Scrappy Single Girl Quilt

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Single Girl Quilt by jenib320
Single Girl Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
It's done, yippee! This morning I finally finished up my little Single Girl quilt. I have been fascinated by this quilt pattern for a long time, and when a Single Girl Quilt Along came up last year, I figured it was high time to give it a try.

Single Girl Quilt Pattern by Denyse Schmidt, can be found here.

Single Girl by jenib320
Single Girl, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
For me, the best part about this project was choosing the fabrics. I used some of my very favorites in this quilt. I choose a few fabrics from Park Slope by Erin McMorris and then pulled coordinating prints from other lines to go along with them. Read about this process in my Art of Choosing post, Supplementing a Fabric Collection.

Originally I was going to use a single color for the background, but really wanted to try something different. I already had these Kona colors (Cerise, Papaya, Espresso and School Bus) on hand, but not enough of any one to use as the background, so I used all four!

Single Girl Progress by jenib320
Single Girl Progress, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I really had a hard time sticking with this quilt. It uses lots of templates*, which I very quickly got tired of using. I like to get the cutting finished as soon as possible, and the cutting for this quilt is anything but quick. If I hadn't used my favorite fabrics, I'm afraid this quilt may have never been finished! I wasn't very good at piecing the curves either. This was my first time with curves, which was just not a great idea on my part.

*Update 2016: The Free-Wheeling Single Girl Pattern includes guidelines for free piecing the arcs.

Single Girl Quilt by jenib320
Single Girl Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I backed it with extra solids and a print from one of Denyse Schmidt's lines for JoAnns. I ran out of the yellow solid.

Single Girl Quilt by jenib320
Single Girl Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Thankfully all the fabrics and batting came from my stash, because I blew my budget on thread. I used King Tut #922 Harem for the quilting. I was having a hard time choosing because of all the different colors. This variegated thread was perfect. It has orange, yellow, pink and fuschia in it, I just couldn't leave it behind.

Single Girl Quilt by jenib320
Single Girl Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I quilted it with my walking foot, creating the wavy lines by wiggling the quilt back and forth. It's much more relaxing than straight line and I really like the look. It's bound up with a print from Park Slope by Erin McMorris.

Single Girl Quilt by jenib320
Single Girl Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I'm really happy with the end result of this quilt. The quilting and a good washing melted away a lot of the imperfections I was worried about. I am excited to find a place on my wall for this quilt.

Happy Quilting!

56 comments :

www.randomthoughtsdoordi.com said...

I love this quilt and I will get to see it at the Sewing Summit. Yeah!

Katie B said...

This is so cool! I love your color palette, and the quilting is awesome!

Jan said...

Fabulous. I love your interpretation of this pattern.

Brenna said...

Oh I love this so much Jeni! Your fabric selection is amazing and the colours are gorgeous!

Shannon said...

I just fainted! Jeni, this is amazing! I have really wanted to make a single girl quilt for a while now but I think seeing yours put me over the top! I love your fabric choices and the different backgrounds! If I were you, instead of hanging it on the wall, I would walk around with it at all times so I could admire it and pet it all the livelong day!!!

Impera Magna said...

What a beautiful quilt! Love the colors... AND the wavy line quilting! Fantastic finish!

Scrap,Quilt, Preach said...

what a stunning color combination. Good for you for finishing. I'm still stuck at adding the outer part to the rings.

Anonymous said...

Great a new problem with blogger and not being able to comment... I love it not! But I do so love your quilt! Gorgeous! Julie at The Intrepid Thread

Ellyn said...

Stunning! I love your fabric choices and the four different solid backgrounds. Very nice!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your quilt. Those colors are fantastic!

**nicke... said...

totally love the quilt and the quilting. perfection.

Chancy said...

This is so freaking beautiful! And I LOVE the multiple colors for the background. Swoon.

Barbara said...

Oh I absolutely love the colorful background (: And the quilting is fabulous.

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

The quilt is awesome and I LOVE the Park Slope fabrics! Your fabric choices are always amazing!

stitchinpenny said...

I have seen so many of these that I just barely liked, but yours I love, the color choices and the varied backgrounds are fantastic.

Sharon T said...

I love your quilt...and your blog, too!

Tennjenny said...

