Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Making Rows Quilt : :


A Making Rows Quilt

It's amazing that my last quilt photo shoot and this one were taken with just a few days in between, one on the beach in Virginia and the other back here in Potter County. I finished this Making Rows quilt up just before we left last week for our Thanksgiving vacation, I brought it along, but decided it was meant to be photographed right here at home. I toted it with us on our recent trip to the tree farm, it was cold and snowy, but with isles of dark evergreen Firs, Pines, and Spruces as my backdrop it was so beautiful & perfect!

A snowy day at the Tree Farm!

A Making Rows Quilt


This quilt is made using a combination of my go-to quilt as you go method and the panel style of qayg that I shared a tutorial for after finishing my Autumn Herringbone Quilt. Of course this quilt of rows can be done without the quilting as you go, but it's so fun and is just too quick! Plus I love to see the combination of the dense straight line quilting and the decorative stitches I added all with a white Auriful 50wt!

Quilted Rows

I had chosen these fabrics inspired by my son Kaiden's entire wardrobe of almost all black, grays, and reds. It was a little risky, since he had asked for either a "Hunger Games" or "Harry Potter" themed quilt with suggestions so specific they gave me a tension headache. But with two quilts still to make in these next three weeks, I decided I couldn't take it on under my time constraints. Being the sweet kid that he is, he understood, and when I shared with him the beginnings of his quilt -- he was thrilled!

Making Rows Quilt -- Fabric Pulls!

On My Table

Making Rows Quilt Progress

Kaiden's Pile

Most of the back is finished in an 100% cotton flannel shirting fabric in a red and black plaid that Kaiden loves to wear! When I ordered this print I didn't read that the width of these particular fabrics is 41" and so my calculations were off. That same day I noticed my mistake Lindsey posted some flannel houndstooth she was hoping to destash on her Instagram and I jumped, lucky me! Another reason I love Instagram!

Stitchy -- QAYG


A Making Rows Quilt -- flannel back

Once we flipped the quilt to get those back photos both the wind and snow started picking up, so the rest of my close up shots turned out to be too dark and blurry to share. This is a quilt that I do love just as much from far away. Sometimes that doesn't work out, but this time some of the far away shots are my most favorite!


A Making Rows Quilt

The rest of the night was spent picking out & setting up our Christmas tree, and of course the decorating that followed! My favorite!!

Kevin :)

Decorating with the kids

Yesterday after school I snapped these photos of Kaiden with his finished quilt. I bet you can imagine how great seeing this felt! There's nothing better than seeing a quilt you've made being used and loved, is there?!

The holidays are here!

Kaiden and his quilt!

Kaiden and his quilt!

  Maureen 

85 comments:

  1. I love it! I love the reds and blacks!! Very nice Maureen! And the pictures were beautiful as always!

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  2. Beyond gorgeous!! This is a quilt that will grow with him as I know my old boys would really like this. Thanks for the constant quilt inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl! I'm excited that this one and the one I made for my other son Jacob will both be quilts that they can grow with. I plan to snap a few shots of them together with their quilts when I get the chance. They go together so nicely!

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  3. The quilt and photos are just beautiful! Gorgeous views with all the snow, too!

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  4. Another stunner Maureen, congrats!

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  5. Beautiful quilt, beautiful tree, beautiful home and most of all - beautiful family.

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  6. Maureen I think this may be my favorite quilt you have ever done. I'm not sure what it is about it but I love it! LOVE IT!

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  7. Absolutely stunning! The combination of all those masculine colours is perfect. He will never outgrow this one. A treasure for sure : )

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  8. That quilt is beautiful. I love love it.

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  9. What a great post. I love that the quilt was based on the clothes (and plaid!) your son loves so much. And the photos at the tree farm are so cool - perfect setting for this quilt!

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  10. Not quite sure how you manage to make all these amazing quilts, a bazillion crowns, and have such a nicely decorated house??? It's so impressive!

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    1. It's a lot of work, but I have a lot of help from my husband, and I stay up way to late working most days. It's hard for me to stop, I love sewing so much!!

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  11. Love your new quilt. It definitely reminds me of winter and Christmas. Love your photos. Your tree and family are lovely. I especially love your nut cracker collection.

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  12. Just beautiful ... all of it.

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  13. Gorgeous! The photos are also amazing!

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    1. Thank you Christina!! The beach photos of my last finished quilt were pretty, but these are so much more us and homey feeling. :)

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  14. I love it and the story makes it even more special! Maureen when you back a quilt with flannel do you use a quilt batting? You mentioned quilt-as-you-go but nothing about batting and what type. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! Yes, I quilt my finished quilt blocks, or in this case my rows, to batting first. Then I sew to attach those rows (panels) together, I baste the quilted top to my quilt backing using basting spray and finish by sewing down and across my quilt to attach the quilted front to my quilt back.

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  15. This quilt design is so striking. The photos are gorgeous, too.

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  16. Your quilt is amazing, so pretty but still masculine. Your tree is beautiful and your house looks so cozy and warm. Just perfect to snuggle under a quilt and read a book!

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  17. I love the quilt, the snowy photos, and the pictures of your adorable son enjoying his quilt! Thanks so much for sharing. What a lovely blog to read while taking a break to finish my cup of coffee!

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  18. This is such an awesomely designed quilt!!!! I absolutely love it!

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  19. Wow!! I haven'e seen a quilt I liked so much in a long time!! Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! I love the boy under it, by the tree, reading his book---so cozy!

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  20. This is beautiful! I wish I had time to be a quick quilter...but most of my projects take forever unless they are small.

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  21. OMG- The scenery is gorgeous and all that snow. Very Envious! Love the quilt, it came out great (the close ups do it justice) and your little guy looks very comfy all cozied up in it reading his book. Great post. Pics are great, love the tree. All evoke good feelings of the winter holiday.

