Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Katie Jump Bricks

It's not like me to have long term UFOs but in truth I have 2 quilt tops that need backs. Both  have been waiting since April and May, nagging at my conscience, but I have just been procrastinating BIG TIME!

So today I pulled out my Katie Jump Kites quilt top in the hope that I could get inspired to come up with a clever pieced back to match it. I got a huge surprise to find that it was large enough to spread over the queen bed in my sewing/guest room. It measures a whopping 65" x 73"! It's supposed to be a throw quilt for the couch.
Then I got out my Katie Jump Rope leftovers.  I had quite a bit more than I thought. I laid out the smaller scraps left from cutting the top. Quite a lot of them were rectangular pieces around 3 1/2" in width. What to do with rectangles? That idea kept niggling in my brain as I pulled out what grey solids that I had to use for the main colour of the quilt back. 
Unfortunately I did not have a great deal of the darker grey, which I would love to use for the whole quilt back. I have no idea what the shade is called and any attempt to find my Kona Solids colour chart proved fruitless. It was not even wide enough to use but I was happy to use one of special Denyse Schmidt fat quarters that Simone from Local Honey Crafts was generous enough to send me for entering her UFO Challenge in July. It matches perfectly.
Indie Braid Quilt by 'In Color Order'
Back to the rectangles. I logged  into Pinterest to see what Quilts I admire and if any of 699 of them made use of rectangles. I liked two cuddle quilts by Kim of All Things Simple and then I liked the idea of tying the grey into the  pattern somehow. This is a recent Indie Braid quilt by Jeni Baker of In Color Order using Indie fabric and so an idea began to germinate. The fabrics looked better kept in their colour rather than all mixed up though.
By now I was getting excited about how it was coming together. Katie Jump Rope is my favourite Denyse Schmidt release. It is such a happy and vibrant collection. I have added a few prints from other collections to get a bit of variety though.
I still have to piece a few more strips but I am happy with how it is coming together. 

Don't forget about the 'Kate Spain' charm pack give-away happening  if you link up to this week's Sunday Stash (open until 8pm Saturday night Australian Eastern Standard Time). So far we have 12 ladies linked in so they are pretty good odds for a win.

This Week's Stats

Completed projects  - Zakka Style Sew Along  Happy Garland Messenger Board
                                          - ZSSA Pleated coin purse 
                                          - Wombat Stew 'Japanese Cuisine' blocks for Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts

Currently in progress  - Katie Jump Kites - back started

Yet to start - Craftsy BOMs
                         - Sherbert Dreams Quilt
                         - QCA September Bee Block
                        - Zakka Style Little Pocket Pillowcase
                         - ZSSA Water Bottle Holder
                         - ZSSA Patchwork Ribbon
                        - ZSSA Sweet Momeroies Photo frame
                       - ZSSA Nesting Boxes

On Hold projects   1 - Mystery Quilt back

I am linking in with...

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Wow Fiona! No wonder you were so quiet today - you were so productive! I am loving how that quilt back is coming together. Just gorgeous.

    Such a beautiful quilt - I didn't realise how big it was! Think it will make its permanent home on your bed?

  2. Looking great. Funny how quilts just end up bigger than you think sometimes!

  3. Nice. It'll be great looking on both sides!

  4. Wow things are looking good! A great choice of colours and an interesting pattern to go with =D

  5. I think you've come up with a wonderful idea for a back that's going to look as pretty as the front!

  6. Your quilt is beautiful, and your backing will be intriguing--sounds like a win/win.

  7. I adore your Katie quilt. It's bright and fresh and beautiful! With so much piecing on the back I think you will have two beautiful quilt tops and whoever uses the quilt will have a hard time deciding which side to have up! Beautiful!

  8. Your quilt back is looking great! What a great use for all your scraps.

  9. I really like the back also. Craftsy BOM is something I signed up for but having even started - thanks for the reminder- must do!


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