Wednesday, June 09, 2010

fruit stripe

fruit stripe
this little quilt has been in progress for about 2 years...i'm so glad it's finally done!

to piece it, i used skinny strings that were too small to hold seam allowances, so i foundation pieced them onto fabric and left the edges raw.

it's a little quilt, only 33" x 44". i LOVE the colors. LOVE them!
and did i mention that it's all scraps?

the backing....oh, boy! this has to be my best backing find ever. it came from joanns. can you believe it? as soon as i saw it i knew it was perfect for this. i love the simple green polka dot on the binding, too.

to quilt it, i stitched in the ditch between the rectangles. i chose this option because of the extra weight of the foundation fabric under the strips. i didn't want to mess around with a lot of heavy quilting. a nice side effect is that the quilting makes a nice simple grid on the back, which you really can't see on the photo, but it's there.

i love this little quilt and so does my daughter. she's amassing quite a pile of little quilts at the end of her bed.

105 comments:

Anna said...

SOO cute! Love it!

ircabbit said...

Jeez, like I wasn't saving enough scraps before... now I'm gonna end up saving strips that are too small to even sew together. THANKS A HEAP!

just kidding - it's gorgeous. Quite a fun little quilt, and I'm sure the raw edges are only going to add to it as it gets used.

c'est Moi! Heather from the TinknFrog said...

Oh I love the name of this quilt, so appropriate. The backing fabric is perfect! What a great find indeed. Cheers!

Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

Oh my goodness! That is too cool! Love it :D

Hannah said...

I love how summery and bright it is!

Jessica Christensen said...

Oh, AJ, I LOVE, LOVE the backing fabric! I would have wanted to buy the whole bolt if I had seen it. I've been wondering if we would ever see that fruit stripe quilt. It is so unlike you to have one take you so long, but I can see why now -- so labor-intensive. I love it.

Diane said...

That is such a fun quilt! Congrats of completing it! I know it is extra special when it is one that has been hanging around for awhile.

Terry said...

It's fabulous! I love it! :0)

Becky said...

I LOVE this quilt! The colors, the backing... it's beautiful!

Christina said...

What a fun quilt! Love the backing fabric.

Trish said...

I really love the colors on this quilt. It's beautiful. Everything just goes together nicely!! Congrats on the finish :-)

wackywoman said...

I love everything about it.

Crafty Mama said...

Oh my, that is so super cute!! I love it!! ☺

Kacey said...

that backing fabric IS perfect! nice work!

Allie said...

Super cute quilt! I love the name.

Goddess in Progress said...

Mmm, the colors practically make my mouth water. Yum! I am, as always, impressed with your dedication to using even the smallest possible scraps. :-)

Liz

Thimbleanna said...

What a perfect name for that quilt CrazyMom! I can see why your daughter loves it -- the colors and the back are all fantastic!!! Most Excellent!

Q said...

What an adorable quilt AND it came from scraps! BONUS! I am sure your daughter will enjoy it for a very long time.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very fun quilt! And I love that you used scraps!! Way to go :-)

Dandelion Quilts said...

What a cheerful quilt. It would have been very difficult to stipple, I think. Looks super.

Carol said...

What a cute little quilt. I think the grouping of the colors together makes it great. I can see why your daughter loves it. Goog job!

Leslie said...

fruit stripe gum was my favorite when i was little...this quilt is adorable!! i love the colors

Michelle said...

SOOOO CUTE! I have to do one like this, only bigger. Maybe it will make a dent in my stash!

Andi said...

I wish I had that little pile quilts at the end of MY bed!!!

Cheryl Arkison said...

How fun!

Tin Can Daisy said...

I LOVE that little quilt and I'm SO going to make one of those - even if it does take 2 years :)

Beth said...

I love this quilt. Fruit stripe gum was a favorite of mine too, and thisquilt reminds me of all those wonderful colors ( and flavors).

Deven said...

Beautiful! What a great idea! It makes me look at scraps in a whole new way!

Kimberly said...

fan. stinkin. tastic.

Trisha said...

Cute quilt! I love how scrappy and bright it is. What a great Joann's find. Wonder if they still carry it...

