Monday, December 08, 2014

mustard mishap quilt

I finished my mustard mishap quilt last week! I waited to share it because I just HAD to get a photo in front of this fabulous yellow building. Isn't it so perfect with my quilt? I'm thankful to my husband and son for helping me with the photographs.
It is 100% scraps. Linen, denim, chambray, gingham, woven cotton, double gauze and even a little bit of canvas were used in this quilt. Normally I don't mix that many different materials together, but I think it worked well in this piece. I quilted it heavily, so if things shrink it shouldn't pucker too badly...the stitching should hold everything into place.
For the quilting, I used my Janome and made one big concentric square, but at an angle. I was concerned that having the stitching at an angle would be distracting, but I think it adds a lot of movement and depth. I really like how it turned out! You never know until you try. :)
The texture is so, so good. As I worked my way to the outer edges, my quilting lines got a little less straight, but I constantly reminded myself that this is a utilitarian quilt and it's not about perfection. I did my best, though. Sometimes that is a fine line, you know?
The backing is a sheet from Target that I had on hand. (I used the matching flat sheet to back this quilt.) For the binding I used jelly roll strips. It is so nice and quick!
It's been used a lot already! I think it's a new family favorite.
The quilt measures about 56" x 72". It's scrap project # 95/101. (That's SO exciting!!!)

Happy Monday to you!

60 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love that bit of yellow!

Quilter Kathy said...

Amazing! Love the quirkyness of it... so fun!

Di~ said...

Oh MY! great quilt...sheesh how many times around??? that quilting is amazing! how do you think of such things? :)

bellalily said...

Love the way you have used colour in the quilt and the range of fabrics - it is absolutely gorgeous

TakeMeThereTotes said...

I do like your quilt. And I love the square quilting. I found your blog when I was searching the spiral quilting technique. Now I have to try this square. Very nice.

Lisa Kavanaugh said...

What? are there some wavy lines in the quilting too? The quilting on this is awesome! like Di said - how do you think of these things! Love the quilt, amazed by the quilting! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Hollie @ Just a Mom who Sews said...

The yellow wall picture is a great picture of the quilt! Love how you quilted it.

SarahZ said...

Your are getting soooo close!! How exciting!! And this is a great quilt, too :) it looks like an automatic favorite!

Susan Strong (strongstitches.wordpress.com) said...

I really love how you quilted this. It suits the quilt so well. I'm going to have to give this a try as I'm always looking for variations on straight line quilting.

Nanaofck said...

Love this quilt Amanda. The quilting is a perfect compliment to the fabric and piecing. Great quilt.

tink's mom said...

This is absolutely stunning. the quilting works so well.

Daytona Damsel said...

I like everything about this quilt. Very creative, even the name. And yes, that wall was a perfect backdrop. Kudos, Debbie

Michele T said...

Beautiful quilt!!! I love the mix of colours and textures... The stitching is awesome too!

Havplenty said...

Creative and inspirational.

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diane said...

another stunner, AManda Jean

Laney said...

Love your square quilting. And that yellow wall was the perfect backdrop for your quilt!

ParadiseBreeze Quilts said...

Love it! Great photos - love the colours and the texture!

Kristen Jones said...

What a stunning quilt! I love the lil strip of yellow!!

Beth said...

On point concentric square quilting! Brilliant, and I want to try it.

elizabethdee said...

What a fabulous, fabulous quilt! I love everything about it.

Corrie H. said...

You do great work! Thanks for sharing all your projects with us!

Debbie said...

This is really lovely! I like it ALOT! And your yellow bit is so perfect. Glad you got your yellow wall photo. ;-)

Michelle Johnson said...

Beautiful... You said its a utilitarian quilt but is also a nice piece of ART!!!

MariQuilts said...

I just love how this turned out!!!

Plum Cox said...

Fabulous quilt, fabulous quilting! I love that off kilter square - brilliant!

Kim B. said...

As Michelle Johnson said - it's a work of art. Congratulations.

Sara Fiedler said...

I absolutely LOVE EVERYTHING about this quilt!! Great job.

