Wednesday, February 23, 2011

long division

My long division quilt is complete! You can find the tutorial here. This was my first time designing a quilt with a values approach, and I think I will be exploring this method further. It's quite fun!
The backing is something I picked up at my LQS for $1.99/yard on sale. I LOVE getting great deals like that on backings. Or on any fabric, for that matter. :)
I stitched a simple swirl all over in light grey thread. It blended with most fabrics well. That's about all you can ask for, especially in a quilt like this with so many colors and values.
I tried out a new labeling approach. I used a little fusible web to this make it. It's ok, but I think I'm ready to graduate to "real" labels. Labels that someone else makes. Or else the labeling rarely gets done.
And here it is all rolled up. I love that little grey and white bicycle fabric. It's so sweet! In fact, there are so many special fabrics in here...some came from my friends: AmyLinda, Tara, Terri and Victoria. This is sure to be one of my favorite quilts for a long time to come. And it's all from stash. I think I might go make another. :)

62 comments:

Bonnie said...

I really really love this quilt! I will have to check out the tutorial. I am also a big fan of the swirl quilting - very nice!

Needled Mom said...

It looks fabulous!!! I can see why it would become a fast favorite.

Jennifer said...

This is really beautiful! I love the quilting and all the colors!

Jennifer :)

Renae said...

Nice,...and easy...which I'm all about that.

Beautiful job.

epban said...

Yeah for stash quilts! This one is beautiful.

Michelle- Quiltah in Mass. said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG - noticed you mentioned labels? A friend uses Custom Couture Labels for her purses that she sells on Esty. MADE IN THE USA (N.H.) Check them out, as they have great quality & seem to be very reasonable. Keep up the beautiful quilts!

Terriaw said...

I adore this quilt! I love the pattern, I love the colors, I love the quilting (go grey thread), and I love the backing fabric. You find the best fabrics at your LQS, especially for backings. And to my surprise, I saw my name as a contributor. How cool is that. This will be another great quilt to add to my efforts to use up my scrap stash!

Jacque. said...

What a gorgeous piece of work! Not surprised at all...I so love seeing what you're up to.

beth said...

Very nice. Fun to use fabric from friends too, huh?

Dawn said...

I love it! So many great fabrics in there! I have some Kaffe Fassett fabric on its way to me in the mail, this might just be the perfect project for it! :)

Staci said...

Love your new quilt, planning the fabrics must have been a lot of fun!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Love the fabrics. Love the quilting. Love the colors. Pretty much love it all!

Tara said...

It's so good! I love that even using all of those bold prints, separating the values like that gives the eye a place to rest so it isn't too busy! Love the gray thread swirl too! It is fast becoming my favorite neutral thread!

Debbie J said...

Oh, I love how it came out. I am starting to quilt mine tonight and can't wait to finish it. I made the backing entirely from scraps too, so thanks to you I have only used purchased batting for this project.

Evelyn said...

What a wonderful quilt and such nice fabrics. Beautiful.

hookiescookies said...

Great! Nice way to display the fabric.

Suzanne said...

With as many quilts as you do, you deserve to have "real" labels. So many people I know through blogland use namemaker. That's where I'll order from if I can ever find a catchy name to put on my quilts.

HandyHoney said...

There was a recent post about labels:

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/02/clothing-labelsby-100s.html

becsbags said...

Love It! All of it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Brakmack said...

Wow! I love this quilt! Thank you for sharing but most importantly, thank you for your constant inspiration. Your quilts are great!!
Cristina

Paula said...

Sweetwater nakes great labels!!!!

Jessica Christensen said...

Hooray for using up some of our stash! :) I need to make one of these. No, wait, I need to finish what I have started. My new motto: Don't start something new. Finish something old. ;) Love this. Go snuggle. Stay warm.

asnipofgoodness said...

I love this one too! And that bike fabric is soooo very cute. I LOVE all your fabrics! I just recently found your blog, and really enjoy it!

Robin said...

Definitely a happy finish! Congrats and thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. :)

susiloci said...

Muy bonita y divertida, además parece fácil de hacer.
El acolchado está perfecto.

Karen said...

Wonderful quilt! I'll be sure to save the tutorial to my list of quilts to make (in the future). Love your machine quilting! Wish I could do that, but so far, I'm doing well with straight line quilting.

I'm presently finishing a sampler quilt I did on a QAL with you a couple of years ago. When I finish the binding, will send you a pic.

Karen

Live a Colorful Life said...

What is there NOT to love about this quilt. Starting with the name Long Division *sigh*: perfect name! And having scraps from friends in a quilt makes it super special. I don't think I can do meander quilting but I might try the loopy quilting. It looks awesome! Because I DID promise myself I will machine quilt in 2011!

Leslie said...

this is really pretty !!! i love the backing...nothing better than a good sale

Lori said...

While of course I can always appreciate an intricate quilt, it is this kind of quilt I am always drawn to. Fun to make and beautiful to look at. And something draws me about squares and rectangles. I really like this one.

