Monday, April 06, 2009

katie jumps rope


I finished this quilt last fall sometime. Amy Jo and I had ordered a fat quarter stack of the entire line of katie jump rope fabric back in April of '07 and then we split them, leaving us each with a fat eighth. It took me a year and a half to settle on a design. Isn't that shameful? My quilt was inspired by this one. Simple and pretty. As much as I love a lot of white in a quilt, I love the absence of white in this quilt. It gives it richness and warmth, yet it isn't too busy.

I cut the blocks 5" x 6" and got 6 blocks from each fat eighth with very little waste. I added one additional fat quarter to get the amount of blocks that I needed. I loved using rectangles rather than squares....a little bit of a twist on a "just plain squares" pattern.

The back was pieced from my stash. Mostly solid blues, with a brown strip. It is stippled with white thread. I washed it in my new washer and dryer this weekend (hurray!) and it crinkled up nicely. I LOVE IT!

I made it a twin size, even though it probably won't be used on a bed most of the time. It sure looks good on there, doesn't it?

I've been dragging this quilt around the house like my daughter carries around her blankey, wrapping up in it every opportunity I get. :)

89 comments:

Karin said...

Oh, if I had just finished this, I think I'd be carrying it around too. And yes, it looks fantastic on the bed, with the wall hanging too!!!

connie said...

I love your new blankey. We all need one. It almost looks like a vintage quilt.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'd drag it around and wrap up in it too - it is adorable and cozy.

susan said...

Lovely quilt, and congrats on the new washer and dryer!!

Kelly O. said...

soooo pretty! Yay for finished projects that you can enjoy!
Wondered what your preferred method of basting a quilt is?
looking for some pointers...your quilts sure are lovely...
Kelly O.
skotten at distributel dot net

Aimee said...

I love it! Simple and pretty. Perfect.

Sarah said...

love it!

Carolyn said...

i would totally be draggin that bad boy around. fun!!! :)

Anina said...

Very nice! And good for you for using your KJR fabric.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Looks great! I love the saturated colors all together, and having very little waste is right up my alley :) Yeah for the new washer/dryer!!! makes laundry easier and faster in this house :)

LauraJ said...

it is a fun little kid feeling when a quilt is done and from the dryer you just want to wrap up in it. it's just so darn special when we make these things. half the time i am in awe of what i make. I have a hard time believe i made something! this is a beautiful showcase of a beautiful line of fabrics! well done!

Bison Girl said...

It has a charming vintage look :) I love it!

Hannah said...

When you're done dragging it around, it would look great at my house. =)

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

It shows off the fabrics so well. And looks great on the bed too!

Ashley said...

Oh, it's just beautiful! The one I made is still one of my very favorites (thanks for the link!), so I imagine you'll love yours for a long time to come (and you'll probably continue to want to wrap yourself in it!) I love the size of yours, plus the blocks that aren't quite square - nice twist!

Roxanne said...

Love it!! It has that very fun vintage look to it. What a great blankey

DIDI said...

well you're so good combining colours that it doesn't matter whether you use rectangles, squares or triangles, your quilts always look great!

Valerie said...

It looks PERFECT on that bed -- straight out of a magazine! :) I've been hoarding my KJR fabrics, so I guess at some point I should bust them out, especially since they would be perfect for a summer quilt.

You're always inspiring...:)

Vicki said...

beautiful!

Betsy said...

I really love the simpicity of that and all that color. Would love to cuddle up in it.

Kelly O. said...

Hi again--never mind--after spending some more time peaking around your blog I came across the most fabulous basting tutorial!!
thanks

Rebekah said...

Beautiful quilt! This is one of my favorite fabric lines ever

Thimbleanna said...

Very, very cute Amandajean! And no, a year and a half isn't shameful -- at least not by my multi-years and years stash!

cathleen said...

Amandajean, I love this quilt so much! Such a simple design makes it so comfy and cozy...I can see why you would want to drag it around. Those fabrics are so pretty and very hard to come by nowadays!

