Sunday, January 12, 2014

a second +++ quilt

This quilt took nine months to make -- which makes it okay to love it like my own child, right?

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The first version (which is happily in a new home) used the same fabrics -- the same solid black, the same collection of low-volume whites with small pops of red and yellow (and foxy faces) to keep it from taking itself too seriously. This one was enlarged to 60" square, with the addition of a row of crosses down the length of the quilt.

Really, the quilt was mostly finished last year, at the start of December, and we dragged it around the house to snuggle with, sans binding, for over a month. The plan had originally been to add black (or black cross-hatched) binding, to serve as a frame, but after using the quilt unbound, I grew to love how the black crosses just seemed to hover in an endless white space. Especially on my white bed sheets. And let's face it, in the winter, we spend a good few hours every day in my bed, reading (or jumping).

So, in the end, I bound this one with a mishmash of the same low-volume prints used in the rest of the quilt. At one point, the binding prints even matched up with the border prints -- perfectionist heaven!

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Tilly has, of course, adopted this one as "hers" -- like everything new around here -- and spends many a happy hour finding threads I haven't trimmed and making sure I drop everything to come and snip them off.

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13 comments:

Cristina @ Pretty Little Quilts said...

You did a beautiful job!! I love how the low volume background adds such depth to it.

LYNN said...

Saw your photo on Instagram. I just posted a very similar quilt, too funy! Took me forever to finish it. Your is fabulous, love the quilting.

Julie said...

I really love this! I started quilting not really loving scrappy but in the past three years I have come to love it. This is so fun with all the different prints in the background!

Sofia said...

Such a great quilt! The quilting makes it really cozy!

bethany said...

Beautiful. And I'm glad you're posting again!

Kaylan said...

I love love love this one!

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Cristina! Yes, I love the interest that low-volume brings. Already itching to make another...!

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Lynn! Yes, I saw yours -- great minds! ;)

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Julie -- I am making scrappy a goal of mine for this year! Too many...!

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Sofia -- I have yet to wash it, but am hoping for extra cosiness when all that quilting gets all soft and wrinkly!

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Bethany -- yes, life got in the way for a long time! The start of the year is always the easiest to begin again.

Red Red Completely Red said...

Thanks, Kaylan! Me too :)

Kelly @ Blue Bird Sews said...

Hello! I am putting together a presentation for PMQG and I would like to use this quilt as an example of low volume quilts in neutral colors. It is beautiful. Of course full credit will be given to you. Best!