Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Orange Grove Quilt


In my blog hop kick off post, I wrote about 3 of my projects in Make It, Take It. You can also find more background information on the inspiration behind the book in this post.



My final project in the book is Orange Grove, a 71" square quilt featuring a modern layout and colouration of the very traditional Pinetree block. This block has long been a favourite of mine and for years I've thought about creating a modern version with bright, colourful pine trees set on point (very different from the typical forest green and brown trees that you see in older versions).

Martingale - Make It, Take It (Print version + eBook bundle)
Photo Brent Kane for Martingale, Inc. All rights reserved.

 It was long-arm quilted by the amazing Krista Withers. Her masterful quilting really shines in the negative space of this quilt!  In particular, I love how she created quilted 'ghost blocks' between the pieced trees - first by outlining the square with a 1/4" echo frame and then filling each one with a unique design.  I was so happy that she included her signature moon motif in the upper right corner. This quilt could be coloured in so many fun ways; it would look amazing in multicoloured shot cottons.  I've got a full set of blocks in rainbow colours made by my Stash Trad bee-mates that I look forward to piecing into my second version.

Longarm quilting by Krista Withers

In the book, you'll find a tip box describing an exciting retreat activity you can do with these blocks and others.  You'll also get to feast your eyes on amazing details shots of Krista's quilting, which is truly breathtaking. Seriously, when I hold up this quilt at trunk shows people literally gasp!

Longarm quilting by Krista Withers

AH-MAZING


12 comments:

Lise-Lotte said...

Wow, that is spectacular- even in pictures!

Lise-Lotte

BlessOSU said...

Love the Orange Grove, and your quilting is amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

JANET said...

Love your quilt. The colors are so refreshing and especially like the way it was quilted.

Sandi said...

Gorgeous, love the Orange and turquoise combination. Krista's quiltinf is astonishing!

Vicki H said...

I love your Orange Grove. It is one of my favorite colors.

SarahZ said...

This is wonderful! My fave colors too :)

Lisa said...

Stunning! Really a most beautiful quilt. Keeper!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Stunning! Love the colours you chose!

felicity said...

So so beautiful.

Julie said...

Love your block and quilt. The quilting IS AH-Mazing! Thanks for sharing.

Ella and Nesta said...

The pattern and the quilting work so well together. Fantastic!

Linda Fleming said...

I love both the block and the colors in your quilt.
Now I know what I've been saving all my orange fabrics for!

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