Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Orange Quilt in Orange

I have had several quilts finished, some for many months, just needing to be photographed so that I could document them here on my blog. This is my way to keep track of my production. I can't tell you how many times I refer back to my blog to know when something was made or to look for a recipe or a certain photo of a family event. Writing about my life on the blog has helped me to remember things and I think it will be a great tool for future generations. Blogging has already been such a positive tool for me and that is why I continue to blog, even though the posts are fewer and farther between these days.

This past weekend Mr. Romance and I went out for a photo shoot. I have four quilts and a pair of mittens to share with you. I will be sharing each in a separate blog post over the next several weeks. The first is a quilt I am calling The Orange Quilt. What is more appropriate for a photo shoot of an Orange quilt than in the city of Orange? 
One of the stops we thought we would find a good photo op was the train station. Just as the Angel's baseball car was approaching, Paul said we should hurry and try to get the train in the background. So he grabbed one of the quilts, barely threw the car into park, as he held up the quilt...only to hold up the backside of the quilt to the camera! Gotta love my helpful husband. Ha! Ha!

We did take this photo with the big Welcome to Orange sign in the background. The city of Orange is well known for it's historical involvement as a packing house for oranges. Back in the first half of the twentieth century all of Orange County was covered in orange groves. As more and more people flocked to the sunshine and beaches the orange groves were replaced by homes, businesses and freeways. Now we are one big traffic jam with way too many people.

I made this quilt top at the Stitch Supply Retreat, in Wisconsin, last May and then promptly folded it up when I got home and put it in the closet on the "to be quilted" pile.The pattern is an easy one by Suzy Quilts, called Hexie Stripe. All you need is to sew your fabric strips together and then have an equilateral triangle ruler. There is a lot of repetitive, busy work in making the quilt, but the result is a fun hexagon pattern. 
I sent the quilt to Crinklelove for some long arm quilting. 

hexie stripe quilt

The quilt top is made with all Carolyn Friedlander fabrics, so in keeping with that same theme I used one of her fabrics for the backing and the binding.

While squaring up the quilt and getting it ready to send off to be quilted I discovered I really liked the little off cuts so I made them into a pillow. 

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Name: An Orange Quilt in Orange
Fabric: All Carolyn Friedlander fabrics from my stash
Backing: Doe Wide by Carolyn Friedlander
Binding: Friedlander alphabet print in orange Cotton  Lawn
Batting: Warm and White
Quilted by Crinklelove
Size: 64" wide x 74" long


Debbie said...

A lovely quilt and I confess I got a laugh out of hubby's rush to get the perfect shot! ;-) gotta love em!

Susan Snooks said...

Me Romance’s enthusiasm cannot be ignored! What a fun shoot that must have been. Your quilt is lovely Di!