Friday, July 8, 2011

the big orange wall quilt

The big orange wall quilt is done!


I actually finished this up late Sunday night, but a trip out to our cabin kept me from hanging it on the wall until last night. I got some amazing feedback about how to do the final layout (rectangular, dyptich, darker strips to add some assymetry). But in the end, I decided to keep it square and simple as was my original plan.


This quilt was a collaborative effort. 15 of the blocks were made by members of my Bee Liberated group on flickr. Even though the blocks are all very simple in their design and contain mostly the same fabrics, the fact that they were made by so many different people makes each one unique. It also turns out that one of my bee member's additions really made this quilt sing. Heidi sent me this center block made with teal and grey fabrics that I hadn't included in my packets.


Honestly, my first though was, "Oh, no! How are these going to work in the quilt?" But she also included extra pieces of that teal that I ended up using in many more of the blocks I made. Those spots of teal ended up creating movement in the quilt that I don't think I would have acheived had I kept only the original fabrics I had chosen. So thank you Heidi!


I still think the wall needs a few more things. But I think that can wait a bit. My other cushions will have to wait too. I've got things planned with the kids today and a fun weekend ahead of wedding and friends.  But please make sure to check back on Monday-- I'll be giving away a GO! Baby to a lucky someone!

45 comments:

Faith Jones said...

It's beautiful! I agree, the teal gives it that something extra and is lovely.

Amy said...

Krista, it looks wonderful there! I love the way you quilted it too. It works perfectly.

Jenny said...

This is absolutely my favorite post this week! You did such a great job and I love how it looks on the wall!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Oh my gosh this is such a cool quilt! The touches of blue are perfect, congratulations!

Mary said...

I really like this! And it looks perfect on the wall!

Lindsay Conner said...

Looks fabulous on your wall!

myredbike said...

I really love this. What a wonderful collaborative effort! This is what bees are all about!

Melissa {AllSewnUp} said...

I have a huge crush on orange right now, I love this wall and the quilt on it breaks it up nicely! <3

beth said...

Love the quilt and that orange wall is the BEST background! Great job.

Michele said...

It looks so great on your wall!

Alisa said...

It looks fabulous! Especially on your wall.

AmyJo said...

It is so beautiful and your quilting is just amazing !

Leslie said...

this looks amazing...that teal comes to life!!!

Kadybug said...

Stunning! Love the quilt against the orange wall!

Kate S. said...

I love how this turned out! What a great design - very modern and understated, perfect for a living room wall-hanging.

felicity said...

Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

Hollie said...

I just love, love, love it!

Poppyprint said...

Please don't put anything else on that wall. It is perfect.

Irina said...

I love it! it looks great. How is the block built?

marcella said...

Your quilt turned out really, really nice. I'm glad you decided to keep it square; it's perfect.

Terri Stegmiller said...

It looks fabulous on your wall!

Connie said...

Wow! Looks beautiful and perfect on your wall!

Kristen said...

That's gorgeous, and made even more lovely by the work of so many hands. Beautiful. :)

Rachel Hauser said...

It looks decidedly awesome on your wall. That's taste!

Angela {fussycut} said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I really love how it turned out!

quiltmom said...

Your wall quilt looks fabulous and I really like how your pillows turned out too. You are adding all the things that reflect the designs that you love.
It was fun to see what you did with the Baby Go.. I am sure you are going to have even more fun with it.
Happy creating,
Regards,
Anna

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

Great quilt, and amazing how just those little pops of teal give it all that movement. Lovely.

Tanya said...

The colours, design, everything -- just perfect! And I love that it was a bee project.

Tamie said...

I love this quilt. It really does keep your eyes moving around. Thanks for sharing.

Kirsten N said...

Such a gorgeous design and so perfect for your wall!!

highwaycottage said...

Wow !!That is truly stunning !!!

Jen said...

Wow, that looks totally stunning on your wall! Like a really expensive piece of art. Great job!

Heidi said...

You are most welcome, Krista! I always try to send extra of fabric I use from my stash. I figure that if it doesn't make it into the quilt, the receiver can use it for a runner, or pillows or whatever they like.

I am glad the teal worked so well. I think the quilt turned out beautifully for your wall. And not just because of the teal ;)

Take care and happy quilting!

Katie said...

Love the wall hanging! I just moved & am hoping to make somethings for my walls...

maritza said...

This is fabulous! Gorgeous work! It's funny my first thought when seeing this was, "How brilliant to add only a couple of touches of teal!" It gives it just the right amount of movement.

Dani said...

It's like a painting!!!!!

Beyond stunning. Beyond.

Monica said...

stunning quilt.

Seriously Krista, this is just amazing.

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

I'm back to look again :)

Florence said...

Very, very beautiful!

becster308 said...

Love the big orange quilt. Was this paper pieced and if so where can I get the pattern. Just beautiful.

Angie said...

beautiful! the quilt has a very artful rhythm and movement to it - unique indeed!

Kristine said...

this is amazing. I usually don't like quilts as wall hangings but this looks perfect on that wall. Wow.

Carla Bynum said...

Hi!!! WOW!!! I love it!!! Looks wonderful on your wall!!!

Melissa Loves Color said...

Beautiful!

Kristin said...

Krista, your quilt is stunning!!! I love the colors and how it pops off your wall. How did you finish the edges?