10 May, 2016

DeRailed

"DeRailed" was a departure quilt for me; something completely out of my comfort zone. I picked up a stack of fat quarters that I had been hoarding for a while and copy of the book Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah after seeing a quilt using this construction method on Quiltdivajulie's's blog: Me and My Quilts, Exploring the Possibilities. I knew right away that I wanted to give this pattern a try, this blogging buddy of mine always has the best ideas. At that time I had been stalled, creatively, and needed to give my piecing a jump start. This did the trick, it got me back on track! I chose to use the Rail Fence pattern from the book, there are lots of others too that employ the very liberating technique of free-cutting gentle curves with the rotary cutter and stitching the curves together into unique, distinctive units. My blocks ended up 16"; the quilt, a generous 64" X 80" overall.









A close up of the vibrant colors and quilting: "Splashing" panotgraph by Beany Girl Quilts.
And the back side: precious rabbits, paired up two by two, in that distinctive green color; this fabric is what I used for the binding too. It was a beautiful day for snapshots today on the patio.
And one more thing-- this plant. It is also a distinctive green, I love it; it's pretty to look at and wonderfully scented too!  It was labeled a "mosquito plant" at the nursery, it is citronella. It should repel insects when we're sitting outside in the evenings, let's hope it works.
Life is Good!

11 comments:

leigh anna said...

i know an orange loving little girl who can't wait to cuddle under this next time she's at your house. :)

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a beautiful finish! I bet you can't stop with just one of these (as I prepare to work on my fifth version).

p.s. we have 'mosquito' plants in pots, too -- great minds think alike, yet again!

NanaNor's said...

I love your quilt! The pattern is one of my favorites. Love the quilting too, of course I love hand quilting.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Noreen

Millie said...

I simply love that rail fence from Sujata's book. I've made three so far!

Reader Owl said...

That book is on top of my stack- have to try the rail fence soon

linda said...

That is an old fashioned annual that we always called a scented geranium. - They come in lots of different scents - rose, chocolate, mint etc. i always include one among the other annuals by my front door.

Shasta Matova said...

I love the beautiful fabrics you chose for this quilt! It turned out so wonderfully. I still need to quilt mine. I was thinking of getting a potted plant for my porch, and now I know just the one to get!

Little Penpen said...

What a beautiful quilt! I smelled a mosquito plant while visiting Lowe's recently, I love the lemony smell!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Your fabric choice is what makes this quilt outstanding. Love it.

cityquilter grace said...

beautiful sunshiny quilt....

Tanya said...

Ooh! It is a beautiful quilt! I love all the colors and the wonkiness! You make me want to try and make one!