Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival :: Hopscotch

Amy's Creative Side

Nothing like a last-minute finish for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival! I've planned for a while now to enter my Hopscotch quilt, and the festival was well under way as I put the last stitch in her binding. But {whew!} here she is!
I made Hopscotch as a gift for a friend, and admittedly, the palette is not a natural for me. Using Camille Roskelley's pattern, I knew in addition to a variety of colored prints, I'd need a neutral and a contrast fabric for the triangle points. The white was an obvious choice as the neutral, but I wavered a bit (bright lime or teal?) before settling on Kona medium gray. I wasn't piecing long before I was confident of my choice.
As far as triangle quilts go, this was a first for me. Veering off the pattern a bit, I chose not to use templates, but cut my own "jelly roll" strips, and then used just rulers - including a 60-degree triangle - to cut the pieces to size. This method worked fine for me, and I got the hang of the piecing fairly quickly. Pressing seams open is really important with this block, and not trimming the 'ears', as they really help in matching things up.
Piecing the blocks together, Hopscotch really started coming to life. I got the top done on a rare sunny day and loved the stained glass effect I was able to catch.
Oh, and it was also windy . . .
The backing I chose was Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott for Moda, which I liked as it really highlighted the gray  used in the blocks (and soon to be binding), but also repeated the 'diamond' motif.
Due to the unique design of this quilt, I decided to have my long-arm quilter, Darlene Girton of Girton Creations use her gift and she suggested this triangle-in-a-triangle design. 
Oh, was it a great choice.
And Hopscotch got finished just in the nick of time - a new palette, a new block shape, lessons learned, and good quilty fun.

Linking up with the Bloggers' Quilt FestivalFabric Tuesday, and Summer Sewing Contest.


This project was on my original post for 2nd quarter, so I am linking up with Quilter in The Gap's 2nd Quarter Finish-A-Long linky party!

59 comments:

Heather D. said...

Debbie, it turned out SO amazing. The quilting is lovely and I really like the solid gray binding. Great work!

Heidi Staples said...

This is stunning, Debbie. I absolutely love the color scheme. What a treasure this will be for your friend!

mennikelly said...

It is gorgeous!

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, it is breathtaking!!! And how perfect is the backing and binding! Your friend will LOVE this quilt! Congratulations!!

Shankevia said...

Its amazing.

felicity said...

Ohhhh I've been waiting for this finish. It's just beautiful, Debbie! Stunning, really. The Medium Grey was absolutely the perfect choice of "neutral" - I love this quilt!!

Lynne said...

This is a stunner! Everything goes together so well, the pattern, quilting,backing and binding. It's a win/win quilt!

Jess said...

I love it! You've inspired me to make a hopscotch quilt :o)

jaclynquilts.com said...

Beautiful! I love it.

Cathy said...

It looks awesome!!!

Nicole said...

Congrats on getting it finished just in time! It's lovely, Debbie! The colors are beautiful and the grey works really well with the other colors. Bravo!

Katie B. said...

Y
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I'm so glad to see this finished up! I love the fresh color palette, and the quilting is the perfect touch!!

CitricSugar said...

This is really beautiful! I might have to get over my fear of 60 degree triangles now...

Sandy Weaver said...

Excellent color combination! Gorgeous quilt!

Kirsten N said...

Absolutely gorgeous ! These are my favourite colours - so fresh and pretty. Glad it made it back to you in time!

Ethne said...

What a lovely quilt - love the triangles and the colours
very pretty - thanks for sharing it with us all

Little Island Quilting said...

Fabulous pattern and colours. Sometimes its good to work with colours outside our normal range to make us see the possibilities.

Kelly said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the colour palette for this quilt and the quilting design really is a perfect fit!

Marg said...

Green is not normally a colour I love but your quilt looks amazing. Love the greens and the grey.

Lesley said...

Your quilt is stunning! Love the fabrics and the machine quilting was a perfect choice!

Quiltycat said...

