Monday, February 28, 2011

movin' on up

I'm happy to share with you February's stash quilt pattern. Just in the nick of time!

The layout is much different than what I had anticipated when I first started this quilt. That happens sometimes, and that's ok. I really like this happy little accident!
Materials:

12  10" squares...either use layer cake pieces or yardage from your stash. (if you are using yardage, you will need just under a yard of fabric) I used 12 different prints.

1 1/4 yards background fabric (white, in my case)

1/3 yard binding

1 1/2 yards backing fabric

37" x 49" batting or larger

Cutting:

Cut the background fabric into 16 2.5" x wof (width of fabric) strips.

If using yardage for the colors, cut 12 10" squares.

Assembly:

Follow the instructions here to assemble the 12 blocks.

Then, cut each block into quarters. Each piece will be 6.25" square.
My original layout was going to be this:
It's ok, but it definitely lacked pizazz. Not the vision I had at all.

So, a little rearranging of the blocks....
 
Much, much better!

Here's a better view of how the blocks are layed out.
    
Sew the blocks together into rows.

Sew the rows together to make a quilt top.
Finished quilt top size is 35" x 47".
If you try this pattern, I'd love to see it!
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In other news....Cheryl is here for the week to visit. Woo-hoo! We've been playing fabric already. Imagine that. :)  And she gave this quilt it's great name. Thanks Cheryl!

I plan on picking a winner for Amy's Modern Basics book sometime tomorrow.

Happy Monday to you!

101 comments:

tarabu said...

I'm really digging this monthly exercise in stash reduction - thanks!

The Tulip Patch said...

love this, love the colors! I will stash this in my mental notes for "quilts to make".

Lisa said...

I love them both, your original and the final. Maybe I'll have to try them both.... more scraps used and more fun. =)

Rachel said...

Oh I really like this! Very pizazzy :)

Candace said...

I love the wonky diagonals!

donna!ee said...

your happy accidents are the best! :)

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

You have great quilt top vision! I love it.

Merry Made Quilts said...

LOVE it!! Definitely getting added to the to do list!

Val said...

I love any ideas that look like I have done a lot of piecing. This design looks great. I think the diagonal arrangement is so much more interesting than the squares.

Cathy said...

Love the final design. So much better. Your colors are yummy. Hugs.

marilyn said...

I love this quilt, but I think I would start with the smaller squares and add the white to the two sides. I work better that way than cutting a bigger square. Call me crazy, but I hate cutting apart already sewn together big pieces. Same end result, but I'd rather do all of my cutting first and then all of my sewing. I'm gonna try this with 6 1/2 inch squares cuz I got a ton of them already cut out. Just need to cut a bunch of white fabric to go with it.
Thanks for the great idea.

rebkatz said...

Big fan of the layout. A little modern/edgy without too complicated assembly... Fabulous.

A.J. Dub. said...

Great layout and colors!

Wanda said...

Loving this quilt and your layout is wonderful...i'm see it in red's and blue's'..thanks for the inspiration..

Staci said...

What a wonderful little quilt. So clever and so simple. I just love it. Loving the purple and green, too.

Kristyne said...

I'm thinking modern Easter with the green, purple and strong graphic visual.

Mary said...

My kind of quilt! I might try it with scrappy whites also.

Annalia said...

How cute! I never would have thought to put it together that was. Smarty!

carol said...

I love the layout...and never would have thought of doing it that way. That's why you are the queen of quilting!!! Awesome!

Sew Frenzi said...

It's gorgeous and I LOVE the colors!!

Gidget said...

That is just a great idea!
I have stash in mind to make this on the weekend!
Thanks!

Bonnie said...

I really, really LOVE this quilt. The green and purple are fabulous together!

Carol T said...

I really love this quilt.

JG said...

I really like the "stepping up" look!
~Judy

Quiltmama said...

I agree with JG...the "stepping up" look is very nice. Easy to make and can easily use up scraps too. Happy quilting.

Clair said...

I like the quilt.

Joan said...

Looks lovly Ronda - Mmmm I can imagine the quilting :)

Ryan said...

The zig zag design is so interesting, and the colors work great together.

familylove said...

What an awesome quilt. Love, Love, Love it and can't wait to make one of my own.

