Sunday, January 22, 2012

Loulouthi love

I decided a few days ago that I should make a quilt for a rapidly approaching gift-giving occasion. Because of the time crunch, I gave myself the self-imposed restriction of only using materials I had on hand. Also, not spending money always trumps spending money. It didn't take me long to settle on my Loulouthi stash, paired with some yardage of Kona Snow.

Loulouthi Love
I flip-flopped on the layout a few times. Loulouthi is one of those lines I had to have, but then it languished on my shelf because I didn't know what to do with it. I think the large-scale prints trip me up, so I decided to leave them fairly large. At first, I wanted to do some simple squares set on point, but I couldn't make the math work with the fabric I had. Then I thought I'd do some simple sashed squares. I ended up offsetting the squares to make the layout a little more interesting.

Loulouthi Love
The layout is definitely reminiscent of my Colorbrick quilt that I made with Rachel's quilt-along. I cut the Loulouthi fat quarters into 8-inch squares, and sashed them with 2-inch strips of Kona Snow.


I used this dark brown solid for the binding because (a) there is a lot of brown in these prints and (b) I had some. I sewed on the binding by hand while watching the first few episodes of season 1 of Downton Abbey on Netflix. Seems like I'm the only person on the known planet who isn't watching this show, so I'm catching up.

Loulouthi Love back
I had a couple yards of the Summer Totem print, which worked out perfectly for the back. This is one of my favorite prints, and there's no way I could cut it up. I just added a few strips of Kona Snow to either side to make it wide enough. I'm not sure I'm done with this print...I can't shake the Summer Totem quilt by Noodlehead. You can kind of see the quilting pattern from the back--just double lines zigzagging through the sashing.

I know I paid for all of these supplies at some point, but it still feels awfully thrifty to make a quilt from stash!

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15 comments:

Becky M said...

It looks fantastic Katie. Great way to show off those prints. btw - I thought I was the only one not watching Downton Abby - haha!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Very nice! The brown binding is perfect, great choice! And for the record, I haven't seen Downton Abbey yet, either, though I hope to eventually catch it!

Heather D. said...

This is a lovely simple layout, but it really lets those beautiful colourful prints shine! I love it Katie. :)

Kati said...

Love the simple layout. That's what fabrics like that need. I also love the print on the back. I never bought any, but it was definitely my favorite in that line. So pretty.

traceyjay said...

looks great Katie. :) (and you're getting as fast as Kelly now, huh?). ;) And I agree -- sewing from the stash feels good.

miamihoney said...

This quilt is awesome. I love how you used stuff from your stash and the back is just gorgeous!

**nicke... said...

i haven't started watching downtown abbey yet... i have been so addicted to cake boss i haven't been able to watch anything else! ;) love the quilt also. it is so pretty and i love that you kept the pieces bigger so you could still see the beauty of the line. love that totem print on the back too. it is my fave!

felicity said...

LOVE it - yay for simple layouts! And stash quilts! You're not the last person on Earth to watch Downton Abbey. I am! Soon, soon...

Amber H. said...

Don't beat yourself up, I haven't watched it either. I need to jump on that bandwagon though :P

Robin said...

love it. and love Downton Abbey

Linz said...

Lovely!! It is gorgeous!! Well done!

Lisa Ann said...

Love your use of the prints, Katie! This is very nice to show off the patterns and that back is super!

audreypawdrey said...

I love the layout you used, and it is a nice way to show off those prints! I just made a baby quilt from stash, and it was so satisfying. I had to buy binding material, but everything else was on hand. Way to go using what you have!:)

Leah said...

I am actually the last person who hasn't watched Downton Abbey yet.

This is beautiful! But my birthday isn't until June...

Jenniffier Kramer said...

So so pretty. What a wonderful job you did!