Saturday, December 26, 2009

color wheel quilt


This quilt was inspired by the photo in this post. When I saw it, I knew I just HAD to make a color wheel quilt. I whipped the quilt top up for a sample for the retreat, because I thought it would be a good scrap quilt idea to share. I wanted to do a circular layout, but the math made my head hurt, so I went the easy route. I do like the layout this way. A lot. You really can't see in the photos, but the two center white blocks are pieced from scraps as well. Each block is 12" finished.

The yellow square is my favorite.
I swirl quilted each of the color blocks with matching thread.
Then I stippled the sashing in white. I haven't washed it yet, but I'm sure it's going to shrink and pucker like crazy because it's pretty heavily quilted. I can't wait.

I bound in with a gray solid, because black was too black, white was too light, but gray was just right. I like how the gray compliments each color. And the backing, too.

Since I changed thread colors for each block (in the bobbin, too) the backing is a bit chaotic, but actually, I love it. This was a really fun quilt to make. I want to try another color block quilt (someday!) but without the sashing. I have no shortage of scraps for just that. :)

It measures 44" x 60".

Hurray for another one off the WIP list! :)

64 comments:

CitricSugar said...

I love how the finished product turned out - it's a beautiful piece.

kelgurl said...

clever idea for a quilt, LOVE the backing fabric

What Comes Next? said...

what a great scrap buster! Love it

beth said...

great job! You sure are whipping through those Wips!!

Jackie said...

Yes, Yes!! Amy's post was great. You really took the ball and ran with that one. Love the quilt and your interpretation of the color wheel. Great job!

Natalia said...

Very cute! I'm glad Amy's post inspired you! :)

Jill said...

I can't wait till I have enough scraps for this! LOVE IT!

Gotta love IKEA! ;]

Becky said...

Love it!

Jessica Christensen said...

Is that backing an IKEA sheet? I love when you do the blocks with all scraps of one color. When I'm ready to stashbust, this is next. You are just knocking these out, girl!

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

I LOVE this one! You should write this up as a tutorial.

So, did you ever decide to host a retreat in MN so I could come on over and learn from you? Not that I'm inviting myself though. My mum dragged me up better than that. ;)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's wonderful!!

Leslie said...

this looks beautiful. i love rainbow quilts, they are so pretty

Leslie said...

this looks beautiful. i love rainbow quilts, they are so pretty

Jan said...

What a great idea, I love it.

PunkiePie said...

Oh yes, a tutorial would be nice. ;) It's such a fun and happy quilt. I love it!

lera said...

Very colorful. Now, you weren't by any chance standing in a chair in a pile of snow to take that photo, huh?? ;-)

Lara said...

Beautiful! Love the backing! That print is fantastic!

an encourager said...

Great idea! (Beautiful, too!)

Laurel H. said...

I absolutely love your take on the color wheel concept. You are an amazing--and prolific--quilter! AND the number of quilts on your "in progress" list is down to ten! Yay!

sewkatiedid said...

I managed to bring a quilt with me and hope to finish the rows tomorrow. I want to go home with a finished quilt top!

Lurline said...

I am fascinated with the colour-wheel quilt - what a great idea and the sky is the limit! I partiularly like the DQS7 quilt!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Crystal Hendrix said...

That is so pretty!! You have inpsired me to make one too!! I like the idea of using scraps!! So I will have to make one as I go along! I have a lot of scraps I need to look through and start using them for different projects I have in mind! But I really like the color wheel!! Good job!! I have been working like crazy doing my WIP too! Or is it UFO??? No idea!!

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

Hey thats super cute.. maybe I should color seperate all my scraps.. ..

Love the gray, its my new "go to" color... it feels so modern.
I love that you told how big it is, because I thought it was _way_ smaller. I like it much better now knowing its a usable size not just a doll quilt or placemat.

Bonnie said...

I absolutely love this quilt! I am feeling inspired tonight so I just might have to try one out!

leigh7911 said...

The yellow block is my favorite too.

Melanie said...

Very pretty! I love the swirl quilting.

Jodie said...

Gorgeous as usual Amandjean , I could not pick a favourite block, they are all beautiful.

Vicki said...

I love it!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

so pretty! i love it!

