Saturday, October 10, 2009

my favorite quilt

Amy is hosting an amazing quilt festival and is asking people to share their favorite quilt. It's so hard to choose a favorite quilt...I would have an easier time listing my top 5. TODAY, I would say, my favorite is my plain spoken quilt. I blogged about it way back here.

I love that it's only made up of solids. I love the quilting, which was fun but intense. It was one of the first quilts that I quilted that had no puckers in it. That was an extremely big deal to me. I love that it matches my house so well. I just pulled it out of the quilt cupboard again last week during my seasonal quilt rotation. I love that it's versatile-it's a twin size but I also use it for a lap quilt.
This quilt marks the beginning of my journey into modern quilting. I remember when I first came across the book The Modern Quilt Workshop, where this pattern is found. That book rocked. my. world. I can't tell you just how much. Before seeing that book, I didn't know that quilts could be modern! It seems a little funny now, with modern quilts all over blog land. But at the time, I was astounded and thrilled at the concept. It was a far cry from the very traditional quilts that I had seen up until that time and it excited me to no end. And as you can tell, I've pretty much been hooked on modern quilting since.
Oh, and one more fun thing, Bill Kerr, the co-author of the book actually commented on my blog post that featured this quilt.

95 comments:

Allie said...

Your quilt is just beautiful! I love the colors together. I know what you mean about needing to choose 5 favorites!

beth said...

doesn't everyone who's anyone post comments on your blog?....:)
love your quilt!

why not sew? said...

I love the colors and the quilting!

Lee said...

I am sure it was hard to choose from all your wonderful quilts. I like the simplicity and yet sophiscation of this quilt.

Anina said...

Lovely. All the solid quilts out there are really stirring up my need to make one too.

Zonnah said...

I love the color combo!

Susan said...

Stunning quilt. I went back to see the author's comment. Bet that was fun to get!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

LOVE those colors! Being a fairly new reader of your blog, I hadn't seen this quilt before.

I gotta say this cold morning, it makes me want to pull it off the back of your comfy looking couch and wrap myself in it. Maybe with a good book? Traditional or modern, quilts have that affect on me.

Jenn said...

I love your quilt!

My quilt tastes have changed with time. I used to be a pretty traditional kind of girl, preferring basic two, maybe three, colored quilts with good old fashioned blocks. And then our local quilt store opened which focuses on contemporary fabrics and quilts and art quilting. And then I discovered your blog, and well, I find my tastes shifting more and more all the time. I love that a grand old craft has continued to be applicable to today's modern world, design, tastes, etc. I think that's what has recently sucked me into knitting too...the new updated, modern applications for a grand old craft.

It's just all so lovely.

Marit said...

Pretty colors, pretty quilt. Love your quilting! This quilt has a restful and classic "personality", one to not tire of easily. It is nice sometimes to look back at one's quilting journey, and notice the changes of directions one makes...

Emily said...

I'm so glad you posted this quilt. I am currently working on a plain spoken for my husband for Christmas in the colors of his alma mater (blues, greys, white).

live a colorful life said...

My tastes have changed drastically since I began quilting over ten years ago. I love the new modern fabrics and less structured quilting techniques--kind of making it up as you go along. And I totally know what you mean about Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle. Amazing! And how fun to have him comment on your blog. Anyway, I think this quilt is stunning in its simplicity.

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

Amanda Jean, This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your favorite quilt. This is is a keeper. Steph

Tonya said...

I love your quilt! I love all solid quilts, I don't know why I haven't done one yet. But, you have inspired me to do one soon! I had the same experience with "The Modern Quilt." It turned my world upside down. I always loved the idea of quilts, but I didn't really start to LOVE quilts until I saw modern quilts. It does seem crazy now that they are all over the place, but I still remember the feeling so vividly.

Blue Is Bleu said...

This is such a beautiful quilt! I love the quilting... I've wanted to try that myself. I'd want to leave this quilt on the couch all year round hehe

Rachel said...

Oh, I love this. The quilting is just fantastic! Wow!

Queenmothermamaw said...

I enjoyed the discussion of Modern Quilts. It does seem that more young folks are beginning to enjoy the beautiful art of quilting. My favorite quilt is one my Mom made, Double wedding ring, a long time ago. It is my only quilt. I am in the process of making a simple block quilt since it is my first one. I have sewed all the adult life and at 72 just now doing a quilt. Thanks for sharing.
QMM

Jenny said...

THanks for showing this quilt, it is just lovely. The colors are so yummy! I have this book too, and am slowly reading thru and trying to decide which i want to start with,,,i really like yours!

Jan said...

I love everything about your "modern" quilt. It would match my house, too.

MichelleB said...

It is a truly lovely quilt. All of these solids I keep seeing - I really need to get a solid quilt made. V said she'd host a "class" for us!

carol said...

Gorgeous (as all your quilts)!! It reminds me of the "Shoebox" pattern by Atikinson Design that I made last year. Mine probably would have looked better in all solids too. :)

Mrs Moen said...

