Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tilted Tweets

I finally get to share this quilt! I made this quilt for our very sweet friend Maureen, who let Matt stay with her in Seattle for nearly a year while we tried to sell our house in Illinois. As much as I love this quilt, it still doesn't feel like "enough" of a thank you for what she did for our family.
I used Tufted Tweets by Laurie Wisburn as the focal point for this quilt, and all of the solids are Kona (charcoal, white, chartreuse, dark violet, tangerine, papaya, and bahama blue). The blocks were all pieced improv style, which I'm starting to like more and more. I started with a not-quite-square piece of one of the TT prints, and built around it log cabin style, trimming to not-quite-square as I went along. I wanted the prints to appear to be floating, so I included a white border between the print and solid, along with a white border on the outside. When all of the blocks were pieced together, the outer white borders looked like white sashing! I wanted to frame the blocks, so I used chunks of the prints and solids to create a 3" border. Finished size is about 55" x 70", I think.
For the back, I used predominantly kona in charcoal with some printed pieces thrown in. I started to worry that the front was too bright, so I figured Maureen could always turn it over and use the back!
I got the idea for the quilting from Oh Fransson! I just love how inspiring she is in her piecing AND quilting! I am always looking for new fmq ideas, so I was excited to find some new ideas. I think square-ish meandering is my new favorite quilting design! I've also been trying out some different quilting threads, and Aurifil is my new favorite. I love how it looks, and my machine loves to sew with it. For this quilt, I used Aurifil 50wt. Mako in white (100% cotton, of course!).
I love taking pictures of the corners of the quilt. Why? I have no idea.
I also discovered that our new back yard is perfect for photographing quilts!
If I haven't said it enough, a HUGE thank you to Maureen for giving Matt a home away from home.
(P.S. Sorry about the picture quality. I realized late in the photo shoot that I had my iso settings wrong!)

18 comments:

Kristie said...

What a gorgeous quilt! And a very deserving friend. I just love how you made this, Nikki, the floating squares are fantastic and I love the border, too.

felicity said...

This quilt is completely fantastic - what a beautiful gift for a very giving friend. My machine adores Aurifil, too - love your quilting!

quiltilicious said...

I absolutely love, love, love this quilt having made several Tufted Tweets quilts myself. Really informative post. Thank you.

Megan said...

Flipping gorgeous! Love, love, love this quilt!! :)

OrangeBlossom said...

You are simply amazing!!! The quilt is so beautiful.

I like your shoes too. How cute that a smaller pair joined you in the next picture.

Your corners are awesome!

Spontaneous Threads said...

lovely quilt, and I know it was heartfelt.

Inspiredbyfelix said...

This is totally gorgeous! A very fitting gift I think..and I've never seen that quilting before, it's now firmly on my "to try" list!

nerospostandpatch said...

This is really beautiful quilt and love those lovely fun fabrics you have found!
Wishes from Crete!

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is such a fun quilt, and the quilting is fabulous!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

AWESOME! Super cool, you do such great work! Of course I love these fabrics, and you did a really great job of quilting it too! What a great gift!!!

~The Bargain Babe said...

Love how all the fabrics have chairs and sofas on them! So cute. :-)

Andrea said...

I love your quilts are beautiful colors .. good photos .

Kirsten N said...

I love the colourful fabrics in this quilt and the quilting design is fabulous!!

Lisa said...

just gorgeous!!! beautiful colors and fabric.
hugs
xo

Arita said...

Just gorgeous and I love your quilting. I may try it on my Robert Kaufmann MQG Challenge quilt.

~ Val @ PinkPlease! ~ said...

I'm not sure which I love more, the quilt or the shoes? Great job!!!!!

alexveronelli said...

Nicole , I am Alex from Aurifil , thank you very much for your nice words about my threads. Alex

b78ayers said...

What a fun quilt! The color balance is excellent and the quilt design perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.