Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Carolyn's quilt!

I decided that I had to start a new project. No, this will not become a UFO as I must finish it by April 3rd, my daughter's next horseback riding lesson. This is a gift for Carolyn, a beautiful soul who I think has the patience of a saint and is so giving of herself.

Carolyn has been teaching by daughter for the past year and a half. I wanted to make her a quilt, but couldn't come up with a fabric theme. Horses were out of the question, I can't begin to count the number of items she's received in the past that has a horse theme and they all stay in the barn! Batik suddenly came to mind!

The photo does not do justice to the vibrant colours. As I look at the photograph I notice some light beige, however that is not the colour of the fabric, it is a dark blue with some light beige in it. I just love the colours of the batiks in this quilt. At first I was afraid that the gold would stand out, but it doesn't. I decided to use a plain batik dark blue border. The original border I had chosen had a motif on it and I found that it competed with the center. I could add a plain small inner border to frame the center but I don't have anything in my stash that would suit. Perhaps I could pick up a dark purple batik on my travels today. Hum... I am heading down to Plattsburgh today and a stop at the LQS is always on the way.

The pattern is from Atkinson designs, Yellow Brick Road. I just love this pattern and I cannot begin to count the number of times I've made this quilt in a pinch. I enjoy finding a theme and working with it. The fabric makes the quilt!

16 comments:

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Oh those batiks are deelish! I'm not a fan of batiks however those are very pretty.

For the longest time, I refused to do a Yellow Brick Road quilt. I have a friend who made so many I got sick of them. And, then it happened - I saw one that turned my head and had to make one very similar and the rest is history - I'm not sure now how many I've made. LOL Great "in a pinch" project.

Judy said...

Love the quilt! What a lucky teacher and how kind of you!! I've got some batik scraps that just might look pretty good together.....thanks for the idea (and another UFO? :>)

gwen said...

I bet the teacher will be delighted to become something not horse related! And the top looks wonderful as well. The descrition of your sewing machines was very interesting and your sewing room does look a bit like mine. Fabric on the floor, well it can´t fall deeper, can it!? Take care.

swooze said...

What a pretty quilt! She will love it! I think your comment about the horse things staying in the barn just broke me of the habit of buying things themed to what the person does for a living!

Happy Valley Quilter said...

Well, if the colors are even more vibrant than in the picture then this quilt is going to be absolutely stunning. The blue border will fram the quilt beautifully.

Kim said...

The colors look beautiful, Carole! I'm not a huge batik fan either, but these look great. Any idea yet how you'll quilt it?

Sweet P said...

Stunning quilt! Carolyn will love it.

Conni Lu said...

I'm sure the teacher will absolutely love the quilt. What a wonderfully thoughtful thing to do. :)

Patti said...

Just starting to catch upon my blog reading. This will be a spectacular quilt - I know she will love it. What a special thing for you to do!

Pam said...

A quilt full of batiks can't be anything but stunning. I bet she will just love it. The dark blue is a perfect colour to frame the quilt.

Sandra said...

To be perfectly honest, I don't really like the Yellow Brick Road pattern - until I saw your batik one!!!! This is GORGEOUS :-)

lappemor said...

Love the quilt! Batiks are so much fun to work with, I just love the feel of them, and the vibrant colors! I'll have to check out your link to the pattern...

Rose said...

these batiks r wonderful.....she will love this quilt!!! great job!!!

Lisa said...

That's a very nice quilt. Great batiks - lucky teacher!

Cheryl said...

I think YBR looks good in almost any fabric combination. This one looks great - lucky teacher!

Wendy said...

The batiks look great using the Yellow Brick Road pattern. The blue border really pulls it all together.

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