Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival, Spring 2012

Double hooray!  One for Bloggers' Quilt Festival and one for *finally* finishing this quilt!
This quilt has been a WIP for a very, very long time (at least for me).  You can read more about its history here.  The short story is that it's for my niece, whose favorite color is purple.  Purple is not the easiest fabric to find in the quilting world, but Kate Spain's Central Park (one of my all-time favorite fabric lines) is amazing.  Seriously gorgeous. 
The pattern is from Cara at Me? a Mom?'s Urban Lattice Quilt-along.  I used Kona White and Medium Gray.  I adapted the pattern slightly, choosing to focus more on Kate Spain's stunning fabrics.  I followed Lee at Freshly Pieced's modifications.  While I do love math, it's nice when someone else does it for you.  I think it came out pretty well.
The back is two simple panels of fabric with triangles between, referencing all the triangles on the front.  My favorite pieced backs are simple and have something to do with the front.  Check and check.
The quilting is minimal, with echo quilting around the diamonds and lattices and alternating horizontal and vertical lines.  It shows particularly well on the back.
The binding is another simple one, using the blue cobblestone from Central Park. 
When I talked to my sister about the quilts, she mentioned that she'd be sewing buttonholes right into the quilts to enable her to attach sheets and use them as duvets in the winter.  I (inwardly) about died and then suggested that I'd try to figure out something a little more elegant (and not so painful!).

On the back of the quilt, you'll notice a gray strip that runs around the outside.  That sneaky gray strip has the buttonholes that allow the quilt to double as a duvet.
Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about finishing the quilt and with how well it turned out.  I hope my niece loves it too!
Thanks for stopping by, and go enjoy the rest of the quilts in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!
Amy's Creative Side

48 comments:

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

This is a beautiful quilt, Brynn! I love what the gray and white add to the prints. What a clever way to make it cover a duvet without actually putting button holes directly on the quilt. Oh my, I would have been horrified if that had happened, too! :o)

memmens said...

It's beautiful, you should be so proud.
I know all about taking a long time to make quilts, so well done on getting it finished, what's next?!

Angie said...

Central Park is one of my favorite lines, too. I love the gray and white together with these prints - gorgeous quilt!

Kendra from missknittas studio said...

Lovely! And I am working on two purple quilts for friends whose favorite color is purple -- you're right about it being difficult to find fabrics!

Katie B. said...

Ooh, I love Central Park. Your quilt is gorgeous! Great solution on the button holes--and the duvet transformation is a clever idea!

B said...

The colors are absolutely beautiful on this quilt. I LOVE the idea of adding buttonholes, and you really did do it in a "classy" way. :)

straythreads said...

beautiful! and what a clever idea with the button holes
Ann

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies said...

So funny you should say how difficult purple is. I was requested to do a mini quilt with purples, and I am stunned on the lack of choices!!! It turned out lovely!!!!

Charlotte said...

that is so SO lovely!

CitricSugar said...

Sneaky buttonholes! I love that idea!

The quilt is lovely - your piecing is perfect!

Sew Lovins said...

Loving the delicate palette.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

The quilt is gorgeous and I would have felt the same as you about button holes. I LOVE your solution, though, and think I might have to "steal" it for a quilt for my sister. Brilliant!

Martine Kuciel said...

brillante idée l'utilisation du gris et blanc cela donne du relief au blocs félicitation

Amy Friend said...

Lovely! I made a quilt with this line too and really enjoyed working with it.

Jennie said...

A gorgeous quilt, and I'm with you on the lack of pretty purples in the quilting world. My oldest daughter loves purple and I have such a hard time finding good ones. I'm slowly building a small stash of it. I just worry she'll outgrow it before I get a quilt made for her.

And bless you for putting those buttonhole strips on the back. It would be criminal to put buttonholes directly into a quilt so pretty.

Janine said...

This quilt was worth the wait! It's beautiful!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I really love your Urban Lattice..

quilthexle said...

Great colour choices! Love your solutions for the duvet ...

Eileen said...

beautiful quilt and choice of fabrics. thanks for sharing and have a great day

a maidenhair fern said...

cool play on the negative space.

Susan Being Snippy said...

This is a lovely quilt and a great choice of fabrics. Sure glad that you thought of a way to deal with the buttons! Your method is much more discrete and less damaging!

I'm glad I stopped in to see your quilt!

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

Doesn't it feel great to finish something, especially when it is this beautiful? I LOVE it!

Marjorie said...

Bravo for the solution. I would have just kept the quilt and told the relative she could buy a duvet cover at Walmart. (People like that don't really deserve hand made quilts...)

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Oh, it's just lovely! I really like the added gray that runs between the white! That is a great line and that pattern really does showcase it beautifully. I caught my breath when you first mentioned that she wanted to add buttonholes! How very clever you are to add that gray strip!

Janet said...

A very pretty quilt. And so inventive of you to come up with the duvet idea. I wouldn't mind knowing more about how this will work as my daughter has asked if I can make a duvet quilt.

Melissa said...

I love the purples in this line, too! such a beautiful quilt!

Cathy said...

I like your quilt, a good design for showcasing the fabric line you used.

Dorothy said...

Wonderful quilt, and great idea for adding the buttonhole strips on the back.

pinsandneedles said...

Beautiful quilt and such a clever idea with the buttonholes.

Leslie said...

this is such a beautiful quilt. you are a wonderful quilter. i love the fabrics

Quilterbell said...

What a pretty quilt!, congrats!.

cat in tassie said...

Love this quilt! The grey and white were perfect additions to the fabrics.

Julia said...

I love the gray and white with those beautiful prints. You did a great job.

Allie said...

That is a GORGEOUS quilt and I about died myself when I read about the buttonholes, lol - what a clever solution! This quilt is PERFECT!

Mego said...

I love this quilt! And you are SO clever with the buttonholes! I'm gonna have to copy that little tip! THANKS!

Kristine said...

So pretty!

Eileen said...

beautiful, love your colors!

Jacque. said...

Fabulous! And, so ingenious with the buttonholes. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Sue Daurio said...

Great quilt!

Quiltbenaco said...

E' delizioso!!!!!

Robin said...

Very Pretty! Kate Spain is one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing!

Andrea Louise said...

Beautiful quilt!

Dana Gaffney said...

Your quilt is beautiful, you used the most perfect colors. The quilt has a very soothing feel to it for me. Thanks.

Gayle Bong said...

Well, I think it came out pretty well too. Lovely in fact.

Simply Sandy said...

This quilt is so pretty. Love the gray you added to it. Pretty ingenious the way you added the buttonholes. Some people just don't appreciate all the hard work that goes into making a masterpiece.

Dar said...

What a lovely quilt. The colors are my favorites too. I have never seen such a clever solution for adding buttonholes to a quilt. Does that mean the sheet has buttons added to it? What a great idea. I'll have to pay closer attention to the duvet covers out there. Thanks for sharing your quilt and your unique technique.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

I simply LOVE your quilt. Period. The colors, the pattern, just perfect! Oh, and did I mention Central Park is one of my favorite fabric lines? Yeah... Thanks for sharing!

amylouwho said...

I think you already know how I feel about this quilt. SERIOUSLY amazing!! And ditto what everyone else said!! You deserve every bit of praise for this beauty!