Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Uptown square...

Uptown Square

Ok, so there isn't a square in this quilt what so ever...but that makes it ironic, right?

Uptown Square

I made this little quilt using a fat eighth bundle of Lush Uptown by Erin Michael for Moda. I was on the fence with this collection and loved it in theory, but it actually didn't grow on me until it was washed and photographed.

Uptown Square

And oh-mylanta, it's a cold, windy day in Dallas! Although, the overcast did make it easy with lighting during the photo shoot! I really had hoped to use this photo shoot to work on my Plum and June Photography Challenge this month, but it was just too windy and cold to concentrate. I made sure to hang it over the muddy area and not the creek just in case.

Uptown Square

I don't generally gravitate towards burnt orange and this collection is loaded with it! Might be because I am an Aggie and we bleed maroon and despise burnt orange. But it has grown on me, kinda like my longhorn hubby did. haha

I decided to try out one of my new rulers, Tri Recs by EZ Quilting, and went with a triangle pattern. I got mine at JoAnns for pretty cheap (less than $10) using a coupon. It was easy enough to cut and piece, but for some reason I was terrible at keeping my points.



Uptown Square

TIPS: Make sure you rows have an odd amount of triangles with a boot at each end in order to create the diamond effect. Also, you need twice as many triangles in each row than columns to make a square quilt. This is where I failed. I like that it's long, though, because it makes it perfect to cover your tootsies while sitting on the chair. This quilt has a bit of a rustic feel to it and really love the way it looks on our leather couch by the fire place. Mr. Relish approves of it and says it's not too girly. Whew, I was really worried about that part <--that's sarcasm there. hehe Uptown Square

I decided on an organic/wood FMQ quilting approach for the quilting to mirror the back and used Aurfil 50 wt in white. The binding is from the leftover strips after cutting the triangles. So basically I cut one 6 x 22 inch strip from the 9 x 22 inch fat eight piece and was left with a 3 x 22 inch strip. I then trimmed that down to 2 1/2 x 22 inches to make the binding.

Thanks for visiting me and my ironic quilt and hope you give this one a try! Linking up with all my friends on the right and Crazy Mom Quilts!

Melissa

32 comments:

  1. I love it! I really like the colours.

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  2. Great looking quilt Melissa! Really great pictures!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie! I enjoyed editing these pictures since it was such a lovely location. Thanks for the visit and comment!

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  3. Love the colors, and the back. It's perfect. If it has any teal, I'm in love.

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    1. Thanks SO much! I feel the same way about teal! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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  4. this is lovely and I love the orange in it! I too have the tri rec but have to own up to only using it once!! too many fancy templates I have bought and not tried, the latest one is Joseph`s coat and admit to having not even taken it out of its wrapper yet. I need to spend some time experimenting but time is a problem!! How did I ever find time to work I wonder as now I am retired and live on my own time seems to fly and I only get half of what I want to do done in a day!!

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    1. Hey there, Margaret! I am in the same boat regarding the fancy rulers. But we will really NEED them one day, right? haha I thought the same thing when the girls started pre-school and thought about all the extra free time I would have to do chores and quilting and it's not as much as I thought. Oh well! Thanks for the visit!

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  5. Love the colors! It's beautiful. I just used that same ruler for the first time and it took me awhile to get the hang of the points too.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad I'm not the only one that had point problems! Thanks for stopping by to visit and comment. :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! The orange is starting to grow on me...just a little bit. haha

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  7. I don't think I've seen anyone use the whole line together on a quilt yet. I really like how it all looks. All of those blues, reds and oranges really make each other pop. It looks really great! It's the perfect mix of summer to fall colors that will look cheery in winter and spring as well. I'm sure glad your life-long "not too girly" aspirations have finally been met, congratulations ;)

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    1. I am a sucker for keeping a collection together! I try so hard to separate but the only way I can manage that is if I don't buy the complete set...haha! I think it reminds me of the changing colors for fall. We are still waiting for that to happen here in Dallas. Soon, Im sure! Haha, yes, I am slowly moving away from pinks and girly (except for Acadia - couldn't resist) and trying out more bold/masculine type prints. Thanks for visiting, Jeifner!!

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  8. I know what you mean about this fabric collection. My LQS carries it and I've looked at it many times. But I always find something else. Your quilt is making me rethink that decision. Your quilt is really lovely.

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    1. Thanks! I kept staring at this bundle in my stash thinking what the heck was I thinking! haha But there is something about them all together on the leather sofa or even here next to the light post. Glad I forced myself to make this quilt! Thanks for visiting and hope you decide to make something from the Lush!

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  9. I feel the same as you with this fabric; I love it in theory but it just doesn't "speak" to me yet I want it anyway.... It looks absolutely stunning in your quilt though. Great tips about the triangles; I'm putting together a triangle quilt too and have been coming across the same issues... particularly with trying to count how many need in rows/columns!!

    --Jo

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo! I am so glad I forced myself to use these fabrics instead of sit in my stash way to long. Sometimes the quilt pattern and time of year can make you rethink your selection and end up loving the outcome. Funny how that works! Glad Im not the only one with triangle issues! I just cut and started piecing and then realized all my mistakes and had to pick them all out. So Im glad to help anyone else avoid those pesky seam rippers! Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amanda! And thanks for stopping by to visit! Have a great weekend!

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  11. I absolutely love this quilt! I have been super drawn to triangles lately. And I totally feel you on that burnt orange.. I am a transplant in Austin and I swear the longhorn color couldn't be worse!

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    1. Thank you Amanda (mostly for the last part...haha)! The triangles were a nice change from squares. Have a great weekend!

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  12. Turned out great! I don't see a burnt orange or maroon on my monitor and I love the how the colors I do see all work. Lovely quilting too!

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    1. Thanks so much Kris! The colors actually remind me of the changing of the colors in fall...so very fitting I suppose. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  13. Everything about this quilt just rocks! I love the back, the fabrics, the triangles- everything!!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Thanks so much Kelly! It was a simple, but satisfactory finish..so glad I made it! Thanks for letting me share this one too at N&TT!

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  14. Love the scrappy yet coordinated look to this one. I am trying to get my triangle quilt actually quilted this weekend! They are piling up:)

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    1. HI Paula! I was just leaving you a comment at your blog...so funny! Im so happy with how this one turned out. Happy surprise! And yes, you have your work cut out for you this weekend...good luck my dear! Cant wait to see what you get finished and have a great weekend!

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  15. The colours are stunning! Very nice finish! One of these days I'll make a triangle quilt.

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  16. I really should play with that ruler set. I've had it for years and still haven't used it. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Ha - another Aggie with a Longhorn husband here! I just ran across your blog while looking around for quilts done with this fabric...I'm using it for a Falling Charms quilt and can't decide yet if I love it. Your quilt is beautiful!

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  18. Love your quilt! I was googling 'Lush Uptown' as I'm considering buying some charm squares but I was uncertain until I saw what you've done with the collection. Thanks for sharing your work!
    Kate from Melbourne, Australia

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