Revealed

12.28.2009

Remember how I cryptically mentioned a Top Secret project a little while ago? Well, as you may have guessed, that project was a gift for a good friend, and now that posting photos won't spoil the surprise, I get to share it with you.



I rarely have the time to make quilts, I don't sell them in my shop so it's really a matter of making the time. I don't know how some people manage to whip out a quilt in a day or two but I need more time to plan things out (a.k.a. play with fabric) and work on fabric placement (a.k.a. play with fabric some more). And, you know, find stuff I've mislaid along the way.

imageI knew I wanted to start with some lovely Pop Garden prints, and to use the Stacked Coin pattern from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.

But, in typical Kim fashion, I managed to misplace my copy of the book so I had to wing it when it came time to working out all the measurements. I'm pretty sure my coins are a little thinner than the pattern calls for but at least I got to squeeze in all my favorites. And speaking of squeezed, I think I'll call this quilt Cherry Lime-Aid. The colors are so summery and fresh.

I used plain old straight line quilting from top to bottom, except I didn't mark the lines as I wanted some natural looking waviness. The quilting lines are about one quarter inch apart and I'm completely in love with the texture the quilt took on. I also used a thin cotton batting so it would get nicely crinkled in the wash. Yummy.

It was really hard to fold this quilt up and send it off in the mail.



imageA little quilt I-Spy: you'll notice some Farmer's Market, Summer Soiree, American Jane (of course, I can hardly put together a special sewing project without my favorite ruler print), Amy Butler's Lotus, some Katie Jump Rope and Flea Market Fancy...pretty much a little of everything.

And don't you just get a kick out of quilt binding? I think it may be my favorite part of quilt-making. I just love spending quality time with favorite movies while I hand sew the binding. Okay, I know that one of those "movies" is technically a mini-series, but they both contain Colin Firth so who cares.

The sneak peek I showed earlier was a photo of the quilt back, you can see it's mostly just a solid natural cotton (yards and yards of it--I'm used to making smaller items so it was a little different juggling such a huge amount of fabric at once), with extra coin edges tucked in there.



Sigh...I really need to find the time to make more quilts.

30 comments:

  1. Just love it, she has to be totally ga-ga over it!!

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  2. Very nice! I like your striped quilting lines! I do not blame you for wanting to keep it....

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  3. This is really beautiful! I love the quilting!

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  4. Wow, it's absolutely gorgeous! I can imagine how hard it would be to give away!

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  5. IT is BEAUTIFUL! A real work of art--you SHOULD do more quilts :) Just lovely!

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  6. YES...you need to quilt more your work in beautiful!!! Very inspiring!

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  7. beautiful quilt!! even if you don't find time to do it a lot... enjoy the time you do have to do it!

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  8. It's gorgeous! Lucky friend! :-) I really want to try quilting like that some day - it's really striking.

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  9. It is beautiful, I'm inspired!! Lucky, lucky friend!!!

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  10. beautiful quilt. i love your quilting. looks like i might try to do my own quilting on my next quilt. lucky friend.

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  11. This is just amazing. I don't even have words to describe how luscious this quilt is; shall I try anyway? Okay.

    Gorgeous.
    Eye candy.
    Beautiful.
    Clean.
    Sharp.
    Lively.
    Delightful.
    Not mine.

    May I be your friend? Or... can you put one in your Etsy shop for me?

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  12. Beautiful Quilt! I like how the white background makes the colors pop.

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  13. Eye-candy is right. This is just beautiful. I've always wanted to quilt, but haven't bc I feel like it's too space-consuming. I wonder if that's really true.

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  14. Thank you for so many wonderful comments, you all put such a smile of my face!

    Penelope, if you have a place to cut, sew, and a bed or floor to lay out your pieces, then you have enough space for quilting! I work in a pretty cramped area--I'll have to take pictures sometime when it is no longer indecent from the holidays. The only space problem I have is making room for my ever-growing collection of fabrics!

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  15. Such a lovely quilt!! The colors are delicious, too.

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  16. so beautiful i wish i had the patience and skill to make something like that.

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  17. What a great quilt, how inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  18. Came across your blog today from looking at Coin Quilts on flickr. Love yours! So inspiring!

    Will be coming back for many more visits!

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  19. Just love it, she has to be totally ga-ga over it!!
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  20. Kim... I love this quilt... you did such a beautiful job..I'm new to quilting how did you make all the lines? are you sewing end to end?

    Crystal
    crystalwchappell@gmail.com

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  21. as usual you rocks...
    simply amazing...with nice creative design...
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  22. very nice..simple n sweet.
    i really love this style. easier to quilt with awesome outcome. i definitely take this as inspiration for my next quilt :)

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  23. Just lovely! I'm making one myself, and am new at quilting. The straight lines will be easy with a beautiful touch. Keep up the great work.

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