Monday, April 9, 2012

half a trip in England Swings

a pretty red barn...  and a quilt.

When I shared this work-in-progress last month, you all looked at it with fresh eyes and showed me that half a trip around the world was more interesting than a full revolution.  I'd actually planned to do a traditional trip around the world layout. Even had all the pieces cut out!  But, you're right.  I love how the quilt looked just as I photographed it by that barn.  Thanks for showing me!  Too bad it was too small to stay that way.

Half a Trip in England Swings

At home I played around with my remaining 5.5" squares and settled on this layout to bring the quilt up to size.  To keep a sense of unexpected, the largest trip around the world is incomplete.  And I created a few more echos on the right side of the quilt.  What makes the quilt work for me are the scattered solid red squares.  That, and the fun, bright fabrics!

Half a Trip in progress

Most of these prints are England Swings by Rebekah Merle for Timeless Treasures (available at Moona Fabrics).  It's such a bright, true collection that reminded me of a good friend who grew up Massachussets.  Do you feel the New England vibe?

Quilted with satisfaction

I made this quilt for her family just to say "I love you", cause I do.   Adding in the green Chinese Lantern Amy Butler fabric and aqua dandelion from Central Park made the color scheme feel fresh to me.  Straight-line, diagonal quilting was oh-so-satisfying and lent a great texture to the back,

Ikea backing LOVE

where I lined an Ikea 60" wide print with two rows of England Swings squares to bring things up to size.

Half a Trip back

I love that over-sized print.  So dramatic!  This side is truly my favorite.

Red door

And props to the red door too.  I've always loved the looks of this church. Someday, I'll paint my door red.

Half a Trip Around the World

So, this is my first Half a Trip Around the World quilt.  Eventually I'll do it again, and make a true half like you smarties showed me. 

edges in Kona Red

This little stack of goodness is done, bound in Kona Red, washed and off to it's new home hopefully this week.

Psst... did you have a fun weekend?  My time at the sewing machine was mostly relegated to hemming Brandon's work pants, so the real fun was celebrating Easter with friends and family.

Easter!

We host an Easter egg hunt every year - this time for our small group.  I did't miss an opportunity to put Beach Riot to use.

um, that's Liam's favorite candy. ???

Check out Liam eating his favorite candy.  Ok???  Let's pretend that I don't know there are more of those chocolates lonely in the cabinet this morning...

27 comments:

  1. I just love the layout you chose. It looks so fresh & fun! The red door was the perfect backdrop. Beach Riot looks great - nothing better than a quilt being used!

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    1. Thanks, Courtney! I agree - love, love, love using them! Especially that one. If it gets ruined, I'll be glad it was used and just make another!

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  2. Awesome quilt Rachel! The front is great, I love that you chose to offset the layout. And the back made me gasp, it's so beautiful! Great job! Glad to hear you all had a nice Easter :)

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  3. very pretty rachel! i love the back so much, the simple quilting makes it look gorgeous! i wish there was an ikea much closer to me... i love how you offset the layout.

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  4. So pretty Rachel - the offset layout is pure genius!

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  5. Great quilt Rachel! I love the offset trip around the world lay out.

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  6. That print on the back is perfect! I love the way you enlarged it, and I bet your friend will adore this quilt!

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  7. Love all the different doors you found to show off your quilt against, they really bring out the colours!

    Chuckling at the last pic... ;o)

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  8. Great quilt! Love the layout-I always love that part - seeing all the different ways a quilt could be...

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  9. Wow the quilt looks great! Have never heard of that pattern before either! =D

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  10. Yeah for Ikea backs! That print looks stunning in blue. Great quilt all around.

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  11. I loved this quilt the first time I saw it and even more now - reminds me of the saying "love you to the moon and back again" - I've encouraged a long arm quilter I know to show some of her quilts in front of her old red barn too. Great quilt, wonderful colors for this pattern..

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  12. The quilt looks lovely, the colours are beautiful!! I love the back as well, must go check out Ikea soon. Glad you had fun over easter, its always a great family weekend, lots of fun! My kids re-create the easter hunt daily until there is no more chocolate left!

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  13. It's nice to see quilts using fabrics I wouldn't usually buy. Your choices work so well together, it's just a bright fresh quilt I love it!

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    1. Thanks, Petra! I know these fabrics are initially so "not me", but I was drawn to them for some reason. And, happily, they are perfect for my friend. It was like a color vacation, LOL.

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  14. Red doors and blue backs! I love the contrast you showed here.

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  15. What a lovely quilt. And I love the Ikea fabric for the back. At first glance I thought, 'that looks like an Ikea print' Then I went to see what print it was and it was Ikea. I love it! YOu've inspired me to check there for a yardage stashing.

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    1. Definitely do! This was a home decorator's print, so it does make the quilt a bit heavy, but I know it will wear well. I do hope it softens over time though. It's a bit stiff at the moment.

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  16. Oh, this quilt is absolutely amazing. I love everything about it, the fabric you chose and the scale of blocks makes it so gorgeously modern and unique.

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  17. whoa, this is such a lovely quilt! everything about it is impeccable. great choices!

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  18. You know I really love this quilt. The scale and fabrics are perfect together. Great job. And the photography is great this time, too.

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  19. Congrats on another fine finish of a quilt. I, too, like backing things with yardage from IKEA or Crate and Barrel Outlet--the Marimekko fabric. I hope she'll love your quilt--what a lovely gift!

    And thanks again for your lovely gift of the Scrap Attack Festival. I'm still going through everyone's entry--it may take me a while--but I'm really enjoying it. Bravo to you!
    Elizabeth E.

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  20. Love it and love the Ikea print. Clever idea. I might just do that myself. I am always struggling for quilt backs here. Why do I never think about the back when I am buying fabric for the front?

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  21. I came into the comments to ask what type of batting you used since I like the thicker weight of the quilt. I saw your comment about the Ikea being a heavier weight, so maybe that's what I'm seeing?

    It looks great and that family will be THRILLED!

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    1. I used Warm & Natural batting - my regular. The increased weight is definitely from the Ikea fabric, which is a home decorator's twill, I believe.

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  22. Great quilt! You took something old and made it fresh and exciting! Love it!

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    1. Thanks, Victoria. What more could I hope to do. What a compliment!

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