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Monday, January 19, 2015

Take Two

I don't know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods, but we've had a reprieve from the bitter winter temps here lately.  I'll take a beautiful, breezy sixty degrees any day!  I'm sure winter isn't over yet, but the spring-like weather made the photo shoot for this quilt much more fun that the last few.


I was finally able to get the quilting done over the weekend, but even then I worked on it in short bursts, no more than 30 minutes at a time.  This quilt measures 72 x 90, and a quilt this size takes me about four hours to stipple.  I usually enjoy my marathon quilting sessions, but to my surprise, the shorter sessions were just as enjoyable, even though it really felt like doing it that way made it take longer.



Other than the triangle bits that are part of the little preemie quilt I'm working on, I used every available scrap in the backing, and I love the way this warm yellow fabric makes the colors pop.


The binding is a beautiful, rich shade of red that I feel like I have been seeing a lot lately, and I realized after I chose it that Marsala is the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year.  So that may explain things a bit.

This quilt is for my mom, and I can't wait for her to see it.  Perhaps you remember the Anna Maria Horner Dowry quilt that I made for her over the summer?  Well, she is redoing the guest room in her house and wanted a quilt with AMH fabrics.  She really loved the LouLouThi line (these fabrics), but since it is an older line I couldn't find enough of it, so I made the quilt with the Dowry fabrics instead.  

Although she really likes the Dowry quilt, it turned out to be too dark for the room.  The Dowry line is much more jewel-toned, and these fabrics are more earthy.  Since I knew she had her heart set on LouLouThi, I kept my eyes peeled.  I found a bundle of it on Etsy last fall and snatched it up.  Clearly, the rest is history.  All of this goes to explain the twofold meaning of the name of the quilt- Take Two.


Not only is this quilt "Take Two" for the intended room, I also think that Anna Maria Horner fabrics have such a great vintage feel.  The prints feel like a wonderful hodgepodge of fabrics you might find in a thrift shop, and the bold mix of colors really give a treasured, aged quality to the quilt.  I'm certain that Take Two will be exactly what my mom had in mind!


18 comments:

  1. Dear Kelly!
    It looks so nice! And I´m sure your mom will love her new quilt!
    Greetings from (also cold) Germany, Mrs Patch

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    1. thank you so much! I'm glad you like it, and I hope you warm up over there soon!

      :) Kelly

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  2. Very pretty! Your mom is so lucky!

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  3. I adore your quilts. Inspirational.

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    1. What a wonderful compliment, June! I am so glad that you find inspiration in my quilts.

      :) Kelly

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  4. It looks really great, well done! Your mum will be thrilled.

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  5. That is such a pretty, pretty quilt! The colours are just awesome, and I love the diamond piecing! Your mom is one lucky lady!!!!

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  6. That is absolutely beautiful!! The colors are so rich. I own several of your patterns and I have yet to see anything you do that I don't love.

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    1. oh, thank you so much! I am so glad you like this quilt, and enjoy my patterns as well!

      :) Kelly

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  7. Another beautiful and completely reversible quilt. I'm glad you took the quilting a little more slowly to be careful of your health.

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  8. This one is beautiful front and back! I'm sure she will be thrilled with this quilt.

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  9. One of my favorite so far, It's lovely!

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  10. It's really lovely--there's something about diamond shapes that appeals and who could resist that fabric line!

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  11. I think piecing the back like that was an inspired choice. It is so busy and so beautiful, front and back!

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  12. What a great finish! I bet your mom will be really excited and appreciate just how much thought and effort you took to get just the right fabrics for this quilt.

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  13. Take Two may have one more meaning.... Take Two looks or do a Double Take. This is a really stunning quilt, Kelly! Love that yellow in the backing and the rich red binding. It's beautiful!

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, Shawn! I actually did not use a pattern for this quilt. I just used a 60 degree triangle ruler to cut my triangles, but I laid them end to end so that they made diamonds. Here is a great series of tutorials on how to make a triangle quilt. I hope this helps!

      http://www.sassyquilter.com/triangle-quilt-along-homepage/

      :) Kelly

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