Thursday, January 13, 2011

2010 lookback, quilt porn


In crafty ways, 2010 was the Year of the Quilt.  I got super inspired by Alicia and all her wonderful quilty ways.  I had never made one before (just learned to sew last year) but saw her pattern (which explains everything you need to know [and with pictures!] so beautifully).  That started it all...


This was the first, a baby quilt with lots of sock monkeys, alphabets, stripes and stars...



Don't they look so great when they get all pucker-y from the dryer when they're finished?  That is the addicting part.



Then, I made this behemoth.  I found a bunch of vintage sheets that looked super 70s and supplemented them with some other funky fabrics.



Pinning this thing together and somehow (pure miracle) quilting it on my humble machine?  I don't actually know how it happened.  This picture is horrible (pre-blog, people) but it sorta gives an idea of the scope of it all.  Note the sad, stray, lone slipper in the upper right corner, discarded in a fit of hot stress...


Here it is in action last summer.  We had the most fun night seeing Saturday Night Fever in The Cemetery complete with a fried-chicken-and-sauvignon-blanc picnic beforehand!  BTW, this is an LA summertime MUST!


My sweet niece Olivia arrived in May, as did another baby quilt.  I love the pastel polka-dot border on this one...


When autumn rolled around I got super ambitious and decided to take on a more complex pattern.  It came from this book of jelly roll quilts.  (Jelly rolls are bundles of pre-cut strips of fabric that all compliment each other and save you a ton of time cutting.)  Here it is pre-quilting:


Sweet Lena fell asleep under my feet as I was piecing it together...



I mean, C'mon...



Since I wanted a super-pro finished quilted look, I took the completed top to Cranberry Quiltworks and had it quilted by computerized machine.  I love the windy pattern and green thread they helped me choose:


I think it turned out so great!  





Happy Thursday!
xoxo
jolie

3 comments:

  1. Oh Jolie, I never got to see the windy pattern one finished!! I LOVE it and sweet Lena just rocks!

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  2. The way you've combined colors and textures is awesome, Jolie. I want that peachy, pink, coraly one! Yum!

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  3. Holy omg, girl!!!!!!!! [jaw hits floor]. You are a wunderkind, then!

    Seriously. Awesome.

    Now I want to make a quilt. . . . Oh, and sit outside (that won't be happ'ning).

    [Dreams longingly.]

    More soon. xo

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