Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Circle Me Back to Amsterdam

I have been working on this quilt for so long,  I don't remember when I started it. The original progress photos were among those that I lost a few months ago when I had a computer back up problem. But here it is and I am so pleased with the way it turned out.
I bought the chintz fabric in Amsterdam, shortly after I started quilting, in 2003. I used 3 colors of linen and 4 colors of Kona solids to complete this quilt. It is made up of 144-6" squares, 117-5" circles (thanks to the Go! Cutter, they were a breeze to cut). The quilt should have finished at 72" square. After laundering, it measures 66"x68". It really shrunk a lot!
I wanted to incorporate one of the selvages in the label since it says the store name/manufacturer on it and the city it was purchased in, "A*M*S*T*E*R*D*A*M". I just added my name and date to the selvage, with a permanent marker,  cut out some little circles of each fabric and a unique label was created. Curry, Cheddar, Palm and Windsor Kona cottons were used to make the binding.
it's really not sewn on this crooked!

I really like the backing fabric. I thought it went well with the chintz. It is Essential 110" Cynthia Coulter for Wilmington Prints. I wouldn't call this a "modern quilt" but I still like it. It has special meaning because we purchased the fabric on vacation and also because it is the first quilt I ever did Quilt as You Go. 


I think it just might be a perfect size for a picnic quilt.

I entered this in the "summer fair" AnneMarie is hosting at Gen X Quilters. Hop on over to see all the other entries.


Gen X Quilters Summer Fair
thanks for stopping by,

"di"



27 comments:

Toni said...

That is such a neat idea for the label! I agree, I think it would make a great picnic quilt!

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Gorgeous! I love circles but haven't worked up the nerve to try one yet.

Your label is so clever!

Annabella said...

Oh I hope it wins. It deserves to - it is too too gorgeous. Can you tell that I love everything about it?

Cathy said...

Great quilt! I love that you added the selvage on the back. The quilt tells a story!

Jillsy Girl said...

I love it!!

Mitzi said...

Very pretty. The circles are great.

Little Island Quilting said...

Fab quilt - I have been to Den Haan and Wagenmakers too - the price of the fabric made my eyes water!

Doris said...

I'd call it a modern quilt, and I think it is beautiful!

Vickie said...

Adorable label idea!!! Love it! Circles are on my radar of 'things to do'. Yours are great!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your circle quilt. I've always wanted to make one but didn't know how to quilt it. You have given me an idea! Thanks for sharing.

Teje said...

This quilt is so beautiful and I remember seeing the earlier photos1 Also your idea for the label is so great and unique!

Sara said...

A plus job! The circles are so fun.

ElisabethAndrée said...

Wow, what a beautiful quilt!!!

Patchwork and Play said...

Definitely a winner! Great label! Maybe you could play "Twister" on it too!

TheAccidentalCrafter said...

Love circles, what a great quilt to take on a picnic. The label is a nice touch.

spectacularfairywren said...

yes to twister!
from the tiny photo, i thought it was a 'circles in a square' crochet rug. the quilt i perfect!

midge said...

it is simply stunning. your fabric choices are brilliant and i ♡ your label

Ladybird Ln said...

What a beautiful quilt, I LOVE all of the colors... I have always been a bit scared of circles though...

Carlee
www.ladybirdln.com

LynCC said...

Whoope! Whoop! Love your circle quilt. I think it makes those fabrics look quite modern, actually. The circles, the boldness . . are too contemporary to be not modern.

Connie said...

Wow, I think it is a neat quilt and modern looking, cute label. It sure doesn't look like a Quilt as you Go quilt! Great finish.

Diane said...

Love the quilt and that is such a grat idea for the label!

JanetK said...

I love your quilt! What a great vacation memory - good call on using the selvedge as part of your inspired label.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

THis is so cool! Great picnic quilt.

AnneMarie said...

Great quilt - love that it commemorates your trip! Thanks for sharing with us during Summer Fair! AnneMarie

Sarah Craig said...

What a great quilt, Di! I love buying fabric on vacation and using it in a quilt - it gives me a tangible and useful reminder of the trip! Love your label, too - very creative! Whoop whoop!!

FabricsNQuilts said...

Whoop Whoop! Great design and that it holds such a special meaning for you is awesome!

Cindy Lou said...

Great job on your Amsterdam quilt. I want to put circles on my quilt bucket list.