Friday, May 28, 2010

Purple and Blue

Here's my first finished piece in however long. I don't really have a name for it, other than Purple and Blue. It's officially Quilt #57 (although it's probably about the 70th quilt I've made. Long story). It measures 69" x 90". And it looks pretty flat & dull here -- my wife ran off for the week with the good camera.



The "inspiration," such as it was, was an attempt to clear out some space in my drawers of blues and purples. Anything scrappy that was longish and narrowish got cut into two-inch strips. I sewed those strips together pretty randomly end-to-end to good a big heap of 100" strips. Here they are hanging on a bamboo pole in the quilt room.



Once I had enough strips, I just laid them out in the hall, making sure that no two pieces of the same fabric were too close to each other, and that none of the join seams in the strips lined up too closely.



After that, it was just a matter of sewing the thing together. It's backed with three pieces of cheap blue and grey flannel sewn together, and batted with a scrap bedspread I found for a pittance at a thrift store. The quilting just follows the vertical grain, with two lines about 1/4 inch from the edge of each strip. It is heavy, and cozy, and is probably the best-looking quilt per hour of time invested I've ever made.

6 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

I really like this one. I have been contemplating a similar one with all of the strips that never seem to get used in other projects.

The Calico Cat said...

Cool - You balanced the lights nicely. This looks like it could have been made using a "Jelly Roll."

Oscar Devonian said...

Mm, the colours here make me think of a storm brewing over the sea.

Michael5000 said...

Thanks everybody!

Kathie said...

I really love the look of this quilt.
great job...thanks for sharing .
I have always wanted to just take a bunch of strips and do something like this as well....scrappy though hadn't thought about 2 colors...
Kathie

Melissa said...

I think this is just gorgeous. Perhaps my favorite of your quilts. I think it's so wonderful that such a beautiful thing can be made simply by the desire to clean out the fabric stash.