Tuesday, December 29, 2009

the tide is high/lazy summer days

These two quilts were finished much earlier in the year. I have to blog about them before the end of the year so I can link to the quilts on the list in my sidebar, and so I can include them in my end of the year flickr mosaic. :)

Both quilts are the same pattern but in different colorways. I wrote this pattern as a mystery quilt along for Sew Hip Magazine.

This one is called the Tide Is High. (Thanks, Susan, for the perfect name.) This was the quilt I made as I was designing the pattern.
Heather contributed many blue and green scraps to the cause. I changed the binding colors to match the color blocks on the front of the quilt. The back is the solid dark blue you see peeking out. I am beginning to really like solid color backs on my quilts. I stippled it, of course. I have this one hanging on the end of my bed and it coordinates quite nicely with my bento box quilt. Love that.
This one is called Lazy Summer Days. This is the quilt I made to test the pattern for accuracy.
I apologize for the poor quality photos...I quick snapped them back in May before I shipped the quilt off to England. I was hoping to do a side by side comparison of the quilts, but this one isn't back in my possession yet.
I love the soft colors of this quilt so much.
Again, I stippled it and used 3 different colors of binding.
The backing fabric looks like it was made especially for this quilt. I found it for half price at my LQS and that was a happy day. :)

Both quilts measure 60" x 72". Perfect lap sized quilts.

My thoughts on pattern writing? It's really, really hard work. I admire those who do it repeatedly. :)

66 comments:

Miss_Oakden said...

OH my God!!! I loved this quilt in the magazine! Can't believe I never realised you were the one who did it!!

Really sad though I lent the magazine with the fabric requirements to a friend! She has never given it back dispite many times having asked for it!
Love the tide is high, the colours work soooo well together!

live a colorful life said...

They are both fabulous! Yes, pattern writing is VERY hard!

MichelleB said...

They are both wonderful! Congrats (again) on having your pattern in a magazine!

shellysquilts said...

High Tide is beyond Fabulous! Well done! Happy quilting in the new year!

wishes, true and kind said...

Wowee wow wow! Those quilts are gorgeous! I love the soft colors! I've never heard of that magazine before, but now I will try to track it down. Can you tell me what issue?

Dee said...

Ooohhh....love, love, love them both! When the one in England comes home, it needs to visit Indiana! LOL

Beautiful and inspiring!

Happy New Year!

Christa said...

Love the pattern and soft colors in the second one are my favorite! I appreciate all quilt pattern writers and the hard work that must go into it. Thank you!

Wendy said...

Love the high tide quilt, perfect southeast alaska quilt!
I'm making myself finish some tops before I start anything new, but really want to do this one!

NewFarmChick said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Lazy Summer Days. How do we get the pattern?

Evelyn said...

Love them both, though I think the pastel one is my favorite. Must keep an eye out for that magazine!

jaybird said...

they are both great... but i LOVE the first one!

Lisa said...

Incredible scrap usage.... yes, how do we get the pattern? They are both wonderful!

Kristin said...

They are both stunning!

Jessica said...

Both of those quilts are beautiful! I love playing around with various shades of color families!

Dudette said...

LOVE the blue and green quilt. I wish I had the time and patience to make such beautiful things. Maybe in 2010...

Crystal Hendrix said...

Those are very pretty! :D

urbancrunch said...

I love both of these!!

Laurel H. said...

Ah; HERE they are--the two on your "Completed" list that we were waiting to hear about. Thanks for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

Two very different quilts as far as colors go and both are stunning.

Alissa said...

Beautiful quilts!! And you're so right about pattern writing. It's so much work!

Lara said...

Gorgeous quilts! They are each beautiful in their different colourways... I tried to order all the magazines for the pattern online but couldn't find every issue. Will you be publishing it seperately at a later date?

Happy New Year.

Kim said...

I am not usually a pastel person but I LOVE your pink/green/yellow quilt...it is SO pretty!

Snowbird said...

Another perfect example of your gorgeous quilts!!

I want to put the pictures of the quilts as my screen-saver just to drool over them - I mean be inspired!

Thanks so much for sharing; you inspire and encourage me to just jump in and start a quilt already!!

Enjoy your holidays!!

*karendianne. said...

Love that 3 different colors of binding. Very free I'm thinking. Your "Tide is High" is fantastic. A lot of fun and great for the stash. Superb. "Lazy Summer Days" makes me spring (as in the movement) and think about some nice warm sun. Yes, delightful.

Louise said...

Your quilts are absolutely gorgeous (as usual) and I particularly love the changes of colour. I agree about the whole pattern writing thing and have this year's Christmas quilt still to do! It does get easier though as you find you have to say pretty much the same thing a lot of the time. I have also just finished designing and making a new quilt for my brother - no photos yet as he has gone away on holidays and I forgot to take them before he left! It looks as if it is constructed the same way yours is in three sections. Better write that one up at some point too!

Tara said...

I really, really like the tide is high quilt! Love the use of color. The lighter quilt is good too--reminds me of those summer days when the colors are all muted by the heat and sun--perfect for lying on under a tree reading a book with a big glass of iced tea! Hope you had a great Christmas! Ours was good!

Jodie said...

Even making a quilt seems daunting, let along writing the pattern as well.
You are an amazing person !

lera said...

Oh my. Both are beautiful. I hope you get the quilt back soon. At least in time for springy weather.

Cheryl Arkison said...

They look great!
I can't even imagine how you wrote a pattern for that!

Trisha said...

