October 03, 2011

(Another!) Gradient Quilt

I'm knee deep in the "This is the coolest thing I've ever made!" rush that you get when you finish a quilt. You understand.


Blammo. Like my last quilt but in color! I got it finished by letting my kid watch too much Blue's Clues. Yep. I also let her basically encase her bed in packing tape while I was putting the binding on. That's right. Mother of the Year.


I pushed extra hard to get this done for Project Modern Challenge 4. It probably sounds silly, but I enjoyed the thought of Denyse Schmidt seeing one of my quilts. Sure it'll be online and maybe just for ten seconds but it still makes me feel all warm inside.


The quilting is a pointy meander with a little flame flair thrown in here and there. I wanted an all over design that was up-and-down in direction and in theme with the warm-cool dynamic going on in this quilt. Love it love it love it. I also love that when you're six inches away from your quilting you can see every little wobble and inconsistency, and you get kind of frustrated with yourself and swear to never ever quilt after midnight again, but then once you get it out from under the machine and take in the whole thing all you see is lovely lovely texture. Magic.


It's twin sized. Backed with flannel, which is my new compulsion. I want my quilts to be extra inviting and I am happy to report the flannel hasn't been causing any difficulties with quilting. The quilt has been thoroughly stomped and snuggled. My husband asked "You're not going to give this one away, are you?". What a compliment. Ah....I feel happy.

42 comments:

Monika said...

Very cool!!! I could think of all sorts of things it looks like, but most of all it makes me want to try sth 'unusual', too!!!

Suz said...

Love your quilting... any chance of a little picture showing the design??

Quiltjane said...

Such a fantastic quilt and I love the quilting pattern.

MariQuilts said...

So very fabulous!!!!!

liz said...

Wow! says it all. That is so, so good. Well done.

ms lottie said...

Oh love it! I think the backing is perfect and I'd like to see a little diagram of your quilting too if you have time (after recovering from unwrapping the bed!).

ara said...

Precioso!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherry Red Quilter said...

This is such a gorgeous quilt - you should be justifiably proud of yourself! glad to know that your family loves it too! Enjoy!

Suzanne said...

Wow! Look what you did with solids! It's wonderful. I want to trace my finger along that quilting and learn from your designs. I can't stop thinking about the packing tape. I'm guilty of that kind of entertainment too. At least it wasn't scissors. :-)

Pattilou said...

Oh, my. It is just so nice. The movement of the colors just makes it. Great job! The quilting really adds to it. And, the backing is perfect.

I've started using more flannel for backings too. It sort of happened when I decided to keep one I thought I would send out--just too snuggly to give away, that one was.

Gene Black said...

That is one inviting quilt!

Michele said...

It turned out really neat!

Sonja Threadgill Nelson said...

Gorgeous!

Kay Lynne said...

Love your husband's compliment! He's right--this quilt is a keeper :)

pinsandneedles said...

Awesome quilt and great color choices!

Sarah Craig said...

I love love love this quilt, Christina!! What a great design! Any chance of a pattern or tutorial????

Sue said...

That is a very striking quilt. It is lovely. With a compliment like that from your hubby, you are going to keep it?

Hitch and Thread said...

Now I can't decide which one I love more!

Jill said...

Absolutely love it!! Packing tape is waterproof - perfect time to start nighttime training ;)

tracy_a said...

Gorgeous! Congrats on the finish!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

AMAZING!! Christina, you never cease to amaze and inspire me! Thanks for sharing another amazing quilt.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Great quilt. Those colors really pop!

Superior Threads said...

I love, love, love your quilt. Very modern, but cozy at the same time. Great job!!!

Ricci

felicity said...

I love it - it is indeed inviting. I love how your colours go from warm to cool in a not-completely-predictable way.

P. said...

That is a stunningly beautiful quilt! So very cool (and hot at the same time). :)

DragonPoodle said...

Awesome quilt! Congratulations!

Jamie Lee said...

What an original quilt! I love it!

Elsa said...

I remember the other quilt ~ it was great and this one is too! Love the colors and all the quilting! Beautiful.

Barbara Ann Beamer Jones said...

Oooohhhh! I LOVE IT! Simply gorgeous!

♥Duff said...

completely, thoroughly, enamored am I!

Rebecca Lynne said...

LOVE! Had to come visit from Flickr!

Debbie said...

Beautiful quilt! I don't blame you for wanting it to be seen!

Marieke said...

This is gorgeous and amazing!

Isn't the Terrain flannel delicious too?! I have some (in the same pattern) waiting to be made into pajamas!

Marieke said...

Also, I giggled a lot at your comment about your child watching Blues Clues and encasing the bed in packing tape. Especially because as a mom, it's just a situation I can totally relate to. Usually it's the making dinner hour in the day that ends up leading to that kind of adventure here, haha.

Beth said...

This is so pretty! I am planning to work on scraps after Christmas. I had one quilt in mind, but this spurs on a second! I had some of those 'Blues Clues' days myself. My kids are better for it...cause I needed some ME time too! (PS they are 29,26 and almost 16!)

WesternWilson said...

Awesome quilt! Fantastic colour handling and design, and yay on you for using the flannel backing. I think that gives any quilt an extra, snuggly, dimension! Are you going to submit this one to the Sisters, Oregon show? You should!

Nicky said...

Love your gradient quilt - hubby is right this one's a keeper surely?!

Dawn said...

OMG! You most definitely should be doing the happy dance after completing this beauty!! It draws you in and then takes you on a journey of color and movement. You most certainly must keep this gorgeous work of art for yourself. And show it off every chance you get!

Jules said...

love it!, congrats on the genQ article!. i wouldn't give it away either.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this quilt is awe-inspiring.

Mama Pea said...

THAT is awesome when they don't want you to give the quilt away!

Jeannette said...

Truly wonderful quilt!! Will you have a pattern for it by chance?

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