Monday, October 29, 2012

Spiked Punch Quilt

This week my good friend Lisa is celebrating her "29th" birthday and when thinking of what to get her it felt right to try my hand at a quilt for her. Mind you, this decision came with about 2 weeks to get it done. I'm a pretty slow quilter (dang babies) and so this was going to be a true test for me. But, she's the type of girl that loves to get her cozy on with tea and Brit series like Dr. Who, so a quilt would be perfect! 
I've already finished one quilt top in Tula Pink's Spiked Punch pattern, but it's pretty girly with bright pinks and greens. I wanted something a little more sophisticated for Lisa. The one struggle with this color pallet is that it easily can look a little Christmas-y. But, I don't mind that at all. 

I had it all wrapped up to give to Lisa and realized I didn't take any photos of it, so I unwrapped it to snap these photos. They aren't great, but they show you the quilt.

This is a super easy pattern with the hardest part being trying not to repeat patterns too close to each other. I love the way some pieces stagger. I used a Kona cream for the background fabric and various FQs for the reds and greens. 

I decided to be brave and try my hand at a loopy free motion for the quilting just on the cream parts. This is only my second time doing FMQ and on a quilt this size. It's way more difficult that you would think because of the way the quilt pulls and hangs as you sew. Next time I think I'm going to have to sew on the kitchen table so I can spread out more. Overall, I like the way it turned out. 

Don't look at the back too closely---there are a lot of wrinkles, but I wanted you to see the easy piecing I did with left over fabric. 

It's not a perfect quilt, but I'm proud of it and was happy to gift it to a well deserving friend. I've got a few other quilt projects in the works to share with you soon. The sewing machine has been popular hang out for me lately. 

Related question for fellow quilters: How do you quilt when your front and back are two totally different colors? I played with a few different options for this quilt and decided to stick with cream on both sides. 


Anonymous said...

You're such a good friend, so sweet! Great job too! -alisha.

kate at yr own risk said...

That is incredible! So awesome. You wow me all the time.xo