This quilt became a fast finish, because I was making it for my sister-in-law who lives in New Hampshire. I found out that my niece was visiting for Thanksgiving and would be happy to take it back with her saving on postage. Sweet!
Both Cheetah and my hubby came up with the name "Summer Twist" because it has summer roses and is a twister quilt. I made it my way by cutting ten inch squares into four equal pieces and putting them up on the design wall.
I have never been to my sister-in-law's house so I had to ask her what colors she likes and uses. She told me that one room has denim furniture and the other room has beige furniture. I asked her if she liked neutrals or would want an accent. She said that they like all colors, except Kelly green. Then she left it up for me to decide. I thought that red would be a good accent color and went shopping.
This is what I brought home. It is mostly StudioE Essentials 8 and 9. The solid is Kona Black.
But when I got it up on my design wall, it looked too busy and not long enough.
So I went back to my LQS (thank goodness their Pre-Thanksgiving Sale was extended) and bought more fabric. Using only two of each fabric made it so I had enough for a second quilt. So this quilt will have a twin which will live with me. I'm thinking of calling the second, yet to be made, quilt "Twister Twin."
I added some Kona Crimson, Robert Kauffman, and Kimberbell Designs in addition to some more StudioE. Plus I added one more row. It looked so much better on the design wall.
This made me really appreciate my way for doing the twister quilt. It was easy to add a row and change the fabrics because the pieces weren't sewn together yet. The hardest part of this quilt for me was deciding on the layout. As you can see it changed from the picture above to the layout below.
I quilted it with a pointy spiral because the twister blocks always remind me of pinwheels.
I added one of my corner labels (not pictured) and bound it in Kona Black like the border.
I put one of the leafy prints from Essentials 9 on the back.
I took this quilt to show my mom because she also bought some of the same fabrics to make a quilt. My dad saw it all folded up with the backing showing and said, "That is striking."
Turns out my dad like the top even more. I hope my sister-in-law feels the same way.
Quilt Stats #119
Name: Summer Twist
Pattern: Twister quilt from 10 inch squares made my way
Fabric: Mostly StudioE Essentials 8 & 9 and Kona Black
Amount Used: 6.5 yards
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: About 53 x 70 inches
Date Finished: November 2014
What I Learned:
- Multi-color prints need some one color prints to balance them out.
- I like adding fabrics from another line.
- I love my way for doing the twister.
Pillow cases and lap quilts make great gifts!
P.S. I will be linking up with Let's Bee Social, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, and Finish it up Friday.