Both quilts are so lovely.

P.S. Amandajean...you are a machine.

Mama Spark said...

Seriously...Amanda Jean, you need to print your patterns and sell them on ETSY for those of us that can't/don't buy/have access to, that mazagine. Your stuff is amazing!

Sandra said...

I admire your ability to think outside the box. Can't wait to see what you will do next!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

oooo I love the Lazy Summer Days quilt. The colors are so beautiful and they all go together so well. Great job on both of them.

Anna said...

So very pretty! I love both versions! You are so very amazing, too!

Allison said...

Just stunning. I am such a newbie--having only made one quilt--but I can appreciate the effort in both of these. I am absolutely torn as to which I love the most.

WendyB said...

AmandaJean, Your work is amazing. I am a new follower to your blog and I have recently started a blog for beginner quilters as a resource. I actually blogged about Crazy Mom Quilts yesterday. Thanks for the inspiration!
WendyB @ ThatSeamsFun.com

My.Florentine said...

These are just beautiful! I hope that I can make such stunning quilts one day :)

Deb said...

I love how you showed the pattern can work in two such different colorways--that's great for folks who have trouble imagining "their" stash with "your" pattern. Pattern writing may be difficult, but think of the minds you may have opened to the wonderful world of quilting with those quilts!! Great Job, Amanda!! Afterall, the more quilters there are, the more pieceful the world will be!
Deb...still freezing in Nebraska

Stacy (S.E.W.Butterfly) said...

Love the quilt and the name! I'm always inspired by your quilts! Happy New Year!

Sara said...

Amandjean, Thanks for your challenge with the Zig-Zag quilt earlier this year. I just finished mine, and called it the Black & White Challenge at the same time.

Twin size, I can give it to some boy who needs a quilt in his life.

Sara Homeyer

Thimbleanna said...

As always, they're so cool Crazy Mom! I haven't peeked on your sidebar, but surely this has been your most prolific year!

Annessa said...

I just wanted to take the chance to say, thanks for posting all your projects and creativity. I'm a "momma that loves to quilt" too, but sometimes the day is so chaotic that I don't get to actually touch my projects. But, after the kids are in bed and I have a few moments of peace, I can always refill my soul with the beautiful pictures and new ideas on your blog. Thanks!

I love the beach and I think I'm going to have to take a stab at one similar to your Tide is High, quilt - if I may.

Lori in South Dakota said...

"the tide is high turned out wondeful". What magazine/issue do I need to get the pattern?

Blue Is Bleu said...

So gorgeous! I'm especially loving the blue / green colourway! And I love that you changed the binding to match the front! Just amazing :)

Janet said...

Both quilts are tremendous. I know all about pattern writing, not my favourite thing to do. I can't wait to see your mosaic, it's going to be fabulous. I hope next year is just as productive for you and inspirational for us as it has been this year.

Mama Urchin said...

I think tutorials are much easier to create than patterns. Both of those quilts are so pretty.

anuradha said...

FANTASTIC! You weave MAGIC with fabric and colours!I would love to do this too,is it possible to post a tutorial???PLEASE........

mathea said...

Great quilts both, but I must say that the first one is my favourite! All those blues and greens really speak to my heart. "Tide is High" is a perfect title for it as well - I got the song embedded in my brain right away...

Tara said...

Beautiful pattern - great colors. The High Tide is divine.

Joanna said...

I love the colors in lazy summer days! I'm an avid reader of yours, but not a frequent commenter. I do, however, have an award for you over at my blog.

Nanci said...

When the creative juices were given out, you were at the front of the line! I swear.

No matter how hard I try, I'm not there yet...but I keep moving up the line.

Love your quilts, your tutes, and everything you do to inspire us all.
Happy New Year...

Kelli said...

Amanda,
I have been looking for a certain piece of blue fabric for years, and I think I just found it in your quilt! It's on the of the bindings for your tide quilt. Do you have any scraps? I only need a fraction of a yard. Please email if you do!
kellikitchen at gmail dot com.

I always love skimming your blog. You have such good inspiration!

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

OMG!!!!! I loveeeeeee this quilt! Are we still able to get hold of it?

So, what's the total of UFO's completed?

Rebekah said...

ooh! I liked your green/yellow/pink combo a lot, but I like your cool color combo even better. Beautiful quilt and congrats again on being published!

crazycrafter said...

These are beautiful quilts! I love that solid backing on the first one! I've said it before--I will say it again--you do such amazing work! How many WIP's do you have now? Blessings,
Hannah, age 12

Nancy said...

i have just discovered your beautiful blog, your patterns, colors and thoughts are so stimulating and creative. congratulations! Nancy

Neverwas said...

The color wash for The Tide is High is incredible!

Dresden Quilter said...

They are both so beautiful. I love quilts rich in colour. The names are great too.

Karen said...

Those are both gorgeous and the bento box quilt you linked to is beautiful too. That photo looks like an ad for bedding; very clean and professional!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Simpy fab!

charity said...

Though we often neglect the back of the quilt...it is important to do it up properly ...it feels good for the user.

Stephanie said...

YOU'RE QUILTS ARE AWESOME!!

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

I love them!!!

murshid said...

I love your work. all are nice.

ozjane said...

so so sorry to see such an inspiring blog stop but so glad you have left it up and there are so many lovely things I wanted to try....one day.
Hope maybe after a rest you could come back.....but understand that life is more than a blog.

Responsible Service of Alcohol said...

I love the first one that is called Tide is High. I really like it.