Thursday, January 7, 2010

Big ole' pinwheels



My latest quilt and the largest one I've ever quilted myself (70"x85"). It was a lot to wrestle with but seeing it now I am sure glad I did.



The fabric is from Moda and called 1974. I adore this line. And I'm kind of fond of this quilt. A little bit. A tad. Just a smidgen really.



The back is Kona medium gray.





I am starting to have a real affection for gray. I cannot think of a single color that does not look lovely next to gray. Tangerine and gray? Ah, yes. Turquoise and gray? You betcha. Apple green and gray? For sure. Oh! I know!! Chocolate brown, gray and white. Hmmmm . . . something tells me I'm not done with gray.

Nope. Not anytime soon anyway.

-dana

63 comments:

Mom said...

Its beautiful. I absolutely LOVE it.

Casey said...

Love it! I need to get my hands on that line I think

~Michelle~ said...

Love, love, love 1974, and I love your quilt! Seriously, they need to re-release that line, I don't think people realized how awesome it was until it was gone...

Kimberly said...

Ahhh... you love EVERY color and gray? How about my natural hair color and gray?

Didn't think so!

Trudi said...

Oh! I love it, its so charming! Been musing over grey too, guess I'm going to have to have a little play now :)

Tine said...

Oh....gorgeous!!! How big are the blocks?! It looks fantastic - great quilting too ;)

Megan said...

Pinwheels are my FAVORITE! I made a pinwheel quilt from 1974 fabric too. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/35981592@N04/3854145545/in/set-72157621848951105/)


Brilliant quilters think alike, huh?


It's great how the quilt perfectly coordinates with the decorative stars on your house! LOVE IT!

Amy said...

Looks great in these fabrics. I love seeing what others do with a fabric line.

Nichole said...

it looks beautiful! i have been wanting to make a pinwheel quilt lately as well. the fabrics you picked look great!

Shasta said...

Congratulations on a great finish. It looks great - and so big too!
I agree - gray goes with everything.

Cristin said...

Great job on such a big quilt! You probably have totally buff arms now! ;-) Its lovely - if you have no room in your house for it, send it my way! ;-) hehe
And grey DOES look fab with any other color!

Katie B. said...

Gorgeous quilt. I'm with you on the grey!

Michaela said...

I love them big like this much more... and those fabrics, beautiful!

Blue Is Bleu said...

This is gorgeous! Perfect way to show off the beautiful prints :) And grey is a fave of mine too! I've been trying to figure out what I want to do with all my 1974 fabric that I've been hoarding like a little squirrel hehe

Monika said...

Ooohh - I am sooo scared to quilt my top I just finished. It too is large - 85" x 85"!! I haven't quilted anything by myself before and am wondering if I should do a few little things first - table runners etc.

I adore this quilt and I think I need to check out this line of fabric too. Someone mentioned it isn't available anymore??


Well done!!!

Beth said...

I love grey/gray (I think it can be spelled both ways!) too!! I love wearing it, actually. What size are your pinwheels? I love this quilt and the fabric, too!

DeeRoo said...

Fanfreakintastic Dana!!:) Yepster Doodle...grey is where it's at!:) Did you see the black and white and grey fabrics on my Flickr that I want to use to make a quilt for my husband? I want to add solid grey, black and white blocks to the patterns.

Why oh why is it you all make these fabulous quilts out of fabrics that are no longer being made?:)

Amy said...

Oh this is so cute! I love it!
I too have also been loving the grays. Just yesterday I found some of the most perfect gray with white polka dot fabric that I am in love with! I am thinking I need to build up my gray stash!

Leslie said...

Love it! And I love the way the decorative stars in the background coordinate too!

Rebecca of Sunny Morning Farm said...

Oh I just love it!! Beautiful!!!!!! Don't you just love those half triangles?? I have a charm pack of the 1974 and I can't wait to make something with it when things calm down around here!! Maybe after I finish up some UFO's!!!!! My last quilt was a pinwheel too!!!! I am thinking about gray now too!!!!

java diva said...

Yellow + gray!! The brighter the yellow and the darker the gray, dramatic! Add a touch of silver, aaaahhhh.
The pinwheels are beautiful!

Jessica said...

Gray has become my new "go to" neutral. I just love it. I have a bolt of Kona Coal. It seems to find its way into nearly everything I make!

allsewnup said...

Dana, this is stunning!! Just lovely.
Now I'm anxious to finish my pinwheel. Thank you, girl.

Carolyn

sarah, rsm said...

it is LOVELY and it goes quite well with the stars on the side of your ... whatever it is! :)

Jackie said...

Beautiful! Good for you for quilting one this large. It looks terrific!

vintage girl at heart said...

grey and red maybe... yum.. a deep red....love this quilt and your blog of course!!

CJ said...

LOVE this!! I also love 1974 and have been hoarding some of it...charms and a layer cake. Do tell what you used for this quilt. I might have to 'copy' you. You know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right??? :D I see others use gray and think about it but haven't jumped in with that yet...maybe this would do it for me. :D

wearyourcake said...

Oh yes! Grey is my new black. I can't get enough of it, both in sewing and in my clothes.

LOVE this quilt and it matches your stars perfectly!

Gorgeous as always.

Valerie said...