Trisha said...

Wonderfully creative quilt! Bravo for another finish!

mathea said...

And there you are with yet another wonderful quilt! I love the idea of doing a square colour wheel - oh, I got a sudden urge to go through my scrapbags! ;-)

Trudi said...

Amy's post was very inspiring, this is a wonderful 'go for it' quilt! Great job!

Laural said...

Beautiful!!

Suzanne said...

Neat idea, Amanda Jean! Will you hang it in your studio?

peaknits said...

Another beautiful quilt! I am in awe of the amount of work you can get done - you must have elves who come overnight?? :)

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Oops, I commented on the previous post by accident. I double click on the photo to enlarge it, and the detail of the white squares shows up so well.
Beautiful work! I'm very very slowly growing my scrap collection so I can make some scrappy quilts. Any tips for getting the scrap pile to grow quicker? I'm too impatient.

shellysquilts said...

Very Cute! Well done!

Thimbleanna said...

What a fun idea! Great use of scraps and very cool quilting!!!

two hippos said...

Beautiful! How did you hang it for the picture? I've been trying to figure out the best ways to hang quilts outside for picture-taking, especially in snowy weather, and yours look so good.

Whosies said...

i did this one time, but the result was NOT pretty...ugh. yours- i love! great job!

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Diane said...

Great idea and a really fun backing fabric!

quilt said...

The binding plays a very important role yes...the amount of space sometimes the material needs or the color as you just mentioned...lovely squares to make the fine quilt.

Snowbird said...

I really love this quilt! Ok, which quilt of yours do I not love??!! I think it is better than those from which you were inspired!!

Happy Holidays and Congrats on finishing another quilt!!
(I am still living vicariously through your quilting!) :)

Emily said...

I love that even your whites come in different "shades".

Annilu + Pele said...

Now I am sure I also have to make one - a colour wheel quilt....
Yours is fantastic! I love your quilts so much!

Kristin said...

Oh that is stunning. I love the idea of a color wheel quilt.

Michelle said...

Stunning as usual AmandaJean!!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

I love your color wheel quilt! The quilting looks so fun. I just realized I had traffic coming from you - thank you :)

Marit said...

I love this design - a pretty and colorful quilt!

jacquie said...

my color blocked boxed scraps is next on my wip list...congrats on getting this one finished...it's a cutie!

The Tile Lady said...

I really love this quilt idea! What fun! And lovely quilting, too!

Collette said...

This is really beautiful but I'm a little miffed with you. I spent over half an hour clicking through your link and checking out all sorts of color wheel quilts! Wait, that's not really your fault is it? ;-)

Lexilooo said...

this quilt is gorgeous! I'd love to try something like this sometime!

Cheryl Arkison said...

So glad to see the finished quilt. I like the layout.

Lisa said...

I love this quilt to bits it looks so fresh :)

Miss Kaizer said...

I would be happy to do the math for a circular layout color wheel quilt! I'm always willing to help out with crafty-math.

jaybird said...

simple but strong. i like it AJ!!

Aimee said...

Love it! The layout is great! You have been a busy lady!

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

I love the backing on this quilt! It is so cute. It looks like it would make a really cute whole cloth comforter for a child.

Rebekah said...

what a fun quilt! I love the yellow block too...it's so vintage-y and summery

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I just love this and your blog! I have one favor, though... would you please, pretty please, do a quilt-a-long with the bento box pattern? I've been drooling and drooling and your finished product is so much nicer than the "patterns" I see out there. In my best whiney voice, PUH-LEEZE?

Beck

Honey said...

I LOVE this quilt. It's beautiful. I'd place it right next to our easel or use it on the floor as a color sorting activity for the children...You should make some smaller ones that're rug size & contact the Montessori gals! I LOVE this! I want one...

Honey

Em said...

What a beautiful creative twist on the rainbow. Love the focus piece!

Jenny said...

After I saw this post, I've started sorting my scraps by color and piecing 10" blocks together. I keep a stock pile of blocks at the ready- They make great baby quilts in a hurry! Check out this one I made-
http://downtosew.blogspot.com/2010/10/happy-scrappy-baby-quilt.html

Thanks for the endless inspiration!