Sunshine Quilt


The quilt for our school’s auction is done. It turned out really pretty I think. Hopefully it will feel very Spring-like displayed at the auction next month. 

I used the orange palette from Denyse Schmidt’s Katie Jump Rope fabric collection when I began this because I loved all these prints best when they were together this way. I had always wanted to try this Hope Skip, Jump pattern (in Denyse’s book), so that’s how it began. I finished it, then folded it up and promptly forgot about it. Not that I didn’t like it, but I tend to be impulsive creatively, so I’m sure I went on to something else that excited me even more.

When I pulled it out recently to finish it for our auction, I wanted to try tying it instead of quilting it. I’ve never tied a quilt, but we have a rather old one that was tied and it holds up so well, I was intrigued. Then one day at school I talked with another quilter who ties all her quilts. Hmm… Thinking the ties might add some nice texture on the quilt’s surface I decided to try it. I created a 4″ x 4″ grid and used cream pearl cotton (next time I might use wool and let it felt into a ball in the wash). Overall, the effect is nice, and it feels sturdy.

I chose a pale gray for the backing and the binding to give it a modern feel. This is definitely a sofa, “throw” sized quilt, it will need to look nice on a sofa.

My binding gets better every time. I’m now in the “one quilt down, let’s start a new one” phase.
But first, my assistance was needed on the Valentine-making. It was quite easy this year, as I mentioned. Neither kid wants sappy sweet sentiments on their Valentines, so I found some super cute printable ones on etsy, and the kids loved them. And hey, we did make the chocolate, so these are kind of homemade right?

  • jen

    February 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    you make me want a sewing machine!!! (any suggestions for a good beginner’s model?) i love your blog. because i’m inspired by you, today i gave you the “beautiful blogger award” on my blog today. check it out at – and thank you for making the world more beautiful.

  • Jennifer

    February 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Your quilt is very pretty, I love the colours

  • amber

    February 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    it’s absolutely beautiful!
    and i’m the same way, creatively impulsive. i have so many projects going at once. it’s been a goal of mine to be more focused and finish more projects before i move on to the next. you have officially inspired me to pull out my HSJ quilt and finish it 🙂

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you Jen! I don't know about others, but my beginner sewing machine (that I had for 20 years) was a simple Brother model, nothing fancy, it did all I needed it to do. Bought it at Sears for a college class.

  • Mama Urchin

    February 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I really love the orange Blair. We’re working on valentines too but we don’t have school until Tuesday so we still have some time.

  • christina

    February 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I love it. This year I’m the class coordinator for the auction, not quite sure why I did that but oh well. We are also doing a quilt. The kids are going to do tangrams and it will then be put into a quilt. I hope it looks half as good as this by the end.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I *love* the idea of tangrams! I am co-chairing the decorations committee this year, its work, but I love all the parents, so its fun work.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Valentines kind of snuck up on all of us this year.

  • Adrienne

    February 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    What a pretty quilt, such nice bright colours! The hand tying looks great, I may give it a try for my next quilt project. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  • Islay

    February 12, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Well done on the hand tying! I’m always a bit scared to try it, for some unknown reason.
    I hope it raises lots of money at the auction!

  • Jessica Y.

    February 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Very cheerful and beautiful!

  • Kelly

    February 12, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Really loving the quilt!

  • regina

    February 12, 2010 at 5:31 am

    It’s truly gorgeous! I LoVe the orange…

  • L

    February 12, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Lovely! I love the orange & gray.
    I love that pillow behind… could we look at that?
    Hey! I’m sitting here with my *warm* on my neck too. I’m all wisecrafted out.

  • melissa Crowe

    February 12, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I’m probably just being dopey, but I don’t think I’ve EVER seen a quilt in these colors before, and I LOVE it.

  • Pam

    February 12, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Beautiful quilt! Orange is one of my favorite cheerful colors, and the grey is a perfect complement. Note to Jen, who commented above: Try craigslist for a sewing machine. I found a nice Husqvarna for less than $200 there. Hit or miss, but worth a shot.

  • Vintage Chica

    February 12, 2010 at 6:22 am

    So, so pretty Blair. That orange just brightened my day here.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 12, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Hey, I need my warm on my neck too! : D

  • sew katie did

    February 12, 2010 at 6:34 am

    My husband’s grandmother always tied her quilts and we still have some in high use.
    I LOVED this idea too:
    Might be time to pull out some of that sale fabric.


    February 12, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I love your quilt. The colors, and fabric are great. I just finished a quilt and plan to hand tie it. My mother-in-law who makes many quilts said it is a great way to go.

  • bugheart

    February 12, 2010 at 7:45 am

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  • Lois Grebowski

    February 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

    It’s a happy quilt!

  • UK lass in US

    February 12, 2010 at 8:32 am

    It’s bound to bring in loads of money at the auction – it’s beautiful.
    Hmm, Valentines. Getting my daughter to sign her name nicely on all the cards was like pulling teeth. One of the chocolates went missing while I was off swimming, so there weren’t enough for my son’s class this morning. I think I’m turning into the Valentines day grinch…

  • Kirsten

    February 12, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Love the colors! Bringing a little sunshine to our cloudy Seattle days.