It's wonderful!...great colors and funny quilting!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, it looks fab all finished up, and love the quilting :o)

CityHouseStudio said...

It's just fabulous, Debbie!
The quilting is just perfect for it, what a great suggestion your quilter had!
You must be so happy with this one!

Karen said...

Yay!! So happy to see the finish on this! I think I need that pattern after seeing this, beautiful!

Toni said...

It turned out so beautifully, Debbie! Not typically colors I would choose, either, but I absolutely love them! What a lucky friend that receives this beauty!

Kate said...

Yay, you finished in time! It's beautiful, and lots of lessons learned. :)

Svetlana said...

Gorgeous!!!!! This quilt looks amazing, I love all the colors you chose. Just beautiful!

Lorna said...

Wow! What a gorgeous quilt. Beautiful colours. Would you ever make another quilt using this same pattern and 60 degree on the ruler?

Leanne said...

It is even more wonderful all finished and bound. The colours you picked for this one work so well together, including the binding and back. And that quilting pattern is perfect. What a wonderful gift.

Susan Being Snippy said...

tuquoise is an excellent choice for this quilt! I love it!

Jennifer said...

this came out beautiful! i LOVE your color choices and the gray and white set it off nicely -- beautiful job debbie!

Annabella said...

Very sophisticated palette and just gorgeous gorgeous quilt Debbie - a fabulous finish!

What Comes Next? said...

wonderful colour choices - even if not your normal. This quilt looks amazing! I do love that stained glass effect you get with sunny day pictures.

Margaret said...

great design!

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Mintyfresh said...

truly stunning. love that design!

MariQuilts said...

It's beautiful...I love the colours, so fresh.

Cherie said...

That's a gorgeous quilt! The perfect combination of colours =D

Beth said...

What a lovely quilt, I think the gray was a great choice to bring those colors together.

Cille said...

It is perfect - looks perfect with the backing and binding. So glad I got to see the final quilt. Been looking forward to it :)

Kati said...

I am so in love with this quilt! You did a wonderful job. I'm thinking seriously about using these colors in a project I have coming up. They look so great together.

kendascrafts said...

looks awesome!! love the colors and design!

Julie said...

I love this pattern and your fabric choices are awesome! It's so pretty!

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

I just love your color choices for this quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Marci Girl said...

Simply beautiful Debbie! I love the stained glass photo the best! The quilting is such a great touch too!

fallingforpieces said...

It's beautiful and your quilter really did the top justice! All around aweseom.

Janine said...

This is incredible. The colors and pattern are perfect. Love it!

A.J. Dub. said...

I love the quilting you chose! It suits the quilt. It really turned out beautifully!

The Thompsons said...

It's beautiful! I love the colors and the quilting design definitely fits perfectly with it.

Robin said...

Fabulous!!! Green is my favorite color-- and this quilt showcases it in such a wonderful way. The quilting is just perfect. Sigh... I'm feeling happy just looking at this. Thanks so much for sharing!

Anne said...

Love the color scheme and choice of pattern for this lovely quilt. These are some of my go to colors at the moment. Will also keep the triangular quilt motif in mind for a triangular quilt I've got on the drawing board. Hope you'll hop on over and look at mine too.

Jessie said...

Such vibrant colors! You really pulled it off!

Amanda said...

I love how you had triangle pieces and triangle quilting. And the colors. It's great.

Martine Kuciel said...

j'aime beaucoup les couleurs acidulées superbe

Angie said...

So beautiful! I love your colors and that looks like such a fun pattern. The quilting is perfect, too. Gorgeous!

Barbie Mills said...

Fantastic. I love the pattern, the colors, and the quilting. Just right. I'm jealous that you got done in time to link up--I wasn't so lucky! Next time...

Simone de Klerk said...

You've got my vote! So pretty and the color match is so nice. Good luck!

mammafairy said...

This is lovely, soft pretty palette of colour, and amazing design!
Super

Rachel said...

Love how this one turned out!

Jennie said...

What a great quilt. I've got a Hopscotch quilt on my list. Can't wait to get to it.