Friday, January 30, 2009

Words Mini Quilt for Sonja

In my last post, I shared the "words" mini quilt that Sonja sent me. Since then, I've received word that she has received the quilt I sent her, so it's safe to share!

Originally, I wasn't going to participate in the "words" swap because I was intimidated by trying to piece letters, which is what I thought most people were going to do. But then I came across some fabric that completely inspired me, and signed up for the swap in the nick of time!

The fabric is from the "Simplicity" line by 3 Sisters for Moda and, despite my terrible photos, I hope you can see the words printed on the fabric. The fabric design features words like "Home", "Peace", "Dwell", and "Harmony". As soon as I saw it, I knew what I was going to do.

I've been really inspired by some of the free pieced quilts I've been seeing (and receiving!), the "Collaborative Quilting" book, and bloggers like Sarah and Tia. In particular, take a look at the blog header at the House of Krom, and you'll see the vibe I was going for.

See the words in the trees? "Love", "family", "dance" and "celebrate". Who wouldn't love a quilt with such happy words? I know I'm late to the party because it seems like this line is on its way out, but "Simplicity" is a really beautiful fabric line.

Once I decided on the concept and the fabrics, everything fell into place. In fact, other than the fabric featuring the words, this quilt is made entirely from scraps that I got from Emily after she finished her daughter's bed quilt!! I've been getting a lot of mileage out of those scraps -- including some of the pillows I made for Christmas gifts. Thanks, Emily!

The best part is, I think Sonja really enjoyed receiving this little quilt. I had a hard time getting good pictures of these fabrics because they're so soft and muted, but Sonja's pictures are much better. Take a look to see where the quilt is living in its new home!


  1. You did a wonderful job. It looks great.

  2. The quilt is wonderful! I love it. I got some of that word fabric to go in a quilt. I hope it turns out as great as your quilt.

  3. very cute john. i love this fabric!

  4. Fantastic job - it looks great living in its new home.

  5. oh it's perfect john!!!
    you really did a GREAT job.
    and it looks right at home at sonja's place.

  6. John,

    I really like that little quilt!!! It turned out so cute! Lucky recepiant...

  7. Terrific use of the word fabric! A wonderful job on this very sweet quilt.

  8. it's beautiful! i love the simplicity fabric. and the house and tree are adorable.

  9. I love your words! The fabrics are so soft - great quilting too.

  10. Chris from GeorgiaFebruary 3, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    I love that fabric - yum! I specifically want to get my hands on some of the fabric you used in the squares between the house and the tree. What line is that from, do you know?

    Thank you for sharing your projects on this fabulous blog!

  11. Wow, that's so great! I love how the quilt looks on her peach wall. Such soft and muted colors, you don't think of a man choosing colors like that. You have great taste! I think you are amazing and I'm going to put you on my blog roll so I can keep up with your projects!

  12. this piece is so delicate--thank you for sharing it.