Thursday, February 3, 2011

Color Play


It's been quite a little while since I put the blocks for this quilt top together (fabric It's a Hoot by Moda and "Mini Wild Thing" pattern from "Pint-Sized" by Camille). I pieced the blocks using a charm pack long before yardage was available for the borders, and just couldn't decide on border fabric even after the yardage was available.


You might remember this picture from about a week ago.  I had finally decided on the print on the right for my outer border for the "Mini Wild Thing," but I still hadn't decided on the inner border--I was playing around with the idea of just using the white background I'd used in the quilt.  These two fabrics weren't purchased to be used together, but after looking at the photo I knew I'd found the perfect inner border for my little quilt (the fabric on the left is from the collection Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda)!


I'm so happy with how it went together: how the grey is such a perfect neutral, how the soft gingham provides a light "resting" spot for the eyes in such a pattern-filled quilt, and how the two borders work together.


I made the borders just a bit smaller than the ones in the pattern...my finished quilt is 36 1/2" by 42 1/2"--the perfect size for a baby quilt--or, in my case, to decorate a wall in your studio!


I'm not going to worry so much about some of my unfinished projects without borders.  Maybe they're really still "unfinished" because my eye hasn't caught the right color combination yet. And color play is definitely one of the best things about quilting!

41 comments:

Anita said...

I just love it, it is such a happy quilt.

rachel griffith said...

looks great.
:)

Micki said...

I agree that it is such a pretty, cheery quilt.
Micki

Barb said...

What a fun quilt....just love it!

Gretchen said...

Great quilt!!! I love the gray gingham inner border. It's just perfect!!! This will be fabulous as a wall quilt.

Sinta Renee said...

Love, love, love the Pint Size quilt, the colors- the inner border and OUTER borders, they just work together beautifully- very cute... for anybody's studio!

Michele said...

I love it! The colors, the pattern, I especially love the borders :) everything! Your studio will look amazing!

Terriaw said...

These two border fabrics are perfect - definitely worth the wait! I love how they make the rest of the quilt really dance. This is going to be so fun to have hanging on the wall of your studio. Great reminder of spring.

Stephanie said...

Very cheerful. Love the grey gingham.

9patchnurse said...

Oooh! That gray check is the exact fabric I wanted this past week as a background. I need to get some, it's awesome!

Jenny said...

its just perfect...i need to dig out some vintage ginghams i have...Sunkissed looks amazing!

Lisa D. said...

Good choices for your border fabrics, especially the gingham!

Michelle said...

The gingham is perfect! Such a happy quilt.

Jules said...

How cute! Love the gingham!

Josie said...

It's gorgeous. I love everything about it. So cheery to look at on an otherwise dreary day. Thanks for the 'pick me up'

Cardygirl said...

Looks gorgeous...love the borders, they certainly frame it beautifully!

Heartsdesire said...

Your quilt looks fabulous. And your borders are the perfect touch. Isn't it interesting how shades of gray have become so popular lately?

Debbie said...

Your border fabrics are perfect...it's so great to have a finish that you feel good about.

Robyn G. said...

Sherri I simply love this and it was worth waiting.
I remember the top when you made it.
The gingham and the borders are perfect.
Do enjoy!! xx

Karen said...

That is the perfect combination of inner and outer border - great choices.

random thoughts do or di said...

Just love the gray gingham with your outer border. Sometimes we just have to wait to "hear" what we should do. You listen and wait very patiently.

John'aLee said...

Oh that is sooooo cute. The border set it off beautifully too!

Darlene said...

Very sweet, Sherri.

mindingmomma said...

I love this quilt, and the border is gorgeous fabric.

Busy As Can Be said...

I love it! Perfect!

Val said...

I love that cockeyed pinwheel pattern. I'm glad I'm not the only one who agonises over borders. The soft grey check shows up the bright pattern perfectly.

Rhonda said...

love it!!!

Cindy said...

Love your quilt! I think I'm going to have to stock up on those grays in the Sunkissed line. It looks like they're going to be good staples.

Linda said...

This is so pretty. And I'm so happy to see that gray is a coming-back color! I love the crisp neutrality of it. Good on you, Sherri!

Sarah Craig said...

I love your border choices! They really make this quilt!!

Carol T said...

Your quilt is super cute.

Nedra said...

I am just getting ready to play with some "Its A Hoot" charm packs, and I'm using the same fabric for the borders, except mine has a white background. We can be (almost) twinners!

Suzie said...

Oh Sherri, it looks so pretty! I love the fabric you used for the border!

Michelle May said...

What a fun quilt! So cheery!
xx, shell

Auntie Pami said...

Great idea. I think the grey is wonderful. Thanks for the info on the quilt :) I'll wait for another post.

Carol said...

The grey inner border is perfect! What a happy quilt! LOVE it!

Mama Pea said...

You are right. That gray gingham is just the right ticket. I never would have thought of it, because I would have thought the gingham was too busy. I think the border is just perfect too. Ties in all the colors. Honestly, the borders really just pull this whole quilt together so beautifully!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

You're really good at that color play thing! Your fabric combinations are always very pleasing.

a little bit biased said...

Cute, cute, Sherri! I love the outer border you chose! Such a happy, cheery, line of fabric! It turned out cute in the mini wild thing pattern.

Amber

cartulinas said...

You are right your Ufos must be waitingfor the perfect fabric combination to show up. Love the quilt!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You must have had a lot of fun working with Strawberry Fields Sherri! I can't wait to see the whole think. And love Mini Wild Thing!

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