Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tumbler quilt

Imaginative title, isn't it. I'm a bit tired today, sorry.

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This is the quilt I made from tumbler blocks from my Accuquilt Go! baby which I was lucky enough to win over at A Spoonful of Sugar.

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I had a bunch of largish Innocent Crush scraps that I wanted to do something with and these blocks turned out to be just the ticket.

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A night to crank them all out and then another two (long) nights to sew them all together.

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After a great deal of consideration as to how I wanted the colours to work together.

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I had to pad it out with some Joel Dewberry Heirloom yellows as my Innocent Crush scraps were lacking in that area. A little Loulouthi blue snuck in there too (I love how well all of AMH's collections play together) :

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Then there was a looooong delay as I considered how I wanted to quilt it. I really liked other tumbler block quilts where the quilting zig-zagged following the seams, but knew it wasn't what I wanted for this one. I wanted something that worked with the design as a whole, rather than with the individual pieces.

So after much umming and ahhing and sketching I went with what I called kapow quilting.
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So named because it reminds me of cartoon panels whenever a character gets punched. Kapow!

I won't lie, it was a pain in the butt pivoting the quilt at the end of each point - no way I'd use this design for anything bigger than a baby quilt.

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The backing continues the Anna Maria Horner theme with a Good Folks flannel in raspberry. Mmm.

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Binding is scrappy so that it blends in better with the outer rows of the quilt - I wasn't looking for a frame effect.

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I really love the way it turned out and will be more than a little sad when I give this away to someone (I think it's more a little girl quilt).

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Final measurements are 36 x 40 inches.

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I've entered this in the final month of Stitched in Color's Celebrate Colour competition. Still some time - have you got your entry in?


24 comments:

Jennifer said...

OMG! This is one fantastic quilt. When I clicked on the title, I did not expect to see such amazing colors! I love everything about it... so not the typical tumbler quilt!

Jennifer :)

Susan Snooks said...

That certainly is a wonder celebration of colour! It's beautiful, Kirsty! Your quilting has really added to the raspberry punch!!

**Anne** said...

WOW! Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colours the design and the way you've quilted it. Thank you for sharing.
Anne xx
P.S. Where do you find the time to quilt with 4 kids?!! :)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a beautiful quilt! Love the modern look of it, yet a traditional pattern!

Just..... US!! said...

Absolutely gorgeous, very well thought out! One lucky girl who recieves this one!

Nicola said...

Beautiful! A real work of art. Inspiring me to go sew something - if you can do it with your four kids, I can do it with mine!!

Ali said...

I love that Kapow quilting! :)

Selina said...

This is gorgeous Kirsty! Love it!

Banaghaisge said...

Colourwash tumblers - beautiful!!!
PS - lovely spring weather in Vic...

Lynne said...

You just brought the tumbler to a whole new level! Love the color placement and unique quilting design.I would hang that on the wall so I could look at it every day. Well done!

Sew Festive said...

This is fantastic! I'm not really an AMH fan like most people, but I totally dig this.

Debbie said...

Wow - that is an amazing quilt with amazing quilting! I better rethink even entering mine - ha! Very cool!!

Eva said...

Beautiful! I love it! Everything about it! The colour wash effect, the scrappy use of fabric, the flannel backing and the quilting and binding! And I agree, AMH's collections really go well together, it's always fun to notice the things and colours that tie them together.

And if you really think that the title is unimaginative, you can always tell yourself, that you came up with kapow-quilting! :-)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Stunning Quilt Kirsty! Love the quilting design you have used - it complements the design perfectly. I received a tumbler die in the mail last week - now I know what to make with it!

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Oh, wow, wow, wow! This one is killing me. So cool in fabrics, quilting and subtle binding. Definitely a favorite!

Sharon T said...

Wowzer! Simply gorgeous! Love your photography, too! Such a talented gal you are!

Anonymous said...

I love the colors and the kapow quilting!! This is gorgeous!

Marg said...

OMG it's gorgeous,you have single handedly converted me to make a tumbler quilt!

Margaret said...

Absolutely beautiful! I'm a lazy kind of quilter and am always blown over by the intricate work that I see in the blog world. Bravo!

KendasCrafts said...

Love this! I love how you organized the colors and the kapow quilting is spot-on. :-)

Poppyprint said...

What a great quilt - I of course love all the fabric, the aptly named kapow quilting and tumblers! I've just made 3 pillows using the tumbler die and love it. It is super-effective how you've arranged the colours. Good luck in Celebrate Color - I'm sure you'll do well with this one!

Anonymous said...

This quilt is awesome. The quilting lines combined with the radiating colour make it look like a colour explosion. Super fun!

Kristie said...

This is fantastic! I am not normally a fan of the tumblers, but I LOVE this. Well done!

michelle said...

absolutely delicious kirsty, good luck

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