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  22. I hope you frame that last picture of your son, that is a great picture.

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  23. what an inspiring and joyful post! :)

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  24. What a beautiful quilt and tree! And the smile on his face says it all.....handsome young man!

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  25. How could you not fall in love with this quilt after seeing that last photo! Thank you for sharing so much with us!!

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  26. I've been waiting for this reveal -- I love it!!!! Love it. This is a wonderful quilt and it's so nice to see he thinks so too!

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  27. Yep, it was definitely destined to be photoed and home, it looks fab there! Looks like you have a very satisfied customer too :o)

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  28. The snow and evergreens are a perfect backdrop for this quilt! Wonderful "boy" quilt! You are one amazing lady with an unbelievable amount of energy - wow!!!

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  29. Your home looks lovely and cozy. Want to come decorate mine? It was 73 here today. Maybe that's why I'm not quite in the mood yet.

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  30. Wow, very awesome! It's so funny how people have their own "style", so to speak. Your quilts are so GREAT and I could pick them from a line up any day of the week! They are all different, yet they are so "you", love this!

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  31. What a great smile from that quilt user!!!

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  32. OOOOHHHH! I love the finished product! My favorite is the middle star! It's gorgeous! You have one very lucky little boy!

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  33. Beautiful quilt--love the photography setting. You Christmas tree is also beautiful and so is it's setting.

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  34. I love the colors! AND, love the pictures of your little guy enjoying his quilt!

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  35. it is a fantastic boys quilt - but the pictures of the snow are what captivated me - stunning. Its been a long long time since I have seen snow :-(

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  36. The quilt is beautiful...as usual. Everything just works so well together. The photos are wonderful, too. I'm a sucker for red and black plaid flannel.

    Thank you for sharing your quilts and family with us.

    Patti

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  37. Oh wowza, it's so different! I love how you put that all together. My husband wants a black and red...dragon fabric quilt. I couldn't picture how to make a quilt like that work period, but I must not have been thinking creatively enough.

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  38. Gosh! The Christmas tree is gorgeous!! and the shots of the living room with the quilt in use are just perfect!

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  39. Oh my goodness, I am in love! With the quilt. With the tree. With the fireplace. And especially the relaxing on the sofa with the quilt and that wonderful smile looking up at you! Your home and family are awesome!

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  40. Just beautiful Maureen! Tully asked me to make him a quilt with a big pirate ship on it with lots of pirates fighting! I eventually convinced him to let me make him something much simpler using the Out to Sea line. It's hard trying to talk them something they have their creative little hearts set on! But not only did I think it would be too hard, I just didn't think I would enjoy making it! I think he'll love it anyway. :)

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  41. Your work always takes my breath away! I love this one. The red and black and the way it just "keep me warm in a snowstorm". Wow. Beautiful.

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  42. I *need* to come to your house one day and just watch you work...love what churns out of your sewing space :)

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  43. I adore this quilt and that winter background is somehow perfect for it. Kaiden is a cutie and looks perfectly happy snuggled in his quilt.
    Ramona

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  44. Awww, I love the picture with Kaiden and his quilt! The photos are beautiful, Maureen!

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  45. gorgeous!!! both the quilt and the backdrops! i'm officially jealous of your lovely home :)

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  46. Gorgeous! All of it, seriously, gorgeous :)

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  48. Beautiful quilt and love all the pictures.

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  49. Maureen, this is just beautiful. You make really inspiring work!!!1

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  50. I love it! I love the "in use" pictures too.

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  51. I have to say, the first shot, in the snow and off center, is probably my favorite quilt picture of yours - of any of the pictures you have posted. It just really strikes me! Beautiful!

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  52. Aw, so lovely to see your son happy with his quilt. Funny, but I think our son is pickier on that sort of thing than our daughters. With the girls, as long as what I've made is within their favorite color range, they are good, but our son is very specific about which shade of yellow/gold (his favorite color) I use, and which pattern it is. I hope I do as well with our son's new quilt as you clearly have done with Kaiden's!

    Love the setting for the photos. We are having a cold snap here in Silicon Valley, CA, and might even see some snow by Friday. It won't stick, but it will be fun to have a light dusting!

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  53. Beautiful quilt but that boy's smile takes the cake. Well done on both accounts! :-)

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  54. The quilt turned out gorgeous. I love the photo setting. It goes perfect with the quilt colors and does lend that Harry Potter feel to it. What a treasure for your son.

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  55. Gasp! Making Rows is just gorgeous, Maureen! Lovely photos of your holiday decorating.

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  56. I love this quilt. It is so traditional looking yet modern at the same time. For what it's worth, I looked at the top picture and thought "Hunger Games", so maybe it is a "Hunger Games" quilt. :)

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    1. Kaiden said the same thing, he thinks it has both the "Harry Potter" and "Hunger Games" vibe -- Score!! " Thanks Serena!

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  57. Beautiful! Will there be a pattern, perhaps? :O)

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    1. For this exact quilt, no, only because I didn't take any notes, and because the center block pattern design belongs to Jeni Baker (In Color Order) and is available in the book Modern Bee by Lindsay Sews. :)

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  58. I seriously heart you! this is amazing. AMAZING.

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  59. I just love how the quilt turned out. It's very beautiful...and of course, I love all the red. That's my favorite color :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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  60. Beautiful quilt. All of your quilts are amazing and your photography too. I always enjoy visiting your blog!

    Kristin

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  62. This is wonderful. I love the quilt and I love the pictures, but I especially love the story :)

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  63. I love all of this! I love the quilt, I love the photos, and I especially love the story :)

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