I love your quilt and that it's made from only solids. I have a box with all the Kona cotton solids (present from husband some years ago), they are so much fun to work with and go with absolutely everything.
I have that book to; it has so many great designs.
How fun that the author commented to your post.

Luv 2 Kreate said...

When I saw this quilt I fell in love! The colors are fantastic and match my home perfectly (must be why I fell in love with it). I also like the way it is all solids. I have been thinking of creating a quilt made of only solids but was told by a woman at the fabric store the quilt would be lifeless...your quilt has blown her theory right out of the water!

a little bit biased said...

Cool quilt. It's very soothing. You said the quilting was intense, but I couldn't see it very well, so I'm wondering what design you did on it. Good job!

P.S. I love your scrappy star quilts a few posts below. Beautiful! I've been wanting to make the perfect red, white and blue quilt and that one fits the bill.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

I really like that quilt of yours too. Can i borrow it? Just run it over ok? ;-)

RosaMarĂ­a said...

i just ordered that book and the reason for that purchase is that desing... (i see it before at dont callme becky)i love your version, the colors are just perfect!! thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

Simple but effective.

Sara said...

I love that quilt - it is really pretty...and the fact that it is all solids makes it even more fun.

You did good!

Debbie said...

Never seen such a striking quilt out of solids! Bravo.

Katie B. said...

Beautiful as always! Looks like fall.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Awesome quilt and I love to read stories about how people started quilting and what inspired them. It's great that a book can do that and that you found you calling!!

Mountain Home Quilts said...

great quilt!! :)

tammiemarie said...

This is wonderful. Love the colors in it, and the story! Thanks for sharing!

nicolette said...

Great colours and quilt. I love solids!

I love the book Modern Quiltshop!

Trudi said...

Fabulous quilt! I love the colours, great choice. I know what you mean about choosing, I had a hard time deciding too! Thanks for sharing this one (again) :o)

susan said...

At some point I'd love to hear more about your quilt storage -- do you do anything in particular to preserve them between uses?

Trisha said...

Great choice! I love that pattern and the solid fabrics really make this pattern exciting. I love the fabric you picked. What fabric line did you use? I made a baby quilt sized one and it was so hard to give it away. I have wanted to make a big one for myself ever since. Someday...

AnnieO said...

Love that simplicity and the warm colors you used. I just made one of Weeks/Kerr quilts from AP&Q Feb 09 mag for my daughter, called Zen. Theirs was in blue batiks, mine in browns. It had the same quilting pattern you used, which is so effective and easy to do (even for a non-longarmer like me). Thanks for sharing.

Beth Karese said...

A great example of beauty from a simple design. Your colors are great. There was a dusting of snow here today. Your quilt would be wonderful to curl up with.

The Calico Cat said...

Plain Spoken has always been a favorite pattern of mine. If we were asked for our favorite book, I would have chosen this one. I probably should have chosen my plain spoken for the quilt show - Alas I really like if not love quite a few of my quilts!

Shawn said...

I love your quilting on this one, thanks for the inspiration!

Jessica said...

I've always loved the colors you used in this quilt. I really need to get my hands on that quilt book--I think it would change my world!

Alisa said...

I love this quilt too! I would like to make a quilt with all solids one day as well.

Janet said...

Great quilt and I know what you mean about that book. When I got it, I thought, ok, if someone wants a modern quilt, I'll have the resouce to go to. I love your colours in this one.

Notjustnat said...

I love this quilt and how you used it - Enjoy the festival - hugs Nat

Renee said...

I can see why this is your favourite quilt!! It speaks to me in so many ways. :)
I'm off to put the book in my favourites so I can buy it with Christmas gift cards. Love your quilt!

Allison said...

I love this one, there's just something about solids. I felt the same way about quilts when I discovered quilting blogs devoted to quilts that weren't too traditional. I would have NO interest in quilting without modern quilts like this one!

Sarah said...

Beautiful quilt!
I have the book too and have been wanting, but waiting to make "plain spoken." I don't know why. I am going to put it on the front burner!

Liz said...

I blew up the picture so I could get a good look at the quilting - wow do I ever love it!

Brandi said...

That is so cool! Gonna have to look up that book!

Ariane said...

I love it. The colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

Laura said...

Your quilt is beautiful. It has inspired me to make one too. I was trying to decide what fabric to use and came across a bunch of Cherrywood Solid fabrics that I think will look beautiful.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Ginger said...

I LOVE your quilt! I made a "Plain Spoken" quilt this last summer. I love the quilting that you chose too. I was going to try the quilting just like that, but I'm still terrible at the quilting part of quilting! Look at my version here: http://the-snow-family.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-never-want-to-see-another-rectangle.html

em's scrapbag said...

Simply beautiful! And very cool that the co auther commented on your post about this quilt.

sulu-design said...

Seasonal quilt rotation - I love it! I'm so glad that you came across the modern quilting book, too, because I adore the modern quilts you've created. How cool that the author posted a comment on the post about this quilt!

Anne said...

Beautiful colors and beautiful quilting!

hooli said...

Excellent execution. I have admired this quilt in that book for at least 3 years. Maybe more. I love it. I have only dared make pared down versions. You've inspired me.

leigh said...

