Friday, September 07, 2018

need more coffee-a completed quilt

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
I recently finished this quilt that I'm calling "need more coffee". It's a spin on my mini coffee cups quilt....but I made a LOT more blocks this time. 110 blocks, to be exact. I was working on these blocks at my annual Gruber's retreat this past summer and my friends urged me to offset the rows of coffee cups rather than rely on a straight block setting. It was definitely the right choice! That little change made a big difference.
I used a variety of light prints for the background, but all of the coffee cups are RED!
I used the spool print from my Emma & Myrtle collection for the backing and a sweet gingham print for the binding. (The binding might be my favorite part of this quilt!!!)
I glue basted the fabric to help line up the repeat of the print for the backing. It takes a little bit extra time to do it, but the satisfaction that I get out of it is priceless. I know, I'm such a nerd!
I quilted it on my Janome Horizon. The original quilting plan was to quilt a 1/2" grid all over, but I came to my senses and settled for a 1" grid instead. I decided that it'll do. Hahahaha!
 
The quilt measures about 60" x 76".
 
As much as I LOVE this quilt, I think I'm going to give it as a gift. I can't keep them all....sigh.

Now, it's your turn! Please link up your finishes. Thanks, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday! Have a great weekend!

39 comments:

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

I love it. Simple and effective. The offset arrangement for the cups is perfect. :)

Sandra Walker said...

This is a wonderful quilt Amanda Jean, and the offset suggestion at the retreat gives me the same caffeine rush I get with the real McCoy!

Alison V. said...

I just love this quilt and love all of the red and cream prints! I made a teacup quilt years ago and I might have to pull it out. :D

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Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I appreciate the offset grid of the cups and that the handles point right and left as well. Sweet finish, and the 1" grid looks more than good enough to me!

Brooke Sellmann said...

oh Amanda!

your finished quilt turned out great!
so good to see you this summer and then back again in blogland...

blessings to you!!

brooke@sillymamaquilts.com

Charlotte M. said...

Off set was definitely the way to go. Amazing how it changes the look. Everything about this quilt is wonderful.

Kathy Porter-Cunningham said...

I love a red quilt and especially a red binding. Both together, what's not to love!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I just love cross hatching! Your quilts always such a polished look to them. Welcome back, all of your linkeruppers are glad to see you back too.

Nicole said...

Cute quilt! I think offsetting the blocks was a great idea!

em's scrapbag said...

Your coffee cups are adorable!

Leanne Parsons said...

The offset arrangement is perfect! It's such a fun and cheerful looking quilt :) Thanks for hosting again!

Patty said...

Love, love this quilt!

Frog Quilter said...

What a fabulous finish!

Mari said...

Red and white make such wonderful quilts together. I love the binding, too, and the backing is perfect. Great finish!

Jessica Christensen said...

Love the tiny crosshatch quilting! It looks so great!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Red brings such a wow factor to a quilt. Of course, the fact that it is lovely piecing and quilting makes it all the more special.

Tammy Stack said...

Yay!welcome back!

Rene' said...

I love everything about this quilt, Amanda!!! It was fun watching you work on this at retreat! Happy Friday! xoxoxo

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

There is absolutely nothing not to like about this quilt! It is practically perfect in every way And I do love me some red!

Ben said...

The offset, the reds, and the scrappy background all work together wonderfully.

Tove Marie Bach said...

I love this quilt as much as I love my coffee :-)

FlashinScissors said...

Another gorgeous quilt, Amanda! Love the cups and it was a great decision to offset them. Grid quilting certainly works for me, it’s my go-to choice for quilting most things, and your gingham binding is adorable!
Thanks for continuing to run Finish it up Friday!
Hugs,
Barbara x

Little Quiltsong said...

Love this quilt - and the quilting you did on it. What a perfect gift for someone, but must be hard to let go. It reminds me of Christmas and hot chocolate in my mug :)!!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

A great quilt! Love the red and the offset idea was a good one!

sansuey said...

Am sipping my coffee and bowled over with love for this quilt!

Cathy Melancon said...

What a fun and fantastic quilt!! Yes, offsetting the blocks was genius!!! I love the scrappy background and the red cups!! The gingham binding is perfect!! Another great quilt from you!!!!

Vasudha said...

It's a great pattern. I love the variety of reds and backgrounds you've used.
Thank you for hosting finish it up Friday again. I love seeing what everyone is up to.
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Lee said...

Another amazing design and finished quilt! I love every bit of it and am adding it to my future plans! I admire your talents!

sandi s said...

Beautiful quilt! It looks so fun, I love it. Hugs,

Kleine Vingers said...

I just love the quilt

FlourishingPalms said...

Your finishes are always beautiful, and this one in particular is just so "you." Love those red cups, and can't help but wonder what drinks they're holding. I wish I could time my quilt finishes and blogging to the right Friday, as I finished a quilt LAST week. I'm definitely not as prolific as you, but I do keep plugging away... though a touch of malaise has invaded my sewing room. A lack of motivation makes it difficult to finish quilts! Ha! Some of the problem is that I don't need ANYmore quilts, so don't know what to do with my finishes. I guess I need to find people to give them to, who will appreciate them. The "appreciation" is difficult to find. I admire that you keep plugging on. Keep up the great work!

mb-RI said...

Lovely! I really like the red coffee cups!

Katie Z. said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

Cecily Graham said...

What a fun quilt! I remember you starting it and thinking how great ally hose cups would look together - and they do!

Cecily Graham said...

* all those, not ally hose!

Crystal_235 said...

I love the coffee quilt. And I just bet your lost in the crowd quilt is going to be beautiful.

Greta Flos said...

So beautiful quilt!! LOVE color combination!!