Tuesday, December 11, 2007

house of girls II



In seven years of quilting, this is my first charity quilt. About time, no? This is going to be donated to my church for the Women's Christmas Dinner Silent Auction, which is tonight. The quilt was finished last night around 11pm. (See, I can make a deadline once in awhile.)

It was improvisational pieced, again. All you need to do is take 2 pieces of pretty fabric, sew them together, press, add another piece of pretty fabric....on and on until the piece is big enough for a quilt. This type of piecing is so addictive! I recommend you try it sometime.

Polka dots are my favorite choice for the binding these days.

The backing is a heavier weight cotton purchased at Mill End last April while shopping with Roxanne. (It's good to be using up some of that stash.)

The quilt is a lap size, measuring about 55" x 70". It was quilted on my Juki, again with the meandering. (It's basically all I do anymore.)

And for those of you keeping track, this is #15 completed for the year. I hope to squeeze in a few more finished before the end of the year.

51 comments:

Shelli said...

it's beautiful - and SO meshes with my "improv" style of sewing.

Nice job!

And is that a Kaffe Fasset fabric for the binding? I love it!

AJ said...

Wow! Beautiful quilt, I hope the auction goes well.

Mama Urchin said...

I wish I could bid :)

driftwood said...

it's lovely, I must try that type of piecing!
15 quilts - that's very impressive.

I hope it raises lots of money!

Jolene said...

So beautiful!!

de vliegende koe said...

Gorgeous quilt Amandajean! I love it! You have some speedy quilting skills!! Do you ever sleep?
I’m sure this will raise a lot of money!

Shannon said...

Beautiful!!!!

Jada2929 said...

This is probably my favorite of all you have done. I love it so much!

Beth @ Felt Like Knitting said...

It's beautiful! You are very talented and I love seeing your quilts.

kirsten said...

15! eek! that is crazy/cool.

the quilt is beautiful.

(http://kirstencan.typepad.com)

Katherine said...

Very gorgeous! How generous of you to donate this beauty. Someone is going to be very happy to be taking this home with them!

I love the randomness you achieve with this piecing method, it accentuates the pretty fabrics and at the same time adds some intrigue as well. Oh, yes, I love using polka dots for the binding - such a playful touch I think.

Woohoo! #15 rocks!

Linda said...

Lovely! You amaze me my friend!

Sarah said...

That is beautiful! I hope it raises a lot of money.

Megan Young said...

Another beauty. I'm not sure I'll make a wuilt in any other method again, I enjoy freestyle so much.

The Calico Cat said...

And for those of you keeping track, this is #15 completed for the year.

bragger!

I need to consider polka dots - i am stuck on stripes, I love your binding & that back is pretty great too!

Sara said...

It is beautiful!!! I am inspired to get back with my quilting the beginning of the year...

15! Hmmm!!!

Heather said...

Love it! You are just too talented.

Amy Jo said...

Another beautiful piece from Amanda! There is just no end to your creativity, my friend. Good job! And for a great cause, no less!

house on hill road said...

gorgeous!

Marcia said...

Love it! You sure inspire me. Wish I had more time to sew. I hope it brings a good donation tonight.

kat@taylormadedesigns.com said...

wow 15? And they are all gorgeous :)
I love the colour in this one and I totally love polka dots. I hope the auction goes well. I'm sure someone will be going home happy!

Kris said...

Number 15!!! You clever thing. And it's seriously gorgeous! You're an inspiration.

Artsy Momma said...

You are my hero seriously. I think you should do a montage at the end of the year I would love to see a mosaic of all of the quilts this year. I really love this one!!! Though I am a sucker for pink!

carolyn said...

this one is a beauty! I'm inspired to try you're "freeform" piecing!

Kim said...

Simply gorgous! And wow on 15 finishes -good job.

lera said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Linda said...

So pretty, I hope it did well at the auction. I'm impressed with your finished number, and still visions of more to add to the finished list. Perhaps I need to send you all my ufo's....lol.

