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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bicycle Trails

It's finally starting to feel like spring around here, even if it doesn't look like it just yet. (still soooo much brown in the background)  The weather has been absolutely glorious this weekend, and after finishing up my latest quilt, I decided to tag along with my husband and wild thing to a local park for a photo shoot while they hit a few baseballs.


As I hoped it would, this quilt has grown on me as I've worked on it.  I still wouldn't say that it is one of my favorites I've ever made, but I do like it.  I don't usually go for novelty fabrics, but I have to say that I love the bicycle print from the Bluebird Park line.  Doesn't it just make you smile?  I just love the basket and balloon details.  I can't help but think of riding my bike when I was a child, with the wind in my hair, feeling like I could go anywhere at all.


I''m really trying to use every bit of fabric I can when I make quilts to keep my scraps in check lately, and even though it takes longer to piece a backing, I really love sewing the scraps together without a plan to see what I come up with.  Somehow, when I buy one fabric for a solid quilt backing, I always end up having tons of it left over because I don't want to have more than one seam.


I thought the quilt could use a brightly colored binding, and I really like the way the teal chevron works on it.  There are so many lower volume fabrics that the bright binding frames it pretty well.


I decided to pay homage to the bicycle fabric that was the starting point for this entire quilt and name this one Bicycle Trails.  The long strips give a nice illusion of trails, or even bike tracks I think.  This quilt finished up at about 60x60 inches.


32 comments:

  1. I really like your "Bicycle Trails".
    Smart way to use the fabric!
    Gunilla

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  2. The quilt is really pretty. I love the teal, orange and brown--they compliment each other so well. And, btw, I love your stipple quilting!!! It looks perfect.

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  3. Love the bicycles! And I really like how you piece your backs. They really do take longer though don't they?

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  4. Great pics and, once again, you chose the perfect name for your quilt. I love that bicycle fabric! And the teal chevron binding is bright and just right!

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  5. Good to hear you are having some nice weather in your area. Bicycle Trails is very charming and the bicycle print I like a lot!

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  6. Ditto above - love the teal, orange, and brown together! Great name for your quilt! You are so good at naming them.

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  7. Love the colors and fabrics, especially the bicycle print!

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  8. Love your quilt! It turned out nice.

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  9. You have such fun names for your quilts. It is such an example for me. I am trying to be more adventurous when naming my quilts now. This is such a fun finish.

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  10. It's adorable...not the "brights" you love...but definitely the "boy" quilt your little guy was requesting. (I too love the bike and balloons!)

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  11. This quilt turned out as cute as I thought it would! You are right about the binding. Love it....

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  12. That is lovely. The colors are so pretty together. Nice photo shoot too.

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  13. It looks great Kelly, and love the mix of colours in the fabrics!!

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  14. I think the binding is the perfect choice to frame this quilt.
    linsquilts.blogspot.com

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  15. What a fun quilt! I like the blue and salmon colors together especially

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  16. Great finish! I definitely agree that it was beautiful this weekend. I'm so glad you got to go outside and enjoy it.

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  17. Creative and very inspirational. A great quilt to use under a big tree for summertime fun ! Stitch a memory or two with this beautiful quilt

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  18. Super cute Kelly! Love the binding choice and that bicycle fabric is awesome! This would be the perfect picnic quilt!

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  19. Great finish! I love the label and your photographs are beautiful!

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  20. I think it is a beautiful quilt Kelly and personally I really like the colors and fabrics! Thanks for sharing.
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  21. Beautiful quilt and fun bicycle print. Nice finish!

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  22. Bikes are sweet! Great pictures show off that wonderful quilt. I adore the back, love a scrappy back that one is awesome! Another great quilt.

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  23. The binding defiantly makes it pop :) Great finish.

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  24. I am visiting from lets bee social
    I really love this quilt allot-the fabrics and the simple lines

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  25. It same out wonderfully- esp that bright binding touch!

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  26. There are some really cute prints in this line, adorable! I'm also a huge fan of the backing you pieced together. I need to remember to do more of that myself. Fewer scraps in the stash makes room for new fabric purchases, right? :)

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  27. Love the color play with the orange, teal, and brown. And the bicycles are adorable!

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  28. I love it! It definitely has that carefree vibe. I am so glad to hear that you like the quilt now :)

    -Soma

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  29. Love the tag on the back! Great work. Best, Kate

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  30. I love this quilt! The colors are SO pretty! And the brown background in that first picture is perfect! Congrats on an awesome finish and thanks for linking up!

    xo -E

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  31. What a fun quilt! And a great place to photograph it

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  32. is there a pattern for this quilt? thanks

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