Thursday, September 2, 2010

Arcadia: Done! And I'm in love.

I think this is my favorite quilt I've made so far. It's the most representative of my design aesthetic. (I don't know what that means, but it always sounds impressive on Project Runway.)

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The pattern is Kate Conklin's Charm Bracelets. It's a great pattern--Kate's instructions are very simple and straight-forward. Fabric is Arcadia and Kona Stone and Sage Green (argh!).

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The binding is Kona Zucchini.

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Ready to be gifted!

As for the back...my main goal was to not buy any fabric. Here's what I came up with.
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I just used my extra Sage Green and Stone, and filled in the extra spaces with honey bun strips. I think it turned out pretty cool!

My creative director turned all diva on me and took over the photo shoot.
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He's lucky he's cute.

Check out more Friday finishes on Amy's blog!

41 comments:

Mary said...

This is SO nice!!! I absolutely love it! Great pattern and great fabric! I really must break down and buy this pattern . . .

Kati said...

I love, love that back. I am going to have to keep that design in mind. Great job!

traceyjay said...

this is one of my favorite quilts too!

It's so beautiful Katie! :)

traceyjay said...

(and your son is cracking me up!)

Tammy said...

Beautiful - your point of view is really evident here....

Kate said...

WOW! I love it. The blue looks sensational and I love what you've done with the back! Your son looks absolutely adorable too.

Robin said...

I love it all. Love that cute kid. Love the back. I am glad to see you made it work.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That is so beautiful! It looks really well done, too! Project Runway has been the source of lots of good quotes!

Jodi said...

It's gorgeous, he's gorgeous, and your hated basting turned out magnificently.

amylouwho said...

This is amazing! I love love love it! I've got to get a Kona color card. They have the best selection of solids!

You linked up perfectly! Thanks for joining us, glad you made it!

Leslie said...

i already thought this was stunning and then you showed us the back and that is just amazing. what a beautiful and creative backing. i love it. arcadia is such a pretty line of fabric. your 'creative director' certainly is adorable.

Haylee said...

It looks great. I love the font and the back. How fun and creative you are.

Rene' said...

Katie, this quilt is gorgeous! Love all the Kona colors you used and the backing is simply terrific! Your son is quite cute as well. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica said...

oh this is beautiful! What a cutie-patootie for a model too!

Kristie said...

Very nice work! Love the back as much as the front!

Visiting from amylouwho :-)

Michelle (LemonadeGal) said...

I'm with Leslie -- I loved the quilt, and then you showed the back and I adored it!! It is fantastic. I am always amazed how people are so willing to lie their quilts in the grass. I am so afraid to mess mine up. :) Thanks for sharing. That is one cutie assistant you have!

Cecily said...

Really, really pretty! I LOVE what you did with the back too! Great colors and a lovely pattern. Beautiful!

Michele said...

Very cute! The quilt is great too! I love how you did the back. Two fun quilts in one.

Weatherbee ;) said...

Beautiful! I love the back too! I'm all about using up everything I have on hand. Very pretty. And the kiddos a cutie pie too. :)

Stray Stitches said...

Beautiful quilt. I love what you did with the backing! I have seen many ideas for different backings in blogland and it has inspired me to try something different than just using one fabric.

Nina... said...

Lovley quilt. The colors of the fabrics are so soothing. I love the pattern and the little boy, too! Thanks for sharing.

p.s.phyllis sews said...

I love how you did the back to the quilt and your darling is quite a wonderful show-stealer! Blessing to you and your fun little one.

amy smart said...

I love your design aesthetic! This quilt is fabulous. AND it's out of one of my favorite collections: Arcadia. Awesomeness front and back!

MoeWest said...

I love the way the quilt design showcases the prints. Your back is a great idea, so inventive. You made a wonderful quilt!

Hollie said...

Oooh! It's beautiful! I love it.

pinksuedeshoe said...

The back looks great, I love all those teeny strips in there! Nice work.

ktquilts said...

From one KT to another, I am in love with your quilt! That back is out of this world!I have a Charm Pack ready of Jennifer Paganelli prints waiting to make a Charm Bracelets in a wall hanging size for my dining room!!! Love it! (Kona color cards are the bomb.)

Karen said...

Fabulous quilt! Love, love your backing. Great idea. Your assistant is mega cute. I love the charm bracelets pattern.

Maevy said...

That would be my favorite quilt too if I was the one who'd made it, it is simply gorgeous. You've really got an eye for matching colors, and the backing idea is brilliant. Great photo shoot!

Leah said...

Love it, love it, love it.

Seams Inspired said...

I love how each square is featured and framed. It's absolutely beautiful. Stopping by from Sew&Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :)

Michelle said...

Oh my..That is GORGEOUS! I'm sure the recipient will love it!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I can see why it's your favorite, it's awesome. And the back? Stellar.

thanks for sharing the pattern, I may have to keep an eye out for that one.

Sarah Craig said...

Oooh, Katie, I love that quilt - especially the back! So unexpected!! And your creative director is adorable - looks like he's about the same age as my creative director!!

Carla said...

The fabrics go perfectly on this awesome quilt you made. Great improv on the backing.

Sunshine said...

Never seen a back like that before, looks amazing! (I love the front just as much as before!)

Sheree said...

Wonderful use of the Arcadia collection!!! Any your little model is adorable! :)

Staci said...

Wonderful, wonderful quilt, front AND Back!

susan@tickledpaisley said...

OMG Katie - I LOVE this quilt! I really love the Arcadia collection - it looks amazing!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Absolute love! The back is fab! I like the second from the bottom photo of your son. So cute.

Kelly O. said...

The back is almost as good as the front!!!!!