Saturday, August 17, 2013

Modern Herringbone

Earlier this year, I made a quilt (Girly Charm) using fabrics from Anna Marie Horner's Field Study, Tula Pink's Birds and Bees, Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee and Ty Pennington's Impressions Spring 2012 charm packs.  What fabrics did not get used in the earlier mentioned quilt are now being put to good use in this one.

As with the Plus Quilt, this mom also received one of my first quilts back in 2011.  She has a modern sense of style and I knew she would appreciate modern prints in a modern pattern.

For this quilt, I took each charm pack square and layered it with a white square of the same size.  Then I sewed a quarter inch seam around the perimeter of the square.  I took my rotary cutter and cut the diagonals of the square and ended up with 4 half-square triangles.  I then took 2 of the half-square triangles sewing them together to form the herringbone in one direction.  I then sewed together the other 2 half-square triangles in the other direction.  With lots of repetition and piecing and pinning, I had this beautiful top piece that just popped!  I still can't get over the effect it has on me every time I open the quilt to look at it.




For the back, I ended up using Riley Blake's Zoofari Animal Words as the main fabric.  I liked the idea of the animal words instead of animal pictures...it seemed more modern.  I added the wide strip of white to help break it up.  The orange binding matches one of the herringbone pieces in the top.




38 comments:

  1. Looks great! I love the bright colors, and who could resist a nice herringbone quilt!

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  2. Great job Janet...and thanks for the tip on the piecing. I've never done that before - I'll give it a try!

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  3. This is absolutely stunning, very eye-catching. I am inspired!

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  4. I love it - and that's from someone who's comfort zone is to use no more than four fabrics!

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  5. I really love this pattern, Janet. This is such a great use of charm squares!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Thanks for sharing this quilt at Needle and Thread Thursday!

      :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  6. Gorgeous ......really love the effect. Will definitely try this method out. Thanks for sharing. Marie

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  7. This quilt is fabulous...love the colors!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this great idea! I have a number of charm packs just waiting to be used in a quilt like this!

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    1. What is the finished size of this beauty?

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  9. Love this!! So much colour and pattern and yet it all works together so beautifully! And the quilting is just perfect :)

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  10. Wow, I just love the pattern and bright colors in this! Thanks for the instructions!!

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  11. What a great design for using scraps. I am impressed with your quilting, I admire quilters who do everything on their own for start to finish!

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  12. Love this one too! Such a great layout for HSTs - thanks for sharing how you did it.

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  13. I desperately want to make one of these someday! Beautiful!!!

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  14. OOOOO so pretty! I like the quilting and the colors.

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  15. Beautiful! I love herringbone quilts. Fantastic quilting too.
    Amanda

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  16. This is a wonderful quilt and I love all the quilting!

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  17. Love the quilt!! Great colors, front and back are fabulous.

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  18. So bright and colorful - love it!

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  19. LOVE your herringbone quilt. The colors are beautiful!

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  20. Your herringbone quilt is so bold! Love it!

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  21. Beautiful! I love the bright colors, you captured the modern essence!

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  22. How colorful! I love it the quilting too! Wel done

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  23. Oooh, lovely! The colors are great, the pattern is great, and I love the binding! :)

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  24. It looks great. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

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  25. Very pretty quilt. I've been trying to figure out what to do with a pack of charm squares and this might fit the bill!

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  26. This quilt is really dynamic! I love all the scraps! You are quite prolific! Kudos!

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  27. Love at first sight! love the pattern and the colours!

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  28. Gorgeous Quilt! love everything about it.

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  29. Looks great. I love the text on the back.Really want to try this pattern.

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  30. I found your blog on Quilt Story - love this quilt, and love your blog! You're so talented for having just started a few years ago. I'm officially a new subscriber...
    www.texaslovely.com

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  31. Thank you for the directions for how to make this! I have been admiring it since you posted it. How big is it?

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