Monday, June 15, 2009

Some Quilts...

What is it about some quilts that just seem to hold a special place in your heart? Sometimes you're not even expecting to fall head over heels in love with a quilt...but it happens. It happened to me this weekend. On Friday I started working on the Schnibbles pattern "Good Fortune" by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. I figured it was getting close to Flag Day and the 4th of July, and I ought to use some of my Prairie Paisley by Minick & Simpson for Moda. I used two charm packs--one of Prairie Paisley and one of American Primer (also by Minick & Simpson) and just a few 1/8 yard pieces for the borders.


As soon as I finished the center medallion block with the gorgeous 3/8" finished border I knew I couldn't work on another project before finishing this one. I made the first small star block and could have made a hundred...they were so cute and so much fun...have I mentioned that I love this pattern?!!! Then something hit me...(if you've ever made a Carrie Nelson pattern you know that the directions are written as if Carrie is right there guiding you through the quilt; Carrie mentioned in the pattern introduction that the pattern title "Good Fortune" seemed to fit a quilt with 13 stars)...I decided that since my quilt was in Americana fabrics each of the 13 stars represented one of the original Colonies! Anyway...it seems kind of silly now, but it made working on the quilt so much fun!
I didn't finish in time for Flag Day, but this quilt will definitely be hanging in my front entry before the 4th of July! And I still don't really understand why I'm so taken with this quilt...perfect pattern...wonderful fabrics...the combinations of pattern and fabric...whatever it is...this is one of those quilts for me! So, has this ever happened to you? Have you ever been completely smitten with a quilt without really understanding why?

45 comments:

ivoryspring said...

Sherri,

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love love love the colors!

Joy said...

Very patriotic :o). Love it. Just perfect for 4th July :o)!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Nedra said...

The red stop border around the first block on point really makes that quilt. Good job! And it does look very patriotic.

Kim said...

WOW! What a stunning quilt! I love the fabrics you used and the red stop border and binding make it the quilt POP.

Stephanie said...

A real American beauty!

Darlene said...

It's stunning! Yes, this has happened on more than one occasion. And, it happened just recently with my "Sallie's Quilt" (the one with 32 stars - I was just smitten). I completely understand.

Trisha said...

I'm completely smitten too! But I know why...I love red, white (cream), and blue quilts and stars. So it's the perfect combo that make up a cute quilt!

~D Spack~ said...

Yes, I made a ragtime quilt for my parents while they were on a mission in cold Missouri. Working with the soft brushed cottons, thinking of the warmth this heartfelt Christmas gift would provide was almost a spiritual experience. The colors were so pretty and it came together very lovely. I love that quilt more than they do!

Loris said...

I am taken with it too. It is a lovely quilt. I love those little stars too. Nice work!

dotti white said...

Sherri...I can see why that quilt captured your heart! Color combinations and patterns just surprise us sometimes like that! It is a wonderful feeling! What a sweet gift you made for Rachel! It really brightened her day! You are a very special lady! Hope your week is special, too!

Vicki said...

Very cute. I love the red border. I am going to do kind of the same thing with her "Betsy" pattern.

LeKaQuilt said...

I love the fabrics, the pattern and the color in this quilt. Its a stunning quilt - love it, love it, love it :o)

Carol said...

Oh I just love it too...I totally understand...there was something about that little one I just finished that just made me so happy.

Karen said...

I really like Prairie Paisley but never even bought a fat quarter of it. Your new quilt made with it is a hit! It could come live at my house any day.

quiltycat said...

I love your quilt too. The red touch gives interest to it and the scrappy border is lovely.
Well done!
nichi

Jody said...

Sherri, how lovely! It's just beautiful. I enjoy your blog tremendously.

Terriaw said...

It really is a lovely quilt! I especially love the star medallion in the center. I can just hear the smile and happiness in your tone - isn't that the BEST feeling?!

Annette said...

