Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sixth Time's the Charm Crib Quilt

lovely.

my boy.

On one glorious spring day this week, I went outside to photograph a finished quilt. While my boy kicked around in muddy boots, my husband was building a pig house (no joke). But, happily he paused a moment to oblige me.

Here's the story of how a quilt came to be.

work in progress from Handmade Beginnings

A month ago I began a baby quilt for Miss Laurie.  Laurie and I have been friends, literally, forever. Since babyhood, in fact.  And despite the fact that we live on opposite coasts, we seem to have grown closer since she finally started having babies (wink).  I may have twisted her arm when I suggested the Sixth Time's the Charm quilt from Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner, but I'm not sure because we were only on the telephone.  I do know that I showed her the book cover and the adorable owl print by Anne Kelle.  I think that's when she pretty much threw up her hands, made some kind of "I'm sure it'll be good" statement and merely requested that the quilt have some kind of focus on green and brown.

piecing progress on Sixth Time's the Charm

For awhile there the whole green/brown concept looked dicey.  All of those bright rainbow owls were calling to me and my fabric stash showed itself to be lacking in browns.  After augmenting my stash, I pushed through and made the triangles for Anna's Sixth Time's the Charm Quilt in my own fabric-saving way (tutorial here), which left me with the in-progress hexagon above.  Which had to be trimmed down.  Only I had made the triangles too small... and the resulting rectangle was tiny.  Oops.

green and brown?  check.


But tiny did turn into a boon rather than a bummer because it forced me to add a brown border.  I think the border really cements the whole green and brown concept, don't you?  The border is Robert Kaufman's "quilter's linen basics" in cocoa (available in several shades at Sew Fresh Fabrics).  It stitched up nicely and has a nice, subtle depth.

binding in Kona olive

The binding is Kona olive

Metro Circles in Chocolate


and the backing is Metro Circles in Chocolate. And Metro circles, which is available in lots of variations, is definitely a new favorite of mine for backing.  I love how modern it looks.  I quilted in matching dark brown thread so that the back would remain just simple.  And, hey, she can always show the quilt on this side for a true green/brown element in the room, right?

Spiderweb quilting

For quilting I kept is simple, just echoing the spiderweb shape of the intersecting triangles and adding some lines within the triangles for extra security.

spring has arrived!

The blossoms on that day were absolutely lovely.  And, come to think of it, they're just as green and brown!
 
finished!  Sixth Time's the Charm Quilt

Happy endings here. Laurie - your quilt is on the way. Have a blessed birth!

33 comments:

  1. oh, it turned out so nicely! I do love that for the backing, it is perfect. And yes, I'm extremely envious of your beautiful spring day. The ground here is still covered in snow!!

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  2. It looks fantastic! I really like the border, it DOES cement the green brown thing but the colors still shine! The little print fabric zinger in the border rocks. :)

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  3. That quilt is gorgeous. I just discovered your great blog. BTW my last name is Hauser also, not too common where I live.

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  4. I looove this rachel. it's just beautiful and the perfect binding and backing too. I'm so jealous of your blossoms, we were just making snowmen yesterday :(

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  5. Beautiful quilt!! And it's good to hear that it is spring somewhere. :)

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  6. Gorgeous, and I love the brown border around it, really make the whole thing stand out!

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  7. you're right, the back really adds something to this already gorgeous quilt! I might have to invest in some Metro circles - so many possibilities!

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  8. rachel, it is so lovely! the quilt...the blossoms... perfection~!

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  9. What love is stitched into that quilt! The hex design is amazing and I love the color scheme. Well done!

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  10. It turned out FABULOUS Rachel! I adore the Metro circles on the back. Yum! Must copy you on that. ;) You make green and brown look wonderful together.

    And that final picture is stunning! I love the blossoms and the grass with the quilt. If your friend doesn't like it...I'd be happy to take it off your hands. ;)

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  11. They Metro Circles really are lovely! They're bigger than dots, but have that versatility. I'd like the whole stack!

    And on the spring... Oh, I know - sorry! I hate that I'm showing these pics and it's snowing elsewhere. Hopefully soon for you!

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  12. Really beautiful Rachel! I agree, the border really balances it out. It gives your eyes a place to rest with all those prints in the center! :)

    I too LOVE the backing! I keep filling my cart up with the circles and then unloading it. I need to find a place that has most of the colors! They're just wonderful basics!

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  13. Ooh, that brown border makes the patterns really pop! *loves it*

    And such a great way to use up long scraps!

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  14. this came out looking so wonderful! the border is just perfect and i love how the binding makes all the greens in the spiderweb pop.

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  15. Wow- that looks fantastic. You're so inspiring!

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  16. The backing is simply fabulous. That line is one of my new favorites! And the front is pretty spectacular as well. I like how you interspersed your blog post with blossom pictures...

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  17. I love all aspects of this quilt!! You did a wonderful job on it...
    Pamela.Adams62@gmail.com

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  18. It looks fantastic!!! Those pictures are great!

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  19. Nice! I admit - the hexagon was way busy for me, but the generous brown border really calms it down and brings it all together! Great quilt.

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  20. It's beautiful, Rachel. The brown border is just perfect. I love the circles on the back, too! What a fun baby quilt!
    Michelle

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  21. Gorgeous! I love your quilt...and the idea that spring is on its way!

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  22. Wow Rachel! That quilt is amazing! I love the brown border...totally grounds it.

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  23. I love it how you took inspiration from Anna Maria's design and made a Rachel version of it! Looks amazing!

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  24. I love your version of this quilt pattern. Love the color combo and the owls. I'm going to check out your tutorial.

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  25. your quilt it gorgeous. i like how you adjusted your 'plan a' into 'plan b'; turned out great!

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  26. It's lovely! :) I do love the border, and that bit you added to the side gives it real personality. :)

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  27. It's beautiful, and certainly made with love. The metro circles are perfect for the backing!

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  28. It's really lovely! I like the modern twist you ended up giving Anna Maria's pattern—I think the border really adds something special. And what a great photo outside! :)

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  29. I liiiiiike it ALOT, Rachel!!! It's so unique and you know I love scrappy! Laurie is soooo lucky!!

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  30. absolutely amazing! i wouldn't have thought to combine green and brown, but it's perfect.

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