And a question for you, where do you find your labels? I have had a hard time finding labels. I am going to try and make them...

Dolly said...

Oh, this is so yummy scrappy, and knowing that you remember who gave you the fabrics makes it really a special keeper !

I really like your quilting. I've seen the loopy stuff done, but your loops look fatter or something, and they are really pleasing me. I think I may have stumbled upon the design I need for my Autumn Blues quilt. Thanks for the inspiration !

QuiltinMama said...

Happy colors = a happy quilt! Love it!

pratima said...

It is a beautiful quilt! Your quilting is fabulous!

Annalia said...

What a beautiful quilt!

If anyone deserves labels, you do. You know you'd use them all too. :)

Melodee said...

Oh, I want to do this too! I just have to get past my inability to decide what fabrics go together well. Really looking forward to next months stash buster quilt. You have inspired me once again.

Shannon said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the blend of fabrics, and the simplicity of the pattern. :o) Thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

I am so glad I found your blog! I have been struck with "Quilter's Block" but you have inspired me. I've had all my fabric for a girlfriend's baby quilt but I wanted it to be perfect so I haven't been able to make up my mind. I am positive though that your filmstrip quilt is exactly what I need. Thank you!

Leigh the sewing diva said...

that is beautiful!!

Come visit my blog at:
Leigh at The Sewing Diva

Rhonda said...

Very nice quilt! Now I'm getting an idea to make one. :)

Susan K in Canada said...

I am interested in labels too -but not having to order hundreds - where can a person go for custom labels? Thanks

tarabu said...

I've ordered labels from this shop a few times: http://www.etsy.com/people/customcouturelabelco - my favourites at the moment are the ribbon yardage with my name repeated along the length - with about an inch between each repeat I can fold them in half and sew them into the seam of the binding on the reverse, or across the corner in a diaganol.

pat sloan said...

you are having so much fun... I can just feel it!

Julie said...

First, let me say how much I enjoy your blog. I stumbled across it a few months ago and have turned into an avid reader. It is always enjoyable to see someone who is able to cultivate and share her talent while being a Mommy too.

You will probably get lots of label suggestions but you definitely should check out:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/jennifersjewels
She does an amazing job!

You can see the ones she made for me here:
www.carryacutebag.com

Thanks for sharing your quilting talent. It is something I'm going to tackle some day.....

Sara said...

Really cool quilt...

Muddling Through said...

Well, I don't blame you, I think it would be one of my favorites, too! Really pretty, and I love how you've quilted it. And the backing. Just perfect all around!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Okay, when the heck did you finish this?

TD wool design said...

gorgoeus! like spring!

dreamzhappenquiltz said...

Love it!

http://quiltsbagsgardens.blogspot.com/ said...

Liking this quilt! Great use fabrics.
Thank you for sharing.

Lauren @ Craft My Life Away said...

The colors go wonderfully well together!

Helen said...

I love fast and easy quilts. A stash buster is a plus. Thanks for sharing this great pattern.

Jen said...

It's gorgeous!

audreypawdrey said...

I love the contrast of the values. Thanks for sharing the pattern, too!

Sheila said...

I like your quilt. Great pattern. Colorful and happy. An easy quilt. A great way to use large print stash to make a fun quilt gift! Perhaps for a graduation gift.

QuiltinMama said...

What a fun pattern for all those fabrics you just CAN'T cut into teeny squares!

Kristyne said...

Oh my gosh! I work at a quilt store and the owner & I were just planning out a quilt using that same bicycle fabric! It is way too cute, especially with the little purple baskets :)

Andrea, the little collector said...

So lovely (and fun!) the way it turned out. I love having bits of fabric from friends in a quilt. :)

Nadia Simona said...

I love this quilt!!!
Nadia Simona

Debbie J said...

I finished mine too! You can see it Here:

http://angelscrapsquilting.blogspot.com/2011/02/finished-picnic-in-park.html

and here:

http://homemakingdreams.blogspot.com/2011/02/february-sky-and-quilt.html

I appreciate your tutorial very much and am looking forward to the next one.. :o)

Dandelion Quilts said...
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Dandelion Quilts said...

What a great quilt, love it.

Eli, Cattails Quilts said...

Love the quilt! I need to start doing things like this with my scraps...

For labels, I've started using Spoonflower. It's a fabric printing service where you can upload your design & have it printed (in full color!!) on a number of different fabrics, for a very reasonable price. It's great if you want to use more than just text for your label.

I wanted to use my cattails logo, so I created my label design in PhotoShop, uploaded it, and ordered 1/4 yd of it in 3 different sizes, so I can play around with it on different items.

I've also done a few 'single' labels on samples, for special quilts or IRRs. Again, an easy way to get a nice label, if you don't have your own embroidery machine or can't print on fabric or transfer paper.

martilindsey said...

I just saw this tutorial for making a fabric label using your computer printer...fyi:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mH2R2dVQxc&feature=feedlik