Thursday, September 28, 2006

Loving the Love Beads (now that they're finished)


I started this quilt back in early August and was so excited about finally feeling confident with curves, but then was stymied by the quilting so I put it aside for a while. Anyone out there who is afraid of curves (including a few who commented on The Color Purple), making this quilt (and the Modern Quilt Workshop book) really helped me get over it! I got it out last weekend and decided enough was enough and finished up the quilting. The green background has a 1" diagonal grid (what was I thinking?), the 'strings' aren't quilted, and the beads themselves have a squiggly back and forth pattern on them. This is the first time I've used two different colored threads to quilt something.

I loved the layout in the in book for a twin sized quilt much more than the suggestions for a crib or lap quilt, so I modified the directions and made my circles 6.5" instead of 8.5" and placed the three strands of beads off center. The whole thing ended up at 39"x59".

Here's the fun backing fabric:


Not quite sure what I'll do with this quilt. It's a little big for baby-sized, too small for a twin.... I'll figure it out at some point!

On my to-do list for this weekend: finish the curtains for this window!

9 comments:

bettsy said...

I think it looks good on the window - maybe you don't need to finish the curtains.
Also like the cute backing fabric -I bought some batik the other day for a backing which has butterflies and grasshoppers on it - fun.

Deb Geyer said...

Nice quilt! That size would make a great throw for the couch!

Dormouse said...

I love it!!!

The backing fabric is wondeful too. I fell in love with something similar with dragon flies on it but when I went back to get it they had sold it all. If I ever see it again I'm going to grab it with both hands. :D

Rabbit Stitchings said...

You could fold it at the foot of the twin bed on top of another quilt or a matelasse coverlet...

I love to layer bedding :O)...I fold queen size quilts at the foot of my king bed all the time :O)...

LoriLaurieLauri said...

Just the right size for cuddling up with, maybe?

And I'm way afraid of circles!

CBM said...

It's really fresh and wonderful. I don't think size is an issue-a quilt is whatever size you make it.

Shelina said...

This is such a pretty and fun quilt. It would make a great lap or nap quilt, or a wall hanging.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

It looks great - as ever I am impressed when someone finishes something! You sound like me in that I can't ever seem to make anything without changing the pattern.

Samantha said...

I have wanted to make this one for so long- and yours is gorgeous inspiration!!