  • Kristin

    February 12, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I love this quilt..the colors are great, can I ask where you got the pattern?

  • Mousy Brown

    February 12, 2010 at 11:06 am


  • blair/wisecraft

    February 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Hi Kristen, thank you! This the the Hop, Skip Jump pattern in Denyse Schmidt's book. If the link doesn't work here I link to it in the post. A great book full of great patterns.

  • Cele

    February 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Lovely, the orange palette worked really well.I was wondering what you have use a batting for this quilt?
    I love tied quilts and was wondering what was best to use.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you Cele! What little research I did made me think I could use any batting really (I use cotton), I think the trick is to keep the ties fairly even spaced, and I read more than once that 4" x 4" grid was a good guide. Hope that helps.

  • Kristin

    February 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Duh, it was right there is front of me, thanks Blair!

  • Charlotte

    February 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I am also creative impulsive. And with all these projects going on I have started a project tracker. It is a notepad with pages to rip off. On these pages I note one creative project that I’m working on with a percentage bar for how much I’ve done. I cna also take down things I still need to get, like batting, etc. I realized that a) I now do not “forget” about projects in some faraway drawers b) am motivated to get more percentages and actually finish things and c) when I feel my impulsiveness coming, I flip through the notepad and decide on one of my old projects which have been waiting for me for soo long. And I have started the rule to only have 10 projects at one time. Got to finish something before I start something else. Or get rid of it (which I never did)…

  • heather at brown robin

    February 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Absolutely love your quilt… and the ties are really nice. I’m a closet orange lover. I just donated one to our school auction yesterday afternoon and showed it on my blog…. Giving feels good.

  • journeyseeds

    February 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Makes me want to learn to quilt…gorgeous colors and pattern design!

  • Ransacked Goods

    February 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Looks wonderful and contemporary! Sometime the good projects are worth waiting for.

  • Jen

    February 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I love this one – I think this is my fav of all the quilts you’ve done so far. The look is just so modern and yet so warm. Bravo!

  • Dag

    February 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    looks gorgeous!!!!

  • peanut

    February 13, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I love those colours against the white. I’ve looked at that pattern in the book several times but never made it yet – perhaps it will be next. I’ve tied nearly all my quilts so far. Initially it was because it was fast and my machine’s not so great at quilting big things (even with a walking foot I get a bit too much shifting) but since then I’ve done it just because I like it. Tied quilts seem softer and fluffier some how (and they are so quick to finish).

  • Jamie Power

    February 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I wish I lived closer… I would bud on that quilt. Orange is my favorite color. I could see myself curled up with that quilt watching The Bachelor!!!

  • Dacia

    February 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    my great grandma tied all the lap quilts she made and I’ve done it before with great results!

  • Nadia Marie

    February 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    What a great looking quilt! I’ve never made one before and seeing this has inspired me to tackle a quilt. Magnificent post!

  • Molly

    February 14, 2010 at 8:25 am

    My 5 year old still sleeps under the patchwork my mom made me in 1972. The seams along several of the patches are separated, worn quilting showing through, but don’t you know, every last twiggy yarn tie is still intact? Here’s to a lifetime of use for your stunning sunshine quilt.

  • Cynthia

    February 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Beautiful, love the color!

  • Rachel

    February 15, 2010 at 6:48 am

    oh my – i looooove this! i have several quilts tumbling around in my head and i think this non-pattern pattern of yours here will work quite nicely for one of them! thank you for sharing. it’s gorgeous!

  • susan

    February 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    beautiful! I just love it.

  • aprilornament

    February 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Wow it turned out really cute.

  • kohli

    February 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Amazing job! Very inspirational. It seems like all of my friends are having babies this year. Hopefully this will be a great jump start for me and my gifts!

  • melissa f.

    February 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    i have a flying geese dsq top hanging in the closet. it’s been there for 5 years. um, maybe i should tie it??
    i love this– this pattern is so fresh and i never get tired of seeing it.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Melissa you should definitely try tying it. It really adds a nice surface effect to it, and I kind of like the back too. Just get that quilt out already!

  • Spunky Creator

    February 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I love what I’ve seen of your work so far and I wanted to be updated when you stock your store so I decided to follow. I’m also trying to establish a business, so you give me inspiration and hope.

  • Grace

    February 18, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Gasp! It’s exquisite, Blair!!!

  • Anonymous

    February 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Glad to see you entering the world of hand tying! I never thought I’d do it, either, until I had myself backed up against a deadline. Now I can’t imagine doing it any other way. It gives my quilts an earthier feel. I love seeing beautifully hand-quilted items, of course, but there’s something about a hand-tied quilt that makes me more eager to snuggle up with it. Maybe that’s why I have so many sitting around the house these days!

  • Lucy

    February 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    What a happy quilt.I’m sitting looking at my laptop screen with a goofy grin on my face.

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