Pamela Nees said...

Love the new layout. I think you should call it the "7-L Quilt." (In each row the white background fabric is either a 7 or an "L".

Very cool. I think I'll make one, too! Great inspiration!

Thimbleanna said...

Very Cool CrazyMom! I just saw a super cute little girls dress in those colors today -- you're on the cutting edge as always! ;-D

Cheryl Arkison said...

And I'm excited to be here with you!
This is a very fun quilt in person too.

Jennifer O. said...

I like this way better. Gives it a modern look to it. Great job!

Suzanne said...

It boggles my mind how a quick rotation of the blocks yields such a different look. Have fun with Cheryl!

Hands Sew Full said...

I really love your "round two" layout! This is a great stash buster, thanks!

momto2wasd said...

It's wonderful!!

DeeRoo said...

I guess I should make this quilt since I live..."on the East side"!!:)

Yep....I'm making this next...gonna pull fabrics this week!

Thanks so much for the idea!!!

Sewjournal said...

Lovely. Great colours

quiltncat said...

Wow, this is beautiful! I am new to your blog (and blogging in general) and I look forward to seeing more of your work!

Ladybug said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to make this pattern for the next baby to come into the family.

Sallie said...

Love the layout you decided on! I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Thea said...

Really nice. I like the layout you chose.

CarlyMaria said...

I loooove this quilt! And I can't believe how all the quilt bloggers know each other. Its so awesome.
Hope you guys have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I'd call this chop and slop. You've done way better than this.

ME said...

I love the layout and the colours are fantastic!!!!

Stephanie said...

Wow... love how you changed the block orientation to get a lot more WOW out of the them. Love the fabrics you used, too!

Lee said...

are you serious Cheryl is there with you? I am so jealous. How did that happen? And she is missing out on all this wonderful Calgary weather! NOT have fun together!

SewSara said...

brilliant!! i love your ideas ... simple yet modern. so awesome!

hey i'm having a fabric scrap swap, if you want to mention it to any of your readers!

http://sewsara.blogspot.com

jmnstars said...

This is neat! I love how it turned out. Thanks for yet another inspirational piece! :)

AnnieO said...

Love the zig zag layout! Very clever design. Will definitely keep this pattern in mind for stashbusting! Thanks, Amanda Jean!

susiloci said...

Es un accidente estupendo. Me gusta más esta forma de colocar los bloques que la primera.
Seguramente haré esta colcha porque me gusta mucho.

Ethne said...

Stunning - I love it and might just keep this in mind for some of my own stash clearing later in the year.

Jessica Christensen said...

I love the layout you settled on, but I'm a little confused. You had PURPLE in your stash? That doesn't seem like you. The question is: Why haven't we seen a pink quilt yet? Cuz we know you've got THAT stashed. ;)

Cecilia said...

Great quilt

RebeccaL said...

Love it!!!!! I was going to do your original zig zag quilt, but I think I might try this one instead! Great job again, AJ!

Becky said...

I seriously love this

Lynn said...

Thanks so much for sharing how you made this. I might use it for my next Margaret's Hope Chest quilt!

Esch House Quilts said...

This is such a great quilt! So easy to put together but with wonderful results.

Love the idea of a stash quilt every month. You are amazing!

Valerie said...

Great {and easy} play on wonk! I liked the Bakeshop approach, but I like this even more. Definitely on my "to do" list. *grin* Thanks!

Shari said...

Very dynamic layout... love it.

Prof. S said...

This looks great...will have to give it a try! Thanks!!

mommymonster said...

I love this quilt!

I made the topsy turvy quilt for my mom and I love this vatiarion!

elizabeth said...

this layout is great! i like it so much better than just the squares. :)

Michele said...

I love it! Your final one looks nicer to me, but they are both lovely!

Amanda said...

Oooo- I love it! Great color combination, and pattern!

slfranks4 said...

I love love love this!! Definitely at the top of my to sew list! It's beautiful!

Speattle said...

This is a great design. I love the simple geometry of it. My favorite kind of piecing.

Terri said...

Love your quilt - so easy and yet it looks complicated! Thanks for sharing.

clh said...

