27 April, 2009

Thirty and Three



Those new babies sure mess with your schedule.  I had every intention of posting this quilt in time for Amy's Quilt Festival, but I missed the deadline while busy cuddling my new nephew. So I'm out of the prize running, but still happy to share this quilt.

I actually finished this quilt a few months ago.  And I started it almost 4 years ago.  The second I finished the binding it was cuddled under.  In fact, I think Hubby is under it nearly every night after I head to bed.  And my mother-in-law spent a rough couple of nights on the couch and snuggled under over Easter weekend, but she would kill me if I shared that photo.


The design for this quilt came to me like many of my designs - when I'm bored at work.  My notebook for work is filled with doodles and sketches of quilt ideas.  I sat on this design, however, until I had a machine that could do the circles with machine applique.  Hubby bought that machine for me for my 30th birthday.  This was the first quilt I started with that machine (but not the first one finished)!  The colours were chosen to match our living room, which is orange and cerulean blue.

The quilt was professional quilted because a) it is king-sized and b) I really wanted circles and my skills are not good enough for that.  She did an amazing job on it with circles and concentric circles sprinkled across the quilt. 

On the back I added a few more circles, including the label.  The square in square fabric is Robert Kauffman.  I pieced the back because, well, I like a pieced back.  Rather than mimic the front I did some large square in square blocks.

Oh, and I should explain the name, Thirty and Three.  Thirty because that's what birthday it was when Hubby gave me the machine that allowed the quilt.  Three because it took a little more than three years to finish it.

22 comments:

Cynthia said...

Fantastic quilt and story! Love the circles. One day....

Congratulations on making a quilt that everyone loves and gets to use.

Erin said...

Its gorgeous! And that backing fabric looks amazing!!!

Jessica said...

I really, really love all of those circles!

heather said...

Great colors and design

Mary-Kay C. said...

Very nice! I really like the geometrics of it and the colours are awesome. You should start thinking abiout marketing your patterns. If that's from a ddodle in a sketchbook just think what you could do.

Robin said...

This quilt is stunning! I am in love with it! The colors and pattern a simply amazing! Great job!!!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Love this quilt! So funny how a quilt looks different when you photograph it flat than when its being snuggled under. I really like it in the snuggling photo but the flat doesn't do it justice.

I've been trying to think of what I want to make for our king size bed quilt and I think it's circles!

Jeannette said...

Wow King sized quilts and so bright and bold...glad you snuck in in time to show these off. I hope you get bored at work more often.

Lucy said...

I love it! And the concentric circle quilting -- perfect. Cute story.

Curious what kind of machine do have anyway?

Zonnah said...

Beautiful!

Cathy W said...

Wow! I love this quilt!
Your colors sing, as does the design! I think I must go applique some circles. My "to do" list for quilts has suddenly grown exponentially!

I'm glad your link was posted by Park City Girl, even after the closing of the first annual Online Quilt Festival. (Mine was too!) Thanks for sharing!

By the way, what kind of machine did your sweet hubby get for you?

Biddy22 said...

Great story, and a super quilt. Love the colors and all the circles, printed and stitched. I'm so glad you shared it with us.

amylouwho said...

Wow! That quilt is amazing. I love the circles too in the quilt and the quilting.

I just read your profile and I think we would make great friends! I had a check mark by many things on your list that apply to me too!

I'll be back! (but not in a creepy arnold schwarzeneggar kind of way.)

Aunt Spicy said...

Love it! All the colors pop against the white, it's fabulous! So glad you posted pictures.... Ph and king size is impressive, wow!

brown robin said...

This is seriously one of my favorite quilts I've ever seen! Where do you get your white fabrics that you work with so often?

amandajean said...

it's a fantastic quilt! i love the circles. and the white. it's just gorgeous.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Glad you had bunches of people stop by :) Your quilt is beautiful - I love all the bright colors and the randomness of your design!

Victoria said...

This is fabulous! Love everything about it, and it has definitely won a prize in my mental book of favorites!!

Elizabeth Cranmer said...

Loving the color combo of this quilt! Very nice design. I really should be workingon my own quilt right now, but I decided to look around for inspiration first, this hit the right note! Thanks!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Your quilt is beautiful.

Jody said...

I just love love love this quilt..I'm a huge fan of circles!
Love the pieced back...very original!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Definitely worth the wait!