A Study In Purple

I swear there was a reason I’ve been absent the past couple of weeks of posting here. It involves me, some friends getting married and the fact that they didn’t register anywhere for gifts. So, 3 weeks ago, I started to panic a little bit about what to get them for a wedding gift (Sean was blissfully unaware of this as most guys are when it comes to wedding gifts). That was when I decided to make them a small quilt. Just something to snuggle underneath on the couch, but big enough to use.

Jeff is a Kansas State alumn and Suny’s favorite color is purple, so it became obvious what color the quilt would be.

I didn’t want to do anything terribly difficult because I knew I’d be on a deadline with little time (read: weekends) to work on it. Strip quilt! I had 7 fabrics all based on a batik that I already had in my fabric stash. After hanging those on my design wall, I decided to shake it up a bit and added an 8th strip to repeat that was a combination of the other 7 fabrics. So, each strip repeats 3 times in the quilt.


To frame out such a continuous amount of color, I decided to just go for a simple black border. It’s 4 inches in width which gives it a nice frame and increases the size of the quilt decently enough.


I went with a simple black backing as well, but to keep it from being boring and since I was going to have to piece the back anyway, I tossed in a strip of the concentration fabric from the front.


I used the stippling method for quilting so that the curves would keep the quilt from being too straight and boring. It was fun to quilt using that method, but definitely hard. After that, it was just a matter of binding the edges and I was done. A little of the batik found it’s way into the binding as well. 😉


Overall, I’m really pleased with the results. I’m still learning and this is the first time I’ve used a machine to quilt in ages (the past several quilts have been hand quilted), but I’m pleased with it and I’m sure my friends will enjoy it. Hope you guys like the pics! Hopefully this weekend, I’ll resume my weekly menu posts at the very least.

5 thoughts on “A Study In Purple

  1. Man. You’ve hand-quilted? I raise my hat to you. I’ll do crazy things like make seven-pointed stars, but hand-quilting gives me the heebies.

    What stitch length did you end up using for the quilting? I’ve been trying out some different options to find what works best.

    I really like the mix of warmer red-toned purples and the cooler blue-toned purples. I have trouble pulling that off, but yours looks great! (envy, envy)

  2. Amy: Hand quilting is honestly really relaxing to me. The problem is that it’s time consuming. I think it took me 6 months to hand quilt Liza’s quilt.

    Misty: Almost. I still love Liza’s best because of the pattern. 🙂

  3. Thank you sooooo much for the quilt Kat!!!! It is so beautiful and I absolutely love your color choices. Thanks for coming to the wedding. ***hugs***

  4. I’m so glad you liked it Suny! I hope you enjoy snuggling under it when the weather gets cooler. 🙂

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