Shauna said...

How cute is that! I love it!

lera said...

Mmmm. I can almost taste that gum now. And now I can't, since the flavor only lasts about three seconds.

Lovely, happy quilt.

Jorie said...

I love bright and happy quilts like this! It looks awesome :)

Sara said...

Need that backing for a quilt top pf tessallation crosses I have finished and waiting to be sandwiched together:) Really cute quilt top I need to add:)

Jackie said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilt! I can see why she loves it! She will continue to collect quilts as you make them. I know it, my daughter has tons now and it started a long time ago. She loves everyone.

Sarah Craig said...

Such a beautiful quilt - I love the bright cheery colors and that backing is perfect!!! Congratulations on a beautiful finish!! You have a very lucky daughter!

NanaKaren said...

How gorgeous! The colors are wonderful. Glad that I'm saving small pieces of fabric leftovers!

Terriaw said...

Wonderful way to use up those skinny strips! I'm impressed your scraps are so color coordinated. I agree with you on the backing - perfect! And I especially love the name you gave this one.

Julia said...

It's very beautiful, you amaze me with your creativity and talents

Amy said...

Can I just tell you that this quilt put a smile on my face the second I saw it!

Linda said...

LOVE it! And, yes, that backing is PERFECT!

Ursula said...

I LOVE this quilt! It's sooo happy and makes me smile.

pink for me said...

Adorable! Must try this.

Stephanie said...

The colours are just gorgeous. What a work of art!

Anonymous said...

Amanda Jean,
So glad you are back blogging!

bloominworkshop said...

What a great use of scraps! I need you to come over and help me get rid of some of mine!!! For some reason, my scrap basket never seem to diminish.

Ashley said...

The colors on this are fabulous! I absolutely love the look of this quilt.

Karen said...

Great quilt, the blocks don't look that small. I like that each block is color specific. Love the back too. Joann's has some good things sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

Laurel H. said...

This is just great; so delightfully bright! Soon you won't be able to see your daughter (when she's in bed), for the quilts piled on her bed!

Kristin said...

So bright and cheerful!

Tammy in Ontario, Canada said...

This quilt is super cute and I LOVE THE BACKING! It's nice to find fabrics at a little less money that you can use on the back- but it's equally as cute as the front. I also love the idea of using up scraps and your colours are to die for- so cheery and fun. I love coming to your blog to see what new things you have come up with :)

AMD said...

What a nice print for the back. Bold and fun.

leigh said...

another great scrap quilt from the scrap quilt queen! i love seeing all your scrappy ideas.

Sara said...

wow, i looove it.
you're amazing!!
you inspire me to keep every last piece of fabric (my scrap stash is out of control)!

Sarah said...

It's great - happy and fun!

Corrie said...

love it! so bright and pretty!

Corrie;)

Margaret said...

just discovered that you are back...joy and delight.
Thankyou

Jessee said...

Lovely! Do post a picture of it after you've washed it a few times. I'm curious to see how the texture changes.

Faye said...

i am in love with this! very well done. people would have thought i was crazy if i tried this. it would have taken me 5 years or more lol very nice indeed.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

I LOVE these colours! What a fabulous quilt!!
Hugs,
Kerry

Theresa said...

Another great idea turned into a quilt. I just love the thought of little, seemingly useless bits of fabric scrap that turns into a functional quilt. On their own, nothing. Together, a community! Love the little person peeking out the side of your shot!

vanree said...

This Quilt is so cute! I love it!
Vanree

Trine said...

WOW!

Contented Caroline said...

Cute and colourful as always AmandaJean. Gorgeous.

Joyce said...

I absolutely love this little quilt and the back is perfect. Wonderful!

Amanda Naomi said...

i LOVE this quilt!!
the backing fabric is AMAZING!!! i wish we had a joanns in australia!

Nichole said...

very fun quilt! i have been finding a lot of great prints at joann's lately. they must be stepping it up to compete with all of the modern designers. good news of us!

Bonnie said...

This is SO GREAT! I love the colours too.

ktquilts said...

At least your daughter has fabulous taste!!!

Blessings,

KT

Why Not Sew? said...