I know why you are smitten. This quilt is beautiful and has such a cozy quality. I don't usually think of patriotic colors as soft and pretty..but these certainly are.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This quilt turned out so pretty. I love how you used both fabric lines together. I have some Praire Paisley charm packs that will be turned into a quilt soon. Love how yours turned out!

Material Mary said...

Love the quilt. It is quite gorgeous. Always have loved the Americana theme.
Mary

Gretchen said...

Beautiful quilt!! I have loved every quilt I've seen in Prairie Paisley fabric. It is such a great line!

Sheri Howard said...

That turned out so darn cute....I love 8 pointed stars.....and red/white and blue! LOVE IT!

Rose Marie said...

Love everything about this quilt .... no wonder you were smitten.

Nicole said...

I love your quilt! I am currently working on a quilt with the Prairie Paisley fabric--also a medallion style. I have loads of fabric left--plenty to make this wonderful Schnibble!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi there...sometimes it just feels as though a quilt speaks to you I think...a lovely quilt Sherri, Dzintra♥x

Lisa D. said...

I felt that way with my recent Prairie Paisley quilt. Although I do know why - I love the fabrics. Your Good Fortune is just beautiful!

Kaaren said...

Love it! Plain and simple as that.

Michelle said...

Your quilt is beautiful...I love the Prairie Paisley fabrics and noticed them right away! :)

Lizzie said...

Just love this quilt! I may have to make it!

w&v said...

V. here...
THIS IS a special quilt. I love the fabrics, too. You made the setting perfect with it on the old trunk. I don't have a fourth of July Quilt and I NEED one. This is great!! V.

Melinda said...

I am going to visit a guild tonight that has Carrie speaking and showing a trunk show. I am excited about seeing her quilts. I love the patriotic one you made.

Tam said...

Gorgeous quilt! Great blog!

Dawn Heese said...

I am in love with it also. I loved the Prairie Paisley fabric the first time I saw it.

jaybird said...

yes i have! .. and i usually have no idea why... and it is the ones i thought i wouldn't like that i fall for!

Dawn said...

I love it!! I think I would put it at the top of favorites too!

Janet said...

Beautiful! I love that range of fabric, every quilt I see done in it, I love.

Jackie said...

Yes, that has definitely happened to me! I know why you are smitten with this one, it is just perfect. I love that fabric and purchased gads myself. I have a quilt pattern all picked out and it has been on my to-do list for a year. Now to actually make the quilt or better yet find the time to do it!

DocSly said...

Sherri, what a beautiful quilt. You are an inspiration for me to get going on something red, white, and blue.

Betty said...

I have that pattern too. It's a very nice pattern and the fabric lines you chose work so well with it. Two of my most recent favorites were made with leftovers but they just came together to make the top of my list. That is one pretty little quilt!

Carrie P. said...

That quilt is fabulous. It will be great hanging in your entry way. I did a stack and whack quilt several years ago and it is one of my favorites quilts. Can't explain it either.

belinda said...

Well...I think I like it just tooo
much!!!

Candace said...

How stunning, Sherri! I know you'll put this one out over and over on the 4th of July!
Cheers!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I am soooo behind in my blog reading, but I had to tell you how beautiful this quilt is. I love the Prairie Paisley fabrics (those blues are wonderful), and Carrie's pattern is great. And as always, your piecing is so nice!

Janet said...

I love it too! I have a stack of Prairie Paisley stashed away that I need to get using - it looks so great in your star quilt!

julia said...

Sherri,
I so understand your love to this quilt {although I don't have the same "national" background :o)}. The fabrics fit the beautiful pattern so well.
I fell in love with Prairie Paisley as well and could buy some fabrics from a friend who wanted to get rid of it {now I'm waiting to find a Prairie Paisley LC on sale to have enough variety for a quilt...I'm in no hurry...}.
It always amazes me how much beautiful quilt tops you pull out of your magical patchwork hat...
xoxo, Julia