August 3, 2012

Back To Basics


I could spend hours and hours on Pinterest and Blogland admiring gorgeous quilts that are full of intricate piecing and gorgeous quilting. But truth be told, I love making simple quilts. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from pulling a completed quilt from under the presser foot, and being able to actually use the quilt.

One of my favorite patterns is simple squares set into white sashing. I love being able to see the prints and colors of the fabric, and the way they "pop" off the white background. If you use charm squares, there is very little cutting, which makes the quilt come together that much faster! I am also a big fan of red and white polka dot binding. I seem to reach for this almost every time I bind a quilt.


When I get in creative rut, going back to basics always does the trick. What do you do when your quilting/knitting/crocheting mojo packs up and leaves?



30 comments:

  1. I am with you keep it simple and sweet!! Folding and stacking piles of fabric gets me back in the swing of things

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  2. I agree. Though I am in awe of some of the unbelievably complex quilts out there, I like simple, too. Love your choice of colors and the binding!

    xo
    Claudia

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  3. That is a very sweet quilt. I like simple quilts, too. When my mojo leaves, I spend a day reading or watching movies, and the next day, I'm ready to create.

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  4. Like you , sweet and simple is best for me. I appreciate the complexity of more difficult patterns but there is just something about simple patterns that warm my heart. Plus all the quilts I make are used regularly. :0) And white-I love adding white. :0) Especially if it has a tiny print on it. :0)
    Have a wonderful weekend Debbie. :0)

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  5. Oh indeed, I totally agree! Sometimes it's just the process of working with the fabric, and other times, I just want some simple fairly instant gratification! Lovely quilt as always!

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  6. This is such a pretty quilt. Sometimes I get discouraged because there are so many things I want to make and there is never enough time! I should go back to basics sometimes too!

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    1. LOL! I have a list a mile long of all of the things I want to make!! I need 36 hours in a day so I can quilt and sew and play :)

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  7. I love the colors against the white and the red polka dot binding is perfection. Love the colors in this quilt.

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  8. Such a pretty quilt - again! Is there no end to your talent? :-)
    I love the simple quilts too - charm packs and jellyrolls are two of my favourite things, and I love your white sashing & dotty binding too. Thanks for the inspiration - going to settle myself down for the afternoon now and watch the Olympics whilst I bind my current WIP - a simple baby quilt! Have a happy weekend, xx

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  9. Simple is always best in my book. Just sit and create!

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  10. Very pretty quilt. I love finishing, too. For inspiration I usually pull out my fabrics and start laying them next to each other, that is all it takes and I'm ready to get started. I love the quilting on this quilt. Do you mark the whole thing first?

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    1. Thanks Patty! I use masking tape for quilting lines. I have nightmares about marking my quilt with washable ink, and then it doesn't wash out :)

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  11. I love borders of white around your colorful squares of fabric...and of course, the red poke a dot border is to die for. Beautiful!

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  12. Gorgeous quilt, I do so love the white sashing and red spotty binding! I love simple quilts because they show off the fabrics so well, and for me it's all about delicious fabric and colour......like the ones you make, Debbie! When I'm not sure what to make next I find fabrics always inspire me....and I also keep a to do list of things I want to make which reminds me of ideas I had while in the middle of another project :)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    Helen x

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  13. A simple patchwork is a winner every time. I love your latest quilt!!!!

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  14. So yummy!! I want one just like it. :)

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  15. Very sweet, a simple plan is often the best!
    :-}pokey

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  16. I love the simple ones too, think they remind me of a simple farm life. I grew up on an old farm and somehow quilts of this kind make me think of home :)

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  17. I'm with you girlfriend. I love the simple quilts and yours is just so pretty!

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  18. Hi Debbie I have just found your blog and am loving it already! Your quilting is stunning, it has always been an ambition of mine to be able to do this but have never got around to trying it, mainly because I am not much of a sewer. However, I am very, very tempted to give it a go! Looking forward to keeping up with your lovely posts - Yvonne xx

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    1. Thanks Yvonne!! You really should pull out your sewing machine and give it a go! I only really started sewing again a few years ago, and it has given me lots of fun and joy...I love it!!

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  19. Simple is best, I think. I love your cheerful fabrics. Reminds me of a colorful garden. I'm trying to get my mojo back. Looking at your sweet, inspirational blog is helping! xx

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    1. You're so sweet Karen!! Hope your mojo gets back soon!

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  20. Love the quilt and love that polka dot border!
    Susanne :)

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  21. I just found your Blog a few weeks back and I am loving it soooo much. Love all your quilts.

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  22. Beautiful quilt Debbie! I'm also a fan of white sashing and borders. I think we have a very similar taste :) I always have a nose through my pintrest boards whenever I'm stuck for ideas, such a great source of inspiration - though also a sewing hinderance!!
    Jessie, xo

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  23. I usually just pack up and go with it - my mojo, that is. I think we've both been on an extended vacation in foreign lands. But reading other people's blogs and learning a new thing is often the ticket home. So . . . I read blogs and get my mojo and me packed up to head home and git er dun. I just found you through another blogger, linnyjcreations. What a gal!

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  24. What a lovely blog to stumble across, and what a gorgeous quilt!!
    I've just finished my first ever quilt a rag quilt, but would love to make one like yours. Do you have an idea what kind it's called so I can look for any tutorials on them please?
    Thankyou.xx

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  25. I've just gotten mine back after an attempt at Etsy - selling my lovelies is not for me, I only like to sew :) So after a two month hiatus, I am sewing again ... and dear Debbie, you are inspiring me off the charts. I am going all the way back through your blog, pinning as I go :)
    Mary

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