Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fabric Tuesday: 301 Park Avenue

First off...have you noticed the new look of my blog?  I happened to win a giveaway last week at Lee's beautiful blog, Freshly Pieced, and the big prize was a custom designed blog header.  Talk about lucky!  Isn't it gorgeous?  Thank you so much, Lee, you rock!

I have another completed quilt to show for Fabric Tuesday this week.  Yippee!  And best of all, it's another Christmas gift I can mark completed on my list.  Still a few left to finish, but I'm making good progress.

This quilt is for my in-laws, and I hope this will appeal to their taste.  I've named this quilt 301 Park Avenue, after the iconic Waldorf-Astoria at that address, because that's exactly what this fabric reminds me of.   It's very old-school-New-York to me.

While this was a relatively easy quilt to put together, I still learned a few things...
* 80/20 batting from Jo-Ann's moves super smoothly through my machine, and is a nice, lightweight batting for my Florida quilt recipients.  And it's cheap.  So far, no negatives that I can come up with!
* Sometimes my husband has good quilt taste.  He picked out the binding for this fabric - Kona Cocoa - and I think it looks really nice.  Thanks, honey!
* There's really no such thing as too much painters tape when it comes to taping down the back of your quilt whilst making a quilt sandwich.  Really.
* It's okay to rip stitches out.  It helps to repeat to yourself that a lot when ripping out stubborn stitches that you don't really want to rip out but need to be ripped out all the same.

Don't forget to visit Megan and Heather over at QuiltStory to check out the other entries for Fabric Tuesday this week!  Have a recent fabric finish?  Make sure to join in the sharing fun.

Speaking of sharing, have you checked out the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side yet?  It is so much fun, seeing all of the different quilts displayed there.   Talk about boatloads of inspiration!  I have made so many bookmarks over the last few days.  Definitely make sure to visit if you haven't yet.  I try to make a daily sojourn over there.  Beware, though, you might lose hours of your day over there  :)


  1. It's beautiful...I like the colors as well...I think it will be a much loved gift!

  2. Love, love, love the quilt and the new header is great too!

  3. Oh, I love those fabrics and the quilt turned out lovely! Awesome!

  4. I love your colors and that red back just POPS!! Really sweet quilt!

  5. this looks great....pretty colors

  6. Wow, your in-laws are lucky to find this under the tree this year! It is beautiful!

    And thanks so much for your comment on my sling bag! And while I love all of Amy Butler's patterns too, the one I use for my basic sling is not one of her's. I have also made the Birdie Sling before, so I cannot wait to see the one you finished up! Will you be posting it soon?! I am now following so I don't miss out!

  7. Yay!! I love it! Your in-laws are going to love it too.

    Jennifer :)

    PS... love the new blog look!

  8. That is a classy quilt! I just finished a quilt for my in-laws too. Hooray for starting Christmas gifts early (I never do)!

  9. Your in-laws are going to love it!

  10. love the new header, lucky you!
    and i really love your new quilt as well as what it thought you (specially that part about riping stitches, it sounds soooo familiar)

  11. Gorgeous quilt, amazing work! Is there a pattern? I love the mix of sizes of the squares.

    Glad you like the new header! I'm so glad I got to make it for you! : )

  12. Lee, thanks for reminding me! The pattern is a modified version of the Blissful Confection pattern at Moda Bake Shop - found here: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/09/blissful-confection.html

  13. Wow you are amazingly fast! I love this quilt, it's gorgeous!! And the new blog look is great, so clean and fresh...thanks for linking up! See you next week!


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