I love Patchwork

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My daughter Laurie told me that all my quilts look alike. At first I was defensive. But then taking a different look at all my finished quilts I had to admit. Yes, they look a LOT a like. I do love patchwork and I love lots of fabric and color together. Especially set with white. Oh well. I'll own it. My point of view is fairly obvious in my quilts.

Last year I saw this Japanese patchwork book on a blog. I had to have it. It is a simple pattern but I knew it would be a great way to use scraps and show my love for my fabrics.
I enjoyed picking fabric, matching half square triangles and sewing them altogether. It was just fun to make.I looked at lots of options to border the patchwork stripes but in the end I decided on white, like the quilt in the picture but I made my border wider.
This weekend when I went to bind the quilt I realized this quilt needed a patchwork binding, too. I cut strips of fabric 5" long and 2 1/2" wide and then chain stitched them together trying to intermix lights and medium and dark value fabrics.I decided this would be a great "leaders and enders" project for the future. So I am going to make more strips to keep on hand for future binding.I am happy with the overall look of the patchwork quilt and patchwork binding with the white fabric in between.The backing fabric was on sale for $2.00/yard. Score. The finished quilt measures 50"x57". I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but that isn't the point. Is it? Now I'm on to finish other projects this week.

-nanette

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65 comments

~D Spack~ said...

Love that quilt, I love patchwork too!

Sherri said...

Love, love, love the patchwork binding! And I agree...we don't have to have a purpose to make a quilt!!! We just make them because we love them...or because we want to give them to someone we love!

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love it! I always love scrappy and the binding goes so well with the top!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love the binding, that was what I was going to do for the quilt I am working on now. I love a scrappy quilt, i plan on doing that with the wonderful Jananese fabric I have and the fabric I am getting, I think I now have enough. Why am I making it, because I can!! Where will it go, by the TV!!

Busty LaRue said...

First of all, I love all your quilts! This one is so much fun though. I love scrappy looking quilts, and I love using scraps for bindings. This quilt turned out lovely.

RebeccaMom said...

I love the quilt, and especially the border. I too share your love of patchwork, although I also embrace more free form work as well. I think she needs to see more quilts, there are so many takes on quilting out there... try googling art quilts and see what comes up... :)

Trisha said...

Love it! I love quilts with hundreds of different fabrics in them. This quilt is so simple, just HSTs, but it doesn't looks simple. It looks amazing with all those little pieces and all that color. Just wonderful, Nanette!

PamKittyMorning said...

Its a yummy little quilt! xo

Michelle said...

I love the quilt. I really like the stripes and the binding looks fabulous. I have yet to make a truly scrappy quilt but I definitely have enough scraps to make one.

Cathy said...

Love that quilt, simple but special. The patchwork binding was an inspired idea. And I got a laugh out of your "not sure what I'll do with it" comment at the end! Been there, done that.

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

I think it is perfectly wonderful that your quilts have your "stamp" on them!! That is actually a compliment if you think about it. After all everyone can probably tell a Monet painting when they see one. So you are a true artist and your art is identifiable to those who know your work!
Love your newest work of art!
melissa

Jill said...

Love,love,love it!!!!Just looking at those colors makes me feel happy!!Beautiful job again, Nanette!!

Susan said...

Scrappy bindings are the best; pretty much all that I make has the leftovers for the binding.
You have a wonderful stash. Love the stripped fabric!

Purple and Paisley said...

aaack! i love it - what a wonderful quilt! definitely one of my very favorites! ☺

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Nanette, that is a cute quilt and your binding just topped it off. Simple but with all your collection of fabrics its seeewwww special.
Can't wait to see the other projects your working on.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

pratima said...

Wonderful scrappy goodness. It is so delightful. Love the scrappy binding as well :D

Eileen said...

Yep. I am partial to scrappy binding too, and also fabrics set off with white. :-)
It is always nice to have quilts on hand to use as gifts etc.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is absolutely a lovely quilt; love the white border and the scrappy binding. Perfect. Keep making what you like.

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

Fabulous Quilt Nanette! ooxx`jodi

Joanna said...

I don't think your quilts all look the same - they are clearly your quilts though!! That's why we all love them - you have such a true talent for choosing the cutest fabrics on the planet. And I am so jealous that you found that fantastic backing fabric for only 2 bucks! Crazy!!

Annette said...

My favorite quilts are scrap quilts. After all I think that's how it all started out in the beginning isn't it? I love your quilt. It would cheer up anyone who cuddled under it. Beautiful!!

Thimbleanna said...

No, indeed, that is NOT the point. It's the process! You crack me up. Love that new quilt!

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely quilt. I like the way you used your fabrics!

CJ said...

Hmmm, when I look at your quilts I don't see them all looking the same. What would she suggest you do to make them different? I mean it is all about cutting fabric apart and sewing it back together. ;) LOVE this quilt and the binding is WOWEEE! I don't know what is meant by the term 'leaders and enders'. I have seen it used other places but I'm just not sure what it means.

jabeybaby said...

I love that quilt and the patchwork binding is awesome!!

Doina said...

Beautiful!

Fiesta said...

Beautiful Nanette.
I remember when you did the posting of the Japenese magazine.

Muddling Through said...

Gorgeous! And the white really sets it off nicely. Like the backing, too - a totally happy quilt!

Candace said...

How darling, Nanette, it's definitely YOU - as it should be :>)
Cheers!

allenada said...

This is an inspiration. I have some Aunt Grace and have been on the lookout for just the right pattern. (I usually lean toward modern-wonky, but Aunt Grace doesn't work as well with those patterns, I think.) I'm saving these photos!

Micki said...

I enjoy patchwork too, and love the way you choose fabrics to make them.
Micki

Jodie said...

