Tuesday, March 31, 2009

two of a kind

These are new bed quilts for my boys. The color scheme was inspired by these earrings.
When making these quilt tops, I had a little trouble measuring. The first time I made them, I thought something was a little off, but i couldn't put my finger on it. I put the quilts on the beds to check for size and decided to rip them apart and make them wider. When I finally re-measured the original pieces, I discovered I only cut them 55" wide instead of 65" wide. No wonder!!! So even though they look really simple, they gave me trouble, which seems typical. :)


Now that I finally got the measurements right, I am very excited. They turned out better than I had imagined. I adore the color combination. (thank you, Susan!) And without many seams, they are going to be so fun to stipple!

They each measure 68" x 90".

So I now have 4 quilt tops waiting to be finished. I'd better start making some backings. I should do that from my stash, but today, that doesn't sound appealing at all.

85 comments:

Blondie said...

I LOVE THESE QUILTS! I've wanted to make a set of matching quilts for my sons' bunk beds, but haven't done anything towards actually doing it because I didn't want to make something with lots of different blocks- not something that would take a really long time.

These quilts have inspired me- I know what I'll do for his room now! Thanks!

Lisa said...

I really like your boys quilts. I would never have thought about orange and grey but it really works. Cant wait to see them finished!

Stephanie said...

That colorway is so awesome. And I love the design as well. Well done!

Mushyhed said...

Great quilttops! I love the color combos!

Rachael Adele said...

Super cute! Quilting for boys is harder for me, but these are very modern and grown up.

Peggie said...

So very you, yet so very boy! Great job AmandaJean. :)

When I grow up I want to be just like you!

mr. monkeysuit said...

I love that color combination too and am very much there with you on making backings:) Once the top is pieced I lose interest for a while.

MichelleB said...

Amazing! I would never have thought of that color combination - and that it would come out so fabulous. You are so gifted. What color thread are you going to quilt them with?

shannon said...

Wow! i love these colors.

Thimbleanna said...

They're gorgeous CrazyMom! What lucky little boys!

kangaroo said...

this is so funny--i'm working on my boys quilts RIGHT NOW, and they have that sort of proportion, with a lot of orange. these are just great! i think i'll use a light flannel backing for softness...how about you?

Andi said...

Isn't it great how you can find inspiration just about anywhere? Even in a pair of ear rings.
Great quilts.... as always.
Andi :-)

Betsy said...

Love that. I am making quilts for my boys bunk beds right now too.

Anonymous said...

Those are WoNDErfuL!!! I love that you have just the pieced blocks across on one end. Very handsome - please let us see them on the beds once done!
--Vicki K.

Ashley said...

Love them! I love the color combo, the solids and that one strip of squares. So fun!

sunshine said...

You've got such a good eye for colour! I hope that the quilt I'm planning right now will work out with the colour-schemes I've chosen... (http://cuttingedgequilt.blogspot.com/2009/03/squares-and-oblongs.html) it's always a nail-biting time until the quilt top is finished :)

Kerri said...

these are great!! i love how they definitely are fit for boys!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Those earrings are great! Love your quilts - just right for your boys :)

Amy said...

Sometimes you don't need much to make a statement. They are lovely - I'm sure the boys will love them.

Bekhy said...

Cool quilts, interesting color combo. Can hardly wait to see it quilted up. I'm really intrigued by your recent use of lots of solids.

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Love 'em! Love the graphic quality of the color blocks + the log cabin blocks. Nice!

Threeundertwo said...

Perfect quilts for boys! I need to do something more grown-up like this for my son. Nice work!

And only 4 that need to be basted? You're better than I am! I have a big stack.

amandajean said...

michelleb,

i'm planning on using white thread to quilt them.

aj

amandajean said...

kangaroo,

i'm not sure what i am going to back these with. i had a plan to use grey and orange, but after my measuring mishap, i may have to change my plans. i'm still thinking it through.

aj

Goddess in Progress said...

Wow, those are great!! They're sort of boyish/masculine without doing something silly like trucks or tools. I love the color, the design, the whole thing! So simple and modern!

Danielle said...

I love them, they are great! What a cool color combo! They will certainly show off the quilting, can't wait to see it. Danielle
www.wanttobeequilting.blogspot.com

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Lucky boys - those quilts are so classy! Can't wait to see them after they are quilted.

Allie said...

I adore those!!!

Collette said...

These are wonderful--similar but not the same. And I really love the color scheme.

Frogdancer said...

Love the quilts... clean and classy. Very modern and striking.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Love that dove grey. I 'm not a fan of the earrings, but I am a fan of your quilts!

DIDI said...

They are really nice!!

Alissa said...

I love these!! They are so wonderful.

nettie said...

i love the simpleness of both of these, perfect for a bed

Cheryl A said...

You always use grey so well.

Andee said...

They look great! Very nice idea! Colors are really unique, I like them!

Jackie said...

Terrific for boys. The color scheme is great and you truly are a designing genius.

Lina said...

These look great. Sorry to hear they caused you a bit of trouble, but also nice to hear that an expert like you sitll makes mistakes! ;)

kat said...

genius. These are striking! I absolutely love the colour and design. Seriously. These are just awesome.

Beth said...

