Monday, February 3, 2014

My Favorites Quilt

I finally made a quilt especially for me. The idea had been percolating for awhile and I knew I wanted to use my stash of coveted Japanese prints. All of my favorites are in here.


I began cutting the triangles before being completely sure of the layout. It was both nerve wracking and exhilarating to cut into fabrics that I had been saving (hoarding) for so long. But really, what good are they sitting on a shelf? I didn't buy fabric to create a museum. I bought it to make awesome stuff!


The back is a fantastic text print from IKEA.


When I first started laying out the triangles, they were completely random. I knew I wanted to add the white sashing but the look was still very chaotic. As I played around with it all, I started to pair up the triangles into semi-coordinated diamonds. I think it really helped to bring some small sense of order to the various prints and colors used.


I really love this quilt. Like, REALLY love this quilt. It was extremely liberating to cut into all these beauties and now I get to enjoy seeing them every single day. Lesson learned: use your fabric. It gives you much more joy than just piling it on a shelf.


The binding is yarn dyed essex linen, which is one of my all time favorite fabrics. Ever.

Ahhhh....what a joy. Buy what you love, use what you have, enjoy what you make. Life is really too short to do it any other way.

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love your choice of binding too, I haven't seen that linen used solely for that and it looks great, perfect frame

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  2. hooray! i need to take your advice and start chopping my stash. this is a really lovely quilt.

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  3. "Buy what you love, use what you have, enjoy what you make." Great advice! And you quilt is lovely! Now you can enjoy all those treasured fabrics every time you look at your quilt.

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  4. oops -- meant to say: your quilt is lovely!

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  5. just gorgeous! I'm so happy you were able to use and find joy with your favorites!

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  6. BRAVO! You blazed a path for me .... it's high time to cut into the preciously stored fabric! LOVE your piece very very much. My daughter just bought that Ikea print for me - I'll try not to hoard it too!

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  7. Ok first I had to pin this, then comment. Megan holy shit this is so awesome! What!?! I loooooove it. I wish I was going to be at the meeting next week to see it in person!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! You have the tiny white smashing perfectly in line also! Give yourself a pat on the back for such a well done creation - thanks so much for sharing with us so we are motivated to go create! Beth in AL

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  9. LOVING this quilt. Glad you used the fabric you were hoarding. Now you get to look at it all the time, score!

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  10. I am not a quilt lover but this one draws me in. Has a vintage feel and modern look.

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  11. Your triangles with sashing is just wonderful, I don't think I've seen this exact layout before but I absolutely love it. I'll have to pin this quilt to be inspired again later!

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