Monday, December 26, 2011

Print Gallery Quilt

I love great picture frame arrangements for a large wall space such as these.  As I was glancing through framing ideas one day I realized these would make a fabulous quilt with large scale prints.  Within a day the sketch for this quilt was born.


I love these prints from the Heirloom line by Joel Dewberry.  The problem was I had a hard time deciding what to do with them because you lose so much by cutting them up.  This quilt preserves the prints.  I added the borders to frame the arrangement.  The sashing is Kona bone which has become a new favorite.  The final quilt size is 80"x80".  The blocks are all standard photo print/frame sizes-- 5"x7", 8" x 10", 12" x12" and 11" x 14". 

After designing the quilt in Photoshop, I started cutting.  It wasn't until I was actually laying the quilt out on my design wall, that I realized this wasn't going to be super easy to piece together.  I started to get worried.  I had to piece this in large sections and then sew about six 90-degree corners (which, by the way, are easier than piecing 60-degree angles with hexagons) to piece everything together.  Sometimes I just jump full-on into a project without actually thinking of how it would all come together.  Luckily, it worked out just fine.

The back is super simple.  I used several colors from the Art Gallery Pure Elements line.

I used grey thread and quilted it on my machine--start to finish-- at our November sewing Saturday.  I also spray basted this guy, which is my new favorite as well.  

This was a Christmas gift for my sister and her hubs.
 

While she was opening the quilt, her hubs was showing Little Dude the wonders of cell phones.  

I think he wants one of his own.

17 comments:

  1. Awesome idea for a quilt, Kati! It is beautiful and I love your quilting. Looks like your sister loved it, too!

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  2. This is beautiful, Kati! It's a great way to showcase those large-scale prints.

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  3. I love how big it is - such a great way to show off large prints. What a wonderful gift!

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  4. LOVE IT! THIS is gorgeous!!!!

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  5. What a great idea - and it turned out great! I really like it!

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  6. Love that quilt, Kati! I just got some Echo that this might be perfect for.....

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  7. Hi! That is really beautiful quilt and your idea just fantastic! When I had a chance to get some of those lovely fabrics (unfortunately many of them were finishes, but I'm happy with my oranges), I was thinking the same that it's a shame to cut them very small. I made a quilt with big hexagons. Thank you for inspiration and Happy New Year! x Teje

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  8. Love the photo wall layout concept and your choice of fabrics front and back. Nice gift!

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  9. SUCH a beautiful quilt and so sweet pictures!!!

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  10. Oh that came out absolutely fab, no wonder she loved it!

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  11. such a great quilt! I love this idea for making use of larger scale prints. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

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  12. Beautiful! I really love seeing quilts that showcase fabric in larger blocks.

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  13. Thanks for the inspiration...here is my version. http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com/2013/10/photo-gallery-throw.html

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