I had a finished quilt to show you last week, but my computer crashed and took with it all the photos I had taken of said quilt (and all the photos from Henry’s first year – ah!). Luckily, Morgan was able to recover most (all?) of them and has replaced the hard drive in my computer, so I’m now sorta back in business. Except that now all my older photos are all stored on some other drive somewhere and I haven’t taken the time to try to find them yet. So instead, a few photos of this new quilt top I made last week (largely unedited, as I seem to have also lost my copy of photoshop…)
Those nice people at Windham Fabrics occasionally send me new fabrics to play with (thank you!!), and I had received this lovely bundle of Aria by Kelly Ventura.
I love Kelly’s work and have one of her watercolor prints framed in our bathroom, so I was excited to take a closer look at her second collection for Windham.
I initially partially unfolded the fat quarters and pinned them to my design wall to look at all the prints together. The more I looked at it, the more I liked the simple way they were pinned to the board, and when Morgan came home from work that night, he said the same thing, so I decided to just sew them together as they were (how’s that for nice and easy?!)
They’re all cut in 4″ strips and paired with a Robert Kaufmann chambray for the background solid. I staggered the strips randomly as I sewed them together and then just trimmed the top and bottom. I really like how it turned out! Sometimes quick and simple is just what you need.
Each January I am motivated to pull out the unfinished quilt tops and get them finished. Usually I’m good for one or two and then I’m quickly distracted by the thought of new quilt tops (maybe this year will be the year I get them finished?!).
Anyway, I pulled out this quilt top which had been taking up residence in my closet for far too long. I selected this one because I had recently set aside a number of prints that I thought would be good for the backing.
As soon as I laid this one out to start making the backing, Hazel found it and decided it just had to be for her, and who am I to argue with a quilt-loving 3 year old? I’m not sure if it’s the colors or all the florals that appeal to her, but she was definitely certain that this was to be hers.
I know that I love the rich, jewel like colors and I remember pulling out lots of older fabrics that fit that feeling (interestingly enough, most of them turned out to be florals, even though that wasn’t my intention!). I finished it off with some florals on the back as well, and quilted it with simple straight lines on either side of the seams.
Hazel waited patiently as I hand sewed the binding, washed it, and then photographed it. Luckily for her, I was able to get photos yesterday, so she went to bed happily with her brand new quilt!
I almost forgot to show you the finished project! This one has been framed and up on our wall for a while now, and I love looking at it. You might remember that some of these fabrics were purchased in a Denyse Schmidt scrap bag many many years ago. I had hung onto them, wanting to make something I liked out of fabrics that weren’t necessarily my go to prints or colors.
Happily I can say that I was successful, as I really do love this mix of neutrals and prints. And of course you already know that I love me a string block!
I decided to keep this one as just a quilt top, and built (asked Morgan to build) an inner frame that I wrapped and stapled the quilt top around. I stained a bit of thin wood for an outer frame and attached it to the wrapped piece.
I hesitate to show you the real life photo (as I didn’t even bother to declutter or attempt to fluff the notoriously unfluffable couch pillows), but there you have it! We think it makes a nice addition to the living room.