Monday, September 19, 2011

merry minis quilt top

I had the chance to sew more than I expected to on Saturday, which is always a pleasant surprise. I started playing with the 4 patches I had made from the merry mini fabric line from Connecting Threads. The fabric is cute and sweet and has a very vintage flavor to it. I knew I wanted to put the blocks up on point, so I started there. I'm so used to using 2" finished blocks, that the 4 1/2" blocks felt HUGE to me!
They looked decidedly, um, old fashioned. I was stuck for a bit, until I decided to add some setting squares in the blank spots. I added a few dots from Children at Play line (LOVE THOSE DOTS!!!) to help update things a bit. I also added a few other basics from my stash and a few prints from this line, too, even though they aren't Christmas prints. They work so well together! It's funny, because without intending to, I ended up making a variation of this quilt. You can find the measurements here
The background fabric is a sweet, sweet polka dot print, also from Connecting Threads. (It's picnic dot in mint.) It's so good that I had to stock up...I think I bought 5+ yards. :) I love that the background is something other than plain ol' white. I branched out and I LOVE it!
The quilt top is about 55" x 66".
Now it's sitting on the "to be quilted" stack. It has plenty of company there. Heh.

Also, I want to thank you for all your sweet comments on my last post. You guys are the best!!!

Happy Monday to you!

44 comments:

tirane93 said...

what a clever top! i like the two block combination and the colors coordinate remarkably well for being from different lines!

Tamara said...

i love the setting squares! I wouldn't have thought of that at all!

Lisa said...

Spectacular and so unexpected. Love the way this came out! Can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Rachel said...

Oh I love it! The setting squares made all the difference. This is beautiful!

Annalia said...

That looks so amazing! You never cease to amaze.

Denise L said...

I really love this quilt, the fabric the way you set them on point. Really nice.

I am Just One Mom said...

I want your eyes. You see things differently. Thank you for sharing The Vision!

Shari said...

I love this! Thanks for inspiring us yet again!

Denice said...

love the mini dot sashing. love that its set on point. it will be so cute when you finish it.

Sue said...

I love how this turned out. It's quite eye catching.

Summer Killebrew said...

Wow, I never would have thought to put the white around the setting blocks! It's so cute! I love it.

Kritta22 said...

You are so clever with your matching blocks and fabrics. I'm in love with the dots too

Shannon said...

Wow, I just love how clean and neat and comfy this quilt looks! Thank for sharing your creative side with us! I know that I, and many others, appreciate it so very much!!!

Muddling Through said...

I really like this. Connecting Threads has such nice fabric, but I had not thought of using a pale dot for a background in a quilt like this. Great idea! I feel more shopping tempting me.

Di~ said...

Your future is so bright quilt is one of the first I'd seen of yours. I. Was. Smitten. Then. :)
Good work.

Char said...

Great quilt! I just got some of the Whirlwind Romance in both color ways and I got lots of that mint dot too because I love dots. I also purchased a few yards of Mason Jars from CT to feed my all things Aqua hunger.

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Momma Yen said...

Too cute!!

Brooke said...

"Thou shalt not compare thyself with Amanda Jean."

But I want my quilts to be that clever and cute too!!!!! With no pattern none the less.

colleencl said...

Love the setting blocks ... so cute with the dots and the design is great! Good job!!

Thimbleanna said...

I love the way you wrote this post Crazy mom -- it was really fun to go through your design process with you. Too Cute! And thanks for the shout out -- I love you. ;-)

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

Soo cute! I like reading about your process. It even gave ne a idea for fixing up my 36-patch topper! :)

Tara said...

It's so very cute! You were right about it looking old fashioned before, but you fixed it right up!! Can't wait to cut into mine!!

thea said...

love the way you updated the quilt top. definitely not old fashioned.

AnnieO said...

Very pretty! That white brightened it up to full smile-inducing level :)

Freddie said...

I like the old fashioned look of it. Nice bright colours.

summerfete said...

Love it, simple yet intricate!

sonia said...

Very, very nice! I'd love to see it quilted.

Linda said...

Love it! Very cute!

Caroline said...

Too cute! I'd love to take it off your hands and quilt it for you... Granted you may never get it back, it is just too cute! I guess I better make my own. ;)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love the fabric and love the movement the secondary design makes.

Lucy said...

I love the idea of polka dot as a background!

Ginette said...

Beautiful quilt! Can't wait to see it quilted!

The Little Shop of Stitches said...

I am still stuck on the first line. Unexpected sewing time...(sigh)

Stacy Lindblom said...

Very creative. It totally changed the look of the quilt.

pratima said...

At an angle it seems like the center blocks are dancing. Cute setting for these lovely blocks!

Kris P said...

I love how it kind of messes with your eyes. First the 4 squares pop, then the white edged blocks pop out. Very Cool

quirky granola girl said...

when my husband wonders why i placed another fabric order (you've made me want that dot forever!) i'll tell him that Amanda made me do it :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

SO very cute. I think little dots are the answers to a lot of life's questions...

Jo said...

This is so lovely! Any chance of a pattern some time? Or maybe just square sizes?Please....

Jeanne said...

Love how this quilt turned out!

Mystica said...

As usual its marvellous. You take random colors, set them and they look so fabulous! thanks for the inspiration.

geekquilter said...

Wow, Amazing!

TylersMomm said...

I love it!! So simple, yet beautiful!