February 5 ~ Quilt of the Day

on February 5 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 82 Comments

Paletas Quilt
By Kim, Dioramarama

Kim created this queen-sized quilt from the Plain Spoken pattern in The Modern Quilt Workshop by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle. The fabric is primarily Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids, and the completion time from start to finish was about seven months. Four months of that time was the quilt waiting for professional machine quilting by Over the Top Quilting Studio in Austin.

Kim spent about a week working approximately an hour or so hand-finishing the binding. See the pieces here and the unfinished top here. She adds that there are quite a few more Plain Spoken quilts in her Modern Quilt-Along group (fair warning: you can get happily lost over there for a very long time!).

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82 Responses to February 5 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Kathy says:

    I love it!

  2. Lil' d says:

    Lovely quilt

  3. Stacy says:

    Georgeous colors, beautiful.

  4. Marilyn says:

    This quilt is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen!

  5. erin says:


  6. Amber says:

    This is just gorgeous!!

  7. Melissa says:

    simple yet lovely

  8. rachel says:

    This is gorgeous!! I love how modern it is and I adore the colors.

  9. Kim says:

    Thanks for the love everybody — I felt like a celebrity all day yesterday! And thanks to Kristin and Beth for including me! It is definitely my most successful quilt, and it gets a lot of use.

    p.s. the back is just solid coral-colored fabric. You can see it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmel/99465126/in/set-72057594064069887/

  10. Lauri says:

    I really like this one. Such a simple pattern but, it would look completely different depending on the fabrics you used!

  11. Christine says:

    Wow!!! How pretty!

  12. Sandy says:

    I’m so intimidated by quilts of this size, the biggest I’ve done is slightly smaller than a twin bed. This is a gorgeous quilt, I really like all the solid fabric together.

  13. gina says:

    I love this quilt. Yay Kim!

  14. One of the things that I love in a quilt making is that one can play only with plain colors, with patterned fabrics, with different shapes or with all together and everytime you can come up with something new and beautiful. It´s endless 🙂

  15. ainhoa says:

    Lovely and colourfull quilt!

  16. Erin D says:

    I like the bright colors. But its too modern for me.

  17. Rachel says:

    What a perfect way to perk up this dreary February day!

  18. Leah H says:

    Beautiful Colours!

  19. Libby says:

    Such wonderful color combination.

  20. Ashley says:

    That is BEAUTIFUL!

  21. Kari says:

    Such simple patterns make the prettiest quilts! I just wish someone would magically square-up and baste the quilt layers for me…

  22. Jessie says:

    Great colors – I love it!

  23. Stacy T says:

    So gorgeous!!

  24. The Modern Quilt Workshop is on my wishlist…I think I may need to buy it for myself.

  25. upstatelisa says:

    WOW! love the colors!!! the pattern is so simple but the colors are so wow!

  26. Suzy says:

    The colors in this quilt are just gorgeous!

  27. Stacy says:

    Wow! Pretty!

  28. Mellissa says:

    Seeing that quilt put a smile on my face. It is just beautiful!

  29. Carol says:

    Retro wonderful! Love this pattern.

  30. Heather says:

    Such happy colors and a simple pattern too!

  31. heather w. says:


  32. Michelle says:

    OK. OK. You’re going to make me do a quilting post. I have one that has been in the works since my first son was in the belly. The quilt is appliqued hearts of vintage fabric hand-me-downs from the 30s and 40s. I’m only 4 hearts away from finishing the top!

  33. Julia D says:

    I love this! I’m beginning to think that I ought to try a solid colors quilt.

  34. Cassie Ogle says:

    I love the colors. I’m a sucker for bright colors. I just wanna grab it up and snuggle in it! It looks so cozy and warm. I’m resisting clicking the Modern Quilt-Along group link until I get home from work…. I would probably get myself into too much trouble!

  35. Lori says:

    I love those bold colors.

  36. Kelli says:

    Very striking quilt! That book is on it’s way to my house as we speak. Can’t wait to start creating from it.

  37. alicia says:

    I love the bright colors–what a beautiful quilt!

  38. sara says:

    Gorgeous colors!

  39. mj says:

    I love the way Denyse Schmidt quilts turn out. I’m beginning to see your taste in the types of quilts you’re posting here for quilt of the day!

  40. skmparis says:

    great bright colours!

  41. renee says:

    love the colors. i don’t usually like solid blocks in quilts but this is spectacular!

