Wednesday, February 29, 2012

math facts quilt

The inspiration for this quilt came to me while I was watching an old episode of Oliver’s Twist on Netflix. There was a throw over the couch that was brilliant, simple and fun. It was full of white plus blocks on an orange background. (You can see it here....isn't it FAB?) I knew immediately that I was going to make something like it. I have no idea who made the original quilt/rug/throw (???) but I was smitten. I wanted to add a twist to my version, so I sketched a bit and I decided to add an x block in place of every other plus block. That changed it just enough to make it "mine", while still retaining the simple and fun feel of the original. I used various background fabrics, but I chose to keep them very close in value and color. I started with oranges from my stash but had to actually supplement by buying fabric. Oh, darn! ;)
I absolutely LOVE the results!!! I know I say that a lot, but this one, oh boy! I want to make at least three more versions of it. It would look good in lime green and white as a baby quilt. It would look fun scrappy! It would look good with one single orange background. And...well, you get the idea!
I pieced the back using 3 different 1/4 yard cuts of orange and plenty of cream fabric. I really like the way it turned out.
I LOVE the scissor fabric! It's Half Moon Modern, by Momo for Moda. I think that it's funny that they are "fiskars orange". That's not the official name, of course, but that's what they remind me of.
For the quilting....I started stippling it, but it looked horrible. I ripped out the stitching and switched gears. I decided to echo quilt around each x and + with my walking foot. That worked SO much better. I had to turn the whole quilt in my machine at every corner, but it was so worth it. At that point, I was so glad I hadn't made the quilt any bigger!
For the binding I used these fabulous dots...Mingle in Tangerine by Robert Kaufman. Mmmm. When I saw them I knew they were going to be perfect to finish off this quilt. They make me smile.

My youngest son came up with the name for this quilt. He saw the sketch I had done and said "that looks like math facts". I loved it, so the name stuck.

The quilt measures approximately 60" x 76". I wrote up a pattern for this one, which is available for sale in my shop.

73 comments:

Material Mary said...

I stalk your blog because you are always doing such great projects and this one does not disappoint. Darling. Thanks for sharing all you wonderful talent.
Mary

CitricSugar said...

Bright and warm and yet, scholastic. :-)

Messy Karen said...

fabulous design and color.

QuiltinMama said...

This one makes me (almost) like math ;) Very cool, Amanda Jean!

nettie said...

ooohh, this is so great! I love it.

Mama Pea said...

That's really neat. I love the colors and the design. The back is awesome, and the polka dot binding is terrific!

Lesley said...

Such a creative happy quilt! Yay for you and for your son choosing the name. The quilt makes me smile!

Stacy Lindblom said...

Wow, that is really cool!

Kritta22 said...

Wow!! Seriously awesome!

Becky said...

Nice!! I think it'd take me a lifetime to ever get that many different orange fabrics!

familylove said...

Love, Love, Love it. Orange is a color people are afraid to work with and this is just stunning. You are a true inspiration.

traceyjay said...

this is so cute!!! Makes for fun movement.

Lisa ONeill said...

Love, love, love love, love this quit - great design, brilliant color play! Perfection!

Lisa Lisa said...

I love everything about this quilt - the front, the back, AND the binding! So fun!

Natalie said...

This quilt is beautiful. It makes me smile and I love it.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

DESLUMBRANTE e ponto.

Canadian Quilter said...

I just love it!

seaschell said...

Ack! How can I not make this quilt? It's fabulous!

Ray and Jeanne said...

This is great! I love the colors and the design! ~Jeanne

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

Fantastic! Love the orange and white and I have to say, I prefer your version to Oliver's. :). I've been trying to collect more orange fabric. It's such a great color.

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

You may not know it, but scrolling with the down arrow makes the math facts SPIN around!

Thimbleanna said...

Another home run CrazyMom! I love it -- you're brilliant! I just ordered a bunch of the momo lime green dots -- they'd be perfect for a lime green version!

Sarah Craig said...

Fabulous quilt! I absolutely love the orange - I think that's my color this year.... And if my math genius niece sees this one, I'll be making one for her, for sure!! Love it!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I love orange and this is fantastic Amanda Jean!

bethanndodd said...

Amanda Jean, you are so very talented! I love the way you came up a way to make it yours. I truely love it and you are such an inspiration. Thank you for continuing to share your quilts with us. Smiles~Beth

Rachel said...

Oh, my! This quilt is just stunning!

Katie B. said...

This is really cool! Simple and striking.

Tara said...

I love it! But you might already know that!

Quiltjane said...

WOW That is the most gorgeous orange quilt.

Denice said...

Oh my! Love the bright color and that polka dot binding. Fantastic!

