Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sister Quilt #1: A Finished Quilt

Woo! Sisters' Ten Quilt #1 is done! #1, you ask? Read on!


 Last year around this time, AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters revealed the concept and layout for the Sisters' Ten BOM. The modern layout stuck with me, and I admittedly needed to work on my piecing accuracy. Every block stands for an important woman in life, which got me thinking about one of the most important women in mine: my 17-year-old sister.

 And look how darn happy she is with her one-fabric Amy Butler Cameo backing that I bought especially for this quilt (she dislikes pieced backs and I guessed right this time about the color)!


 The idea started to evolve in my head: what if I made "sister" quilts in our respective color schemes? I hoped to have both done by Christmas but I knew I would at least get Marisa's done. And thus started the very secretive year of making blocks behind her back and dying to show her because I share all things quilty with her. :) I told my husband (obviously, because he sees everything laid out on the floor) and my mom, and apparently my sister suspected something because it was hard not to hint that her Christmas present was going to be awesome.



 Here's the pull for my quilt back in January (with Kona Medium Gray, thanks to your advice!).

With the Sisters' Ten BOM, I really evolved as a piecer. There is a HUGE difference between my starting and finishing blocks in terms of accuracy. I really had fun choosing the color combinations for each block - on Marisa's, I tried to use solely green, blue, and purple. All the shades seemed to mesh pretty well. If you look at the finished quilt pictures, you'll see that I added small scraps of color (and boy, did I have a lot of those) to the large middle negative space, just for fun. I love adding in original aspects to a predetermined quilt layout.


1. Sisters' Ten Block October, 2. Sisters' Ten Block October, 3. Sisters' Ten BOM - September block, 4. Sisters' Ten BOM - September block, 5. August Sisters' Ten Block, 6. August Sisters' Ten Block, 7. July Sisters' Ten Block, 8. July Sisters' Ten Block, 9. Block 1 - Sisters' Ten BOM - Contrary Wife, 10. Block 2 - Sisters' Ten BOM - Contrary Wife, 11. May BOM block 2, 12. April BOM 3, 13. April BOM 4, 14. School Girl's Puzzle, 15. Susannah, 16. Fly!



Here's my very first block. You can tell some of the HSTs are the wrong size/mismatched, and I'm convinced I cut the middle fabric wrong from the start. It's just fun to see how far I've come! You can see the other blocks and beautiful finished quilts in the Sisters' Ten Flickr group.

Right after we got back from Maine, the husband tested out his new camera and took some preliminary pictures of us with the quilt. We're already planning a photoshoot in nicer weather when mine is done :) It was too cold for us to be outside anyway, so with the next post (early spring?) I'll have more details about quilting (with closeups).

 

Fierce.

 

FABRIC. 

 

Fly!

 

Family :) 


Happy 2014, everyone!! :) Thanks for reading and being quilty friends, as always! <3 If you're looking for my 2013 in review post, it's right here.




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27 comments:

  1. Awww, what a sweet idea, sister quilts! It turned out beautiful, I can totally see why she is just delighted with it! Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  2. That is so pretty. What a great way to display a few blocks into a good size quilt. Love the colors.

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  3. It looks great, and isn't nice to give a quilt to such an appreciative (and important) person? Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  4. love love this quilt :-) It looks so amazing - and my favourite colours too! No wonder your sister is so happy :-)

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  5. Very clever way to stretch a few block into a bigger quilt. Love the small spots of color in the white and the quilting in the white. Great inspiration for the new year, thanks.

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  6. Fun pics. I especially like the one with you and fabrics :-) Pure happiness!

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  7. Very creative way to put the blocks in the quilt, love it!!

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  8. Great colors and I love those tiny bits of fabric you added to the negative space. Genius!

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  9. what an amazing quilt. I love the layout and the tiny scraps of colour in the middle.

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  10. Those little splashes of color in the white were the first thing I noticed - a wonderful signature for your creation - the quilt is gorgeous!! (And my favorite color palette - darn kids of mine loving pink and only pink : P)

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  11. What a fun quilt! Love all of those pictures of your sister and the quilt! :) Looks like she is going to give that quilt lots of love! :) Happy New Year! :)

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  12. I love your layout for your blocks. It gives me a great idea for some blocks I have that I didn't know what to do with. I also love the colors you chose. They work so well together.

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  13. I love the layout for that quilt! Brilliant!

    Happy New Year.

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  14. Ooh! I love! And this makes me wish my sisters' 10 quilt was done! :) Maybe I'll baste that today.....

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  15. Such a nice idea! Love the quilt and love that your sister was so excited about it. Very nice finish!

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  16. Such a great idea! By the way, I am obsessed with your quilting on this! I have been loving on the design and colors, but I just zeroed in on this and it's awesome! Great finish :)

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  17. What a beautiful story and a great finish! I just love the layout, really fresh and modern!

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  18. Love the idea of doing "sister" quilts! Great work. Isn't it fun to see progress in our quilting? - Best, Kate

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  19. That is just awesome. I'm working towards making a quilt for each of my siblings. My mom got hers for Christmas this year. I have 2 sisters planned and ready to go and one more to figure out. Plus there will be one for the brother, the BIL and the MIL, eventually.

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  20. A great finish, I love the layout, especially the use of negative space with the detailed blocks.

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  21. What a sweet gift to share! I make one quilt for one person in my family each year. I posted about mine for this year today too. :) Giving quilts feels extra special doesn't it? It'll warm their bodies and hearts.

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  22. love the idea of sister quilts! and it looks like your sister loves hers. That block layout is really cool and modern.

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous quilt !! I love everything about it, the colours, layout, all the negative space ..... and the happy sister smiles :)

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  24. What a great idea! Plus I love your fabric and blocks! Very fun to look at.

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