Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Finished: Squares and Strips Bed Quilt

Finished Strips and Squares Quilt Cluck Cluck Sew

This quilt took 3 days to make…the quilter 1 week to quilt…and 6 weeks for me to get the motivation to bind it.  Geesh.  I’m so glad I finally found that motivation though because I love it.

Folded Strips and Squares Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew

The backing is a flat sheet.

I get lots of questions about using flat sheets as backings.  I buy them when I see single flat sheets on sale if they are good quality, then I wash/dry them and trim off the edges.  It’s a heck-o-lot cheaper than buying designer yardage and if you buy nice sheets they feel the same or better.

The quilting was done by my friend Kathy.

Upclose Quilting Cluck Cluck Sew

She did that freehand…which requires a lot of patience…which is why I am not a long arm quilter.  It adds such a beautiful texture to a super simple quilt.  If you need quilting she is affordable and fabulous.

 

Cluck Cluck Sew finished strips and squares quilt

The tutorial and a photo of the whole quilt top can be found here

62 comments:

Sherryl said...

You have such a wonderful eye for color and pattern - I love the way this simple quilt turned out! Lovely.

Carla said...

It looks lovely!!

gale said...

Beautiful quilt. I have yet another question. When you buy sheets for backings, do you look for a certain thread count or worry about what it's made from (cotton, poly, etc)? Does your prep, whether you prewash the sheets, depend on whether the fabrics in the top are prewashed or not?

trish said...

Love your quilt! :o)
Kathy does such beautiful work!

Alia said...

Beautiful! thanks for the reminder tip on the sheets - great excuse to buy some linens!

Angie said...

It is so wonderful!!! I want it to be chilly and have that quilt right here so I can wrap up in it and have my morning coffee/bedtime tea, please. :D

Julia said...

Woohoo! but at the end of the day..
IT'S done...and thats the MAIN thing :o)
PS... I use sheets for backing as well!

MM Quilts and Embroidery said...

Your quilt is just gorgeous!

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful!
That quilting pattern suits the quilt perfectly.

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful!
That quilting pattern suits the quilt perfectly.

Schulz Family said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the patchwork. Love the quilting. I also use flat sheets for my backings.

sko_G knits said...

i can attest to how quick and simple making this quilt top is...i cut and sewed all the individual block units in one day. now i need to compose and assemble the quilt top.

i love the quilting pattern on yours, very nice contrast to the squares and strips of the piecing.

thank you for sharing the cutting directions.

EG said...

Holy cow, I love the quilting!

Linda said...

It's beautiful!

Loulou said...

That is breathtakingly gorgeous! Makes me so motivated to try making a quilt myself.

Loulou

Live a Colorful Life said...

I absolutely love the quilting pattern. It adds a lovely dimension to such a beautiful quilt.

DKB said...

I'm working on this pattern right now, all in solids. Thanks for showing us the finished quilt. Love the quilting stitches too

Jenny Fenwick said...

I love this quilt! My youngest son has been wanting me to make him a quilt but I couldn't decide on what to make...until now! I'm always thinking I need to use an actual patterned quilt instead of just creating one. I will have to be more creative. Thanks for the beautiful idea and I love the colors you chose.

CJ said...

WOWEEE I love this quilt! The prints,the pattern, the quilting...mmmmmmmm.

Melissa said...

This is beautiful. I really love the Seaside fabric. I really must buy more.

Megan said...

Eh, sometimes that's the way it goes. I've got 5 quilts stacked up right now that need binding. Once it cools off, I might just hole up for a weekend and have a binding marathon. Those fabrics are perfect for this quilt pattern, and your quilter is amazing!

Patti said...

Wow, do I ever like this quilt! And the quilting is just amazing!

Amanda Rose said...

This turned out beautifully! I absolutely love it.

Amanda Rose
http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

Margje-Margo said...

awesome quilt indeed, and the quilting is amazing too! I use flat sheets as backing for quilts, I use them from sheet sets since we don't use the flat sheets anyway, and then I even have a matching quilt-back!

ThirdMargaret said...

OhMyGoodness!! The quilt is gorgeous and that may be my most favorite-ist long arm quilting EVER. I never considered sending one off until now!

Shawn said...

Allison I love your quilt and quilting and just happen to have a fat quarter bundle of Seaside ~ Your quilt is just perfect for this fabric. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

Jamie Lee said...