Quilt Nut said...

it's gorgeous! it should do well at the auction

congrats on your finishing number!

syko kajsa said...

Good work! I love piecing quilts like that too! Such a generous gift!

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Hope the auction raised lots of money. I'm going to try that piecing method, sounds like fun & a great way to use up some scraps as well as some stash. Thanks for sharing.

Roxanne said...

This is just stunning Amanda! I'm sure it will raise gobs of money. What a kind and generous thing for you to do. And yes, yes, use up the fabric so we can meet up again! :)

Katie said...

amandajean,
thanks for visiting my blog. i am so amazed by your talent. i have made one quilt, i am new to sewing and knitting and love looking at these fun blogs for inspiration. your choices are so beautiful! i read the post where you were tagged...i could not agree more about so many things you said. i love to be doing a project all the time, and yes we can make time for anything that is important to us. I felt like i was reading my own words!
i will be visiting again! i am adding your to my bloggy friend list!

Chara Michele said...

Oh wow! I love this one! I hope it raises a bunch of money:)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a great looking quilt. I think it works because you've chosen fabric that play nicely together. Hope the auction goes well and that it raises lots of $$

Anina said...

I love it, of course - it's pink. Did you set yourself a quilt goal for the year? I seem to get really distracted by smaller projects so quilts don't happen as often as I like.

corry said...

So pretty quilt! I hope this one will raise a lot of money!

Frogdancer said...

I've passed on some blog bling to you. It's pink and girly....?? I decided to pick three non-Australian bloggers and you're one of them. I have no idea if you're into all of this, but I thought of you because I really love your blog and find all that you put on it so helpful.
I've decided to join your quilt a-long, even though I'm such a novice at this and it's a bit scary. It's my second quilting class tonight, but what the hey! In for a penny, in for a pound! I have to learn how to put my layers together. I mastered the sewing machine and the rotary cutter last week, so things are progressing well.
So now I'm joining you all. Whoopee!

Frogdancer said...

I've passed on some blog bling to you. It's pink and girly....?? I decided to pick three non-Australian bloggers and you're one of them. I have no idea if you're into all of this, but I thought of you because I really love your blog and find all that you put on it so helpful.
I've decided to join your quilt a-long, even though I'm such a novice at this and it's a bit scary. It's my second quilting class tonight, but what the hey! In for a penny, in for a pound! I have to learn how to put my layers together. I mastered the sewing machine and the rotary cutter last week, so things are progressing well.
So now I'm joining you all. Whoopee!

quiltwhileyoureahead@typepad.com said...

it's beautiful and you're very generous in giving it away!!! (and I love piecing fabric that way too.)

Allison said...

Beautiful quilt!

Cindra said...

I'm convinced. My next quilt will be improvisational. This one is beeeuuutifull!

Jan said...

So, so pretty!!

Oiyi said...

Another fantastic quilt. I really newed to try that meandering quilting.

sulu-design said...

This is gorgeous - I love hearing about the "planning" of it. I think I could manage the randomness.
And how lovely of you to donate it. I hope the auction goes well. There's going to be one very lucky winner!

carolyn@crankymonkeybutt.com said...

it's gorgeous!! :)

Clair said...

A pretty quilt by a pretty girl. :)

Clint and Julie said...

amandajean,
I have a few questions about your house of girls quilt and I have tried to email you but the computer i am using won't let it happen. so i was wondering if you would mind terribly emailing me so that I can find out how you made this quilt. I am loving this quilt style and it seems to be a good stash reducer which i NEED right now. anyway if you get a chance I would appreciate it greatly.
thanks again
julie
fireflylanedesigns@yahoo.com

shannon said...

What a beautiful quilt!! I love the colors.

NanaK said...

Ohhhh, do I LOVE this quilt! Great job, wonderful color combinations. You're so generous!

a friend to knit with said...

honestly. this is just stunning.

Amy said...

So vibrant and pretty! You are making me feel lazy ;)