I LOVE IT!! It is 4x more interesting and gorgeous with the different backgrounds! Wow.

Andrea said...

Impressive! I congratulate the combination and beautiful design

Lynne said...

Wow! That quilt is stunning. What a lovely and unusal choice of colours.

Jenny said...

Great quilt!! The quilting is great too!

Shanea said...

Wow, looks fantastic. I love the bright fabrics.

Sarina said...

Love the quilt! The fabric combination is excellent.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

SO BEAUTIFUL! I love the four different colors you chose for the blocks

Linda said...

that is a gorgeous quilt!!!

Candice said...

Just awesome!! Can hardly wait to meet it and you in person!!!!!!!

Marianne said...

what imperfections? I don't see any imperfections. looks perfect to me

Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely said...

It's beautiful. I think it's my favorite Single Girl quilt I've seen yet.

Rebecca Lynne said...

Congratulations Jeni! This is beautiful...the colors are so VIVID. I saw it on Flickr actually before reading today's post. Just beautiful.

ga77peach said...

fabulous! re: thread...buy direct from Superior online...almost 1/3 the price of thread in a lqs.

Mama Said Sew said...

Love your fabric choices Jeni. The quilt is beautiful! Please do bring it to the Sewing Summit....I'd love to see it in person. :)

Anna said...

beautiful jeni! such a good feeling to finish up a project that's been sitting around. :) I love your wavy quilting lines.

Deb said...

Jeni, this quilt is AMAZING! I love your color choices and the whole thing just looks gorgeous.

Lindsay Conner said...

Love this quilt, and I'm totally going to try your wavy lines quilting method. It looks so organic and free!

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Congrats on the finish, Jeni. The wavy quilting is a great compliment to those circles. Hey, this looks like fall!

Gigi's Thimble said...

Yay! That must feel so good. Great colors/prints. It's a beautiful quilt.

Amber

Sadie said...

One of the best single girls I've seen. The colours are so vibrant :-)

Lorraine said...

I love your version of the Single Girl Quilt it's brilliant !

Bruna said...

Hi Jeni, your quilt is amazing! I love the fabrics and colors you used.
The Single Girl quilt is in my "to do" list too :)

randi--i have to say said...

jen, this is a great quilt! your color combination is fresh and so eye-catching. great job!

Ricki said...

It looks amazing! The colors you chose are fantastic!

Amy said...

Wow! That came out really nice! I think yours is the first I've seen with different background colors. I would like to try the Single Girl pattern eventually, but now I'll have to rethink the colors I choose. I thought I wanted a white background, but maybe not now.

Paula said...

This looks awesome! I have to admit, I haven't normally been too much of a fan of the Single Girl quilt, but I've also never seen it done like this. I love the way you mixed up all the colors. It's beautiful.

Jacey said...

Yippee is right! I just love it, Jeni. It's a fabulous design, of course, and your fabric choices just pop. I'm so glad you pushed through to finish. It's completely worth it! I can't wait to see this in person at Summit!

Sara said...

Terrific color palette!!! Eye candy for sure! You got through those curves without a flaw:)

Lauren Phelps said...

It's beautiful!! I'm loving the purple and black together. Great job!

Samantha said...

this is simply stunning- LOVE the 4 diff background colors! Yours is so gorgeous, it's making me reconsider my hatred of template cutting...

JustPam said...

That is beautiful. I love everything about it. You can't beat King Tut for variegated thread.

mle said...

Great job Jeni! it's absolutely stunning!

Elisabeth said...

Until your quilt, I have not liked any of the Single Girl Quilts I've seen online. Yours is stunning, the different color backgrounds make it gorgeous! :)

April @ Sewing Novice said...

I think your time was well spent on this quilt. It's gorgeous!!

amy smart said...

Beautiful, Jeni!

anniem said...

Georgeous

karyn said...

your colour choice is brilliant, especially choosing to do different coloured backgrounds! it's beyond beautiful, jeni.

moxiemandie said...

SO lovely! Those colors are *just* perfect!

Donna~~ said...

Gorgeous Single Girl--any one of your background colors wouldn't have been nearly as neat as your multiple colors--truly looks great!

Bearpawquilter said...

Is there an explaination somewhere about the name of this pattern that you can link us to? Just curious. Unusual colors all together that just work. Pretty. N