Kerri said...

it turned out great!! i love the katie jump rope, and i agree, i love the simplicity of it.

Anonymous said...

Ooohhhh, this is one of those quilts that when I see it, I just want to cuddle up under it. It is simple and beautiful!!

BuggletQuilts said...

I love the way it looks with the wall hanging quilt above it. Very nice composition.

Tara said...

I love the idea of splitting fat quarters! I've got to get some of my friends hooked on quilting so I can share too! Once again, beautiful job!

Karen L R said...

very cool.

Jessica Christensen said...

Ah, I was wondering when we were going to get to see it. I remember seeing it on your sidebar last year and being sad that there was no link for it. Thanks for sharing it with us. I enjoy doing quilts without white for the same reason -- warmth. They have such a different look, and I love how everything works together and nothing is really set apart. Cozy. Another beautiful job -- of course. = )

rachel griffith said...

me loves it!!!
:D

Amy said...

That is divine!

Cheryl Arkison said...

That quilt really shows off the line well - just how well things go together and the overall feel of the line.
Great job!

Alissa said...

It's beauuuuitful!!

Oiyi said...

Yes, the quilt looks great on that bed.

Jessica said...

Must.find.katie.jump.rope.now!

Sarah said...

it's a beauty!

Dandelion Quilts said...

It really is pretty nifty! I just love the colors and the rectangles do add interest.

Sherri said...

What a sweet quilt...I do love the rectangles!

Danielle said...

It is very sweet, I love the Katie Jump Rope line. Nicely done.... Danielle

Norma in NZ said...

I really like the fact that you've used rectangles, and the colors really compliment each other. Very inspiring quilt!

Sara said...

Oh, that is really pretty!!!

Jenny said...

That is adorable and I too love the simplicity!

Amy said...

The rectangles look great! I love the fabric and am waiting on some myself ;)

Whosies said...

sometimes the most simple and looks already loved ones are the best. i might have to try the rectangle trick. wishing you many more snuggle opportunities.

lana and drew said...

i love it! it's beautiful and looks very cozy!

Leslie said...

to say i love it is a understatement!!! that quilt is gorgeous. It looks so cozy and wonderful...i need to brave my way into larger than lap quilt sizes. Mine always turn out to be lap or baby quilts

Cardygirl said...

Looks great! I love the simplicity of the design & the gorgeous fabric!

Sherry said...

Congrats on finishing yet another wonderful quilt. Your finished quilts are always inspiring. Now where did I put that Katie Jump Rope fabric.....LOL

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Katie Jump Rope is one of my favotite lines too. i love the idea of rectangles and might have to snatch that idea from you. i would wrap up every chance I got too!! Just wonderful!!

heatherandrienne said...

Looks super duper fantastic!!! Great job!

Erin O. said...

Beautiful. And yes, I agree that the rectangle gives it a little something extra!

Amy Jo said...

I am finally finishing up my Katie Jump Rope quilt!! I'll get pictures up soon.

Yours is beautiful. I love it!!!

mau said...

Yes looks vintage and I would be wrapped up on the sofa for a nap as often as I can...Just lovely. Just KEEP IT.

Jackie said...

Love it! I think it should stay on the bed. It looks at home there.

The Wooly Wumpus said...

I can't blame you for carrying around this quilt - it's lovely!

Allie said...

I LOVE this. I too love the absence of white in it. I've been wanting to do a regular, old-fashioned patchwork quilt for quite some time, and here you've done one, lol! I don't think I'd let this out of my sight.

Wendy said...

It does look vintage, and perfect under that quilt hanging on the wall!

Jantine said...

I love you quilts with white a lot, but this one is just as much! And the idea of just not squares but rectangles is great!

Kritta22 said...

Gosh you make me want to go quilt instead of sleep!

you are so amazing!

pratima said...

Wow, it is so stunning!! The colors look so great together. Lovely pattern :D

jess said...

