mismatched stripes

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Unlike some of the others, I didn’t let this one sit around too long unfinished. I’m quite in love with this line, Carkai, by Carolyn Friedlander and really wanted to see this one as a finished quilt.

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I love the mix of colors in this collection, and thought it would be fun to pair up the prints and make up a variety of striped blocks. I had received a generous gift of a layer cake of this line from one of my sponsors, Lady Belle Fabric, and thought these stripes could be the perfect use for those 10″ squares. [Luckily I had a bit of fabric left over from my previous Carkai quilt, so I was able to make up more blocks (and a few larger/longer blocks) than I would have had I only been using the layer cake.]

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I decided not to make the blocks a uniform size, which of course made it more of a challenge to sew together!, but gives that look I love so much. I stuck them up on my design wall as I made them, and didn’t actually do too much rearranging before sewing them together (other than filling in some empty spots)

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The backing is mostly this fun print in this great green, along with a little pieced strip of some of the other prints.

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I decided to quilt this one with straight lines on the diagonal – I varied the widths of the straight lines in both directions and I love the resulting texture.

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A little solid binding to wrap it up and a quick wash to really show off that great texture!

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This one measures about 50″ x 75″. I think it’ll make for a spot of fun color in our living room!

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Previous post about this quilt here (along with a list of shops carrying this great line!)
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14 Responses to mismatched stripes

  1. 1
    anna says:

    so so stunning!!! Love it Ashley!

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    karen says:

    absolutely wonderful! great work.

  3. 3
    Annmarie says:

    Great quilt & awesome photo shoot.

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    Jan says:

    I love the wonkyness of this quilt–brava!

    Where do you live? Your quilt photos have such fabulous backdrops.

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    katie says:

    The quilting design is perfect for it;)

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    janequiltsslowly says:

    What a perfectly wonderful scrappy colorful quilt!!! Love just everything about it. 😀

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    Jan Sutter says:

    I love your crazy stripes!

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    Kate says:

    This is superb! Yet again you demonstrate the ultimate use of a fabric collection – can’t see any other quilt made with Carkai topping this beauty. This is truly quilting as modern art, you take the fabrics and use them like paint. Oh I wish I could make quilts like you, Ashley!

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    Karen @runsewfun says:

    Love it!

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    Ronnie says:

    I love your quilts – all of them – but this is my most favorite. Until your next one…

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    Samantha says:

    GORGEOUS. And I love the back just as much as the front…

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    Lori says:

    Fantastic and fun quilt! I absolutely love the back! It is great when the back of the quilt is still integrated and related to the front but is another quilt in itself. I love your choices.

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    Elaine Randall says:

    Love it! Reminds me of some of the Gee’s Bend quilts.

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