Monday, June 9, 2014

An Endless Summer Quilt : :

An Endless Summer Quilt !

Today is the first day of the kids Summer vacation, which makes the finishing time of this new quilt pretty perfect! I'm calling it my Endless Summer Quilt and I hope to take it along on all the adventuring we have planned in the weeks ahead!

Stacked Stips of Summer!

It's a quilt as you go made using my qayg tutorial for my Herringbone quilt with the little twist of adding each strip straight across rather than on the diagonal. I simply work my way down the panels of cut batting, sewing down one piece of pretty fabric after the other until done!

Easy Strips

I used Leah's gorgeous Meadow collection in her Picnic In the Hills colorway and lots of Art Gallery fabrics for this one. Such a pretty & happy assortment of bright orange, coral, peach, yellow, green, blue & Teal!

Endless Summer Fabric Strips

Yesterday we brought it with us for a quick photo shoot just out of town at my parents house. Now I can't believe this is the first quilt we've photographed in the field behind their house, such a gorgeous spot!

Endless Summer in the field!

It was sprinkled with bright orange hawkweed, blackberry flowers, and little yellow buttercups that looked like dwarf cinquefoil. What a beautiful backdrop this new quilt made for my tiny cluster of wildflowers!

Wildflowers

After our walk and lots of pictures taken in the field, we continued to the treeline. It's been several years since I've been to these woods, what an amazing surprise to discover this tree standing before us. Begging to hold my quilt. It was such a beautiful moment!

Glowing!

Endless Summer on a branch!

Tree Magic!

From the Meadow prints I used to make this quilt I chose the brightly colored, simple, and lovely print - Gentle Breeze in Red for my quilt binding!

Bound in Gentle Breeze Red

My personal Meadow favorite Summer Grove by Night had to be the back, framed by a narrow strip of AGF's Pure Elements in Coral Reef and Peach Sherbet!

Backed in Summer Grove by Night

Finishing and sharing this quilt feels so good today, on the first day of our Summer break! I'm hoping it's the first of many. Let the Summer of Quilts begin, I'm ready!

Endless Summer in the sun!

  Maureen

45 comments:

  1. This is very beautiful and the fabrics you used are arranged very evenly throughout the quilt, I am noticing. Did you stick to a certain order? Great work!

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    1. I did! You can see in the third and forth images that I share above that my strips of fabric are stacked up on my machine. I kept an order to them for easy and quick sewing. I didn't want to have to worry about fabric placement once I sat down to begin sewing down my strips. Once my panels were finished I laid out my work and made any necessary changes before sewing them together and finishing. It came together quick and it was really fun!

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  2. This quilt is fabulous! I love the pattern!

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  3. What a wonderful and beautiful beginning of summer quilt. I absolutely love it!

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    1. Yes, a perfect start! I should have two more pretty quick finishes to share soon and then I better start sketching!!

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  4. Like the whole body of the quilt and very much enjoy the back and binding to set it off.

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  5. What a gorgeous quilt, great choice of fabric. And how perfect is that tree branch for hanging it?

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  6. Beautiful picture of the tree holding the quilt.

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  7. You are not just a great quilt maker but a very talented photographer!

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    1. Thank you Carla, I really appreciate your sweet comment!

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  8. Love this quilt! It has inspired me to make two similar ones already. Can you share the width of the strips and the finished size of your quilt please? I appreciate your tutorials!

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    1. I link up to my Herringbone tutorial above, which gives you the method, just add the strips straight rather than on an angle. My finished quilt measures 60"x70" each panel was cut at about 8"x70" and I lost a little width when I square up the panels and from my seam allowance. The strips of fabrics I uses varied from 1" to 3.5" x 8" to 8.5." Be sure to let me know if you give it a go!!

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  9. What a great tree to show off the quilt...love it.

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  10. Such a summery happy quilt. I love it!!

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  11. What am I missing? In one picture the strips are all narrow, in another the strips are much wider. Is one the back or another quilt?

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    1. The front is made with a variety of strip widths measuring less than 1" up to 3.5."

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  12. I love that all of your quilts are so different and yet, we can see right away: "Hey, that one is from Maureen!"... Very nice!

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  13. I absolutely love this quilt Maureen. The pattern is so simplistic but the colors make it so much more. I've LOVED the meadow line and have ordered different selections of it over and over again. Maybe it's time for me to make a quilt. Love the idea of your QAYG method. Off to check it out, again. :o)

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  14. Beautiful..... I made a quilt for myself ( yes, myself :) I never sew for myself ) -- using your QAYG method. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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    1. That's wonderful!! Do you have an image or a link to where I can see it? I always love to see what folks are making using my tutorials!

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    2. I will post one really soon :) I'd love your feedback. I have only made a few smaller quilts. I have been afraid to try anything bigger. I love to sew. Following you has really made me realize I can just jump in and give it a try. Thank you.

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    3. If you want, you can share it on my facebook here -- https://www.facebook.com/maureencracknellhandmade so everyone can see! Otherwise, feel free to email me a photo at maureencracknell@hotmail.com Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! I really appreciate it!!

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  15. What a beautiful background for a beautiful quilt.

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  16. Love the quilt and the settings for the pics. Both are beautiful.

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  17. A lovely quilt! And I love that tree branch that's holding the quilt.

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  18. Where's the LOVE button :) Beautiful quilt, loving the colors.

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  19. I really like this one a lot!! It's colorful and fun and perfect for a picnic! I listened to the podcast the other night and really enjoyed it. You sounded just as happy and genuine as you do when you blog!

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  20. Absolutely beautiful quilt (I love this collection and you make it shine)!!!!! The setting is also gorgeous. You made my day, Maureen! Emailing you now. XXXXX

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  21. I LOVE this. Love the quilt, love the fabric, love the photo shoot. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  22. This is beautiful!

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  23. Absolutely beautiful Quilt and what an awesome way to kick off summer!!!!

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  24. That tree was begging to hold a quilt! Perfect setting for a beautiful quilt! I love how summery it is! I love the backing and that you used different shades of pink/peach to border it! This is really perfect!

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  25. Such a happy-full post! Enjoy your sweet summer! It looks like you are off to a great start!

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  26. What a perfect location to photograph your beautiful quilt...I foresee many happy Summer days ahead!

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  27. It's the first day of summer for my kids too, love your quilt finish and your parents backyard is amazing.

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