Friday, January 20, 2012

Innocent Crush Block Quilt

I made this quilt approximately 7 months ago but forgot to post about it in the midst of my pregnancy fog.

About a year ago I bought a fat quarter set of Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush. The Charmed palette became this quilt:


The scraps from both palettes became this:


But not before I scratched my head for a while about the Swept Away palette:


Eventually an article on Design*Sponge caught my eye.

Photos used with permission. 

I followed it back to the source - the photo in question was of the poolside Cha Cha Cabana bar at the Lords South Beach Hotel in Miami Beach.

If you like yellow you really need to have a look at this hotel.

Check out this photo of their Cha Cha Rooster Bar. If you stuffed a disco ball down the neck of I Dream of Jeannie's bottle and then shook it real hard, this is what you'd get:

Fab. U. Lous

Anyway, back to the quilt. I liked the idea of lots of white (or in my case Kona Snow) around each colour fabric block.


I quilted around the inner and outer edge of the Snow portions to define each block. In retrospect I wish I'd also hand quilted around the colour blocks in a contrasting colour. If for no other reason than having an excuse to buy AMH's gorgeous flosses!


I used a luxurious flannel sheet for the batting (for any French quilters reading - les draps en flanelle blanc are on sale at at the moment; 60% off). The backing was also flannel (more Anna Maria Horner), so the quilt was very soft and snuggly (and wrinkled very easily, as you can see in the first photo).


And the binding was the scarlet Woodcut print that I love so much:


The quilt lends itself to chain piecing - it's made from these two blocks which are joined at 90 degrees to each other.


I'm annoyed that I've waited so long to blog this as I've lost the measurements for the blocks and have already given the quilt away to the baby girl for whom it was made. Sloppy, Kirsty.

I will say that the baby girl came for a visit about a month ago and the quilt came too. It had a few smudges and milk stains and some of her older brother's fingerprints on it. The quilt was obviously being loved and used and it made me soooo happy to see that.


Yep, definitely missed a hand quilting opportunity there.


  1. wow Kirsty, I love how you show 3 beautiful options of working with these pretty fabrics!

    Please go ahead and make some more ;)


  2. ohh I'm off to check out quelle, how does flannel batting/sheets machine quilt ??

  3. I 'met' you through that first quilt and you have been inspiring me ever since. So nice to know that your quilts are being used and loved. Hand quilting is very rewarding, especially now it's fashionable to use big stitches and floss!

  4. Pippa, that one was machine quilted, I just pin basted like normal and used my walking foot, no problems (I washed and tumble dried the sheet first). I do find hand sewing the binding just a little more tricky. Normally you have to sew through the back and catch the batting with the stitch before coming back up again, this is a little harder given the flannel hasn't the same loft as batting. Just have to take a little more care to make sure your stitches don't go through to the front of the quilt. I think it's well worth it for the drape and snuggliness. And a single bed size sheet is on sale for less than 8 euro - steal. Of course if you machine bind it this won't be an issue.
    This is also the same sheet I've hung up as a design wall, to test drive quilt layouts. Works a treat.

  5. Lovely quilts! And you can always make another one for the handquilting thing...
    Re chandeliers: check my blog (not right now cos I am still creating) for the crystal chandelier I am remaking upcycling for over the kitchen sink (where else?). Havign fun with it.
    Swap you some lovely frosty flower patterns (beautiful) for 40*+...Urk.

  6. Wow, love all 3 quilty creations from that line, all so different, but all really fab!

  7. Hello my dear! How are we all?
    I think we always have a regret or two after finishing a quilt. Mine is usually that I should have made it bigger.

    I adore your scrap quilt!! Your brick like one is really beautiful as well. I can see why you wanted to use floss and handquilt. But you didn't and so what, it still shines. Next time aye?

    I have not made a thing for well over a month and I am so annoyed about it. Just can't find anything that I want to spend time on. What's wrong with me?!!

  8. Those quilts are gorgeous.
    Thanks for describing how you get your inspiration.

  9. Great quilt Kirsty! I may need to borrow this idea for my "Echo" Lotta Jansdotter fabric!

  10. it's just so pretty kirsty. i love the colors and the snow white blocks.
    a xo

  11. I love all 3 of them. It's great to see where you got your inspiration from for the last one! I guess one never knows where quilt inspiration may strike! :-)

    I actually think all that white space is really beautiful and goes brilliantly with those big geometrics and punchy colours. So handquilting would have been fun, but the quilt looks great like this, I think. And I agree with Banaghaisge, you can always make another with this design and handquilt that one. :-) ;-)

  12. All three are gorgeous! You did a great job of making three very different quilts from the same fabrics. The tumbler one is my very favorite!

    Jennifer :)

  13. All of them are brilliant : )

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  15. 2 words....HOLY CRAP!!!
    Those quilts are gorgeous, just eyes just about popped out of head when I saw them.
    I wish I could quilt.

  16. I'll forgive you for not showing this one earlier...just.
    It's fabulous, and I like how you found the inspiration.

    Love your description of how they could have come up with the design ideas for the bar. Brilliant!

  17. The whole design process you go through is so detailed and thought out.
    I just look at those quilts and go wow, the white is what catches my eye. Never thinking about what a systematic and detailed process it is.
    I think with you it's almost more about the process than the product?
    The product always ends in fabulousness anyway.

  18. Wow! These are amazing, especially the scrappy colourburst one. I used to love to piece ... I need more time!!!
    Thanks for the AMH floss tip :D

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  20. They are all so beautiful! I'd say you made the absolute best of that FQ set!! I am partial to your tumbler quilt, definitely, but that baby quilt is so adorable. How lovely to discover it is being well-loved, that is very happy-making indeed.

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  22. These are beautiful Kirsty! It must take you ages to plan out where everything will go - but well worth the time :)

  23. Your sense of style and design are as amazing as your talent for quilting. I love all three and just delight in seeing your photos.


  24. Beauty! Love Anna Maria Horner's fabric and all that you have done with them.

  25. I just linked over from the curves class! I thought I'd pop over to my classmates blogs and say hello! =) =) I am becoming a follower so I can see all the fun curvy projects you make!


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