Prosper in Solids {a finished quilt}


This quilt is a celebration of color!  Sometimes I enjoy making a second version of a quilt to find out what it will look like in a different style, and to teach myself to see potential beyond my first creative impulse, or my tried and true, “safe” fabric choices.  So my Prosper quilt became an experiment in solids.


I used color combinations that made me uncomfortable, and they ended up my favorite blocks.  I also used several different soft pastel colors for the backgrounds.  I like the subtle transition that comes with that choice, and again it was an attempt to challenge my usual design choices and try something different.


Melissa Kelley (Sew Shabby Quilting) quilted it for me with these awesome circles all over it and I’m thrilled with the outcome.  I was also excited to find that I had enough of the IKEA number fabric to use it on this quilt.  I’ve backed a lot of quilts with it over the years, but they have all been gifts and I’m happy to have it on the back of one that will stay here.


My handsome quilt holder wanted a photo too.  This is my 15 year old son who is also a good sport about holding quilts for me.


A black and white striped binding is the perfect finishing touch to this quilt, adding a touch of whimsy and framing the colors perfectly.  My favorite choice for binding.


I have enjoyed experimenting with this beautiful vintage quilt block.  What a blessing it is to make quilts!


Hope your day is fantastic!  Thanks for visiting.


Indigo Lone Star Quilt Top


Meet my Indigo Star quilt!  I completed this quilt top in the spring, just after we returned from our trip to the San Francisco Bay area.  It makes me smile to see these photos of the quilt swaying in the breeze with cherry blossoms all over our tree.


Inspired by the gorgeous colors and prints in the Handcrafted Indigo collection by Alison Glass, this quilt top came together even more beautifully than I pictured.


All these shades of blue together – I can’t get enough of them.  Blue has been my favorite color for most of my life, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

The quilt top was pieced using the strip piecing method in my lone star tutorial, except that I added more diamonds (and therefore more strips) to the star.  This star measures about 64″ square.


The lovely script fabric from Quilting Treasures was the perfect background for this star.  I love that it gives some interest to all the negative space.


I must say how beautiful these prints are.  I have loved working with all of the Handcrafted collections.  (You may remember my Modern Maples quilt made with the first two releases.)  They are a beautiful interpretation of the traditional batik and have helped me stretch creatively.


This quilt is also back from being quilted in a fabulous, modern style that I can’t stop staring at.  I’m excited to take some photos and share more.  You’re going to love it!


Surfside {a finished quilt}


We had rain today.  At least two dozen times I’ve heard someone say, “It’s so cold!” as they ran inside for another layer of clothing.  Fall has arrived, and I’ve been saving this quilt for months so I could pull it out and share it now.


The fabric range is Bungalow by Joel Dewberry, a collection rich in color and lovely in print.  Not necessarily an autumn collection, but to me autumn isn’t a time of just red, orange, brown, and yellow.  I feel like everything deepens in color in fall, with a wider range of color than we assume.  Somehow this collection feels like fall to me.


My favorite part of the quilt, however, is probably the background fabric.  It’s a thick, yummy vintage linen sheet that I finally had the nerve to cut into, and it totally makes the quilt.  I had it quilted by the talented Kaylene Parry (@quilterlove66 on Instagram).  The quilting looks lovely on it and the texture is fantastic.  I’m so happy with it!


I finished the quilt with a rich teal woodgrain printed flannel backing, which makes this a fairly thick and cozy quilt.  A coral print from the Bungalow collection finishes things off nicely.  I’m so excited to have this one out and in use as we welcome the cooler weather.

The pattern is Surfside, by Thimbleblossoms.  It’s a layer cake friendly pattern and comes together quickly.  Sometimes it’s nice to have quick projects to use up your stash!


This quilt is begging to be used – time for a cup of hot chocolate, a warm fire, and a good book!


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