I love bright colors with steely gray. These are really fabulous!

Natalie said...

I really like the way these have turned out. I hope your boys think they are great!

Renee said...

They look great!

heatherandrienne said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how these turned out!!!!!!!! They are soooo GREAT!! I LOVE the earrings that inspired them!!:) Love that Susan. I just ordered a few things from her!:) Can't wait to see what you have finished when I get back.:);)

Sarah Leu Anderson said...

OMG Heather! These rock. Seriously rock! In fact, I really want something like that for Simons bed. Something with a couple colors and a band of funk. Email me what you would charge to make me something like that for a full size bed. Pretty please??

Sarah Leu Anderson said...

Okay Amanda,
Between you and Heather's blogs I can't keep it straight - you both are so darn talented- so sorry!!!! I want to pay one of you to make a quilt like this!!!!

Zarina said...

Its amazing how the orange and gray goes together. I want to get back to quilting but am still tired from my brother's wedding and I sort of lost my supplies for an exchange I have signed up.

Kelly O. said...

you are sooooo inspiring me! Can't wait to see how you back them!

puesta de sol said...

hermoso! un besito

Cami said...

Omg! Im such a fan of yours!

I discovered your blog a week ago and I just loved it! I want to learn how to quilt and you are like my role model lol.

Well.. Thats what i wanted to say ^^

mochaxlight said...

LOVE this color combo!

Leslie said...

those are great i love the colors...

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

I am loving ORANGE!

twolimeleaves said...

Very cool quilts! Love the colours and the design.

sulu-design said...

I am so, so happy that you found inspiration in a pair of my earrings and it resulted in these gorgeous quilt tops. I love the color combination on the large scale, and think that the squares are just so cool. These really are the perfect quilts for little boys. I'm super impressed (have I told you that already?).

Michelle said...

These quilts tops are so absolutely beautiful. I love the apparent simplicity while knowing how much thought and effort went into them. You are amazing!

Jane said...

The colors are so great together! And I can think of nothing better than a blank canvas to showcase your stippling skills! These are going to be AWESOME when you are done!

pricklypearbloom said...

Orange and gray is one of my very favorite color combinations. These are awesome.

Wendy said...

These are great! Mmmmm... all that room to quilt, maybe you've already said, but am wondering what color thread you'll use? Maybe gray on the orange, or cream, something to contrast!

littlebluecottage said...

I love that color combination. IT's very fresh and modern. LOVE IT.

Tina

Lauralness said...

Oh wow! Those are awesome!

kristin said...

Wow! Those are spectacular!

Christy said...

Beautiful! I love the simplicity of them.

Philigry said...

those are amazing. simple, yet so effective. i just love them!

sandra said...

I love them! The colours are great!

lera said...

Oooh! Love these. Love that color combo!

Cami said...

I love orange and gray together. I just bought a bunch of orange, gray, and yellow fabric to make a quilt. It might take me a while though. I'm great at buying fabric and slow to make stuff.

Shanna said...

I remember seeing your fabric when you first bought it and was not sure how you would incorporate the two...they look amazing!! Such simple quilts that give a great result!! The quilt backs and pinning the layers together is always the step I put off...

Amanda said...

The quilts are great. I love this color combination, too. I was inspired to make an orange and grey quilt, but never did. It's still in my head, though!

Karen L R said...

I am amazed at how many fun quilts you manage to crank out! You are a wonder!

Linda said...

I bet the boys will love these!

barlow said...

i just found your blog...let's just say i think i spent the day contemplating what quilt i was going to do....you are an inspiration!! thanks for your time and amazing tutorials and fantastic post!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the orange fabric! Where did you find it?

Sherry said...

Hi AmandaJean. Love this color combination, perfect for a boys room! Can't wait to see these finished. Congrats on another great quilt top finish. You are very inspiring! :)

Oiyi said...

I am speechless. This is beyond awesome!

Anina said...

Very nice! My poor son still has the very first quilt I made him about 8 years ago.
I have a bunch of quilt tops too. For some or other reason I can't bring myself to make the backs.

Lucy said...

These are really something Amanda.. just so perfect for 2 boys. Can't wait to see what you do for the backing and the thread colors you use. I'd have to stop everything else I was doing to finish these. Dishes, laundry piled up - unmade beds. Even blogging. Whatever it took.

Bee Square Fabrics said...

I. Love. This.

Perfect color combination, perfect boys quilt. I want one for myself.

Rebekah said...

I love this! It's the perfect quilt for a boy's bedroom

amandajean said...

anonymous,

i bought the orange fabric from JoAnn's.

Cecilia said...

How beautiful!
My son has asked me for a new quilt but specifically said that he wants something with few fabrics. Your work is inspiring me to try new thhings.
Thanks

dani@littlefists said...

Oh my...I am swooning, and I don't think I have ever swooned. I am in love with these. I

Clair said...

Interesting color choice. Bet your boys love the orange.

Katherine said...

These quilts rock! The colours, the simplicity are fabulous. No doubt these beauties are a hit with your boys.

jacquie said...

i know i'm late to the party...can't even tell you how much i love these...perfect, just perfect.

CabbageQuilts said...

Wow, that colour scheme is incredible. I'm going to have to start searching through my stash!