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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Windows

Windows Quilt in a TreeAs I was taking the pictures for this quilt I had "Come to my Window" stuck in my head. Such a great song and great artist.

Anyhoo ... I got this idea stuck in my head and it had to be created. Most of the quilts I make go from my head to the fabric. This one, though, wasn't having any of that ... after a little bit of trial and error I got out the graph paper and drew, drew, drew, and then measured, measured, measured. Mostly measured. As much as it's not the way I usually do things I really enjoyed the process. It was nice to be able to make adjustments without having to scrap part of the project ... I don't know why no one has thought of that before (ah-em).

The goal was to create nine "windows", where the fabric seems to be behind the frames.

I love, love, love this quilt. So much so that I've already set aside fabric to make a similar one, but with more boyish/neutral fabrics.

Windows Quilt DetailMy favorite square is the pink and orange floral. I love that it's not centered at all, as the view from a window wouldn't be centered.

I had a tough time finding enough solid, or almost solid fabrics for the interior borders/panes. I hadn't realized how rarely I used solids until I tried to find some to use. I'm planning to stock up on little bits and pieces of solid colors so I have some on hand when I need them in the future.

The quilting is done with straight lines.

The backside ... well, we took a vote around the house and it was a tie as to whether the back or front was the favorite.

Windows Quilt Back

The two squares on the back are the first two I made ... they were much too big once I'd finished them. For the back I added white and cut them angled. The borders and straight areas were added for fun and interest.

Windows Quilt Front

In other news, I have completed all the requirements to be registered as a family home daycare in Florida and am waiting for final approval. I passed all the tests I had to take and, I'm happy to say, I have no criminal record. Now I just wait until I get notification that all is done.

I'm so glad I went through this process. I can't say I learned *a lot* but I did learn a little bit about a lot of things, and I feel very reassured that I'm doing the right things with the kids.

Windows Quilt

7 comments:

  1. A beautiful, beautiful quilt!

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  2. This quilt is really fabulous - I'm not really "down" with the quilting world, so I've never seen one like this; it's beautiful!

    So glad to hear the process is almost complete for the daycare saga. Whew!

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  3. Congrats to you. Im glad things are working out. The quilt is just amazing. I love your quilt work and style. the colors.... And your quilt backs are always just as great as the front!!!

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  4. What a beautiful quilt .... back and front ..... though the FRONT is just GORGEOUS! Such a lovely idea, like looking at a breath of fresh air!
    Val from the UK!

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  5. Beautiful quilt! I love both sides.
    Great job!! Hope all is well today.

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  6. Just gorgeous, Jodi. And congratulations on the certification!

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  7. it's really, really gorgeous!

    (I can't decide if I like the front or the back better either)

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