Sunday, July 7, 2013

And I Will Use All of the Colors [now in technicolor]

The inspiration for this quilt came to me suddenly. I was trying to think of a block to assign for my month of the Simply Solids Bee (Gamboge group, woot!) and this just HAD to happen. Prepare yourself for some serious photos.

I wanted to use all of the colors. I wanted to not care about complementary or contrasting, to just let it go. It is unbelievably freeing to just improv the color selection.

I wrote a tutorial on how to make this block, which I call the wonky diamond. The finished blocks all came back beautiful, like little rainbow envelopes from my bee mates.

Then I made a quilt top (posted about here). There is not a whole lot else to say, except I love it. Incidentally, my husband informed me from the start that this is his least favorite quilt I have ever made.   He is not being mean, but the colors are just not his speed (honestly, not everyone has to like everything right?).

The back is pieced from more bright strips, an extra block, and one little Umbrella print heart. 'Cause I heart this quilt.

Happy Rainbow friends (I have to add a photo of myself, quilters have to get in front of the camera sometime).

These photos were taken in an alleyway near my house. This little gopher (?) is known as Saxapahaw Sam and he is a favorite of some unknown (to me at least) graffiti artist. The photos were taken by me or my loving husband.

This wall happens to have a bar on the other side. Therefore, we adjourned to the bar for some refreshments following the shoot. Boom.

I have a lot of projects wrapping up right now, so I am hoping to show off some more finished quilts soon. Stay tuned!

Quilt Stats:
Size: 50" x 60"
Fabrics: Assorted Kona Solids (I did not actually use all of the colors, just some of them) on a Kona Snow background. I think the solid diamond and binding are Steel. Back is from Ikea. There is one tiny little umbrella print on the back too.
Pieced: with help from the Gamboge group of the Simply Solids bee
Quilting: Infinity symbol quilted by me on my home machine with my trusty Aurifil thread.
Finished: July 6, 2013

PS - Be sure to come back for my Christmas in July post on Wednesday!


  1. I love it - nice finish!! I love all the solids with that single gray block - totally works!!

  2. Well, I love it. And I think you need to celebrate all quilt finishes by taking it out for a drink!

  3. It looks fab Sarah! Love the colors and your infinity quilting!

  4. Yay! this is beautiful! I love the front AND the back! :)

  5. Awesome! All the elements of this quilt came together beautifully.

  6. Sarah, I am in your Simply Solids group and a proud contributor. The quilt is beautiful. I love it. I am anxious to put mine together this month and share. It is so fun to have the blocks that we have all made together. This has been a fun group and a great project. Congrats on a job well done!!

  7. Your quilt is wonderful, front and back! So colorful and I love working with solids!! Great quilt.

  8. This is so so good. The quilting takes it up a notch as does the backing and the drinking. That gopher/groundhog/rodentia needs a sweater or a quilt of his own when winter returns.


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