Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easy as 11

Here's the next in my recent roll o' fabric quilt quintet:

Easy as 11, front view

"Easy as 11" from Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs: Easy as 1, 2, 3.

This is such a simple, but fun, design. Mine looks maybe a little odd, as it is square rather than the intended rectangle. I had to omit a couple of rows to make it work with the amount of fabric I had. This one finished at 47.5" x 47.5".

Easy as 11, quilting detail 1

What I was most excited about in quilting this one up were the solid stripes. I knew my quilting would show up really well on those, so I wanted to try and do some fun stuff. I took inspiration from Natalia Bonner's book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, as well as Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. I ended up using 4 different designs, including a viney thing in the green stripes, swirls in the blue stripes, flowers in the pink stripes, figure 8s in the orange stripes, and then wide drops in the one coral stripe.

Easy as 11, quilting detail 2

Then I stippled over the background areas. I used Aurifil Mako 50/2 in Dove (#2600) over the stripes and Superior Threads King Tut 40/3 in Parchment (#971) over the background areas.

Easy as 11, back view

There's that repro pink backing again. And you can see the Project Linus label down in the lower left corner. I managed to sneak in one of my last remaining bits of background fabric into the binding along with the bright and happy Kona Lagoon.

Easy as 11, artsy side view

I have had so much fun working with all of these bright happy fabrics!


  1. Yay for trying out FMQ ideas! I love doing that and seeing the different textures! I know some kid somewhere will LOVE it! Ya know... I think my Lillian has a project Linus blanket in her stash of stuff from the hospitals and Ronald McDonald houses!

  2. love it..... I'm going to make this one too. I make blankets for Project Linus and THIS quilt is awesome. Thanks for sharing! PS... love the quilting!

    1. Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun trying different designs out on this one. And it really is an awesome Project Linus option-- a nice size, so simple, very fast! And, of course, depending on your fabrics-- it can take on so many different looks. Mine looks very different from the sample in the book.

  3. I 'Like" Aurifil on my facebook page and I just saw your quilt on their page. Congrats!