Monday, May 31, 2010

Graduation confetti

This is my 2nd attempt at this quilt from Ashley's tutorial.  My first was for my niece, Kaitlin, for her 14th birthday and it was a huge hit!  This one is for my niece, Christine, for her high-school graduation present.  Kaitlin lives in Virginia and Christine in Kansas ... so I figured it would be OK to make them the same quilt pattern ... this is such a fun quilt and I believe perfect for a teenage girl (particularly two who live far away and you don't know their favorite colors and all).

The weather didn't cooperate this weekend for the photo shoot, but here's some I snuck in between rain showers: 

I busted the scrap bin wide open with this effort.

I am finding that I really like the result of a tighter meandering quilt ... since I don't pre-wash, the tighter quilting coupled with a hot wash and dry really creates the krinkly feel that I like so much and just can't seem to achieve with the broader spaced quilting.  Maybe someday when I have a machine with a walking foot my tune may change ;-).

What's a photo shoot at the cabin without a little view thrown in?  That's Hood Canal, the only Fjord in the lower 48 states.

I'm not thrilled with how the back came out.  I tried to reverse out the pattern from the front and similar to my lattice quilt.  In the end, the strips were too narrow and the space to vast and it looks like someone drew on the quilt with pens ... oh well, lesson learned.  It didn't ruin it, but it also didn't add anything.

The quilt by the numbers ... it started as 64" x 48" and ended at 61" x 46".  The front is comprised of everything, I used Paula Prass Red Cobblestone for the binding, and the back is a combination of Kona Ice Frappe and (because I only ordered 2 yds of the Kona) a little Country Classics Spray green from JoAnns.

I love the craziness of the front of this quilt ... it always makes me smile.  Thanks Ashley ... for bringing a fresh view to the string quilt via Kaleidoscope.

I have visions of this sitting at the end of the bed in Christine's dorm next year ... I hope she gets the same vision.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

All the best


  1. Now THAT is an ideal quilt photo spot!

  2. I have to disagree with you - I think the back is FAB!

  3. this is amazing. i can see how this used the stash. it is gorgeous. i am sure she is going to love it.

  4. Congratulations on your finish for the No Strings Attached challenge. It's beautiful.

  5. Gorgeous! She's a lucky niece. :)

  6. This is such a lovely quilt, both front and back! I'm sure your niece will love it. Thanks for sharing such a great stashbuster!!

  7. it's quite lovely, including the back, and i hope your niece enjoys it!

  8. It's beautiful - your niece is going to adore it! And what a great ogiti backdrop - lucky you!

  9. Oh this is beautiful - great job

  10. Congratulations to your niece -- and lucky her to have such a lovely quilt to brighten up her dorm room.

  11. Gorgeous gorgeous quilt, I really like it! what a lovely present for your neice! Justine x

  12. It came out absolutely beautiful--and there is nothing wrong with the back!

  13. I found your blog when you commented on yarn+needles blog.
    I love your quilts and looking back at past posts think your baby quilt with the blocks is just beautiful!
    I hope to take quilting lessons this summer and your quilts inspire me. I just bought a Janome sewing machine and hope it will work well with quilting.

  14. beautiful. very nice combination of fabrics. I always find it hard to figure out a balance of colors. you've done a great job.

  15. Thanks everyone! It's off in the mail today! Glad to hear that the back wasn't a disappointment to everyone ;-).

    Lupie -- I LOVE Yarn+Needles stuff! Good luck on getting your quilting off the ground ... I have found that I really, really enjoy it.

    Nadine -- was worried about the colors on this one, but in the end it seemed to come together well.

  16. absolutely beautiful!!!! It's perfect!!


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