May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - The Stacked Quilt


Amy is once again hosting a Blogger's Quilt Festival and I'm more than delighted to be a part of it :)

This quilt is especially dear to me. I named it the Stacked Quilt, and I must say it wasn't particularly difficult to put together and it's not about to win any design awards. It's special because I pieced it together with scraps of Moda 1974, my absolute favourite fabric collection.

I'd been wanting to make a quilt out of 1974 for the longest time... I've collected jelly rolls, charm packs and a layer cake, but they remain untouched, still tied up in their pretty little ribbons.

Then a couple of weeks ago, Dana was getting rid of her 1974 scraps and I happily relieved her of them. So not only is this quilt made from my favourite fabric line, but the fabrics came from someone whose work I admire and am inspired by.

I didn't really have much of a plan... I was inspired by this quilt, and I wanted to make the pieces much larger so I could fully enjoy the gorgeous prints. I sashed the pieces in Kona Ash (yes, I'm addicted to the stuff) and it very quickly became a king-sized quilt.

I quilted it on my darling Hedwig, of course. Straight vertical lines... two lines 1/4" on either side of each seam, and then 6" apart. I wanted to keep it nice and loose... plus I also didn't want to drive myself crazy hefting this enormous quilt any more than I had to. I'm only little...

The binding was pieced together with the leftover bits that were much longer, plus a few bits and pieces of yardage that I had. I love scrappy bindings. Love, love, love.

The backing is just a king-sized sheet from Target (I got it for $11 on sale a few months ago. Yay me.), and after reading this post by Amy, I sewed on a little label with my name and the date.

I named it the Stacked Quilt because the second my husband saw it, he thought they looked like five tall stacks of books. We love books and it's one of the things that drew us to each other when we met, so the name stuck :)

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys all the beautiful quilts that'll be featured during this quilt festival, and a big thanks to Amy for organising this again! You're awesome, Amy!! :)

45 comments:

live a colorful life said...

Love the quilt, LOVE the story! How have I missed this line of fabric???

angela said...

totally awesome! I love 1974 - and your quilt shows them off so well! They look great with the Ash - I think that's how I'll sash my bee blocks - so glad to see a big sample of that combo that looks great. Nice finish - especially all that binding!

Stephanie said...

What a pretty quilt, love the colors and fabrics. I've seen many stacked quilts but usually with just one row of strips of fabric, I love your many stacks... very cool!

Dresden Quilter said...

It is gorgeous. I love the name of it and I love the way the design shows off your amazing fabrics.

janet said...

It does indeed look like stacked books:) This is such a fun festival!

That Girl said...

LOVE this quilt! It looks wonderful displayed on a bed and yes, it does look like stacked books...

Jennifer :)

Meg said...

Hey there, another girl in CT! *wave*

I am right there with you on the 1974. And the Kona Ash! Gorgeous quilt, and the minimal quilting on it was a fabulous idea. You work fast!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Love it! Reminds me of that fabric that looked just like this. Can't think of the name. It was home dec weight tho!

Rebekah said...

This is gorgeous! That line is so pretty and this looks more like a scrappy quilt than a quilt made out of one line. Your simple quilting is beautiful too!

Love the name you chose and that it has sentimental value to you both now :)

upstateLisa said...

love its wonky goodness!

Kelly O. said...

I so wanted this fabric from Dana and nearly did get it and then hubby decided it wasn't a prudent use of our money with a baby on the way :(
I'm so glad you got it Audrie. You did this fabric far better justice than I ever would have!
beautiful!
I also am inspired by Dana--but you inspire me daily as well!

Terriaw said...

I love this quilt! Those stacks are flipping fantastic, and I love the ash solid in between the stacks. I am not familiar with this fabric collection, and now I wish I had some. Love it!

CitricSugar said...

It's absolutely perfect!

I can see why you hoarded that fabric for so long...

Janet said...

Lovely blues and greens and great story about how you got there. Why is this line called 1974?

Me aka Supermom said...

love the modern look!

margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Kimberly White said...

A BEAUTIFUL quilt! Thanks for sharing this!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Amazingly great quilt. Really love it.

And you are sweet. I hope we meet in real life someday.

by Daisy said...

i love this quilt, it would be impossible to resist. it really looks like a pile of books, many many books, and the story behind it is great.
i think that you are infecting all of us with 1974 fever. now i wish i had it too (i didn't know these fabrics until now)

Katie B. said...

It's beautiful! I love the simplicity of this quilt.

emedoodle said...

Very pretty! I love the style of those stacks... and I love books would it be too book obsessed for me to make one? :) I hope not! :)

Pat said...

Those fabrics really are wonderful and you've made a very attractive quilt. Very nice!

Claire said...

love the fabrics in this quilt....you make them all come alive

quiltilicious said...

Love the colours and the whole look of this quilt.

Candi said...

*sigh* I just love all your quilts and this is another beauty!

Valentina said...

Oh, I love your quilt, your process, and everything about it!
Super!
Valentina from faraway Cyprus

Kelli said...

I knew it was gonna look great from the sneak peek! ohhh 1974, How I love thee!
Great Job Audrie!!!

Lisa Klingbeil said...

Audrie, your quilt is fantastic, I'm going to have to make one of these. I have a king size bed that needs some love on top. :-)

Leslie said...

this is so amazing..i love how you arranged the stacks!

MomBrose said...

"it very quickly became a king size quilt"! HA! You make it sound SO easy! :) You did a fantastic job!!

Rose said...

I like this....it looks like a well loved quilt.

Karen said...

I like the stacks too. All different widths and heights adds so much interest. Love the cool colours in this quilt.

erin lebeau said...

love this! especially the bits of red thrown in. think i love your blog too ... http://erinlebeau.blogspot.com/

Kathy said...

Great work on your stacked quilt and what a fun way to name your quilt to. I enjoyed reading about it.

SewCalGal said...

Very cute. Nice colors, design & colors.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

Such a cool quilt!

sewtakeahike said...

Your stacked quilt is awesome Audrie! I love the blue solid with the 1974, it looks absolutely cozy! This line is definitely one of my fav's too.

Christine said...

I think it is fabulous and I love your fabric choices!

Randi said...

I love the color of this quilt.

Michelle said...

I can see why that fabric is your favorite. Beautiful colors!

erica said...

I love this Audrie! The colors are awesome!

Vicki said...

can't remember if I already commented... I love this! I love the uneven stacks, what a great idea!

beeware said...

groovy quilt...suits 1974 (both in fabric & time)

Sandra said...

what a great pattern, much more interesting than the standard stacked pattern of coins.
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Eileen said...

love your quilt--how fun it is and the story of its name is a good one. love the colors. oh, do i have a lot of left overs i could use this way. sucha great idea. thanks for sharing!!

Jessica said...

LOVE this quilt! The colours are gorgeous, and I love the laid-back layout of the quiilt, too--might try this one myself!

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