Sunday, December 30, 2012

One Final Finish for 2012

My last finished quilt for 2012 is actually something I started back in the summer of 2011.  I got all excited to make a quarter log cabin quilt after seeing the rug in this photo.  I sliced up all the solids into four and half inch squares and one and half inch wide strips and started making the blocks, only to find them overwhelming when I put them side by side.  Somehow the rug was perfect, but the quilt was too busy.  All the colors together were too loud for my taste, so I tried limiting the color palette.  I ended up with these six inch, finished, blocks.  
I tried laying them out together, and I still didn't like them.  Disappointed, they went into the closet for a year and half.  Do you have UFOs (unfinished objects) like that?  Well, now that I have a design wall I decided to pull out this sad stack of blocks and see if I could arrange them in a way I liked. Some reconfiguring and white sashing made them more pleasing to my eye, and I ended up with a small baby quilt at 35 x 35.
 The straight line quilting design I chose reinforces the quarter log cabin design in each of the four quadrants.
The backing adds a little whimsy to a quilt that might otherwise be a bit too serious for a baby.  Hopefully this gender neutral quilt will suit some modern nursery perfectly.  It can be found in my shop.

11 comments:

Marg said...

That's really pretty, I love how it turned out. Perseverance and a break from it, often pays off!
I have too many half finished projects lurking in my cupboard.

Jenny said...

It's really cute, and the light quilting thread looks great on the bright colors. Love it!

Margreth said...

I like it! Bright colors and lovely quilting,perfect to the pattern!

Sharon said...

I love it! Simple yet elegant.

Leanne said...

This is such a cheerful and beautiful quilt. The quilting really adds so much to the design. All the best to you for the new year!

Carla said...

Your quilt matches your header, Alex...so pretty. The white sashing is the perfect touch, especially for a baby quilt. And, yes, I've got tons of those UFO's!

Debbie said...

This is lovely in every way! wow.

bloomingpoppies said...

Brilliant! I love what can happen when you revisit those UFO's! The quilting is so perfect! Happy New Year!

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Good thing you pulled those out because it turned into something quite nice. I love the quilting most of all!

Alexis said...

Somehow I missed this post and just saw this via Pinterest. Gorgeous! Love the spareness and the quilting is perfection.

Megan said...

hahaha, I could probably cover the entire exterior of my house in WiPs that get shelved for months/years at a time. I love the texture and direction the quilting lends to this piece!