Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Focus


I'm in love with this little quilt.

Polaroid blocks take a bit of work to get the fussy cutting just right, but the end result is worth it. My husband is the one who suggested turning the berry block askew while leaving the others in straight rows, and I love the way it looks. I kept the quilting simple -- just two intersecting lines of hand stitching in red thread. With the picture theme in mind, I'm calling this quilt "Focus."


I wanted all of the prints to be Lizzy House except for the Kona solids in white and coal, so I used some leftover pieces from Hello Pilgrim and Outfoxed for the back along with one of the blocks. I enjoy using her pearl bracelet prints for quilt binding; they really make an interesting frame. Though I hadn't originally intended it, the red and green in the quilting and binding perfectly match the colors in my featured berry block.


Lizzy House's designs hold a special place in my heart. They were some of the first designer fabric I ever bought. I knew when I first saw them that my children would love them, and I couldn't help loving them too. While I've used most of her fabric to make items for my daughters, this quilt is for me. I have it hanging next to my desk where I'm going to enjoy looking at it every day. It's a great reminder to me to focus on the small but important things in my life, and to remember why they matter.


Linking up to Fabric Tuesday, WIP Wednesday, and the Let's Get Acquainted Monday Link Up.

27 comments:

  1. Holy moly! That is amazing. And the twist on the one square is the 'magic' that takes the quilt to the next level. Good thinking hubby!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  2. That was a great idea from your husband! I think it changes the overall look of this awesome quilt! As does that great bright hand quilting. And great message!

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  3. So cute - it's great that you made it to keep near by to enjoy.

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  4. This is awesome- gives me an idea of what to do with the 30 I have coming back in the swap!!

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  5. How darling! Good for you! Love the berry block wonky!

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  6. Love this! It looks fantastic!!

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  7. Heidi your quilt is fab. The design, fabrics, colours and quilting - I just love it :)

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  8. i LOVE this! i have a pattern for the polariod blocks i've been meaning to make..did you paper piece it? it looks fantastic :)

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  9. This is a lovely quilt, I think the turned block is a great addition too.

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  10. I absolutely love this quilt!!! So many possibilities and I love the one "crooked" photo. I am on a 3 week vacation with my family and I can see making this with actual photos from our trip printed onto fabric and used as the Polaroids. Thanks for sharing this, I can't wait to try one!

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  11. I love this! I love Lizzy House too as do my kids. This is just great. I want to make one now! :)

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  12. Fab polaroid quilt, I love the quirky block idea as well!

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  13. It looks great! I love Lizzy House, too. I especially love all the pearl bracelets and Hello Pilgrim. The tilty block really makes the quilt look so modern!

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  14. love love love it....cute as ever!!!!

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  15. Brownie points to your husband for the suggestion! :) I love the gray in the background too. Great quilt!

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  16. Super great quilt! And I'm talking about the top and the backing! Love that waving little guy :o) Great job!!!

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  17. I love this quilt and I was excited to see Lizzy House's fabrics used. Her designs are fabulous. You used them well. My daughter number 1 actually knows Lizzy House and I have another daughter, number 3, who will be moving down to the same town as daughter number 1 and is SUPER excited to meet Lizzy House. Daughter number 3 is a sewer also! Thanks for sharing your quilt.

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  18. what a delightful name and your quilt is great!

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  19. Beautiful! Love the simple quilting.

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  20. Ahh!!! You brought tears to my eyes! I love this so much, and I love the message that you've attached to it. That's what I've tried to do with my designs (remembering the small things, stopping and appreciating the gifts in our lives), and I just love when the same feelings and emotion go with the designs out into the world. I hope it always brings you joy.

    love love love,
    lizzy

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  21. Super cute Heidi! I am getting caught up on my blog reading finally. Great job : )

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  22. I've recently discovered polaroid blocks. I love them and think yours is a great example. The single image on the back is lovely.

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