Wow, this quilt is just so so pretty! I do love the quilting pattern your friend did.

Renee•Candy Stick Lane said...

Amazing!!!!

kathy-o said...

The photos are so beautiful - you always give us so much information, patterns and share what you are passionate about. LOVE the binding choice! Beautiful post - thank you!!!

Valerie said...

Love the fabric, love the pattern, love the quilting!

Di~ said...

LOVE it. I have a charm pack of that fabric--can't wait to use it.

Gentry said...

Absolutely beautiful, I LOVE the pattern on the quilting. What kind of brands do you buy of sheets, thread count, etc. That would be so much cheaper than 10.50 a yard. Thanks.

Judith Blinkenberg said...

The quilt is really pretty and the quilting really shows it off. She did a terrific job. Love the quilt.

Franzi said...

the quilting makes the quilt look really different. It's a wonderful design that I wouldn't have chosen but I love it. Maybe I'll try it on a pillow or mug rug or whatever small. I like the pictures of the quilt on the bed. The colours, the quilting and the way it looks.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Another of your quilts going on my to do list!!! Looks amazing!

robin said...

I do lovelovelove this quilt! I went to your tutorial and found it so well presented that I am going to get me some FQs and start cutting right now! Thank you!

Pennie said...

Another beautiful quilt I now want to make!!

Kathleen O'Grady said...

Great job! Beautiful quilt, I love the colors, very easy and calming for the eye. I wish I had the courage to make one :)

momawake said...

I love the quilting on that one!

Goddess in Progress said...

Lovely as always, and that quilting is great!

sallgood said...

Super cute, and love the quilting too.

themissymom said...

Very pretty.
She did that quilting freehand. Wowzers!

Chrissy said...

This is lovely ... I love the quilting design too!

Regina Diniz Outeiro said...

Very pretty!

Lauren Elliott said...

love the quilting. the combination of waves and circles. nicely done.

diane said...

This is beautiful and you are correct, the quilting is lovely. I have bookmarked Kathy for future reminders when I need a long armer.

Becky said...

I love this quilt pattern, and thank you so much for the tutorial. I bought the full FQ set of this fabric a while back to make a quilt for my bed, love the low key fabrics mixed with the brights. I was waffling around about what pattern to use, and this is perfect. I have some other fabrics that will go with this collection, not to mention 800 or so 2 1/2" squares I cut last weekend to use up some strips and scraps, so now I'm excited to get started. Thanks also for the tip about how to use a bed sheet for the backing. I saw some of your patterns in our local craft store quilt fabric section, made me happy to see them there.
Becky

Abbey Trimboli said...

Oh my goodness....that quilt is gorgeous! The colours are lovely. And your friend Kathy is amazing! :)

Abbey

Little Purple Forest

Debra said...

love the soft dreamy look to this quilt....simply stunning!

2MuchFun said...

Beautiful!!!!

Carie said...

What lovely colours - it looks so soothing. I quite like using plain cotton for quilt backs with a few leftover scrap blocks stretched across the middle - I'll have to try it with sheets the next time I need a good backing, thanks for the top tip.

Catherine said...

I love this quilt. The fabrics and colors are fabulous.

Kate Brown said...

This is really a wonderful quilt in its simplicity. I have never used a sheet as a backing but it sounds like a great idea!

Quiltingranny said...

Beautiful as everything you do. I just love seeing your quilts:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aurora-Colorado-Emergency-Responder-Quilts/401592493230782

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It is absolutely gorgeous and the quilting is different and really adds to the overall design.

conz zaragoza said...

What a gorgeous quilt. You must have spent a lot of time making it. Your hard work was all worth it.
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April said...

Just screams summer. :) Love it.

Sharon said...

Cute quilt and that quilting is neat

Judi said...

Simply gorgeous, I love the colours and the quilting is lovely.
Judi

Claire Jain said...

Wow! Great quilt and beautiful quilting :-) Lovely finish!

Andrea Turner said...

I love the way this turned out! I just finished making a quilt top using your tutorial.

Jo Robertson (thejoyofthehousetomyself) said...

Here's my version of the seaside quilt - thanks for the inspiration!
Jo
http://thejoyofthehousetomyself.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/seaside-time/

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