Wednesday, January 28, 2015

made in America quilt top

My intention with this project, besides making a quilt for Quilts of Valor, was to make a block a day for the month of January. Or, a block a day for 30 days, I should say. In reality, I ended up making 2-3 blocks every 2-3 days, which was perfectly fine by me. The work was still getting done!
Today, though, I realized I only had 5 blocks to make, so I made all 5, and proceeded to sew the whole thing together. Instead of going with a completely random layout, I chose to work in columns of color, then pop in a few random blocks here and there. I really like how it turned out!
For the fabric, I started with a bundle of American Made Brand Solids, then added a few prints for variety sake. The American Made Brand solids were nice to work with! Not too thick, not too thin...just right. For the block, I used the maverick star tutorial here. The quilt top measures about 60" x 72".

It feels good to be ahead of the game for once. Even if it is just my game and I'm the only one playing. :)

47 comments:

Anina said...

Love it!

Ruthann said...

This is too funny...I just emailed off to our guild president how a few of us want to do a QOV with wonky star blocks and present the idea in our next guild meeting. You must have posted this before and it subliminally stuck in my brain. Any way......lovely quilt top and I'll use it as an example to those who want to participate (if you don't mind of course!)

Daytona Damsel said...

I have wanted to make some quilts for our local Hospice. I wanted to include some patriotic quilts for veterans and this would be perfect. Thank you. What a timely post.

Cynthia Hogan said...

It looks great!

Kelly said...

Anything finished is fabulous! Looks great!

Gisele said...

Love the top, stars are my favourite!

Carla said...

Great top and great idea to challenge yourself, Amanda! Today, I'm looking through Sunday Quilts....for the thousandth time!!

knitnkwilt said...

I really like the way you arranged the colors! I'm all for planned irregular. I've enjoyed working with American Made Brand solids too.

Tubaville said...

Nice work! This turned out in record time :)

Dara said...

That turned out really well. I am canadian and am mourning the lose of an RCMP officer who was killed in the line of duty last week. Watching the funeral was so difficult. Its wonderful that you are honouring your soldiers. What a sacrifice these men and women make for us every day.

The Slow Quilter said...

This is a great quilt, I love the layout.

Danette Stankovich said...

Don't know what else to say but "Awesome!"

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is a great setting. What a wonderful quilt.

karen berrisford-snow said...

heheheh, love your comment about being ahead of the game ... I feel like that too sometimes, as long as we're happy playing the game, right ? :)

Cindy Dahlgren said...

Your quilt turned out beautifully. I just found out that you're coming to our Guild quilt show in October. I'm so excited to meet you. I should tell you that it's the North Star quilt show in Grand Forks. It's always a great quilt show. See you in October! CDahlgren at live dot com

Cindy Dahlgren said...

Your quilt turned out beautifully. I just found out that you're coming to our Guild quilt show in October. I'm so excited to meet you. I should tell you that it's the North Star quilt show in Grand Forks. It's always a great quilt show. See you in October! CDahlgren at live dot com

Kristin said...

I really like the color arrangement--I think it gives more of the "stripes" look to go with the stars and makes it look even more patriotic :) A charity quilt or two is on my list for the year too. Torn between QOV or a quilt for older kids at a shelter.

Deanna McNay said...

I enjoy this quilt! I like the use of columns and the random block.

Di~ said...

It turned out nice. I like solids that aren't too thick, but of course not see through either. :) feels good to reach a goal, huh, wish I did it more often.

Ellomee said...

Beautiful! It will be treasured!

Soapstone Quilts said...

Reaching a quilting goal, for a great cause, and it's beautiful -win,win, win!!

Laura Chaney said...

I really like your setting choice with the color columns. I probably wouldn't have thought of that, but it looks super.

Penny Olive said...

Your quilt is magnificent and the stars are fantastic. What a finish! My proverbial question: How will you quilt it?

magistra said...

I really love this quilt. I think your color placement is excellent! :) Beth

Sherrill said...

Ooo, I love it too! May have to copy your idea as it's easy yet very effective! I've been busy making backings for QOV (bustin' my stash a little).

tink's mom said...

Love the random blocks in the columns. It softens up the look. Great job, wonderful cause.

Nana said...

Love the quilt! I too had started a QOV and it is very similar to yours. I am using the rising star pattern with REd, White, blue. I am not as far along as you....but I will get there.

Jeneta said...

Haha! You kindly allow everyone else to 'play' without us having to do any of the work!! I think this top looks great - excellent idea to go with the columns and pops. I still have a wonky star quilt on my someday list. Though I think it has moved closer to the top of the list after seeing your lovely quilt top!

Julie Hunt said...

It was about 3 years ago that my husband received a QOV after doing his final deployment. Seeing those amazing quilts and how they affected the soldiers who received them, was what triggered my interest in quilting. I made my first one shortly after and I've made about 10 since. My hope is to soon make one to donate to QOV. Lovely!

Julie Hunt said...

It was about 3 years ago that my husband received a QOV after doing his final deployment. Seeing those amazing quilts and how they affected the soldiers who received them, was what triggered my interest in quilting. I made my first one shortly after and I've made about 10 since. My hope is to soon make one to donate to QOV. Lovely!

Jodie Zollinger said...

Amanada,
your quilt is stunning, great simple fabric choices, I am sure whoever gets it will love it.

Lies Koster said...

Very, Very nice. The random blocks just makes the difference! huisvlijtigliesje.blogspot.com

Sonja said...

WOW

Greetz from Belgium,
Sonja (scrapadoe.blogspot.com)

Podunk Pretties said...

Touchdown! Home Run! Goal! I'm not sure what game your playing with yourself but you scored with this one. Love the layout!

Crafty Ashley B said...

Good for you for finishing early! Such a pretty quilt and will comfort someone greatly!

Randi Allen said...

Love how that turned out!

Terri Ann said...

It came out beautifully! I like the approach of laying it out by column rather than randomly, it feels like a very purposeful layout this way.

Svetlana said...

I so love the layout you chose. So fun, I love how not too random it is.

Thimbleanna said...

You're so funny -- at least in your game you're always the winner LOL! What a great quilt CrazyMom -- it's beautiful!

Dolly said...

That is a GORGEOUS layout....one that I never would have thought of ! Beautiful !

Concordiabelle said...

Great idea, I might be able to play that game! It's a lovely quilt, sure to be appreciated. Thanks for the ideas.

Annalia said...

That is so pretty!

Judy in Michigan said...

Wonderful - colors and arrangement and everything!! Perfect size too.

Sue said...

I absolutely love this!

Sharon said...

Great quilt!

Denise Russell said...

I looks awesome! I like how you arranged the blocks...

annofames said...

This is beautiful! Thank you for honoring our veterans with a Quilt of Valor.