A Really Wild and Very Green Quilt!
You guys!!! I am so so so excited to reveal this next quilt to ya’ll! Not only am I excited because I am super proud of this crazy quilt, but I’m also so proud of my photos of it! We had a simply gorgeous weekend, and it occurred to me that instead of snapping photos on our front lawn, I should take it down to the waterfront which is a 5 minute walk away. I am beyond giddy at the photos I got, so be prepared for a bit of photo overload 😉
Some of you may remember that I have challenged myself to make a quilt per month in an effort to better my quilting skills and reflect, honor and grieve my Mom at the same time. I’m a little behind my desired quota, but quite a bit of traveling and the Easter holiday set me back a bit. However, I’m still determined to keep on chugging! This crazy thing is for Henry’s new big-boy room.
This quilt was a pretty big accomplishment for me for a few reasons. One, it was the first time that I actually followed a real quilt pattern: Amy Butler’s Any Way You Slice It. I’ll tell ya what, following a pattern is so much easier than making it up as you go along 😉 Second, this quilt is my first “big” quilt – it measures 90×54″. Until now, I have only done baby/lap quilts…dealing with the weight and size of this thing was a totally different undertaking! Third, I did every lick of this thing myself…which is the case with my other quilts too, but actually quilting and binding this baby took a tremendous amount of arm strength and perseverance. I kinda can’t believe I did it!
Admittedly, this quilt is super wild. Even as I was putting it together, I wasn’t sure if I would be happy with the outcome. I mean, I love color AND pattern, but this one is about as bold as it gets. Once it was all done though, I was just smitten. I mean, can a quilt be any more wild and fun than this?!?
I actually documented this quilt, to a degree, as I went. My original plan was to do it in green, black and orange, but it was crazy busy and reminded me too much of the Irish flag, so I abandoned the orange. Since I was following a pattern, I (finally!) understood the importance of trimming squares down to size and learned how to properly use some of those fancy quilting rulers – wow do they make life easier 😉 I couldn’t help but include the picture of my little guy “helping” as I pieced it together. He was as excited about his new quilt as I was!
Even when it was done, I was a little unsure about how it would work in his room. Here’s the first snapshot I took as soon as I put it on his bed. It was love at first sight!
Things have been really moving in Henry’s big-boy room makeover, but I’m not quite ready for a big reveal. Even though I have quite a bit of work to do here still, I couldn’t help but show you the quilt on his “new” bed (courtesy of my folks’ basement…of course 😉
I’ve still got a few details to pull together here, but I think it’s gonna be pretty awesome!
Oh, and can we chat about that incredible black and white check backing/binding for a minute? Truth be told, this is the fabric that inspired Henry’s entire room re-design. My Mom had yards and yards and yards of it in her craft room, and I couldn’t help but scoop it up. It is the ultimate “perfect detail” to me!
Although quilting this thing practically broke my arms (kidding, kidding), and I was ready to swear off this crazy self-imposed quilt challenge, seeing the fruits of my labor in these pictures has me antsy and ready to start the next one! I’ve done two different half-square-triangle patterns (which I totally love the versatility in one simple technique), but I think it’s time to try my hand at something new. I’m thinking this one is next!
I’m knee deep it what feels like a million different projects, so not sure what will be up here for you next. Until then, I hope you all have a great start to your week!
5 Comments on “A Really Wild and Very Green Quilt!”
Oh WOW! I LOVE it!!! Megan, what a brilliant quilt. I love how the green and the black and white play. And look at Henry helping – what a total cutie! You can be so proud of this one – it looks like something from one of my interior decorating mags.
Very modern and very cute. Henry is so proud of it and will cherish it. Good job. The colors are perfect.
Love it!! It's perfect for his room. I love the pattern and color. So fun and bold. Awesome job!!
The quilt is stunning.
I tried looking for this pattern. I cannot find it. Any clues?
I love this quilt ( Any way you slice it) and have been trying to find the pattern. Are you able to offer any suggestions?
Many thanks Chris