Beautiful. That is the only word. Just Beautiful.

AnnieO said...

Isn't amazing how many different COLORS of gray there are? You could have a field day with an all gray quilt. Love the pinwheels and, wow, you quilted that thing to a fairtheewell and it looks terrific--all crinkled and pre-loved!

Reece's said...

I probably shouldnt be admitting this, considering the rather large gathering of quilters you have, but I dont always "get" quilts. A LOT of the time I look at one and think....thats not really working for me...hmmm...anyways, my point is, that I have never looked at a quilt before and thought, "this is absolutely beautiful" but I did when I saw this! Seriously, I am envious of this thing! Great job!

heather braunlin-jones said...

Oh my goodness, that is just gorgeous. Did you use a long arm maching to quilt it? Fantastic job, and very inspiring!

greenbuttonstudio said...

I've never seen this fabric before, really cute. I love love love your color pairings for each pinwheel block. I truly want this quilt for myself... I have not felt this drawn to a quilt in awhile - wanna send it my way? ;)

Bloggy Mama said...

Totally gorgeous. You inspired Susannah and I to mod-podge today. How much fun is that with a two-year-old?!! ;)

Libby said...

I LOVE it! A great pattern to show off a great line! Enjoy!
Libby

Vicky said...

I love pinwheel quilts! Did you know that gray is the 'in' color this year?! My fav combination is pink/gray!

Elissa said...

oh, oh, oh drool!!!!! again with the pornographic fabric and it is totally SINFUL in that quilt. ***thou shalt not covet, thou shall not cover, thou shalt not covet*** and with GRAY, GREY, GRAY???? a beautiful soft, smokey gray that is so similar to the one i am knitting into a baby blanket RIGHT now?

dana. you're killin' me here babe. killin' me.

Em said...

Oh yes... I love pinwheels!!!

brown robin said...

Wow. Wow. WOW!!!! I love the traditional design of pinwheels. Beautiful, as always, Dana!

corinnea said...

Beautiful. *sigh*

Anita said...

I can see why are a bit fond of this one. It's adorable! Simple pattern, let the fabric do the work. I'm thinking this would be awesome in the new Hope Valley too.

Pat said...

I enjoy your blog a lot, and the pinwheel quilt is simply beautiful, and the fabrics are gorgeous.

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Fiona aka Quilting Fairy said...

Hi,

Love the quilt and agree about the colour gray. On my blog I have a picture of my gray quilt. www.quiltinfairy.blogspot.com.

But I love the stars on the wall behind the quilt. Can't get them in Australia and it makes me sad.

Nile e Richard said...

Oi colega.
Simplesmente maravilhoso.
Bom fim de semana para voce.
bjtos.Nile.

ksrunt said...

I love your pinwheels.

tasha said...

oh this is so cool! it's not too girly, yet still has a cute factor. it's a perfect family room quilt! i really love it and how you used the gray cotton.

Kris said...

I LOVE IT!

Lynne S of Oz said...

Nice!

Blue Mountains, NSW said...

Your pinwheel quilt is so huggable Dana, pinwheels are my favourite. As for grey, I'm lovin' it right now. It sits so beautifully with virtually every other colour. And I know, I've just finished a mini quilt for a S.T.U.D. swap on Flickr. The theme was rainbows, so there's a rainbow of colour in it, held together with, well yes, grey!

Missie said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

AngiMW said...

Dana,
Your pinwheel quilt is AMAZING! I just made one double pinwheel square for a monthly swap and your masterpiece has inspired me to make a million more (well, you know what I mean).
THANK YOU for being inspirational!
~Angi

D'Lyn said...

Dana,
I'm a lurker on your blog and have no idea how to contact you other than to leave a comment.

(I LOVE that pinwheel quilt! When I first started quilting, all I did were pinwheels! I still LOVE them!)

Anyways... I'm the captain of a team that walks in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. 60 miles in 3 days. We raise gobs of money for breast cancer research -- We've raised over $270,000 total from the last four years.

This year we are producing a Quilts for the Cure calendar, and I thought it might be something you'd be interested in helping with.

You can find tons of details and our team's story on our website at www.teamtiara.net.

If it's not something you could help with, could you please pass the information along to someone who could?

Thanks so much!
D'Lyn Biggs
Team Tiara Captain 2006-2010

mrsrfair said...

Love the big Pinwheels. Love pinwheels in general though. I love the quilting on this too! I am green with envy for such a large quilt, I'm too much of a chicken for one so large. :)

wishes, true and kind said...

Love those big, ole pinwheels. And the quilt photographed so beautifully outside next to those stars! Nice!

joan

Little Green Doll said...

Very beautiful! I love the colour combination!!

lindsey said...

I am in love with this quilt....and regretting that I didn't choose to do a pinwheel pattern for my latest project!

amylouwho said...

Dana- I am in love with this quilt! I adore pinwheels and you did such a great job! Love love love.

MelissaS said...

Love, love, love it!

Lexilooo said...

love the pinwheels! so much fun!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Pinwheels are a favorite here!

Sandra said...

Love the pinwheel design and the antique looking fabrics. Nice job!

Kim said...

I am a beginner quilter and I just wanted to pop you a line and tell you that this quilt is heavenly! Great job!