AQ # 26: Blue Condo Update


Tenth of Sixteen

AQ # 26: Blue Condo is the tenth of 16 quilts receiving their final reveal. On 9/29/17 I made the exciting announcement that 16 of my projects were finally finished. 16 sounds like a lot of work! When I think back on how much time was involved I would have to concur. Two good things happened though:

  • My list of unfinished projects shrunk and,
  • I was able to watch an enormous amount of movies.

Happy Accident

AQ # 26: Blue Condo, as was the case with AQ # 25: Towne House, was a happy accident. During the process of assembling the random fabrics I had no idea what the quilt would turn into. While experimenting with the quilt’s orientation I started to see visions of a home. From that moment on my imagination began identifying the home’s features.

Lets look at the features I found:

  • Located in the center is a piece of my 15 Minutes of Play home-made fabric.
  • Immediately surrounding the core is a variety of teal and purple scraps. The home-made fabric along with these added pieces forms the main structure of the house.
  • Flanking either side you will notice two columns of lime green fabric–one of which was stitched together from seven different pieces. I’m designating those as my pyramidal bushes.
  • The roof was fashioned from a white fabric decorated with multi-colored stars.
  • Directly above the center of the roof is a small scrap of teal colored fabric embellished with rectangles. This is the chimney.
  • The teal fabrics that envelope the house are the sky.

I will admit that some of the items may require a bit of squinting, while others should be easily grasped.

The Borders

To finish off my project I first added a small border of teal cotton. Directly encompassing the teal is a slightly wider frame of purple. The boldest move I made was to add an outer frame of a knock your socks off, lime green cotton. I chose the bodacious green for three reasons:

  • Lime green is one of my favorite colors,
  • It replicated a color already present in my quilt, and
  • It was fun!

The Sandwich

I layered the top with a sandwich of Warm & Natural batting and an awesome teal, blue and black fabric. I found the fabric in my stash. Already owning the material meant I could save money and reduce my inventory at the same time.

AQ # 26_ Blue Condo (the backing)
AQ # 26: Blue Condo’s Backing Fabric
The Quilting

The Towne House and all of it’s corresponding pieces were quilted with a teal thread in an angular straight line pattern. The teal border was quilted with a matching thread using a simple straight line pattern. The purple border was quilted in the same way except with purple thread. The bodacious lime green border was quilted with a pattern design I had recently developed. You may read about the design in my post called Doodle Quilting.

AQ # 26_ Blue Condo (the quilting)
AQ # 26: Blue Condo’s Fancy Stitching
The Binding

Surrounding the quilt’s outer perimeter is a binding made from the same fabric as the backing. I made the decision to use this material because I thought it would provide another punch of color and because the bold colors would draw your eye inward. On the back in the bottom right corner is a label identifying the quilt.

AG # 26: Blue Condo, with all of its awesome details, measures 18″ x 23 1/2″.

AQ # 26_ Blue Condo (finished)
AQ # 26: Blue Condo All Finished
This wraps up AQ # 26: Blue Condo.

If you would like to read about the other projects I have included links to them below:

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11 thoughts on “AQ # 26: Blue Condo Update

  1. Hi Cindy,
    This reminds me of one you showed us earlier. I love, love, LOVE the quilting especially the doodle stuff in the border. That, along with the color of the borders really frame the pieced work so nicely and draw out those colors. It is very pleasing to me! I can’t wait to see how you display all of these – together or not? ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thank you! I really had fun brainstorming about the border quilting. It was really fun to create. Most of the mini pieces will be displayed separately. My home is small enough that the wall space is limited. That’s the drawback of open concept homes. 🙂

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