Crazymom, I LOVE how you solved your dilemma here! (I also love that you gave me ideas for my current boring quilt!)

Anonymous said...

Totally gorgeous!! Can't wait to see it quilted and bound! I <3 your quilts!!

Laura said...

very cute!

audreypawdrey said...

I love the layout on this one! I am definitely bookmarking it to add to the list of quilts to make-which is growing daily!

Tami said...

LOVE IT! The colors are awesome! (They were my wedding colors, so I'm partial.) I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing your 'process'.

Melissa said...

Wow, definitely a good layout revision! I love this. I think it will work perfectly with some Heather Ross fat quarters I have in my stash.

Krista said...

This is really a beautiful quilt. I love the unique design. I could see doing something like this with my Hope Valley stash. Sadly, I am still trying to finish the 9 patch quilt along you started a few years ago!

KateKwiltz said...

Ooh, I like this one! Great colors!

twin fibers said...

I think it's great! Love the colors and layout. :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

these colors are gerat together. Have a fun time with Cheryl!

Anonymous said...

Optical Illusion!

Clothed in Scarlet said...

Wow and thanks :0) I have a quilt in mind for my middle daughter. I've put together a couple of charm pack squares and sashing but it was so lacking that it's been sitting in the quilting/guest room waiting for me to go back to it. This could so be the way I need to go with it! Thanks again, Sarah

Karen C said...

Love Love Love this. I'm adding this to my (very long) lists of quilts to make. I really like your take on this idea.

Cyrielle Lemeunier said...

j'adooooooooooooooore ! Magnifique !!!!

(I loooooooooooove it ! Wonderful !!!!)

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

What a fantastic accidental pattern!

Margarida said...

This is great!!! I must save if for the future :-)

4-legged Wiums said...

SO, we had a rainy day here yesterday, and this is what I got up to: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/TCqDAO92HshugRSV0s5jDA?feat=directlink
to use up some of my stash! Very different effect to yours!
close up: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YqRw5zAtZj7-KZ8g5a1_GQ?feat=directlink

Let me know what you think :)

- Helen

PatSloan said...

have you tried it has a radiating out pattern? like a square going out... mmm... might have to try this!

Anonymous said...

I love both versions. I will have to add them to my long list of quilts I want to make :)

Andrea, the little collector said...

Sassy fun! love the layout discovery... Moving on up indeedy!

TylersMomm said...

I Love this!!! I started making mine. Go to my blog http://diaryofanovicequilter.blogspot.com/ to see my pictures of it. I love your blog, you are so creative.

Poppyprint said...

This is such a great stash buster!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas. This will be a great first quilt for my 12 year old to make herself - the wonky factor will relieve any precision woes, for sure.

ButtonMad said...

what poppyprint wrote x 2 "stash buster" haha great one thanks for sharing this! shannon www.buttonmad.com

Becky said...

I just complete the top and back on my own version of your Movin' on Up quilt. I've posted pictures on my blog.

Rebecca Clark said...

You are so inspiring! I have a whole ton of sample scraps that are 8x10" and this would be PERFECT! Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Leah Riley said...

I can't wait to try this out! When I finish those other two quilts I'm working on! Typical. Thanks for posting this! Bookmarking it now!

Recovering Perfectionist said...

LoveLoveLoveLoveLOVE this pattern! There is definitely one in my future -- no shortage of stash to be used up here.

Alex said...

I am about to start this in green and aqua! I had bought these two amazing vine fabrics in vine and aqua and saw this pattern and thought it would be perfect, but I'm going to make it bigger. I am a new quilter and don't have a huge stash so I pulled a few fabrics from my stash and bought the rest.

Cindy Radtke said...

Cindy said.

way cool. have been playing with cutting the disappearing 9 patch in more and different ways. Love the many looks to be had,

Mrs. JP said...

Brilliant and thanks for the tutorial!!

Nikole Boston said...

I loved this pattern and used it today for my first quilt top. Thank you so much for your creativity!

quilary said...

Thank you for the great tutorial - I've used your idea to make a mini quilt and have blogged it here:
http://quilary1.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/some-swap-sewing.html
and put a pic on your flickr page.

very very blessed said...

I just love these quilts. They are so beautiful and detailed designed. Very good.