Krissa said...

I've had the same inspiration! Although I saw it as red. So my finished quilt is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristiinaa/4872705384/in/set-72157621697317930. Love your quilt!

Lisa said...

Wow, this one is incredible! I love the look of it, and my 4YO son LOVES orange, can't wait to show him tomorrow; I may be going to the fabric store.... ;)

thea said...

What a great quilt!!

Quilting In The Cold said...

That is such a fabulous quilt.

Gunilla said...

I love the simplicity of this quilt, the astethics, the simplicity!!! Stunning!!!

Claire Jain said...

What a great quilt! I love the back and the polka dot binding is way fun!

Di said...

Fantastic quilt. Simple design with clear colour. Brilliant.

Paloma said...

This quilt is fantastic!!!!!! I like it very much.

Michelle said...

i LOVE it!

Neza said...

I think Jamie's blanket is a Cross blanket by swedish designer Pia Wallen. You can see it here:
http://www.piawallen.com/cross-blanket-p-162-c-169.aspx

I love the blanket and your quilt - it's gorgeous!

Michele said...

Really cute and so fun.

mjb said...

What a striking design

Mama Urchin said...

Ooh, I love this too and in the bright colors especially. I'm thinking orange and pink or maybe turquoise and orange.

Josie McRazie said...

fabulous! I am such a sucker for 1)DOTS 2) a surprise when it comes to the back! WIN WIN!!

Donna said...

Love the quilt. I have some of that scissors fabric too. In orange, black and white. Haven't used the orange yet because it was so bright. Now maybe I will. Thanks for sharing.

Maggie said...

What a gorgeous and inspiring quilt! Love the oranges!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Awesome in so many ways!! Simple/bold design, fabulous color, and as always ~ perfect execution! Well done!

Cheryl Arkison said...

So much fun! Love the way it came together. And you know me and orange...

Richard Healey said...

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amy smart said...

Love, Love, LOVE Amanda Jean! Everything about it. The back is equally awesome. I may need to add this to my never ending to-do list. :)

P├ętra said...

I love the orange and the pattern!! It's so great that you took your inspiration and made it a reality.

Julie Warner said...

That is so bright and fun. My kids would love it. And I think it's so great that you noticed it and then were able to recreate the idea so well. Good job!

Goddess in Progress said...

Oh, I LOVE this! The design is not overly complicated or frilly or fussy, but the finished quilt is SO GREAT. Seriously, LOVE. I might have to show this one to Daniel to see if he wants some variation for his next quilt...

Becky B. said...

Yet another quilt I want to make!! I am going to have to put your pattern on my wish list. I just love the things kids come up with, how fun your son named the quilt.

CarlyMaria said...

stunning!! So amazing! I think this might just be my favorite quilt you've ever shared.

Kristie said...

Ohhh, this is great!

sulu-design said...

This design and inspiration are right up my alley. Love it.

Kim said...

Love it, the quilt back looks so awesome too. This is going straight to my Pinterest board.

Suzanne said...

We are knee deep in math facts here so this was great! I asked my third grader what he thought it was about and he agrees 100% with the title.

Godzi said...

This is excellent. You are so incredibly prolific. How do you get so much done? I feel like I am doing well if I spend anytime at all in my sewing room.

sew katie did said...

LOVE this one AJ!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Utterly gorgeous!! I just love this :) In my favourite colour too! So bright and gorgeous. Glad you decided on that quilting, perfect!

Karen said...

Great finish!

kmodich said...

So beautiful and you gotta love Jamie Oliver!!!

Mary said...

Very, very cool! Great gift idea for my math teaching SIL. Maybe just a mugrug size. Thanks for sharing.

Erica said...

I love this, its so bright and bold!

Clair said...

I like the back!

Esch House Quilts said...

This is FAN-Tastic! I just love the different oranges - different enough to make the background interesting but not too distracting from the overall design. Wonderful!

quirky granola girl said...

i love this quilt SO much, Amanda.

Terriaw said...

Awesome quilt! I love the mix of oranges and the plus and X blocks. I especially love hearing how this one was named, which is perfect. Hope lots of people are buying your new patterns!

KateKwiltz said...

I LOVE THIS!!! Love the way the different oranges glow, and love the back!
And yours is SO much better than Jamie's!
Fantastic job!

Chara Michele said...

Love this quilt! Although I think the back is my favorite part :)

Jacqui said...

I adore strong colours, including orange, and wear them all the time, but I think if someone had suggested making a whole quilt in orange I would have thought not. Now I see yours and I realise that there are benefits to being brave in quilting as well as in my clothes! I have so many quilt patterns already but I NEED this one. Thank you!