blog! This little quilt fits perfectly on that wall. I think quilts look nice on walls :) You did a great job on it using your little scraps.

Alana Jo said...

So pretty!!!

Alana @
www.justniftythrifty.com

Jodie said...

Oh Dear. Ever since I found your blog, my favourite quilt has been the red crosses.....but now I am swayed.....I like this one just so so much.

lera said...

It looks great up there on your green wall! I bet it was very time consuming with all those itty bitty scraps of fabric. But well worth it.

kat @ Taylor Made designs said...

The quilt looks so good hanging! great idea :)

Leonie said...

That quilt looks so fabulous on that wall, the green really sets it off. Well worth keeping and using scraps!

N. Canadas said...

It looks GREAT!! What a great way to use up scraps. You do have lots of patience to piece this one together.

PunkiePie said...

One word: AWESOME!

henny said...

cute...I love your blog and always read it for learning. thank you...

Erin said...

I think it has turned out stunning and looks perfect on the wall. If you get a chance please drop past my blog - I used your free motion quilting tutorial and stippled my first quilt!!! I also did a pieced back - thank you so much for your motivation and inspiration! :)

Tam-A-Roo said...

WOW! I love it! It looks like you designed it for that space! I love the contrast of the white and the many colors.

sandra said...

It looks perfect on the wall!

Kate/Massachusetts said...

That quilt is so stunning! Then again, so is the whirlygiggles! I am curious, what kind of tape did you use on the quilt? Is it quilting tape or is there a "cheaper" alternative like masking tape? I've never done that kind of quilting before.

Louise said...

Wow again! How absolutely PERFECT does it look on that wall. Such a great idea for those little scraps too.

Marie' said...

Just beautiful. Sigh.
The quilting goes well with the quilt.
After all the struggle I had marking the lines for the "little-bits" quilt, I am really curious about how you do the tape marking.

The Clements Crew said...

Another great quilt. Thanks for sharing. I am currently working on a flea market fancy. I'll share once I get the top pieced together. You are a great inspriation.

our shabby cottage said...

It looks great hanging on the wall. I can appreciate how long it must have taken with the scraps - all that preparation!

jacquie said...

gorgeous! i love it there. i think the traditional grid with the improvised quilt is such a great compliment to each other. well done!

Linda said...

It looks perfect in your entryway! I wonder if J would let me do something like that, LOL.

Alma said...

Really, really nice and it looks great hanging in the hall.

Jackie said...

The quilt looks fantastic on the wall.

the Campfollower said...

absolutely fantastic! I love that you are using it as a wall hanging.

tam said...

Lovin that quilt! It looks like it belongs right where you hung it! beautiful peice of art girl! Hope you are having an awesome week!~Smiles~Tam!

Katie K said...

That looks so stinkin' cool.

Awesome job! I didn't realize the pieces were so small!

Maree said...

WOW.!!! This Quilt is Certainly a Work of Art...I Love it & I Agree it Looks Fab on that Green Wall...Well Done.
cheers

Jenn Boerger said...

Beautiful!! And great way to use up those little bits.

Leah said...

That's a really beautiful quilt. It looks great hanging up too.

Sylvia said...

Great work on the quilting. I just quilted a lap quilt on the diagonal but it became bumpy in some sections, how can I avoid that and when I do quilt boarder in the ditch the fabric stretches and I end up with extra fabric at the bottom of the quilt or the back is gathered. Is there a way to fix it.
Sylvia F :)

amandajean said...

sylvia,

i'm not sure how to fix it, but you can check out my basting tutorial (one way to baste a quilt) in my sidebar under the tutorial section. also, did you use a walking foot? that helps to eliminate bumps.

aj

Leslie said...

beautiful!! your grid quilting inspires me.

AMD said...

How fitting.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It look great on the wall. What an inspiration for all of us to use every last scrap of those fabrics we have.

connie said...

I am with you........ I love your quilt. It looks great hanging up in your home too. I am glad I am not the only one that can not throw anything away now you give me hope that I can use them for something.

coryshay said...

Wow!! That looks incredible hanging on your wall... You've inspired me to try a scrap quilt!

Pat said...

That looks beautiful hanging in that spot! Thanks for sharing it.

Laurie said...

What a perfect place to hang your quilt. It looks great!

erica said...

I too LOVE this quilt

black bear cabin said...

it looks like it belongs there...very pretty! the only problem...you cant see the fine details of the back...which are wonderful! :)
thanks for sharing!

nicolette said...

The quilt is so pretty and it looks wonderful on the entry wall!!

The Wild Child said...

Amanda Jean, I tried patchwork ages ago and hated it. You have inspired me to try again. I have just enrolled in a class at my local patchwork shop! Seems last time I was taught a very tedious and not fun method of patchwork.

I love the way you use colour!

I also like the bubbly look your quilts have. Do you get that by not prewashing your fabric?

Thanks for inspiring me to try again.

Fiona @ Feebeez said...

Amanda Jean, I find your blog so inspirational - thanks :) I've nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award. You'll find the details on my blog, Feebeez.

1/4 of an inch said...

This is just beautiful and looks so great hanging on the wall...well done, Tam xo

Paula said...

As always, beautiful! I'm admiring your entry way along with everyone else. I love the wall color -- the kind I am looking for for my kitchen. Can you let us know what it is? I have quilts hanging on several walls -- a great way to add art to the house with a personal touch. You won't be seeing me drawing or painting.

elizabeth said...

