Thursday, September 26, 2013

Good Fortune Charm Quilt



Here's another quilt finally! I've had this one done for several months, but it has taken me this long to actually sit down and post it! There have been lots of big changes for me and my family the last few months so I haven't had as much time as I am used to having for important things like quilting (and blogging!). In May we welcomed a new little girl into our family and she is adorable, but it turns out she is also a little bit high maintenance...so I hold her a lot. :) At the end of June we said goodbye to New Hampshire and made a BIG move out west. We bought a house, my husband started a new practice and my oldest daughter started school! It has been crazy, but good! Things are finally starting to calm down, so I am hoping to be quilting a bit more now! Ok, back to the quilt:


I started this one back in January while I was re-organizing my quilting room. I had pulled all my fabric up from the basement so I could sort it and fold it and make it less of a mess. As I was going through a bag of fabric I came across a charm pack of Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda. I bought it last year when I was auditioning fabrics for my Quick Curve Ruler challenge quilt. Sometimes I just buy a charm pack to make sure the colors are right and it's what I really want before I commit to yardage. But then I have all these extra charm packs that I never use or end up just giving away. So rather than waste this cute little charm pack, I decided to quickly make it into a small quilt. I also had a little bit of left-over yardage from the challenge quilt, so I used some of that too.


So with piles of unorganized fabric still stacked around my living room I cut the charm squares in half and started laying them out on the floor. Nothing like an impromptu quilt! :) I figured the easiest and quickest thing to do was to make something similar to the Salt Air Charm Quilt but this time I wanted to try it on point. I didn't have enough fabric to use all prints, so I chose a gray solid for the center squares.


For the quilting I wanted to do something really cool like Chinese characters in all the gray squares since the fabric is Asian themed...but alas, there was no extra time or energy for that. I ended up making a pantograph with swirls and leaves and flowers that are supposed to look like cherry blossoms.


I backed it and bound it with the matching gray...


And photographed it on my friend Ella's sweet antique car. Then I gave it to my cute New Hampshire neighbor friend Tabitha. I was slightly scared of her the first time we met...but then we became great friends! We chatted every time our kids played outside together (which was a LOT) and I totally miss hanging out with her! At least she has a fun quilt to snuggle with if she misses me! ;)

26 comments:

  1. Very cute quilt. I really need to get around to using some grey in a quilt...

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  2. Your little quilt is great! And boy have you got nice access to some great cars to help with photographing your great quilts.

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  3. Oh, La, La! That is one jaw-droppingly sweet quilt! Love the colours with the white AND the gray. And the quilting is beautiful, too. Your pics are perfect! Gotta get over to fb and share this asap!

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    1. Whoa! Hope you don't mind if I share this, with a link back, on my facebook page at http://facebook.com/sewfreshquilts

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    2. Don't mind at all! Share til your little heart's content! :) thanks!

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  4. Oh Lorna, this just fabulous! The colour, the pattern, the pictures! All EYE CANDY!!!
    Esther
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  5. The grey is amazing with Good Fortune. Wish I still had my charm pack. The quilt is a beauty!!! Congrats on the new arrival, and the new home and practice. I hope things are settling down and you are starting to feel at home.

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  6. Ahhh-she is blogging again, YEAH! Love the quilt, gray was a good choice.

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  7. love this quilt. Amazing what a difference it makes putting it on point! I really like the grey blocks too..I need to try using more grey. :)

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  8. Great quilt and I think we all have a random charm pack laying around. This would put them to a great use. And congrats on the new baby. Sounds like you have been super busy!

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  9. It seems likes it's been forever since we heard from you. Missed you. Glad you're back blogging again. Love your quilt!

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  10. This is beautiful! I love the way you designed it. Nice panto choice too!

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  11. Your quilt looks awesome!! I have a stash of Good Fortune F8's and have been waiting for the perfect pattern... I think that I have found it!! Thank you!!!

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  12. Oh! Another super nice charm quilt. I just love this. :)

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  13. So glad you are back to blogging. Your blog is one I especially enjoy! Oh, and the new quilt is charming!

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  14. You are awesome, Cynthia. I'm going to aspire to be like you some day. Give your kids a hug from me.

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  15. You are awesome, Cynthia. I'm going to aspire to be like you some day. Give your kids a hug from me.

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  16. I so enjoy reading your blog and looking at your quilts. You are amazing.

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  17. Cynthia, your quilt turned out beautifully! I love how you complemented the prints with the grey squares. Tabitha is one lucky lady! I've also really enjoyed poking around your blog. You're quite a talented quilter. Congratulations on the arrival of your daughter and all the wonderful new changes in your life! xo

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  18. This is wonderful - I'm wrapping up a Good Fortune quilt from a layer cake and am having difficulty choosing a solid for an outer border. I tried a lighter Moda gray, but it seems off - do you happen to know which gray you used?

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    1. It is Connecting Threads "grey"; I just compared a scrap of it to all my color cards and it is also very close to Kona Med. Grey

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  19. Do you have a pattern of this to purchase?

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  20. Did you make up the pattern for this quilt or did you have a pattern? I have several charm packs that I would like to make in this pattern. I was wondering what is the size of the grey center square and the white strips that go around the grey square?

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  21. Hi. I would love to buy your pattern for this quilt? I have three charm packs and I think this would make the perfect quilt for it. I also like your Salt Air Charm Quilt, too.

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    1. Hi! Thanks!! So glad you like the quilt! Unfortunately, there is not a pattern for this one yet- but if you're willing to try it with just a few measurements and General guidelines leave your email below and I will send you some instructions. The salt air pattern is available in my Etsy or Craftsy shop (link in my sidebar).

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