Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Live a Colorful Life...

I happened upon Cindy's blog, Live a Colorful Life, about a month ago.  She sells adorable things in Etsy and creates many amazing quilts!  Her quilt, One in Every Color, caught my eye and so I asked if we could feature it, which she kindly agreed!  Here is her story:


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Some quilters love half square triangles, and Rita, who makes phenomenal quilts, highly recommends them for their "therapeutic benefits."

Unlike Crystal, who not only dislikes piecing HSTs, she also dislikes making HSTs. And that's okay, because there are lots of other things she really likes making and her quilts are equally amazing.

I think I fall halfway between the Rita and Crystal. Making this many HSTs can have a tendency to make me really crabby tired, preventing me from calling them therapeutic. In fact, I have occasionally sought temporary solace with a glass of wine. Which in turn makes it really difficult to sew HSTs. So maybe there are other issues to be explored...

Anyway...when they were all done, I was in love with this quilt.

Over a year ago, at quilt camp in 2009, I started making this quilt. It was originally destined to be a baby quilt. Until I realized that each block took nearly a day to make. There are LOTS of HSTs in this quilt.


Jessie was at that quilt camp and threw in her bid as recipient of the HST quilt. Then she added her little happy dance. What else could I do? Her happy dance makes it impossible to say no to her.

I got the pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting in 2009, or late 2008 I think. I actually ordered a kit. The fabric is from an American Jane line.

I changed my mind at the last minute about the binding, and ended up using Pez from the Peas and Carrots line, and doing bias binding. Also not a fan of making bias binding. But in this case it had to be done. And it was worth it.


Saturday was Jessie's bridal shower. I think she is pretty happy with the quilt. It's nearly One in Every Color.

And that made me happy as well.

Thank you Cindy!  Just looking at all the bright colors makes me happy as well!

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9 comments:

Carla said...

I totally understand the struggle with HST. They can be a pain at times but the outcome is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the story and that quilt is simply lovely!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Beautiful quilt and great to hear the story behind it.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous! Such intricate blocks--and they look lovely in every color.

Nancy said...

I have this pattern saved...I "almost" used it for a baby quilt and then chickened out...maybe I will do this as a fall project...I have too many summer projects going..

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

It's 'sew' beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

Rita E said...

What a wonderful story! Love it!

Miri said...

Lovely! Beautiful blocks making a beautiful quilt!

Dayna said...

That is a very fun and cheery quilt! I'd do the happy dance, too!

amy smart said...

This quilt is one of my absolute favorites!