Saturday, April 25, 2009

carrot top


My wee play quilt is done! I started with 3 charm packs from the wee play line and then I added fat quarters from my stash from that line and various other moda fabrics. I love how well the different lines work together.

It was hard to quilt. (Lots of seams.)

I used the disappearing 9 patch pattern, which is pretty fun.

I love the back. A lot. It features more of my favorite red polka dot. (I still have almost a yard left. I'll be so sad when it's gone.)
Since the back was a bit smaller than the front (oops!), quilting was a bit tricky, but I squeaked by. Barely. I had to add a little patch of cream to fill in one spot, but it's barely noticeable. I did end up trimming down the quilt top just a bit (maybe an eighth of an inch on each end). The sides were just fine. I think I learned my lesson. I hope I learned my lesson.

It's a twin size. (My third twin quilt in a row.) For my next project, I'm ready to move on to something smaller.

80 comments:

Pam said...

Wow love your quilt. Lots of work..

Have a wonderful weekend

Pam

Shannon said...

Beautiful colors in this one. I love the green binding. :)

Andrea said...

nice job! again! when you say it was hard to quilt because it had lots of seams, is it because there's lots of bumps and potentially broken needles, or is it harder to move the fabric around, or under the foot, because of the seams?

thanks amandajean for your quilty coolness once again!

amandajean said...

andrea,

it's harder to move the fabric under the foot because of all the seams. i wonder if there is a trick i have to learn about this yet.

aj

Nancy said...

Lovely quilt! I love the Wee Play fabrics. Is this your own pattern?
It looks like it would make a good charity quilt.

I have a small piece of that red/white dot left and I am hoarding it...

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

Cute name, cute quilt!

amandajean said...

nancy,

there is a tutorial on the disappearing 9 patch method here:

http://rachel-griffith.blogspot.com/2009/03/disappearing-9-patch-tutorial-super.html

aj

Jamie said...

Very Cute!!!

I found that when quilting a quilt with allot of seams, pressing the seams open seems to help some. But I know what you mean by it being hard, my commission quilt was a nightmare!! But my son's quilt I pressed the seams open and did not have any problems other than running out of bobbin thread here and there lol

Meg said...

It's pretty! Great job!

jan said...

Very beautiful, as always. You are such a talented artist!

JennyTheArtist said...

Your quilts are always so wonderful, whimsical & inspirational. The color combonations you choose are fantastic! I enjoy your blog!

Tara said...

I always love your binding fabric! I can't tell very well from the pictures, but I'm assuming it's stippled. Do you do anything else besides a grid or stippling?

MichelleB said...

I love it! I love the way the orange pops. Another fantastic quilt.

jacquie said...

whoa baby...that's some fast quilting! i love wee play too. i have a charm pack that's been sitting for too long. great work as usual!

Erin O. said...

Love, love, love this. I always enjoy watching what you will make next.

Jodie said...

That red dot is magnificent.

rachel griffith said...

it looks fabulous!!!
i have a wee play & recess begging me to play with them.
lol.

and hey...thanks for the link.
:D

amandajean said...

tara,

i usually stick to stippling or grid quilting...especially on my larger quilts. once in awhile i will branch out, but that only seems to happen on doll quilts. :)

aj

Sue said...

such a beautiful quilt, I love how you do your backs, very inspiring.

Shawn said...

Love Wee Play and your quilt!

Leslie said...

That's a lovely quilt! Truly inspiring.

Cristin said...

Lovely! I adore the Amy Butler used for the back too... GREAT fabric choices~

Emily said...

Love everything about this~the concept (disp 9 patch), the fabric, the colors! Who knew I'd be drawn to green and orange together?!

Shari said...

Turned out great! I love it. And we continue to learn all the time... that's great too.

Well done!

Robin said...

Super fun quilt! I love all those fabrics together and the disappearing nine-patch pattern looks awesome! Beautiful work. :)

Danielle said...

Awesome job! I love the Wee Play fabrics, but I love the red polka dot even more!

Deana said...

I love this quilt! The fabric choice (as always with your quilts) is right on! Nice job!

Abby said...

I'm definitely inspired :) Disappearing nine patch is next for me! I love the colors and I like the way you pieced the back. Beautiful as always!

Michelle said...

It is such a beautiful quilt. Another wonderful job! Congratulations!

dotti white said...

AmandaJean....you are one amazing crazy mom quilter! I am so impressed! I really want to try a disappearing nine patch soon, too, it looks so much more complicated than it really is! I like that part! Check out my sneak peak at my baby quilt top. Let me know what you think! Have a great weekend!

Kama @ Today's Housewife said...

That is cute. I like the name. I just finished a D9P as well. It was easy and a lot of fun--the top anyway. I have yet to quilt it...

Alice S said...

Very nice! I love how the colors work together so well.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

You are a machine! I hope your arms and back are doing alright with all this quilting :) Great colors in your top - so fun! Love that back too!

I used some of that mingle rings - it's sooo nice. The brown was a little crazy too look at in large doses though :)

Carolyn said...

Amandajean, All I can say is WOW! You've rocked it once again. Now I'm even more inspired to try a Disappearing 9 Patch of my own.

Linda said...

Love it! I love the randomness of the disappearing nine patch!

Lorraine said...

I love those colours !!
Great looking quilt.
How long does it take for you to machine quilt that size ??

Michaela said...

I just love that color combo. Who knew how fun orange and green are? Well, you knew.. love it.

PaisleyJade said...

You are so clever! I totally admire everyone who makes quilts after trying my first recently... love the colours!

Isa said...

Lovely
And a great name for this one

Shabby Raggy Roses said...

