Friday, April 11, 2014

rockets and robots quilt

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Sometimes you have to make a quilt just because you have the fabric, right?
I've had this fabric stack pulled and set aside for quite some time. Once in awhile things get added to or subtracted from the stack, but the same color story remains the same. A few weeks ago my friend Mary and I had a sew day and I needed a simple project to work on. So, I grabbed this pile and I started cutting strips without doing any math. Just cut and sew. It's fun to do once in awhile!
I ended up making a simple rail fence quilt. From start to finish it took me about a week. It went so quick that it didn't even end up on my WIP list....which is fine with me!
I love taking leftover pieces and parts from the front and combining them with whatever I can scrounge from my stash to make a quilt back. It's like a big puzzle and the results are unexpected. (And usually very GOOD!) I love the back more than the front! Since that is the case 9 times out of 10...why am I always so surprised?
I stippled the whole thing using light peach colored thread because I had a few extra spools on hand. I attached the binding by machine for a quick and durable finish. I love how the striped binding finishes things off. You know, because there isn't quite enough going on in the quilt top itself. :)

It finishes at 53" x 65".

Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you for joining me for finish it up Friday!

39 comments:

Melissa Corry said...

This is so adorable!!! And I love the way you pieced the back. That quilt is totally reversible ;) So cute!!

whimsical mama said...

That fabric is too cute!! What line is it? ( Probably shouldn't add to the stash but its just TOO cute!) lol

Anna said...

I love this quilt Amanda! It's super cute and man, you are fast. Such a great selection of colors and a happy quilt! Have a fun weekend!

Linda from Talkinglunchboxquilts.com said...

I really love your color/fabric choices! They look so fresh and happy! What a pretty quilt :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

Oh so cute! I could make a twin quilt--I think I have most of those fabrics!

Lorna McMahon said...

What happy contrast with the oranges and yellow against the blue. Reminds me of a sunny summer day. Sounds like you and Mary had a wonderful sew day!

Quilting Corner said...

It's really, really cute and easy. The fabrics make the quilt. I'm sure you enjoyed making it.

valentinegirl said...

very cute and how cool that peach thread wound up being the perfect blender for the quilting. I will have to remember to be more brave when I audition thread for quilting!!

capitolaquilter said...

I too love my backs as much or more often than the fronts.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Very very cute!! :)

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Love the prints and back. So nice to FINALLY meet you!:)

Gina said...

Perfect pattern for the fabric. I love the bright, happy color scheme and the striped binding!! Thanks for hosting!

Sharon said...

your quilt is great! the back really is just as fun as the front.

Grandma Ruthie said...

Lovely quilt as always! Funny comment about the back...the last three quilts I made I liked the back as much, or even more than the front! Have a great weekend!

charlotte said...

Love the colors and I really love the back. Great finish!

Mama Urchin said...

Tristan has a quilt from that rocket-robot line. It's old! How long have you had it in your stash... be honest ;)

Suzy Mac said...

Its gorgeous- love the colours- love the fabrics. I'm a big fan of the binding though that really tops it off for me :0)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

It's so cute! and I love the back too!!!

Di~ said...

Great colors and fabrics and totally reversible with that back!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Your quilt backs are so much more minimal... You might be on to something there.

Jeneta said...

Love the back! I'm all for reversible quilts!

Esther F. said...

Yay, for quick and easy quilt! Instant gratification, ha ha!
Love the colour scheme!!!

Jana Machado said...

Fantastic back!

Linda said...

Adorable! :)

Linda said...

Adorable! :)

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Love the happy colors and prints in this! And the back is indeed awesome! It's wonderful to have you back posting, and I am so pleased for you that you took the time away from all of us! We all deserve a chance to set our own pace and be in control (or at least think we are!) for a while!

Clair said...

I like the back!

Lynn said...

Those fabrics and colors are so fun and cheerful! I like how busy it is: when I was little, a quilt like this would have kept me endlessly entertained when I was supposed to be sleeping but wasn't tired ;) And I always like the backs of your quilts, too!

Jen said...

What a fun, bright quilt! I love the back too!

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Snowcatcher said...

I'm with you; I love the back more than the front, although I love the front, too. I agree also that spontaneous instead of patterns can make some pretty awesome stuff!

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Kay said...

This is such a bright, happy quilt. xx

Swedish Scrapper said...

If I'd set those fabrics aside (I recognize Denyse Schmidt and Lotta Jansdotter?) I'd just have to make something quick too! How funny that you like the back better. Now the quilt gets at least 2 lives, eh? Have a great weekend!

wannabequilter.com said...

Love this! What a super fun quilt! And the back is pretty fantastic as well!

wannabequilter.com said...

Love this! What a super fun quilt! And the back is pretty fantastic as well!

Nini said...

Thanks, you reminded me that I have some of that painted robot line left over from a quilt I made about 2 years ago. Time to get rid of it, not much left, so maybe it will go in to a scrap quilt!

Little Penpen said...

LOVE the finish it up friday posts... it's like going to a quilt show while I drink my coffee in the mornings.