The Giant Innocent Crush Quilt (With a Little Loulouthi Thrown In Too)

Seriously people, it’s big.  I’m not even sure you can call it a quilt since it’s more like a bed spread.  (And what is the actual difference?)

At 100h x 188w, she’s the biggest quilt I’ve made by far and I knew going in that  this puppy would not be quilted by me.  I enlisted the help of the very friendly and talented Karen, of Karen’s Quilted Creations to stitch these delicious loopy-loops.  I really want to give props to Karen for her professionalism, courteous and prompt emails, and for her obvious care that went into the quilting.  She listened to my preferences and finished in a short amount of time, which is no easy feat given how big this project was.  Thank you Karen,  you will be helping me more in the future I’m sure.

Here you can see the quilting on the back.  I used Kona Muslin,  118″ wide in natural.    It has a high thread count and the feel reminds me of Art Gallery Fabrics.  I know. Soo soft!

This quilt is the simplest of designs so I figured we’d better have some good pillow action.  My friend Jo who is sassy and awesome, made the Amy Butler Midwest Mod pillow to sit here on my bed.  It features the same Innocent Crush print in both cotton and velveteen.

See those petals?  I just love it.    And little Isabel and I did some serious stitching with perle cotton on the Loulouthi pillow.

I’m not even kidding.  Isabel did the blue stitches you see here and other bits on this guy.  I was so excited to see her, hoop in hand and being incredibly precise and careful.  Until this was finished, she asked to stitch every day.

Lots of stitching.

Free-form hand quilting on the white part.

I believe I will be making more pillows because you really can’t have too many pillows on your bed.   I think rectangle is next.

Ok….you gotta see this…

I can barely handle the cuteness. ;)

 

A Chair is Nice

The other day, I took a good hard look at my living room.  I looked at what I liked and what might need some help.  My reading chair really needed help.  As usual, when presented with an idea or opportunity to start a project, I did so and straight away.  So, in my usual haste, I do not have a “before” picture here.  Let’s just say that it would be pushing the limit to say that the covers on these cushions were shabby chic.  Maybe they were shabby, not so much chic.  Anyway, this is what can happen when kids are in bed early and you have a few movies sitting around waiting to be played.

So I had a fresh chair just like that and I liked it.  I had that back pillow from Pottery Barn from a few years ago.  It’s a wood-block print from India.  The little pillow is a lovely Kaffe Fassett shot cotton with a wide strip of an Amy Butler print.  The bottom is a large-scale Anna Maria Horner print from her Innocent Crush fabric line.  They all play well together I think.

Then the inevitable happened.  The bright and new cushions made the rest of the room look sad and neglected.  “A quilt for the couch and some throw pillows” was my very next thought.  Never mind my idea of not starting any new projects until the old ones are done.  I started thinking of my color palette and what would look nice in this room.  I looked around the room and looked at this:

And this:

This:

And these:

I thought about the colors; pale aqua, ruby, even bits of pink, garnet, pale grass greens.  I started pulling fabrics and made many, many half square triangles.  They look like this:

With any luck the cushion and the future quilt here will live on my couch very soon.