Saturday, February 2, 2008

Finally, a Quilt Top!

I've finished the quilt top I've been working on piecing, and I wanted to show it off a little. It's my version of the 2007 Thimbleberries Club project. First, here's what the original BOM looked like for reference:


I decided that I just didn't want to make a ginormous quilt, so at the beginning of the club year, I decided I'd "pint size" mine--that is, halve the measurements. I also didn't want all those pieced borders--I wanted mine to be a little simpler. Finally, I didn't really like all of the filler "stuff" in the quilt--if you've watched what I've been doing on the Hometown Christmas quilt, you probably already know that I sometimes like to take the space used by filler blocks to make something different. So, anyway, here's my version:


I haven't measured it, but my guess is that it's around 50" to 55 inches. I'd like to get this one layered, pinned, and quilted before too long and hang it on the wall in my daughter's former room. Oh, and when I'm done with the quilting, I'll be adding a few embellishments--primarily I'm thinking about button "flowers" in the window box of the house.

With this one done--to this point at least--it's time for me to go address those dancing Valentine's hearts in my head and play around with some charm packs. I hope you're enjoying your weekend as much as I'm enjoying mine! Thanks for stopping in to visit me!

31 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh, I like your version much better. The original looks murky and yours look very clean.

Good Job

Winona said...

Kim,
I love your quilt. It is so bright and cheery. It will be perfect hanging on a bedroom wall. I actually like your version better. I also love your blog.
Winona

Eileen said...

Yes, the beige border makes the 9 patches stand out. Perfect. Yes, much better than mine or the original

Linda said...

Oh I love the colours you"'ve used, so pretty.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG Kim that is one adorable quilt you made there. I'm telling you, I think you need to be designing patterns. I love it.It looks nothing like the original. You wouldn't even know that's how it all began. Great job!!! And did I see you mention a Hometown Christmas quilt??? ROFLOL!!

Vicky said...

I love it, Kim! I absolutely love it!

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Mary A said...

Hi Kim,
It's lovely! Definitely an improvement. Reminds me spring is coming.
Mary A

debijeanm said...

Wonderful quilt! Really a look and style I enjoy very much! I can see we're going to get along just fine.

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Katie said...

I really like what you did with that! Very creative.

Tamara said...

Kim,
I love your version so much better. And those colors make it seem so much brighter than the original. I always love seeing your twists on patterns, your sew creative.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Oh, yours is definitely the pick!! Lovely and light while still yelling Thimbleberries!
A good wall hanging size as well...what precision!
Ps, how is wildchild, still in love? Tracey

Lindah said...

I like what you did with the quilt! Much more feminine and refined. Very pretty!

blueberrylane said...

Love your version, my exact thoughts Sharon , Kim should be designing quilts.

Carol said...

OMG Kim it is beautiful...you are one talented girl...Sharon's right, you should be designing.

Beth said...

I like your version way better, it's much cheerier than the original one. Good job, and I think the flower buttons in the window box will be a nice touch.

Kairle said...

Nope! Not the same quilt at all, Kim. Great colors and layout. I love your creativity.

Karen said...

It's beautiful!

Ruby said...

Love your version of the quilt! I agree with everyone you should be designing quilts! You have so much talent in quilting and writing.

Carole said...

Ohhhhhhhh....... I love it! What a great idea you had! I do find her quilts a tad big sometimes! I just love the way yours turned out! Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Idaho Quilter said...

Yours is so much better!!!

Juliann in WA said...

Your quilt looks very springy which is just what I need right now. BTW - we are going to San Francisco next week. We will be in San Anslemo and the city. Any leads on quilt shops in the area?

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Carol said...

I love it! I always thought the original version was too big. I really like your nine patches on point and the checkerboard corners. Great idea about the flower buttons.

Carol Lewis

Angie said...

Oh, oh, oh, I do love, love LOVE it, Kim!!! Are you really sure it's for your DD's room and not mine???? ;D

Darlene & Thimbles said...

Oh, your version is beautiful. The original version is wonderful, too but I like the way you "cleaned" it up. :-)

Kristie said...

Very Nice!!! I love how it turned out and the fabrics that you used!!
Great Job!!
Kristie

Valerie said...

Oooooh - Ahhhhh - love your version the best most definitely!! I might just have to copy that! :)

Marcie said...

If I promise to be nice will you please not delete my coment? Lol! That quilt version of yours is darling! Most excellent job!

Nan said...

WOW Kim!! You are one talented lady - that is absolutely gorgeous, woman! You did a wonderful job!