Very inspiring. I have tons of pieces that size laying around. Tempting to ditch my quilt to make that one...

Heather said...

It is adorable. I love how the primary colors look together.

Sonja from Belgium said...

Your Blog is won-der-ful!!!
I love it:D
All the Bets & Thank YOU

Lisa said...

Oh that quilt is beautiful! I love the fabrics they have the look of coziness to them.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

yep, there is something about that line of fabrics... They scream, love me, hug me, snugge me. The whole line was great. The quilt is gorgeous. Simple is so pleasing!
sigh. :-)

Emily said...

what a great idea to split a fat quarter bundle with a friend! great quilt!

Renee said...

It's lovely!!! Perfect for that bed, but I'd be carrying it around with me too if I were you!

Threeundertwo said...

What snuggly colors! It turned out great. I spend so long dithering over designs but clearly simple is still wonderful.

Cristin said...

So lovely! I adore this fabric too! I'm making my friend a bag out of the Katie Jumprope fabric!
Well done - and I may attempt a rectangle quilt soon! yay!

Jane said...

The PERFECT quilt for snuggling under, I adore what you've done with the Katie Jump Rope fabrics. The squares are the perfect size!

nettie said...

wow! i absolutely love this quilt, and want to make one just like it.

Mal* said...

If you're dragging it around, it means it's as cozy as it looks and that is wonderful. I love quilts because they are artful yet practical. They are meant to be used! So glad that little lovely one is being used.

lera said...

Ooh. I love this. The back is as pretty as the front! Hurray for new washer and dryer and all that crinkly goodness.

Katherine said...

I would call it this beauty "Jump for Joy"! What a happy, lovely quilt. Love it.

melissa s. said...

i love how it looks on the bed under the wall quilt. i just finished a quilt and am thinking something like this for my next project. i may reference yours, if you don't mind :-)

Lisa said...

Love the quilt! It will be a great quilt to watch Tv or read a good book with!

Amy said...

Sometimes the simplest answer is the best answer. I have to try and remember that...

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Another yummy quilt. Love the fabrics and the simple pattern. Very effective. xx

Em said...

I LOVE this quilt... it reminds me of the one my Mom made for me when she was waiting for me to be born. She didn't know whether I was a boy or girl, and so the quilt had lots of colors, and was very random. I love that quilt and used it on my bed, bunk at GS Camp, Church Lock-ins, sleepovers, college, and now it's packed in a box because it's so threadbare. There are actually some holes where squares of fabric got worn all the way through. I know it had batting at one point, but it's now just blocks of fabric with a solid piece of fabric on the back. I will keep that quilt forever. It's really what made me want to get into making quilts myself. A simple quilt can be so very loved. (I know you know this already... :))

Nanci said...

Hi Amandajean. I haven't posted for a bit, but just had to comment on that quilt. I was given left over fabric from my grandmother and I think that this kind of a quilt would just do the trick to use all these little pieces I have been given.

Anonymous said...

I just love the quilt and if you want to make one using the same fabric Pink Chalk Fabrics http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=37_51 has fat quarters and they are on Sale. I've just ordered some for myself. :)

Heidi

Carol said...

I love it! That's a great idea to do rectangles. Looks like a good quilt for snuggling.

brigette said...

looks great using those triangles!!!! i can't BELIEVE how many quilts you get done!!!!
your bed is going to start charging you for all of this modeling it's having to do!!

Danielle said...

I love it too!

Shimmy Shake said...

This is the reason I wish I knew how to quilt...or perhaps had the patience!! I love this quilt, it is gorgeous, well done!

Tey said...

I love it..the colors are so my style. Can't wait to try it :) Beautiful work!!

Teresinha said...

Wonderful!
Congratulations for your beautiful kilts.
Teresinha

sulu-design said...

You know that I like lots of white in quilts myself, but I like the absences of it in this one, too. It has a very traditional, vintage feel to it that I really appreciate.