14 May, 2009

Key Lime Pie

From this...

To this.

I delivered the Key Lime Pie quilt to my sister on Mother's Day.  And it was already well-loved. The Monster managed to get some chocolate on it while it awaited packing for the trip.  The dangers of quilting in the dining/living room.

When I finished the quilt top and showed Hubby he commented, "Well, it's not the most exciting quilt you've ever made."  Maybe not, but it is purely me and very much my sister.  The circles, of course, are me.  The colours are perfect for her.  Besides, I believe it is good to push yourself a little outside your comfort zone.  There is still a lot of contrast, but it is definitely softer than most of my work.

I started off with half-square triangles, but quickly realized that it wouldn't give me the look I wanted.  So I trimmed the squares I'd already cut to make the triangles and went for these right angle triangles instead.  They still didn't end up how I expected.  I'd actually wanted to piece them yellow to yellow, brown to brown in order to make it more like an equilateral triangle. I did not, however, think about the directionality of the fabric.  Sometimes, the third time is the charm.

After appliqueing the circles I free-motioned quilted the whole thing, with some extra circles here and there.  And I quilted around the circles to make them pop a bit more.  With everything so similar in colour value I needed to do something more to make them stand out.

On the back was a single piece of this Amy Butler.  No label yet because it was lost somewhere in transit.  I made it and thought I brought it with me to Edmonton, but I couldn't find it anywhere there nor at home when we returned.  Next time.

Speaking of next time, I'm making another quilt with this fabric.  I can't resist, especially after seeing them all laid out next to each other here.  It can be one to work on without thinking about it once I return to work next week. 

16 comments:

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Love it! Gray and yellow is the new brown and blue.

Betty Crocker Ass said...

It looks so great! I envy how fast you can go...

brown robin said...

Oh Cheryl! These last two quilts! They are truely fabulous. Every time I think that you can't possibly create something more wonderful, you do! Really. You are incredibly talented. I love how you're always pushing your window and changing things around.

elizabeth said...

I ADORE it. I know it may seem blander to you but those colours are fabulous. Great job!

HipHome said...

love, love, love this quilt. So classic yet unpredicatable with the circles.
Do you have a quilting machine at home to pull it all together?
And as for that chocolate post over at your other blog~loving that!
My favorite dark chocolate has fallen off the face of the earth. Its something like "Perogina" or something along those lines. We had a shop here that carried it and there dark chocolate was INSANE! But the last time I was in the shop, it was gone, and I can't find it online anywhere :(
I'll have to try some of those you mentioned.

amandajean said...

i. love. this.


it's outstanding, cheryl.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Fantastic!! I love the softer colors and the end result of the chopped hst :) Amazing!!

Jessica said...

I love those "key lime" colors!!

Ettabug said...

I love this quilt, the colors and inspiration pull the theme together very strongly.

Though I have to ask, how do you make the right angle triangle rectangle blocks?

Every time I try using the method of putting two blocks together and sewing down both sides of the diagonal, I get some really funky looking pieces.

Any help you can give would be deeply appreciated.

Thanks!

AJ said...

Love it!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

I love love love this layout! I might have to make my own version of this if you don't mind? It's sensational.

Rita
Red Pepper Quilts

Andrea said...

I love the colours on this quilt! And the title....I want key lime pie now!

I like how you are inspired by everyday objects to combine colours in your quilts. I need to explore that.

Betsy said...

My god Cheryl! You are one seriously talented woman. Where do you find the time to cook beautiful food, take stunning photos, write two blogs and make these masterpieces (not to mention raise two girls)? Please tell me your closet is a disaster! I am so impressed!

PinkPetunias said...

all i can say is gorgeous!

Isa said...

Your sister and me both. I really like it :-)

chq said...

I completely love this quilt...just amazing!