Puddytat Quilt


I went about making this quilt in a very different way.  I pulled this Tweet Tweet fabric (by Michael Miller) out of my stash and decided I wanted to use it for a quilt back.  So I made a quilt top to work with it.


Then once the top was made, it sat on the pile for months. Now I'm on a mission to clean up a few of these projects, since they tend to clutter up the back corners of my mind, and hamper me creatively when I'm working on new ideas.  They make me feel guilty that I'm starting ANOTHER project, another mess, and they whisper to me,  "look over here, you should finish me first."


And I really do like this quilt now.  It's inspired by the many strip quilts of this style. I think the original would likely be the one in Denyse Schmidt's quilt book.  I've always wanted to make one like this, and when I looked at the birdcage fabric I wanted for the back, I decided this would be the perfect pattern.

The only difference is that I added white strips between the rows.  Not sure why?  I said it was a while ago that I pieced this!

I shared the photo above because this strip of flannel is one of my favorite elements.   I think that the texture of the quilt, along with color and design, is equally important, but sometimes overlooked.  The different types of fabric, the density and type of quilting, as well as the batting, all contribute to the final look of the quilt.


It's the color and design that make you fall in love with a quilt, but it's the texture that makes you want to reach out and touch it.  Or even better, snuggle up in it!

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful (as usual)! Love the quilting - I may have to give these wonky straight lines a try on my next quilt!

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  2. I love mixing quilting cottons and flannels in quilts for kiddoes. The texture is fantastic.

    The quilting is *perfection*. I love it!

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  3. Everything about this quilt makes me happy. Once I made my grandson a quilt based on the animal-print minkee that I put on the back (talk about wanting to cuddle something!) so I had to come up with something for the front. It worked out well. And so did this!

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  4. Lovely! The quilting is just perfect.

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  5. I have some of that Tweet Tweet in my stash too - one of my favorites. I love what you did with it!!

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  6. I love the color in this quilt. Really pretty!

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  7. It's really beautiful, Jolene. I love that you started with the backing. Makes so much sense to me!

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  8. So pretty! It makes me feel like maybe spring is just around the corner ;)

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  9. I love this quilt, love your blog and am grateful that you take the time to share your talents with us!

    I think the idea of starting with the backing is brilliant!! I'm going to try that on my next new project.

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  10. It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing your process!

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  11. It's beautiful, and I love the quilting! Good for you getting something off that WIP stack!!

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  12. Great quilt, love the binding! Fab job getting something off your WIP!

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  13. So bright and colorful, I love it! I'm loving everything on your blog. Color makes me happy. I'm also feeling inspired to make some beach totes! :)

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  14. Hi Jolene, Love your quilts they all look so happy. Especially like the tweet one. How did you figure out the bow tie size I have a zillion spare triangles. Happy days chrisb.

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