Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lila's Quilt

Today I want to feature a quilt I made in March 2007. This is Lila's Quilt, made from reproduction prints and therefore somewhat out of my comfort zone in terms of color.

Lila's Quilt - 49" x 56" - March 2007

This quilt is pieced using just two templates.


The traditional name of this block is Kansas Dugout, but is also known as Lattice Block, Church Windows and Ogden Corners. The block first appeared in the 1930's and is often seen made in prints from that era.

Kansas Dugout - Martha Dellasega Gray, 2003
hand pieced, hand quilted 70″ x 80″

The fabrics I used are also predominantly reproduction prints, but also some stripes, ticking, and Liberty prints. Although these are not normally my fabrics of choice to work with, I really do love the overall tone of this quilt.

This quilt can be hand or machine pieced. I machine pieced and by the end of the quilt mastered those nasty Y-seams. They really are not as hard as you imagine them to be!

In an attempt to use the many scraps leftover from the quilt top I pieced the back of Lila's Quilt.

Lila's Quilt - the back

I pieced 9 blocks each measuring 13.5 inches, joined the blocks together with some sashing and added borders to ensure the backing was large enough. I pieced some of these blocks at random, and others using the Quick and Easy Block Tool as a guide.

Professionally machine quilted by:
Karen Terrens from Quilts on Bastings

I thoroughly enjoyed making this backing, and even got a little carried away with the intricate piecing. As a result this quilt is truly reversible!

35 comments:

  1. I love this quilt, I wouldn't call that a backing though, I'd say you have 2 tops there. Beautiful.

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  2. That quilt is gorgeous! Good work!

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  3. Beautiful quilt! It may be out of your comfort zone, but I adore the colors!

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  4. wow! maybe you can show us all how you did those Y seams and why it's not as hard as you might think. :)

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  5. Holy mackrel...you simply rock. Talk about kicking it up a notch!

    Carolyn*

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  6. This is a beautiful quilt, front and back. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Lucky Lila!!
    Talk about a magnificent backing!!!
    You blow me away!!!
    Andi :-)

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  8. Wow!!! I love this quilt. The front and the back are both beautiful.

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  9. thanks for the time flashback... i like how you placed your colors.. gives quite a different look to it!

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  10. I'm glad you said this quilt's reversible because I couldn't decide which side I liked better!! It's so beautiful!

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  11. I love what you did with the back. true crafty love on both sides! nice job...very nice.

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  12. Wow, what an awesome quilt! But then all of yours are just gorgeous. You have a great eye for color and truly a calling to quilt. Thank you very much for sharing your talents with the bloggy world...Elaine from Texas

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  13. Not sure which side I like best - they both look fabulous!!

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  14. Love the back (oh, front, too!) especially the pinwheel block!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  15. Both sides are gorgeous. Love the pieced "back" - wow, you are such a talented and multifaceted quilter.

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  16. Your quilts take my breath away - I just can't find the words to do them justice. Needless to say I truely adore your quilts.

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  17. I just love the colours. I want to try some of those squares.

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  18. I really , really love this quilt .
    The fabric & colour choices look perfect to me.

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  19. Wow, I love this quilt. The back is just as gorgeous as the top - wonderful!

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  20. Fabulous quilt on both sides. You are sooo... right when you say truly reversible.

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  21. WOW! I love the back Rita - it's beautiful! What a gorgeous quilt... love the colours and tone too! It's delicious!

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  22. Just unbelievable!! The back is also a front. I just love it!

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  23. Oh my goodness...two quilts in one! Beautiful!!!

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  24. I would say reversible! It looked very old to me before I read that you used repro fabric. Just beautiful!

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  25. it's lovely both ways. congrat on a wonderful finish!

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  26. Beautiful quilt on both sides! It really does seem charming, soft and old fashioned, too!

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  27. Rita - that is one beautiful quilt. The back is as amazing as the front. And it looks soooooo cozy!

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  28. That quilt is beautiful! All my girls would love to have it! Loving your blog, I visit daily.

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  29. Thrilled to find your blog! What an AMAZING quilt! Wow. The back is fabulous!

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  30. This is amazing. Both sides are beautiful and so well done.

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous! A beautiful, modern take on a classic pattern. I have an almost finished quilt top that just needs a border (to fit the bed better) and backing -- but you are inspiring me to make it reversible. I think my 20-year-old daughter would love it for her dorm room, but -- sheesh -- it will be like starting a whole other quilt. I love finishing up a project, but -- on the other hand -- starting a project can be even more fun....

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