Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quilt Roll 2- Bruises

I do not always give my quilts names but this one is an exception.
 It's name is
It did not earn it's name because of any bumps or scrapes that occured  during the quilting process. It earned its name because of the colors... Black and Blue.
I know that is lame but I am easily amused.
I made this quilt 14-18 years ago. I was the buyer for a local quilt store. I felt personally responsible for when a fabric was not selling. This was the case for the striped border and the toile backing. I bought enough fabric for a backing and decided to give the fabric a home plus ensure my job security. I knew the stripe would make a perfect border.  I started diving into my stash  and cutting strips from all
my black, blue and white fabrics.
Can you imagine this was PRE- Jelly Roll days? You might as well call it Pre-historic.

Once I had a big pile of strips I knew exactly what I was going to make.
As you will see with many of my quilts, I don't make them for any certain room or to match that perfect bed emsemble. I make them becasue I enjoy the process and like playing with color.
The log Cabin block is one of my all time favorite blocks and the pineapple block certainly falls in my top ten. I used the Pineapple Ruler by Possibilities which makes the process so much better.
Shazam,  I mitered the striped border to meet so nicely in all the corners until I got to corner 4.  Corner 4 is shown in the first picture.  My motto, if it doesn't match.... piece another block and throw it in the corner.
It is amazing how many of the fabrics look brand new and just a few have faded over time.

I love my large plaid binding cut on the bias. This was over 15 years ago. I was such a rebel or a trendsetter, not quite sure which one. No comments please!

Now I am to the picture with the backing fabric that
would not sell.
Talk about trendsetters.
This fabric was way before it's time.
We couldn't give it away then.

The funny story is that I hung this quilt up in the store to teach a pineapple class and guess
what fabric every one wanted. 
 We couldn't get any more.
I guess that is one of those things that never changes.

Thanks for listening to me carry on about quilt # 2 in my Quilt Roll.


  1. I think some of the most interesting quilting posts are when we find out information like that you shared. Also something you said has also been my experience...when I quit worrying about making quilts to "match" my house...I really started to enjoy quilting in a new glad I don't worry about what roon a particular quilt is going to go in anymore...I make them as you said, to play with pattern and color!

  2. That is a fabulous toile! I know some people don't like toile prints but I just love them.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt. It has inspired me to get back to work on my own pineapple quilt.

  3. I quilt based on what I like at the time...and don't think too much about it. It's interesting to look back...based on projects...and see how my tastes have changed. I love the pineapple quilt you made, and love the toile back ;)

  4. Great quilt story!! Especially the part about piecing a block to hide the corner. Ingenious and I LOVE the look!

  5. OMG!
    Mum and I had that fabric!!
    In the blue and also the brown/red colourway.
    I love your quilt too.
    The pineapple block is one of my favourite blocks.
    Love the block in the corner as well.

  6. You know what...people are nuts... (aren't we?) I LOVE that fabric. and I LOVE your quilt girlfriend! Gorgeous...simply gorgeous!!

  7. Another great quilt story! That's a beautiful quilt and I love your solution for the mitered corner that didn't.

    I look forward to reading about the next quilt.

  8. I love your personal story and how you approach to make a quilt! And the bias binding is genius.

  9. funny if I saw that backing fabric now I would buy YARDS of it!
    love the name of this quilt and well love the quilt

  10. This was a very fun post to read. I'm easily amused too, and there is nothing wrong with that! I love the toile backing....and the bias binding....NICE! I'd definitely call you a trendsetter. Also, I'm chuckling that you bought fabric for job security. Lol!!!



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