Monday, February 8, 2010

... finishing another quilt

red letter day plus quilt

oh boy, i can't tell you how proud i am of this quilt. sure, it took me nearly two months longer to complete than i planned, but i am still so pleased with how it all turned out.

red letter day plus quilt

it is now washed and i am basking in its crinkly wrinkly goodness. soon, it will be in the hands of its new owner, my sweet nephew.

red letter day plus quilt

red letter day plus quilt back

i am so pleased with the back, which features the fabulous blue ribbon print. what little boy wouldn't love a blue ribbon quilt? a crazy one, that's who!

red letter day plus quilt

i am also super happy that i went with the blue pearl bracelet for the binding. it really ties the whole quilt together, you know?

red letter day plus quilt

and, of course, i have my next quilt planned, one which will feature a lot of triangles and a lot of grey and yellow. yay!

red letter day plus quilt

62 comments:

  1. I love this quilt! It's great to see how it turned out. I wish I had bought some of this fabric...too cute!

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  2. I love this quilt! I have been stalking your blog since you first posted the early sewing...I was really looking forward to the finished product! This looks amazing! I have purchased all the fabric and plan to replicate...giving you full credit of course...this is just gorgeous! well done! You are very talented.

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  3. this is really beautiful! i'm thinking i might try to use a similar pattern for some fabric leftovers i have.

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  4. Wow, fantastic quilt, I love it!!!

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  5. What a wonderful job you did, it is perfect! The pearl braclet for the binding is just right; I hope your little loves it!

    Cherri (Lizzy's Mom)

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  6. This is wonderful - a perfect boy's quilt in my book! That pearl braclet is just wonderful ... in all colorways!

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  7. That is one lucky boy. It's great seeing this finally come together. I feel like squinting at it and saying in a gravelly voice, "Son, I remember when you was just a stack o' squares!"

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  8. My grandma Esther would be so proud of you - well done!

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  9. This is great - love it! What a lucky boy your nephew is!!

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  10. thank you all so much for loving this quilt as much as i do! your appreciation is much... appreciated! seriously, all these lovely comments have me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

    katrinka, is your grandma the esther? as in esther's fabrics? because i love esther's!

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  11. this is fantastic!!! really... lurve!

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  12. Its beautiful! I especially love that binding!

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  13. I just ran across your blog today (via Cluck.Cluck.Sew.) and I love this quilt!! She has a mosaic on her blog and this caught my eye. I'm now following you b/c I love your style!

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  14. Just saw this quilt on flickr! I am in love! Love the fabric! Love the pattern! LOVE IT!! Do you know how much of each fabric you used? Yard? Half yard?

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  15. becky: i am going to roughly say about a half yard of each fabric for the pluses (though i may not have used it all). and thank you! so glad you like it!

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  16. Wow! I love the plus signs on the front, but I love the blue ribbons on the back even more. This looks great.

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  17. it's beautiful! did you follow a certain pattern or did you come up with that yourself?

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  18. I love it! the colors are great, and yes, that binding is gorgeous for this.

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  19. Wow! This is spectacularly whimsical! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I need to try and make one. Do you mind sharing the dimensions of your cut pieces?

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  20. i cut pieces to 4-1/2 x 4-1/2, 12-1/2 x 4-1/2 or 8-1/2 x 4-1/2. so each finished "square" on the quilt is 4 inches. you sew this in rows in a dot-dot-dash pattern (or short-short-long) and then sew the rows together. you will need a big floor or design wall to lay this out on to plan the quilt. i spent a lot of time moving pieces around and cutting as i went.

    i had seen similar quilts to this, but didn't follow a pattern. just tried to figure out how they were made and went for it. it's much simpler than it looks!

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  21. Thanks for the dimensions! You've really inspired me today :)

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  22. It's amazing, I love the pluses. So modern looking.

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  23. This quilt is super great! I have a stash of really bright and gorgeous fabrics and have been looking for a way to put them together -- I think this will work! Thanks for sharing the dimensions, too!
    -mab

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  24. I love the simple, modern design of the plus shape. OK, I'd like to do this with brights too!

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  25. I love the colours that you have chosen, so vibrant!

