Thursday, July 15, 2010

A new twist on Quilting (for me)

A few weeks back, I bought a pillow sham at a thrift store that was solid green, but had lots of stitching on it, creating a lovely texture - see below:
As soon as I saw it, I thought - hmmm, wonder what that would look like big, and on a quilt?   Now I know.....

How cool is that?  I used two colors of Kona cotton, and bound it with a fun dotted print fabric I found at  Joann's that matched both solids perfectly.  The key is tons of straight(ish) line quilting, close together. I just kept stitching and stitching and stitching those lines.  Here's the back:


Here's front and back together...



I like the modern look it has, and that it's reversible.  I'll definitely want to make more of these.   
This one's in my shop




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13 comments:

Andrea said...

Great quilt! I've seen a similar one here at katie did. It's got criss-crossing quilting lines in different colours, which creates an interesting effect, I think.

allsewnup said...

WOW!! Your quilt is so fun and quick to put together. It looks fantastic.

Carolyn

Quilted Cupcake said...

Hey, that's a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

I guess "upsizing" my pillow sham ended up with a project just like that quilt. Is this a bad thing? Is this a technique I just didn't know existed in quiltland? (I'm still kinda new here)

Please tell me readers, what you think. If this is not fair for me to have in my shop, I will absolutely remove it from both the blog and the shop. I do NOT want to infringe on anyone's copyright - that's super important to me (much more important than any potential sales).

Please, be honest (but nice!)

Thanks,
QC

Andrea said...

Huh? I didn't mean to imply that you "stole" the quilt design somewhere. I think it's okay to have an idea that someone else had, too, or to be inspired by previous art, as you were by the pillow sham. I wouldn't worry about it!

Quilted Cupcake said...

Thanks, Andrea. No worries, not implying that at all. This is all ME. Seeing the tutorial, I got worried myself. You're a sweetie, I know that's not what you meant.

It's me being super-duper careful. I'm still feeling my way around this quilting world, and learning new techniques all the time.

I just want to be true to my beliefs, and not wanting anyone to think I'm not practicing what I "preach" on my podcast about supporting handmades.

I'm glad you posted the tutorial - I'm all about teaching and learning, and that's a great tutorial for folks who want to try this technique. That's what I love about the crafting community - the sharing!

Vals Quilting said...

Hi Jean. Nice job I love it! Looks like you could have an ad in a mag with your gorgeous pics too:)
And to clarify This is your design not too worry if it was exactly copying something else then I would be worried but there is no cr on straight stitching :)

Beth Gracie said...

I love your quilt. I just finished a baby quilt for my friend with a similar technique...see here http://bethgracie.blogspot.com/ Just curious, did you sew your lines flipping the quilt each time, so you sew in the opposite direction as the previous line? That's what I did. I was worried that even with my walking foot, it might shift the fabric and become "un-squared" if I was always sewing in the same direction. Just curious if you did the same thing. P.S. don't worry about similar techniques. With a craft as old as quilting, there are almost no original ideas anymore, just different applications of old ideas. Don't you agree?

peppermintpatcher said...

I love the textur of the finished quilt. Beautiful.

jill said...

A question: you said that you always wash your quilts as soon as they are finished. What kind of batting are you using on them? How do you wash them--and do you prewash the fabric? I know you said you like the "crinkley-goodness." Thanks, jill

Quilted Cupcake said...

Thanks, all.

Jill, to answer your questions: I usually only prewash red fabric, or any dark, dark colors.

I usually use a poly/cotton blend batting. I've tried the 100% cotton, and don't care for it as much.

Kelly @ Lucy's Daughter said...

Love this! I didn't quite get it when you explained it to me, but now that I see it...WOW! I'd never have the patience to do all those straight-ish lines!

Katherine said...

I love the colors and the binding sets it off so well! Definitely a great idea to make a quick, modern looking quilt.

KimT said...

nuce work!