That patchwork binding is just perfect. It is a very cheery quilt.

Des said...

rocktastic! I love all the design options with a triangle square. love the scrappy whites.

Kaaren said...

What do you mean you don't know what to do with your quilt???

Easiest solution in the whole wide world...GIVE IT TO ME!!! I need a Nanette quilt to go with my Nanette fabric that is growing by leaps and bounds.

I promise to take care of it...really!

All kidding aside Nanette, I do love it and it's like a breath of fresh air. So bright and cheery.

Thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

What a happy quilt. I love it!!!!!! Great deal on the backing.

Julia said...

It's gorgeous Nanette!
Great way to use up scraps...Love the binding too!
Julia ♥

Lurline said...

Hey, that's a great thing to be able to make quilts that scream Nanette! I always think with my quilts, while they can be so very different they have something about them that says 'I'm a Lurline Quilt!' I often wish I could escape the look, but it is impossible!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Shari said...

Hi Nanette

I just love this quilt. Your quilts always look fresh and vintage-y at the same time.

QuiltHollow asked the question: "How many quilts is enough?"

Latane Barton answered: "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and the fingers just won't work anymore."

Seems like a really good answer to me.

Hugs - Shari

w&v said...
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w&v said...

V. here...
Precious quilt. An heirloom for sure. The white always makes a quilt a standout. I always use patchwork binding too. I love your quilts!!!Thanks. V.

Dawn said...

I know what you can do with it!! You have my addy right!!??!! LOL!!

dotti white said...

Nanette--I absolutely love your quilt. It's hard for me to put together scrappy things sometimes because I worry about matching, going together, etc. I am trying to go outside of my box a little at a time, your quilt inspires me! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!

Rhondi said...

I love scrappy quilts. Yours is great! Keep up the good work.
Hugs, Rhondi

potsandpins said...

It's fabulous! And you don't need to DO anything with it except smile each time you see it! And you will, because how could you not - it's a happy quilt for sure! I love the binding and the backing - well, everything - way to go...you are SUCH an inspiration! xo, The Other Nanette

Lori Holt said...

It doesn't matter if all of your quilts look the same, stick to what you love and you'll never go wrong.
I use scrappy binding ALOT because I'm like you and make alot of scrap quilts.
I think you're quilt is darling:)

em's scrapbag said...

I love quilts with lots of fabric! Your quilts delight me. This one is so enjoyable. It is happy and bright.

Catherine said...

I love scrappy happy quilts. And that's definitely a scrappy happy quilt! Scrappy bindings are fun -- one can never get bored stitching them down!

Dionne said...

I love that quilt! I LOVE IT! It's perfect, and the backing is really lovely What a SCORE!
Cheers,
Dionne

Denise (Nour) said...

Very pretty! I'm going to use that binding idea on my next scrap quilt. Did you machine quilt that quilt yourself? Great job!

Lily Boot said...

It's gorgeous Nanette - and I have to chuckle. I often feel that all my quilts are cousins - they all share so many "genes". I guess it must be inevitable as a quilter - and I'm glad our quilts look like us!

Amanda said...

I love scrappy quilts, too. Anything I can make that uses my stash is perfect.

I often do scrappy bindings in my quilts, too. It helps me use up left over strips or pieces of fabric that were left over from when I cut out the quilt.

All of your quilts are beautiful.

Threeundertwo said...

That is lovely! If your quilts look similar, it's because you have an organized mind and you know what you like. My house looks like 10 different deranged quilters live here.

belinda said...

This quilt is lovely too....and yes, pieced bindings is a perfect way to use the leader and ender method!

mamaspark said...

I really love this quilt! I like things set with white. I may even try one like this. Inspiring!

Robin said...

There's nothing wrong with having a point of view. We do it for the fun, love, and joy of it, right? So it makes sense to do what makes one happy. And this quilt is soooo happy. You've done some beautiful patchwork, and I love (love, love!) the scrappy binding. Perfect.

Nanci said...

I wish then that all my quilts looked like yours...lol... I think we all have a "style" that we like to produce, be it simple, or complicated, we know colours that we love to work with.
I love your stuff. It's happy. and I like being happy.

happy zombie said...

I love the quilt. I love fabrics set with white. I love the patchwork. I love you!

XUE said...

Hi Nanette!
I just started into quilts & since I live in te land of fabulous fabrics (Japan), I'm sure I totally understand how you would want so many combos of beautiful fabrics into one project!

Rae Ann said...

I fall in love with so many of your items. I guess I"ll have to put this quilt on my list of things to do (I thinks my list is a scroll now!). Love the backing also, lucky find and the price is right.
Rae Ann

brigette said...

what a beautiful quilt nanette!!
i love your twinner quilts, and your family is blessed to have them!

Carrie P. said...

What to do with a finished quilt? You just love it and admire it and cuddle under it. It is sweet. Yes, all your quilts look the same: Beautiful!!!

sarahmurray said...

Oh how I love this quilt! It's so fresh and has such a vintage feel. I could see it on a little girls cozy bed in an old children's book, with a cat on a rug curled up in front of a fireplace. I could stare at all of the fabrics for hours! xo

amandajean said...

that quilt is just gorgeous! absolutely amazing!!!!!!! i think i would take it as a HUGE compliment if someone told me that all my quilts look the same. that would mean that i have a defined style. and that's a good thing, i think.

another amy said...

I am obviously really slow this week, finally getting here and look at this quilt. Nanette, it is fabulous! What a fun way to use your amazing fabric. Love it!!

jacquie said...

it sounds to me that she was saying your quilts are distinctive...they are nanette quilts. i agree that's quite a compliment. love this one...all the colors and the binding.