It came out great. And it looks fab hanging there!

Sherry said...

Hi AmandaJean. I think you found the perfect wall for your Snippets quilt. It looks great there. I like the grid quilting you did on this one.

amandajean said...

paula,

the paint color was a mis-tint, so i'm sorry to tell you that i don't have any color information on it. i wish i could help you!

aj

amandajean said...

the wild child,

i think the bubbly texture of my quilts comes from the quilting. but i do not pre-wash my fabrics. i haven't washed or dried this quilt yet. but once i do, i should have even more texture.

i hope that helps!

aj

Rebekah said...

that is perfect as a wall hanging! Thanks for posting the hanging technique too :)

Dr. Quiltmom said...

FANTASTIC! I will be making one too!

Caley said...

That looks lovely there!

JasonsMum said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! Yours looks fabulous! I just finished a small one for my son's bedroom door using the same method and I'm not crazy about it. Thankfully, he likes it though. He picked out all the fabrics; even snippets from pj's I'd made him. I like your idea of using only 1" pieces; think I used too many 2" pieces. And I like the way you quilted it too. Might try it again using up pieces from baby clothing; figure it might work even with knits. Anyways, great job as always!!

pratima said...

The little snippets are totally awesome. Cute quilt!

HoltGallery said...

I love this! I wanted to make something trendy n scrappy for my basement stairs wall as it can be seen from first floor. This pattern is going to be one going on my wall. Thank you for linking the tutorials.

tina said...

So beautiful!!!

Threeundertwo said...

That looks fabulous on the wall. You wont stop now. Once I started hanging up quilts, certain walls looked bare without them.

It's a wonderful work of art.

Heather said...

that scrappy quilt is gorgeous and perfect in your entry. it is quite an inspriration to me. . . I've looked at it more times that I can recall.

woolcat said...

I was unconvinced about the wall quilt idea until I saw that last photo - it really looks amazing. I love the quilt itself, of course - I thought it would make a great throw - but you're so right, it's perfect on the wall.

Ashley said...

So fun! I love the randomness, and the little snippets of colors and patterns. It really looks wonderful hanging on your wall!

Kerri said...

this looks so lovely on your wall!! how fun to use all your little snippets in such an amazing way!!

Carlotta said...

What a lovely quilt. I'm not hardly ready to tackle something like this. While it looks easy enough, piecing it together seemed tricky to me. I'm sure it's just my inexperience. I'm going to be working on your quilt along from the past. So glad that it's archived as I'm just finding your blog, and am loving it.
~Carlotta~

Michelle said...

I love it, too!! looks great

Vicki W said...

It looks terrific hanging there!

Shari said...

I think with 127 comments it's safe to say that this is a fabulous quilt and everyone loves it! Me too.

WoolenSails said...

I just love how it looks on the wall, all the colors compliment each other and make a statement.

Debbie

Philigry said...

amandajean, i just had to write and tell you i made binding for the first time, and got a darning foot and quilted a whole quilt! free motion style!
This is something i have wanted to do for over ten years and i was always scared to try. Thanks to your videos and tutorials, i was brave enough to try, and i am so glad that i did!
Thank you so much for taking the time to do your blog!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Beautiful! The colour of your walk sets it off perfectly...it would be lost on a white wall.

Jantine said...

What a perfect quilt for the spot you hang it! I love it!

Heather said...

I have enjoyed watching this quilt come together. It looks great hanging in your entry way.

sulu-design said...

I'm so glad you hung this one. I really love it, too. It looks like a piece of modern art, and I'm happy it's getting treated like it!

cathleen said...

Speechless...no really...Amandajean...it's stunning!! Perfect for that spot!

LouAnne said...

I've made a doll quilt using that tutorial, but you obviously must have increased the measurements to come up with a piece this size! I love how it looks....it IS art and oh so perfect for the spot in which you've hung it. Big Wow!

Jeri is said...

I love this quilt, too. I think it was meant to hang on the wall. You have a perfect spot for it right where it is.

Celeste said...

I love the quilt too and if I'm not mistaken, that table came from Target. I JUST finished putting together a table just like it to use for a bedside table! Love your quilts - you inspire me.

Katherine said...

I love it! It reminds me of confetti with all those pretty colourful bits of fabric on a white background - it's as if they're fluttering down.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Amandajean -- it looks AWESOME in your entryway!

Sonnja said...

That looks GREAT!
Kind regards,

Sonnja & Bear Zonn

Alinta said...

Gorgeous quilt, and i love it hanging in your hallway, it looks very 'arty'. I have a question. Youve mentioned that you like using muslin as the backing for your quilts. Do you mean the muslin, like what you use in baby wraps? Or is there a different type? Thankyou.

amandajean said...

alinta,

i use muslin in the front of some of my quilts, too. i like to use bleached muslin. i'm not sure what you use for baby wraps, but it's probably the same thing. i hope that helps.

aj

leigh said...

I love this quilt! I just found your blog and it's great. I'm a quilting/knitting/other stuff mom too and I love seeing what others are working on!

Desiree said...

This is such a great quilt!! What an awesome way to use up little scraps! Very pretty!

Oiyi said...

Wow, I lvoe the simplicity of this quilt. Beautiful work.

Renate said...

What a beautiful quilt. I printed out your tutorial and hope I can make one myself one day.
Thanks for sharing.
Renate from Germany