February 15 ~ Quilt of the Day

on February 15 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 69 Comments

Plain Spoken
By Thirza, unionpipes

We couldn’t resist another Plain Spoken quilt, especially after learning a bit of the story behind Thirza’s quilt. This was her third quilt and she feels it’s the first “proper” quilt she’s created!

Thirza writes, “My mum has been quilting for years and recently asked me to look up a quilt related question online. While I was searching I came across quilts and patterns I had never seen before: not the ‘old fashioned’ blocks I was used to seeing. It didn’t take long to stumble across the Modern Quilt-Along website and purchase The Modern Quilt Workshop. I wanted to make one of those beautiful quilts for my new baby due in December. When I got the book I chose the Plain Spoken: simple, straightforward and very pretty. When I ordered my fabrics, I went for greens, blues and purples. Boyish, as we thought we were going to have a boy, but still suitable for a girl. And, I got so much fabric I decided to make a small quilt from the same fabrics for each of our daughters. Eclipse for the eldest and Confetti for the youngest.

The cutting and piecing was easy enough. It took a while to decide on the quilt pattern. I didn’t want to do stitch-in-the-ditch or straight lines and went to look online. emptybobbin of the Modern Quilt-Along did a lovely quilt with concentric circles that I really liked. However, I didn’t want to just copy that, so I looked online for circle patterns. Between all crop circle designs I found wall art of a slightly 70’s circle design which I really liked. With help from our diner service (!) I drew different size circles and machine quilted the whole thing. The baby was to be born on the 11th of December by elective section. On the 10th of December I managed to sew the binding unto the quilt and pack it in my hospital bag! I haven’t started on the other two yet, but I’m hoping to get to that pretty soon.” For a better view of Thirza’s assymetrical circle quilting view the back of her quilt.

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69 Responses to February 15 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Dawn says:

    So pretty! I love this book too and I have a bunch of quilts I am planning on making from it.

  2. Kate says:

    That’s so great you made a brand new quilt, for your soon-to-be, brand new baby! I bet he/she will really love it! Especially when they get older and can really appreciate the hard work and love you put into it! I know that if my mom had made me a quilt, especially thinking of me before I was even born, I would be very grateful. By the way, the quilt itself is BEAUTIFUL!

  3. mj says:

    The circular quilting just makes this.

  4. Sarah C says:

    WOW! This quilt looks great – very modern – I love the circle quilting pattern. Your baby looks just right in the middle – well done.

  5. Kelli says:

    I like the color choices. I just got this book in the mail this week. So excited!!

  6. erin says:

    Great quilt and cute baby, too. 🙂

  7. Alisa says:

    This is a beautiful quilt, the colours and the quilting. Better yet is the love that was poured into it for the expected little one. It will be treasured always, I am sure.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Those colors are so beautiful. And the quilting looks amazing on the rectangles.

  9. alicia says:

    What a great story–and a great quilt. I love the colors and the quilting.

  10. Christine says:

    I love the colors and the circle quilting. Just shows that less is more sometimes.

  11. Kristin says:

    Very nice, and the baby is sweet!

  12. Kirsten says:

    I love the circles and those are fabulous colors! A little different and not-quite-run-of-the-mill. Gorgeous.

  13. Deb says:

    I like the colors she chose.

  14. Becca says:

    Gorgeous colors! I love the circles and the “plain”ness of the blocks… stunning!

  15. Judy Kay says:

    very pretty and fast to make.

    Judy Kay

  16. Katie says:

    I like this one. Great colours, great quilting!

  17. Lisa C says:

    The circles are new for me! I haven’t seen them before. I have to say they really add such interest to the quilt. Much better than strait lines for this quilt, or even the meander that we are used to.

  18. Amber says:

    I love the vibrant yet calming colors in this quilt. It’s gorgeous.

  19. Carrie says:

    Great rich colors!

  20. Carol says:

    All my favorite colors and I like the quilting circles. Congrats on the quilt and the beautiful baby.

  21. Julia D says:

    This is a lovely pattern! Solids are so pretty put together. The circular quilting contrasts the straight lines nicely. I love circles and squares together!

  22. Kabira says:

    Love the combo of rectangles and circles – I have heavy weight cotton in many solid colors from pants that no longer fit — have been seeing a quilt -this could be it! Thanks!

  23. Amy says:

    The circles on the rectangles looks awesome here. And I love how they really pop on the solid back!

  24. Liz says:

    These colors are so beautiful together, what a great quilt!

  25. trishia says:

    love it! what fabulous colors and quilting

  26. Annie says:

    This is just gorgeous! I love the colors.

  27. Sandy says:

    gorgeous quilt!

  28. Cassie Ogle says:

    Beautiful baby & a beautiful quilt too!!

  29. Jean says:

    SO beautiful- the colors are fantastic!

  30. Suzanne says:

    It’s beautiful! I love the circle quilting, it adds a lot to the quilt.

