Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Purple People Eater



I made this quilt based on Oh, Fransson's blocks from her Paintbox Quiltalong. It is a graduation gift for a sweet girl that is a friend of my sons. I had one of my sons ask around to find out her favorite colors and he came back with purple, black and silver.

It's done in all different purple prints, although some of the purples look really washed out in all the pictures.  Apparently purple is difficult to photograph? One time when it was on my design wall, I called it the Purple People Eater, and the name just stuck.




My sweet friend and my daughter's bff, Melanie, took pictures for me when we were at the park on Saturday, but apparently there is such a thing as too much natural light because the pictures she took of the front of the quilt looked a bit washed out, but the back looked great. I loved this big swirly black and grey for the back.  The fabrics screamed for swirly quilting, but I haven't done much quilting besides straight quilting and I was terrified to try swirly on this one. I mean, literally nightmares about trying to quilt it and then having to tear out the quilting because it was so bad! So, Kirsten came to the rescue and quilted it for me and she did such a terrific job, don't you think?


I didn't know how I was going to be able to include silver in this quilt, but check out this fabulous swirly fabric I got for the binding. Yes, that is SILVER! Not gray, shiny silver.  Just the right amount of bling to finish off this quilt.  My son has been showing it off to all his friends except the girl that it is for and I get to give it to her tomorrow night after graduation!

17 comments:

Allison said...

That is a super cool quilt. Your son's friend will LOVE it!

BJ said...

Love it!!

Melanie said...

MMM yep the pics in the shade look more real. But seriously, that backing fabric needs to come in blues because I love it. Does it?

Samelia's Mum said...

Love purple! Love your quilt!

Lonci said...

Very nice quilt, congratulations:)

Carol said...

Ooh love it. Want it. I guess I'll have to try it myself :)

Katie said...

I think I need one of those for myself. I've been eyeing that pattern and I love purple and now, thanks to the Blogger Quilt Festival, I know how to get it all in one place! Beautiful quilt!

quiltilicious said...

Wow - I love purple, love the front but LOVE LOVE LOVE the back!

Me aka Supermom said...

Love the back!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Mary-Kay said...

The purple is great. I love it especially the binding.

mary said...

Nice quilt. I like the purple in this pattern. The back is really fun.

Sarah N. said...

Thanks for sharing! I love how such simple blocks can make such a stunning quilt. I am sure your son's friend LOVES it! And I love the backing fabric.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Beautiful - and the colors look so right together!

Have you visited www.WeAllSew.com yet to see all the great sewing and quilting links? It's good stuff and you might like it!

Leslie said...

this is really amazing. i love all the different shades of purple

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

An awesome quilt! What a wonderful graduation gift! I have so many unfinished ones...and my goal for each of our children to have one after their first year of undergrad...came and went...so now I aspire to turn them into quilts for when they have children (our future grandbabies!)

Blessings & Aloha!
(I finally have some free time so am trying to get to more amazing Quilt Festival posts!... so happy to see yours. I would love to have you pop over to my place. And if you get a chance, please let me know by leaving a comment. :o)

Eileen said...

love this--i LOVE purple so it's really perfect. i'm doing a paintbox quilt in scrappy blocks and all the colors in a robert kauffman kona jelly roll--i love the directions i got on oh, franson. thanks for sharing this wonderful quilt and how lucky for the girl who's getting it! come visit me if you have time: http://fligamapoof.blogspot.com/

kati said...

Oh am I ever in love with this quilt... it makes me happy!