I love working with solids too. To me they seem easier to control than prints. It's a great quilt :)

Robin said...

I can see why this one is a favorite! It is lovely! The colors are so warm and inviting, and the quilting is gorgeous!

Cheryl Arkison said...

That's one of the most subtle version of that quilt I've ever seen. I love it.
PS I had the same reaction when I saw that book and the many quilts it inspired. Truly transformative.

April Mae said...

Funny that you posted this, cause I saw this from a distance last night & I was going to tell you that I loved it. I LOVE the colors & everything about it. It's like a craft style architecture. LOVE IT!

Quilts on Bastings said...

That is a beautiful quilt - I too love quilts made with just solid fabrics - love the quilting too.

Ann said...

I love all your quilts and really like your style. Now I know why (apart from the obvious, that is). I love Thye Modern Quilt Workshop too, and Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are inspirational. Love this simple quilt too.

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

That is a beautiful quilt and it looks very cozy!

kwiltmakr said...

I can't tell you how much I love the colors in that quilt.

Kris said...

Ooh! I like that one too! It would match my house beautifully! I'll have to keep that color palette in mind

Lizzy said...

This is a fantastic quilt, and i love that it's all solids. What a wonderful quilt to snuggle under during the cold months!

crossroadsquilts said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the colors, and your quilting is so textural (does that make sense?) and adds so much to the quilt.

Love it, thanks for sharing!

Bari B

Kaye Prince said...

Very nice and I really love the quilting especially! You did a fantastic job!

Leslie said...

this is so pretty...i am so glad that quilts took a turn to the modern side

carole ann said...

I love the simplicity of it, and those ae my colors. Well done.
And btw I had to go to Ikea this weekend and stocked up on those white sheets, they are great and a great value. A big thank you for the tip.

Rebekah said...

Gorgeous! This looks great in your living room too.

This pattern is so versatile...I think I'd like to make another quilt with this pattern someday.

Lisa said...

Amandajean.. I have an award for you at my blog. Your quilts are so fun to look at! Have a blessed day!

Ashley said...

another beautiful quilt - perfectly fall!

Thimbleanna said...

It's beautiful CrazyMom! That pattern is really deceiving -- at first glance, it looks like the patches are all randomly placed, but upon close inspection -- they're all really lined up!

Jane said...

I was just thinking about how I was inspired to make this quilt after seeing it the first time on your blog. It is beautiful to see once again.
I'd like to know your Top Five!

Helby said...

That is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the book recommendation. I'll have to look into it!

Clair said...

Having seen your other quilts, I am surprised by your choice, though it is nice.

Rita said...

It's such a gorgeous quilt! Love the fall colors, love the solids, and especially love the quilting! So cool that the book's co-author commented on your beautiful quilt!

Amy said...

Nice - this one is on my list for my living room too. I made one for my girlfriends first baby and had a moment for I shipped it away. Love your color combo!

Cut-N-Shoot Quilting Diva said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the color choice and the simplicity of the design. Well done!

Rachel said...

Thank for posting a modern quilt. I've been looking for just this kind of inspiration.

Michelle said...

Another incredible quilt. You should write a book. I love all the colours. They are so beautiful together.

Page said...

Love the colors of your quilt. It's beautiful.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Super quilt. Love the colors in it.

MARIKA said...

Very kind beautiful quilt

deb said...

Okay ~ this put me in the mood , thank you thank you.
This appeals to me and would match our home.
Did I say thank you. Because while I could never make it like you.... I can't get any results if I don't begin!

Letterpress said...

Hi! I clicked through to the rest of your blog and had a great time looking at all your quilts and enjoying your creativity. One of my favorites was Ticker Tape! Did you dream this up, or were you inspired by other things in your quilting life?

Your quilt on the Blogger Quilt Festival is very restful. I've been all over the map and in my quilting career--from very traditional, to stark modern, back to sampler, then to scrappy. I head for the design that pops into my head. It used to be there was only one way, but now, with the internet, we can see so many ways. I'm adding your blog to my favorites on my Google reader--hope that's okay! Terrific blog!

--ELIZABETH E, #115

Rene' said...

This is a really pretty quilt. I love the simplicity of the solid colors. How fun to be able to rotate your quilts seasonally!!! Thanks for sharing.

2miracles/Tove said...

I really like this clean modern look that is still warm andhomey feeling. You did a wonderful job.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I remember when you showed this quilt before. It is such a great quilt. And the quilting is awesome. Great choice for the quilt festival.

Jocelyn

pratima said...

It is a beautiful quilt. The quilting on it is amazing!

ParisMaddy said...

NICE warm colors make this quilt a real favourite of mine. As soon as I saw your quilt, it reminded me of a beautiful stained glass window that I saw in a Craftsman house once.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Love this & I don't think I've seen it before :) Perfect for this time of year!

Kristen said...

I just got Modern Quilt workshop, and I need to do at least 4 of their designs. But my problem is actually picking out the fabric. I would love some tips. I have all boys so they aren't too crazy about all the girly pattern fabric out there. Solids are perfect.