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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sugar and Spice

...and everything nice.  I've had this Whimsy fabric line for a long time, and I was kind of unenthusiastic about it, but now that it's put into a quilt, I really love it.  The pink and springy green are so sweet, but the warm brown, pumpkin, and yellow keep it from being sugar overload.  I think Sugar and Spice is the perfect name for it!  It's a little bit summer and a little bit autumn... kind of like the weather these days.




I made this quilt using my Chevron Quilt Tutorial, and then opted to add a white border.  I wanted to be sure that even with all of the brown and orange, it looked light and fresh.


I barely had any of the Whimsy fabric left for the backing, so I used lots of the green polka dot (from stash), along with some Kona Chocolate and Kona White that was also used on the front.  I've gotten to where I love quilting with colored thread, and I chose to quilt in yellow on this one.  I really like the way the yellow stitching shows up on the other colors in the chevrons.


I have a huge, old Pyracantha on the side of my house.  I only love it for two weeks in the spring when it flowers, two weeks in the fall(ish) when it makes beautiful red-orange berries, and dislike it for the other 48 weeks of the year.  It is covered in thorns and grows wildly.  Even though I don't love it, I just can't bring myself to unceremoniously chop down a plant that is so old, and is green year-round.

Anyway, all of that was to say that my Pyracantha happens to be covered in beautiful berries right now, and even though I had to carefully brave the thorns for my sake and the sake of the quilt, I wanted to get a picture of Sugar and Spice hanging from it.


As it turns out, most of the branches thick enough to support the weight of the quilt were so far on the interior that I didn't want to risk snagging the quilt on a thorn and tearing the fabric.  Because then I would have just cried, and I'm not one of those girls who cry prettily.  So, although this isn't exactly the picture I had in my head, it will have to do.

This quilt is destined for a silent auction at my church to benefit a particular mission.  I hope it will go to someone who loves it!

26 comments:

  1. Looks great :) it would be perfect for a little girl.

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  2. I am sure your quilt will do well in the silent auction. And who wouldn't love it? It sure has been named appropriately! Love the white border and dark binding.... And the yellow thread in the quilting, Kelly! Another fabulous finish!

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  3. This is an outstanding quilt! I absolutely love the contrast of the white chevron and border. I am sure that your auction will go very well. That last photo looks like it is glowing from within. Just beautiful!!

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  4. I know this quilt will do really well at the auction, it is a beautiful quilt!

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  5. Hi Kelly! Definitely like your fabric choices. I happily follow you by email. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  6. Wow,love your design,fabrics choice and the back is spectacular.It`s a fabulous quilt!

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  7. I am sure it will be loved as much as I love it and do well at your church auction.
    Your fabric color choice is a great one and as usual I love the back quite as much. You're the one who convince me of improv piece my backings
    Even if I am ok with you about pyracanthas you can't deny that despite the thorns its leaves are graceful and its shiny green pleasant to look at.

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  8. I have saved your how to make a chevron quilt. I have never made a quilt but the tute made it looks so easy. I use fabric to make flowers or bracelets. I also follow you. collinsscarboro@hughes.net

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  9. Nice Job on the chevron quilt and of course yay for you for quilting it yourself!!

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  10. Once again, great fabric combo! I really like the addition of orange and brown. You're so right, it balances the pink & green perfectly.
    I'm sure it will raise lots for the mission :)

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  11. Very cute quilt.... the colours are just perfect for this time of year AND the back is just as pretty as the front, which is always a bonus :)

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  12. This is really beautiful Kelli! Love the photo setting... Glad you got off rip free!

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  13. I love your Sugar and Spice. One of these days I am going to grab 10 or 11 fat quarters from my stash and do a Chevron quilt. I need to reduce my stash drastically, so if it goes well, there may be many Chevrons in my future. Thanks for sharing and for your tut.

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  14. Kelly, this turned out great! Another great use of the fabrics on the back.

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  15. Love your quilt! - So perfect for the turning of the seasons. This will be such a nice way to benefit your favorite mission.

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  16. Your quilts are always so gorgeous.

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  17. Front and back that is so perfect for it's name. What a great quilt.

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  18. Such a pretty quilt. And I think it's great that you are giving it away for charity!

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  19. Beautiful quilt Kelly and isn't it neat how when you finish a quilt how different that fabrics seem! Thanks for sharing.
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  20. This has turned out beautifully! The chevron design looks great in these fabrics :)

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  21. Wow! I love it! The colors and fabrics are just beautiful! And who doesn't love chevrons! It looks beautiful with the berries! I hope it brought a lot at the silent auction. Congrats on a great finish and thanks for linking up!

    xo -E

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    1. the HST part is 46" x 58" and then I added a border around it. If I remember correctly, the border was 4" wide, so the entire quilt measures 54" x 66." Here is a link to the tutorial for this quilt, which shows all of the steps, including the finished triangle sizes-

      http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/2013/09/easy-peasy-chevron-quilt-tutorial.html

      :) Kelly

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