I always look forward to your posts - and all the lovely colours you put into your projects. You've changed me into a patchwork quilter - it's all I can think about! Lol! I'd never done a 'real' quilt until I found your blog! Thankyou for being such an inspiration.
Best wishes,
Jenelle

Priscilla said...

it is lovely - again, as usual :-) I admire so much your quilting, I always have problem with quilting, it is so frightening for me to even think of quilting a twin size quilt...
Kristina
priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Clever Karen said...

I love this patch and how it creates such a neat scrappy look!

Stephie @ Narrative Self said...

I think one of the best things about patchwork is finding ways to add bits in to make the right size - seems to be part of the historical tradition to me! Looks fab by the way.

Aimee said...

It's really pretty! I love the greens with the oranges - they work so nicely together! Glad to hear it wasn't a disaster with the slightly too small back!

dinka said...

Can you post about stippling some time? Or maybe you already did and i missed it...

Sherry said...

Your CarrotTop quilt turned out so cute, cute name too. :) I just love making those Disappearing 9 patch quilts, so quick & fun. Congrats on finishing another twin size quilt. Great job!

Judy said...

It's so bright and cheery. Now a question???...what do you typically do with all your quilts? I looked at my stack of quilts and wondered that recently. I could never stop making them!! At some point when do you have so many that you can't use them all...something to think about I guess.

connie said...

I love this quilt. It is so appealing and something that would be so fun to use. I love the polka dots on the back...

Caroline said...

Wow! That is absolutely gorgeous!

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

It is FANTABULOUS! ooxx`jodi

Melinda said...

Lovely! I am currently trying a dissapearing 9 patch (thanks you your inspiration) and I need to know, once you cut the larger squares, to you just turn them and keep them with the same block, or do you just randomly sew those final cut blocks together??
Keep up the great work!

Katherine said...

Fantastic quilt! Those fabrics look great together in the disappearing nine patch.
Glad to hear you made that backing work... I know firsthand the "holding of my breathe" moment when it comes to having to squeak by with a smaller backing.

Heather said...

This is so adorable. I love it. I'm glad that someone as professional as yourself makes mistakes too, so please keep sharing them if you do make anymore. I'd love to feel better about my mistakes. :) Very beautiful!

Philigry said...

i love this one! looks so nice and summery.

Rebekah said...

This is so pretty! It totally reminds me of summer vegetables!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Great name! I can see how that would be a bitch to stipple.

Marie' said...

That surely came together quickly! I once made a disappearing nine patch with some romantic fabric from Moda, and I didn't really like the result. We Play seems to be a lot better fit for that.

Barb said...

Loved the quilt.

Wanda said...

Great finish! Beautiful work. I took a look at the pattern and didn't even understand it! OK, I'm not much of a quilter. But still...it sure is a pretty quilt!

Kelly said...

WOW! Just brilliant! I like this a LOT!
You're so amazing. I can't believe how many beautiful projects you accomplish so quickly.

The Calico Cat said...

You are so brave using up your favorites!

Louise said...

I just love the look of these quilts and that one is exactly what I want to put on my sofa!!

HMG said...

Love this quilt! I am working on one of the same design right now and was wondering how hard it will be to stipple...looks like you did a great job, though!

heather said...

LOOKS GREAT!!!

AJ said...

Love it!

lera said...

Love it!!!! Carrot top. What a cute name.

Calico Road said...

Very nice. I was surprised to see it was a disappearing 9 patch. It looks very random, like your monochromatic series. I love it, and now have a new quilt pattern to put on my To-Do list. Boy is that list growing!!

Stacey - Auckland, New Zealand said...

Wow - you're amazing! You're one clever and busy woman! I wish I could make lovely quilts like you :)

pratima said...

So so pretty! I'm in love with the backing too. Such a precious quilt :D

Clair said...

Like the color combination.

Thimbleanna said...

Another great quilt AmandaJean -- and I LOVE it's cute name!!!

Karen said...

This is definitely the nicest disappearing nine-patch I've ever seen! You've inspired me yet again. I've wanted to do one for a long time and now I just must! It's beautiful!

V and Co. said...

okay i haven't read any of the comments but i'm sure they go a little like mine:
holy crap woman are you like on crack or something? how do you make such amazing quilts in such a short amount of time? that is a beautiful quilt and you are so awesome and i want to be like you!

Gray Matters said...

I love it! So much so that I'm working on with the same fabric using the same method. I'm a beginner and a little afraid to free motion just yet - do you have any suggestions on what type of grid pattern you would use to quilt this?

Mandy at MaKC Creations said...

This quilt is amazing! I want to make one! what pattern did you use? and where can I find it?

Shyla said...

Hey I love this quilt and wondered did you make up the pattern or where did you find it? I mainly have done appliqued quilts and I am looking for a patchwork one like this to try next. I would like some help finding this type of pattern if you wouldn't mind. Thank you so much I love reading your blogs and seeing your work I think that it is all amazing.

amandajean said...

mandy and shyla,

i used a disappearing 9 patch pattern. if you do a google search for it, you should come up with plenty of links to tutorials. have fun with it, it's a great pattern!

aj

Kim said...

You just don't know what you started! lol!! I've been cutting out squares like crazy and fell in love with the pattern you used. I am totally lusting after the wee play fabric but will have to wait until I use up some of what I have - sigh. Thank you for the inspiration!!

Theresa said...

Hi Amanda Jean, I love your blog and it has inspired me in so many ways.
I'm about to emabark on a disappearing 9 patch and wanted to know if you keep your original 9 patch layout together after you cut it or do you then mix them up further. I was trying to examine your wee wonderful and couldn't work out where the 'partners' ended up sometimes. Love your insights. Hope I'm not too late to ask a question about this one!
Theresa

amandajean said...

theresa,

after cutting apart the 9 patches, i mixed all those little blocks up. i did not sew the 4 quarters back together into the same block. i hope that helps!

aj