Thursday, June 2, 2011

Just One Quilt...



Sometimes just one quilt can can completely make your day.  That's how I felt about my patriotic "Ric Rac" quilt.  It's finished--well, ready to be quilted at least (after I figure out a backing).  I seriously heart this quilt. It's one of those quilts that turned out exactly how I pictured it would--or even better.  When I first saw Carrie's "Ric Rac" pattern I knew exactly what fabrics I'd use (patterns are like that sometimes, aren't they--sometimes they are just calling out to made with certain fabrics)!


So I used bits and pieces from charm packs of Bar Harbor and Charlevoix, both by Minick and Simpson for Moda.  I also added in some neutrals from my stash--a couple from other Minick and Simpson lines and a couple from other Moda lines.  Luckily I had some Bar Harbor for the outer border and binding.


I changed it up a little from the pattern; the pattern uses the sashing fabric as the outer border, but I used a different fabric for my outer border.



I already have plans for this quilt this summer...it's going to be great as a 4th of July table topper...or maybe even just resting on a wicker chair during all the festivities!

Just a couple of thoughts on the pattern...if you choose to make "Ric Rac" you should know that the entire quilt (other than sashing and borders) is made up of triangles--a lot of triangles.  It goes together well; however, it does take a little time.  There are lots of bias edges to be careful of and lots and lots of angles to line up. You should be sure to have a lot of contrast between your darks and lights (as Carrie suggests), and it helps to look at the cover picture when lining up your "ric rac" rows.

Oh, and to announce a few winners... Staci and Mary won the LapelStick glue sticks.

James and Bess won the fatquarter bundle of "Sweet Broderie" from Hawthorne Threads...congrats!

And...from yesterday's parade...

Bear Paw Quilts and More will be sending a really cute potholder kit to Amanda from my parade (see Sinta's blog for a picture).
Quilter's Paradise will be sending a $15 gift certificate to Simone from Sinta's parade.
And Quilt Taffy will be sending a "sweet treat" gift certificate to LeAnn from my parade.

Congratulations to everyone...have a great day!


38 comments:

Sinta Renee said...

OCongratulations to all of your winners!
First-- I love yours! You are so right! I wish I would have seen yours first before I made mine, luckily everyone else can be inspired by your patriotic Ric Rac! Those are helpful hints... and should help the process a lot.

Vicki said...

I like your cream sashing much better! Very festive...

Needled Mom said...

It is just gorgeous. I can see why you love it.

Sandy said...

Love your quilt! Love the colors!

Dana said...

What a perfect quilt for the 4th of July! How large is this?

I have made several red, white and blue quilts for the Quilts of Valor. We have several military bases in Colorado Springs and providing quilts for our wounded warriors is essential!

Rae Ann said...

Sherri ~ I absolutely adore your quilt! Congratulations to the winners!

Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Love the patriotic colors :)

Judy said...

What a wonderful quilt! I would like to make this. So pretty.

Simone de Klerk said...

Thank you for the tips on ricrac. I think I'm going to make a smaller version. I love your version!!!
And thank you for the win (((:

Stephanie said...

How could a quilt called Ric Rac not be awesome! Your fabrics all work so well together.

Judy said...

Can you please direct me to this pattern for purchase? I would like to make this. I have made 2 HST quilts this year. Jlblvn@gmail.com
Thank you.

Karenkay said...

It's lovely!

Teresa said...

I super super love this quilt! I'm going to make a red, white and blue quilt this summer while my hubby is deployed overseas. We are a military family and I have't made a red white and blue quilt yet!
This quilt of yours made me even more geeked about my upcoming project!!

WoolenSails said...

I really like that, with their fabrics. I won a jelly roll with the new fabric, that might be a good idea.

Debbie

Helen in Switzerland said...

What a gorgeous quilt - I LOVE your colour combination!

LynCC said...

Love the Ric Rac quilt! It did turn out really terrific.

Cardygirl said...

Looks great...congrats to the winners

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Fabulous Ric Rac Sherri! I think I'll follow your lead - yes, I'm back in Le Petite for June!
Congratulations to all the winners.

Jules said...

Your quilt looks great! Are those of us that do the bricks in trouble? Just kidding! I'll change up the parade a bit, I guess. :)

Carol T said...

Your quilt is really cute and will look good during the summer months!!!!

John'aLee said...

Congrats to the winners.
What an adorable 4th of July Quilt!

Darlene said...

Wonderful Ric-Rac quilt, Sherri. I love it.

Congrats to all the winners.

Jackie said...

Your Ric-Rac quilt is cute! Great choice of fabrics. I love the photo of the binding rolled up. I always roll up my binding even if I just end up unrolling it right away. It looks so pretty!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love it! The colors aren't the usual red, white & blue -- this is such a fresh look.

Quilt Hollow said...

Just love the color!!! Looks absolutely stunning!!

Tiffany said...

You are so fast! Didn't you just start this quilt, like, yesterday?

Colleen said...

I love your quilt and the patriotic colors are great for this quilt :)

Jeanna said...

Love the quilt top. Please post another pic when it has been quilted. Thanks for the tips when working the triangles too!

LeAnn said...

This is so beautiful Sherri! I love how it's patriotic, but in a very soft way. And I'm so excited to get a "sweet treat" from Quilt Taffy! I love getting patterns there! You and Sinta are great for hosting this and making it so much fun!

Muriel said...

My english is bad (I'm French, sorry!) but it's so lovely, I have to say it! Bravo!

Pat said...

Congrats to the winners. I love the new quilt. It really turned out neat and would look wonderful as a table topper. I use many of my quilts on my kitchen table and also my dining room table.

Cathy said...

Congrats on the finish. It is a very beautiful quilt. I love patriotic themed quilts. Hugs.

amy smart said...

This quilt is so cool, Sherri! Love the colors you used.

Rhonda said...

absolutely love this quilt!

Josefina said...

I like your work. It is beautiful. I congratulate.
good bye
Josefina
tijeras y cuchara wordpress.com

Tracy said...

This quilt is so clean and fresh, love the colours.

james and bess said...

the fabric arrived today and it's SO beautiful!! thanks again for such a fabulous giveaway!

bess :)

Deanna said...

Love the quilt and the fact it can be put together quickly!

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