  42. Sam VanDerPuy says:

    This quilt is gorgeous and lovely and yummy all rolled into one! The solid fabrics are amazing, and after an hour getting lost in the flicker sets for the modern quilt-along (yes, I realize you warned us) I find myself inspired and content all at the same time!

  43. patricia says:

    I like the colors that you used in this quilt.

  44. Christie says:

    i agree that it is cool that the pattern doesn’t have to be (or look) complicated to look so great and interesting

  45. Andrea says:

    I really love this quilt. I like that it is just solid color fabric yet the design reminds me of an abstract painting. Beautiful.

  46. Gina says:

    That is a beautiful quilt, the colors are great!

  47. Michele says:

    I love the colors! Very inspiring.

  48. Teddi says:

    Sometimes I find the printed fabric quilts not quite my style – the solid fabrics in this quilt are a nice ‘fresh face’! Thanks for sharing a wonderful piece of art work!

  49. trishia says:

    gorgeous- love the varied width of lines.

  50. Tricia says:

    This quilt is beautiful. I rarely see quilts that are done in solid colors and it is spectacular. My next quilt will be in bright vibrant solids like this one is! Thanks for the inspiration!

  51. Amy says:

    I’d love to see the back, too. What a stunner. Well worth the wait!!!

  52. Tanya says:

    Love the bright colors. Seven months! Now I know that I am in over my head!!

  53. Jen says:

    Wow! This is so amazing. The colors are great, just like the comments above, the solids work so well! Congrats…

  54. Alisha says:

    It’s lovely!

  55. Annette Samborski says:

    love this quilt – so modern and artsy. thanks for sharing.

  56. Grace Sheppard says:

    Beautiful! Those solids look great – I would never have thought to use only solids.

  57. I favorited this quilt in Flickr ages and ages ago — every time I look at it I feel happy. Kim does great work and chose some excellent colors.

  58. nikkapotamus says:

    I love it! It looks so complicated and yet, upon closer inspection, it is really quite simple. I adore quilts like this. Oh, and the colors make me so happy. Thanks Kim for sharing.

  59. That is gorgeous!!!! What a talent!

    With friendship,

  60. Stephanie says:

    What a beautiful quilt! The Modern Quilt Workshop is one of my favorite books to look at (eye-candy AND useful!). It’s inspiring to see one of those quilts made! Thanks for the link, too – the group has made some fantastic quilts.

  61. Katie says:

    That’s super pleasing to the eye.

  62. Nada says:

    i loved MQW!

  63. Deb says:

    I like this plain and simple idea for a quilt pattern. I’d love to work it up in purples!

  64. Claudia~L says:

    I loved seeing her work in progress over at her flicker site. I haven’t been over to dioramarama in quite a while, thanks for getting me back. I’m newly inspired!

  65. michelle says:

    Its gorgeous. What a masterpiece!

  66. Sequana says:

    Looks scrappy, but not quite. Nice look, in any case.

  67. Trish says:

    I love it’s simplicity! It’s so modern and yet so retro at the same time, brings back fond memories of childhood!

  68. AmyDe says:

    I love it! It’s so vivid and so simple. I can also imagine it with tons of busy busy prints in bright colors or antique looking florals – the possibilities are endless. Thanks for the inspiration!

  69. alison says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Kim’s blog is very inspiring!

  70. Angela says:

    So pretty! I love the bright colors, and the use of black in the quilt. Very modern. The actual quilting is the only thing that has stopped me from making anything bigger than a baby quilt. Maybe I should look into this professional quilting!

  71. Shelly says:

    These colors are so bold and pretty…Keep ’em comin’ !!

  72. Carrie says:

    Beautiful quilt. Love the pattern of the alternating width of stripes…would really love to see it in some different fabrics. Will have to go look at her quilt-along group…

  73. Rose L says:

    I love the contrast of the different families of bright, cheery colors! Gorgeous.

  74. Lovely quilt!

  75. Lola says:

    That is one of my favorite quilts so far! If it lived at my house, I would giggle a little every time I went into the room where it was! YUMMY!!

  76. Kristin says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!!

  77. Emily says:

    what a beautiful quilt!

  78. Sarah says:

    So pretty! Love the plain spoken pattern. What a labor of love!

  79. LadySnow says:

    I love all the colors in this quilt. 😀

  80. Suzanne says:

    I love the bright colours!

  81. LisaAlso says:

    I love how a quilt that doesn’t have a complicated design can be so stunning! Good job!

  82. Regina says:

    Such beautiful colors – and what a simple and elegant design. Wonderful!

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