  31. Kathleen says:

    Oh my goodness! That quilt is simply georgeous! The baby’s pretty darn cute too!


  32. Andrea says:

    Very beautiful. I am in the midst of making numerous baby gifts for my array for friends who are expecting this year and I think something like this will be a welcome change to my crocheted blankets.

  33. Amanda says:

    This has inspired me to try my hand at sewing a quilt! I can’t try now for lack of fabric, experience, and time. But someday (hopefully soon) I’m sure I’ll make something I can really be proud of! 🙂

  34. Dawn says:

    I love this quilt!

  35. Rose L says:

    Very pretty quilt – and so impressive that you were able to finish “just in time!”

  36. Regina says:

    Just beautiful – what wonderful colors and lines.

  37. LadySnow says:

    I love the colors of this quilt!

  38. kim says:

    the baby is beautiful as is the quilt. I love the Amish looking color scheme.

  39. Lil' d says:

    I love how bright, yet peaceful the colours are.

  40. daria says:

    that circle quilting is seriously fantastic!

  41. Sam says:

    Love the circles–they complement the quilt really nicely. I need to get myself a walking foot already!

  42. alison says:

    What a gorgeous quilt! Love that she made her own quilt pattern using her placesettings – how creative!

  43. Dana says:

    This quilt pattern has been on my mental to-do list for awhile. From seeing all of these great examples I think it’s time I I bump it up to the top!

  44. Darby says:

    That is beautiful. Love the colors and the circles!

  45. Violet says:

    This quilt is stunning! I think I’ll have to try the Plain Spoken as my second quilt.

  46. Rachel says:

    This is very inspiring. Like Thirza, more contemporary quilt designs appeal to me and I love the combination of the grid of the patchwork with the offset circles of quilting. As a beginning quilter, I’m also inspired to know that this was only her third quilt and she managed what, to me, looks like a complicated quilting pattern!

  47. Lisa says:

    What a stunning quilt!

  48. Lindsey says:

    What a sweet baby! And yes a very talented mamma. I make matching dresses and stuff for my girls but I do like to make them different outfits out of the same material. And for all cousins.

  49. Annette says:

    Love the concentric circles – what a terrific idea. Lovely quilt – and the cutest little man! Congratulations.

  50. Carrie says:

    I really love the Plain Spoken and am so glad you have featured another. I love the colors of this quilt, and the circular design. And what a precious little guy…such a lucky boy to have such a talented mom. He will be able to treasure this quilt for the rest of his life.

  51. talya says:

    Really gorgeous. I am so inspired to try one of these!

  52. Kate says:

    The circle quilting on the back is great! This quilt would be wonderful in a vast variety of colors.

  53. Sigh sigh sigh ! So much wonders here, so much amazing colors, and creations ! Are we in heaven here ? Smooch from Belgium 😉

  54. Avlor says:

    Gorgeous winter/fall quilt. (Love fall colors – so it was an instant attaction.) I’ve been quite drawn to the non traditional styles.

  55. Kate says:

    Beautiful quilt. I never managed to get mine done while the model was still tiny. Great job.

  56. Jaime says:

    I love that, it’s very inspiring… I always like the idea of quilting but I know my short attention span would tank about halfway through a star quilt… this looks like something even I could do, I could even be really lazy and leave out the binding and just topstitch it closed (because binding terrifies me… everyone has a phobia). I LOVE the colors, and the whole idea!!

  57. The colors that you choose for your quilt are wonderful. What a nice story. Can’t wait to see the other two quilts for your girls.

  58. Suzanne says:

    What a lucky little fellow, I am getting ready to try my hand at my first quilt for a new baby soon! Lovely!

  59. Amanda says:

    Oh, what a beautiful quilt! I would love to make something like this, and hopefully I will! 🙂

  60. shannon says:

    So beautiful! I love these colors.

  61. Michele says:

    Beautiful baby…congratulations! The colors used are fabulous…I definately want to browse that book!

  62. Helen says:

    I love the simplicity of this quilt. I haven’t done any quilting but I have a new sewing machine which has inspired me to do more. Your blog is also inspiring. I’m going to make the Mixed up coasters… starting small.

  63. Ellen says:

    Can’t wait till the mailman brings my Modern Quilt Workshop book. Love the colors and quilting.
    Hope your kids treasure their quilts…

  64. Solidia says:

    Very pretty! I love the colors and the quilting design. Can’t wait to see the other two quilts!!

  65. Sarah says:

    I love the circle quilting! And the model helps make the quilt photo even better…

  66. Megan says:

    This quilt is stunning! I love the colors.

  67. Kristin says:

    I love this!! Encouraging to know that quilting is possible the first time out of the gate. Or the 3rd time.

  68. Rachel says:

    How beautiful! And I love that her daughters will have quilts out of the same material, but a different pattern….my mom always made us dresses out of the same material but different patterns, and now I wish she had gone for a quilt instead!!

  69. Mellissa says:

    Beautiful quilt, the colors are absolutely gorgeous.

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