Friday, February 10, 2012

Central Park Kaleidoscope Quilt


Here's a quilt I just finished. This one is for my husbands cute grandma J-- she is going to be 99 in a couple of days. Making it to that age is such an achievement...I think it deserves a quilt! Plus, I am pretty sure she is the only relative who has not yet been given a quilt by me...so it's about time!! ;) Happy Birthday Grandma J!


The inspiration for this quilt came from this fantastic quilt I saw on flickr. It was made by Rebecca of Parsley is the New Black, and when I saw it I knew it would be my next quilt. I got all excited and quickly whipped up the design in EQ. I didn't have a printer at the apartment in Arizona, so I couldn't print out templates. I ended up just drawing the block out and making my own. I had a layer cake of Central Park (by Kate Spain for Moda) that I knew would be perfect, so I had to make the blocks small enough that I could use the layer cake. The blocks ended up being just 10 inches, so the quilt was smaller than I was originally planning, but it worked out fine.


I had every intention of getting this whole quilt pieced while in Arizona so I could just bring it home and quilt it. Ha ha ha hah ha ha. I cut out most of the pieces in a day or two, but only made one block before I got distracted by Christmas and other projects. Oops. Last week I pulled it back out and finished it as fast as I could...and it is done just in time!


I was pleasantly surprised by how well all the points and seams matched up--I'd love to think it was my awesomeness at piecing, but I doubt it. Pretty sure it was just luck--I didn't even square anything up! It was like magic the way the blocks lined up with each other almost perfectly! This block is similar to those on the beach umbrellas quilt I made a few months back...so the centers of the blocks were a little bulky. But since I am now an old pro at bulky seams, it was not a problem! (Just ask my hammer).


I was excited to quilt this one...mostly because I already knew how I wanted to quilt it when the time came-- so there was no time wasted agonizing over how I should quilt it. I used rulers for most of it and free-handed the loops and swirls. I love how it turned out. The backing is Minky in Tiffany (from Fabric.com)....it looks super washed out in the picture, but it matched the light blue from the front beautifully. 


For the binding, I used one of the blue prints from the Central Park line. I think it looks nice on the front and the back...which is great since I made the binding before I even decided to use the aqua Minky on the back. Love it when it all works out. 

Yay for birthday quilts!

22 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to Grandma! What a beautiful gift! And the quilting is perfect! It's lovely.

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  2. So beautiful! This pattern works so well with Central Park. Your grandma is one lucky lady!

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  3. This is gorgeous! Happy 99th (!!!) Grandma J!

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  4. Fun quilt! I really love the quilting motifs you used. Very attractive, yet open enough to keep the quilt from being stiff. :)

    Plus - I chose you for one of my Liebster Award bloggers. I just love your designs and your free patterns are awesome shares with the community. :D

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  5. Gorgeous! Sure to be a hit with her.

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  6. Your quilt looks awesome! A wonderful explosion of Spring/Summer! I love the quilting design. Happy 99th Gramma!

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  7. This is beautiful, Cynthia. Any chance you'd be willing to share your pattern? I've been admiring several of these "Endless Chain"-type quilts on line lately, but no one has shared a pattern yet. Please???

    Love your work!

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  8. I love this quilt. Did you draw the template and then copy it or draw it lots of times? I'm tempted to draw a template but I can't imagine drawing it over and over!

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  9. I totally love this quilt!!! The colors, the pattern, the quilting all of it. Happy Birthday to Grandma!

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  10. That quilt is wonderful. The quilting on it is amazing.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  11. So cute! And the quilting looks really cool on the back!

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  12. Love it, pinned it! What a lovely gift for your husband's grandmother! And what an accomplishment for her! Happy 99th to her!

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  13. i would love a pattern for this, too! it's spectacular.

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  14. Gorgeous quilt! It's a really lovely gift for a big birthday too. The quilting looks just amazing!

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    1. Very cool Cynthia! Love it and your quilting is very fitting for the quilt!

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  15. Beautiful Quilt. I love how you quilted it. Perfect density- not overdone

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  16. Will you be publishing that pattern. It is awesome. I just found your site via Annie's Musings (freezeframe03). Gorgeous and I think I am going to have to track down some of that black dot fabric. I love how it ties several of your very different quilts together as the common fabric. You do beautiful work.

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  17. A real beauty! I agree that you should publish your patterns.

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  18. I just discovered your blog, and I'm so impressed with its organization! I loved looking at your previous quilts -- all with links so I could find more information. You're now in my Google reader and I look forward to more posts!

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  19. Cynthia,
    WOW! Your quilt is so amazing and beautiful!! I am blown away. Hope your husband's grandma enjoys it. How sweet of you to give it to her for her birthday! Keep up your beautiful and inspiring work. xo, Kate

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  20. Do you have this pattern that you would share?! It's so gorgeous!!!!

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