This is so cute. I love that you used "scraps" and made such a beautiful quilt, just goes to show I'm not crazy for saving those skinny and little pieces.

Amy said...

Oooh I love it! Did it take so long for you to get it together because you had to build up the scrappy strips or it just took that long to piece all the tiny bits together? How large would you say each strip was, approximately?
When I clicked on your blog and saw this beauty I said (out loud) oh, I'm so glad Crazy mom is blogging again!!

amysmack said...

Super cute quilt!!!!!

Tracie said...

Oh, wow. Totally makes me think about that fruit striped gum from my childhood!

I love it. It's so eye-catching.

jabeybaby said...

This is so cute! I love all the colors, and that backing is adorable!

Needled Mom said...

I love it and the backing is fabulous!!!

Lori Holt said...

Oh yes...love it and it looks just like fruit striped gum.
The backing from JoAnns is fabulous with it...what a great quilt.
i just love it.
x
lori

Annessa said...

You are brilliant! I love that you use up every scrap of fabric - you've inspired me to save all mine and make something beautiful!

Debbie J said...

And quilts like this are why I keep saving all my skinny scraps and crumbs! Some day I will be able to make some great original quilts from them.

Amy Jo said...

Oh my..... cute. cute. cute!!! LOVE it!! :-)

Clair said...

Cute!

nettie said...

oh wow, i love this...and I also can't believe that not only do you save those tiny pieces, but you also use them!

Alise said...

I'm so totally in love with this quilt! I'm going to be saving scraps that are too small to sew together to make one like it now :)

PunkiePie said...

Now I need to take a ride to Joanns since the backing fabric is sold out online. I just love it!! Hopefully I'll get there this weekend. Your quilt is just so colorful. I love it!

Marcia said...

Love it! So glad you're back! Hugs!

Suzanne said...

What's not to love about this quilt?!

I'm wondering if these photos are before or after washing. I would love to see a close up of the blocks after laundering.

Kathy said...

What a perfectly cute string style quilt. I bet with the raw edge applique it will wash up and look even more like a well loved vintage quilt. It was a fine way to use your most colorful scraps.

Anonymous said...

That is, hands down, one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. You inspire me.
-Michelle S.

Teresa said...

I love this quilt...so summery, so happy, and deliciously scrappy!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

pratima said...

So pretty! What a fun backing! Perfect!!

Annie said...

I love it too - I love what you do with scraps!

the momma said...

I love it!! and it is SO perfectly named!! makes me want to go buy a pack of gum right now :-)

Ariane said...

I love it! What a great way to use those scraps!

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amandajean said...

the photos of the quilt are before washing.

aj

Laura said...

Great top and way to use up those little strings, and you are right, that backing is awesome! I love it!

jennifer said...

What a fun quilt! I love it too. I am also intrigued by the way you swapped out that Nikon strap with one of your own. Very clever. I will be studying my own strap soon, to see if I can do something similar. One Q: did you use a seam ripper to take it apart from the leather strap holder? And then sew it back up? Just curious.
Thanks!

Rebekah said...

love this! You do such amazing things with strings!

Anonymous said...

I.LOVE.IT!

Absolutely beautiful, it's breath taking! I want it!!! Wish I could make my own! :)

Rhonda said...

I like this little quilt! Everything about it is so cute!

Carina said...

I'm new to your blog and the quilt is just AMAZING - love love love the colour combo!!!! Glad to know that there is projects that can take that long and that I'm not the only one with a few projects running (not always to be finished immediately) :-) Will visit again. Carina

Katherine said...

I want this quilt. It's so yummy!
Love those bright, candy inspired colours and the backing... oh, that backing. Unbelievable. What a score to find.

hook & needle said...

This is GORGEOUS! Just started following your blog, so I'm too late for the quilt-along this time. Maybe next time though!

Anonymous said...

bravo ! magnifique ! joli travail comme j'aimerais savoir faire pareil !!

bisous d'Espagne

Thimbelina said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
Glad I stumbled across your blog :)

Helen in the UK said...

Just found a link to this quilt on the Quilt du Jour blog. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I'm a big fan of string quilts and this is so fresh and zingy :)