Anita said...

It turned out lovely; great colors!

Julia Lucas said...

I love this quilt - the geometric shapes, the shades of blue (love the mustard too), the free motion stitching is my favourite

Sofie said...

Love your quilt, and the photos :-)

Linda said...

Lovely! I have thought about doing concentric squares on point kind of like that, too.

Teresa Palmer said...

It's just . . . breathtaking!

JanetD said...

Love it! That strip of yellow just makes it come alive. I hope to do an improv quilt from my scraps. So liberating! Thanks for sharing!

Annie said...

It looks great. I love the off centre quilting

Judi said...

It is very pretty; the hint of mustard adds a nice touch! You did it again....perfection!

Karen said...

I am amazed that the bag of scraps turned into this beautiful work of art. You have an eye for improv.

Alicia Melton said...

That is so awesome. Good job!

Barb N said...

I can see why it's a family favorite - the quilting is perfect for it!

Sigi G said...

Wow - stunning! The yellow will really make it a conversation piece. Good Job Amanda - I love it!

Carie said...

Oh that wall makes a fabulous backdrop - I love the pop of mustard, it's so much fun, and the quilting is a great idea - what did you do when you got to the short edges? Just keep echoing up the quilt?

neweverymorningpatchworkandquilting said...

The quilt looks just great! Did you turn it time and time again under the needle of a domestic sewing machine to do the spiral quilt pattern? It does enhance the quilt as you say. Very clever and the pictures are great too!
Allison

KathyinMN said...

In love with the quilting (the color, well its blue, so my love of that goes without saying). The way you started the quilting though-so that you could spiral out - genius. Looks so awesome. Thanks for sharing your work with the rest of us!

Cindy Pilkington said...

I love the yellow wall picture! It's just perfect! The quilting is also just what it needed! Bravo for such a good job...

u keep sewing said...

Nice quilt. Love everything about it. Very thrifty.
Thanks for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow Crazy -- that quilting must have killed your arms!!! Love the quilt -- the mustard wall was inspired. Now. Will there be a ketchup version -- you know for those of us non-mustard-but-die-hard-ketchup-fans???

Anne said...

I really do like how this quilt turned out. The single splash of color really makes it. Must have been hard to maneuver the quilt through all those turns but the end result on the angle is great.

Anina said...

Love it! (And the two little fingers sticking out the top in the first photo.)

Lorna McMahon said...

Such a fun quilt! Looks perfect for going on a picnic. The quilting is beautiful! And great photos, Amanda Jean!

Nicole Maroon said...

Wow. This is officially one of my favorite quilts ever. Love the pop of yellow, the quilting, the texture... And that yellow wall is perfect!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

What a fun quilt! It's definitely one of my favorites you've made.

magistra said...

That is really a great quilt!! Thank you for sharing it and your tip about using a sheet. That sounds excellent for backing :). Magistra13 at yahoo.com
Beth

Tamie said...

Love, love this quilt- and the name too.

Karen said...

As a beginner just days from quilting my very first piece of work--a holiday table runner for my daughter--thank you so much for pointing out your wonky quilting (although I sure couldn't see it!). It encourages me to quit procrastinating/cringing and just take the plunge!

Cassandra said...

This is a beautiful quilt- I am so impressed by how you managed to get so many different fabric weights to play nicely with one another!

Alycia said...

Oh my gosh - I just love it!! The quilting was perfect for it!!

firsttimemumma.com said...

I will have to try that square quilting pattern.

Carla said...

I just love the quilt and the quilting! How did you like using the sheet as a backing? Do you recommend it?

Stephie said...

My favourite is the photo with the quilt on the tree with the orange leaves behind - it makes the blues sing! It's a great quilt, just wish I could feel that texture, yum!

Stephie said...

My favourite is the photo with the quilt on the tree with the orange leaves behind - it makes the blues sing! It's a great quilt, just wish I could feel that texture, yum!

Jantine Urban said...

I follow your blog regurlarly, but somehow I missed this post. I love the mascular look and the square quilting is great, I might copy that!!