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  26. This is gorgeous!!! I'm so glad I found you on SMS Quilt of the Day. And thanks for sharing fabric amounts and dimensions...always super helpful when one is inspired :)

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  27. I think this is just one of the most amazing quilts! It's absolutely beautiful! What a lucky nephew you have!

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  28. Such a gorgeous quilt! Fantastic fabric selections, too!

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  29. It's really nice. I love the fabric and the design :)

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  30. I love this quilt, and love the Red Letter day fabric. I finally got some, and now I want to make something with it!

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  31. Beautiful!

    May I ask...what is the finished size of the quilt?

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  32. wow, thank you all (again) for the recent kind comments! i am sincerely touched by the love this little quilt received here and on sew, mama, sew!

    freda: the finished quilt is 44x60 inches.

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  33. Super cool. I'm making this for my 3 month old. I made his brother one (or two actually) when he was born. I just love quilting and this quilt caught my eye. I have about 11 boy-ish fabrics. I'm posting a picture of them on my blog. I hope it turns out as cute as yours! We'll see how it goes!! :)

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  34. I got my quilt top done and posted on my blog! I love it!! So glad my boys take long naps. :)

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  35. Did you put down tape or how did you sew your lines? I'm trying to figure out how to do it. I'm horrible at sewing a straight line!! :)

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  36. for this quilt i used tape and sewed alongside it to make the straight lines. but i found it incredibly difficult since the tape kept moving and it was hard to see where i was sewing. for my other quilts i just used a light pencil that comes out when you wash it, which i much prefer.

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  37. Love it, the colours are great!

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  38. I just saw this absolutely beautiful and darling quilt on pinterest and came looking for details! Thanks for posting the dimensions. I cannot wait to start one of my own! You are such an inspiration!

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  39. I just saw this on pinterest and think its so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. I just finished my plus sign quilt top! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  41. I am getting ready to start a quilt for my little four year old. He's pretty excited about it and I think we want to make this quilt. I am in love with it! May I ask where you got the pattern? I have only done one other quilt and it was definitely a beginners quilt so I would be so grateful for a little insight. :)

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    1. hi! i did not use a pattern. just something i created after seeing similar quilts online. the construction follows a simple dot-dot-dash pattern, where you sew squares and rectangles together to form the pluses. if you sketch it out first it's fairly simple to see. and i've detailed out the exact sizes i cut further up in the comments.

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  43. This is beautiful, and has become my inspiration to start quilting. I only wish I could still get these fabrics, my hardest part of creating is picking out the fabrics that go together. Thank you so much for sharing your cuts. This will take a few hours of work off my time. Thanks so much!!!

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  44. Stunning quilt! Planning to make it for my first baby; a boy due in March. A couple questions:

    Did you quilt this on your sewing machine, hence the comments about taping vs. drawing lines?

    Where did you get your adorable fabrics?

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    1. yes, i quilted it on my little home sewing machine! just some simple straight lines using tape to mark the lines. however, i don't use this method anymore. i found the tape moves around too much for me for this to be reliable. in the last few months i started using a hera marker to make creased lines to mark where will quilt. i really like this method and will probably continue to use it in the future.

      as for the fabric, except for the solids this is all from lizzy house's line red letter day, which is sadly no longer in print and hard to find. it's still one of my favorites!

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  45. I love this! Way to go! I am cutting my own out today! Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Hi there, I really LOVE this quilt. Just trying to figure out how much fabric I would need. Did you use 11 Fat quarters? If I'm counting right, and what the finished dimensions on the quilt are?

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    1. hi sarah! the finished quilt size is 44x60 inches. since i just used fabrics from my stash (and i have mostly half yard cuts) i don't remember how much of each i used, but it does look like there are 11 different fabrics in the quilt and i'm guessing you could use a fat quarter of each. sorry i can't be more precise but i hope that helps!

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    2. That's okay. It is really adorable. Thanks for a great post

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  47. What pattern did you use for this? It's beyond gorgeous!

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    1. hi sophia. i did not use a pattern. just something i created after seeing similar quilts online. the construction follows a simple dot-dot-dash pattern, where you sew squares and rectangles together to form the pluses. if you sketch it out first it's fairly simple to see. and i've detailed out the exact sizes i cut further up in the comments.

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  48. Any chance you have left over yarn from this quilt? Are you willing to sell?

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  49. I LOVE this quilt! The colors are amazing. Thanks for posting!

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