A New Favorite Quilt

by Nicole

I have a new favorite. Her name is Simplicity.


I made Simplicity in response to the Madrona Road challenge. For more on that, click here.

I was inspired by Lilac Crush, in the Modern Quilts book. I used improvisational piecing to create Simplicity, sewing together whatever pieces suited my fancy. I must admit, it was fun!

I’m surprised by how much I like Simplicity. I don’t usually use her muted colors in my quilts, but somehow they work for me. I used Kona Oyster for her background. It is also a new favorite. It’s a creamy off white-beige that reminds me of vanilla ice cream swirled with caramel. Yum-o!

This is my favorite block.

Simplicity_flower block

I don’t usually use text fabrics in my quilts, but again Simplicity surprised me with this piece that I randomly cut. Like the Princess, I, too, long for a simpler life!

Simplicity_text block

In keeping Simplicity’s quilting simple, I opted for wavy lines. They were quick and easy and made for great texture. Love them!

In my mission to reduce my scraps, I used just about all the scraps in the back, along with a few pieces from my stash. I saved a few pieces to make matching pillows at some point.

Simplicity measures 87″ x 92″ and is just the right size for my bed.

Here’s to more simple quilts!

Linking up Finish It Up Friday!


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CitricSugar May 17, 2013 - 3:40 pm

I can see why it's your favourite, Nicole! This is so fresh and clean… And you've showcased those prints beautifully. I just love it.

Izzy May 17, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Simplicity is gorgeous. Absolutely love it.

Debbie May 17, 2013 - 3:51 pm

It's lovely!

Heather D. May 17, 2013 - 4:11 pm

It's wonderful Nicole, and I just love that little pieced bit in the border.. Perfect!

Diana Mattoni May 17, 2013 - 4:24 pm

It's absolutely beautiful! I love it! What color did you use for the binding? Is it still the oyster or a true white?

JaneB May 17, 2013 - 4:51 pm

I absolutely love this quilt. I was thinking about a pattern for a new quilt for my daughter and I'm going to send her to your post to see if she would like this as much as I do!

Linda B. May 17, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Beautiful! Honestly, if I was buying fabrics, I wouldn't have picked these colors, but I LOVE how it turned out. You never know!!!! I'm inspired! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly May 17, 2013 - 6:33 pm

It is gorgeous Nicole!

Valerie May 17, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Love this Nicole! So glad I got to meet her in person πŸ™‚

Megan May 17, 2013 - 8:30 pm

It's really pretty! And I think you might be on to something – we might all benefit from simplifying our lives where we can.

Karen May 17, 2013 - 9:27 pm

It's a really lovely quilt, i love the colours you chose, they really work well together :o)

Katy Cameron May 17, 2013 - 9:41 pm

She looks great :o) Funnily enough, my entry (when it gets posted in a couple of hours) is also a Madrona Road creation!

Sewjournal May 17, 2013 - 9:47 pm

It's lovely. It has a really peaceful feel to it.

wombatquilts.com May 17, 2013 - 10:35 pm

What an amazing use of the Madrona Road fabric.

daisymeadow May 17, 2013 - 11:05 pm

I love how it turned out, and I love what you named it. Beautiful!

Neicee May 17, 2013 - 11:56 pm

Oh my gosh I love it! I would love to see a tutorial on the wavy lines.. I loved your tutorial on straight line quilting!

Susie at ProsperityStuff May 18, 2013 - 12:21 am

This is beautiful! I love the colors and the layout! Improv piecing has become a favorite of mine in the past couple of years — ever since some quilt-y blogs inspired me to try it! The quilting adds such great texture. Lovely finish.

M. E. Stephens May 18, 2013 - 1:54 am

This is a neat design! I can't help thinking, "Why not a family album quilt?" One could have family pictures (people, pets, houses, etc.) printed on a yard of fabric at Spoonflower and then use them for the centers of the frames! πŸ™‚ It would be a great gift for a special anniversary too.

I also like the Queen-Anne's-Lace fabric in your favorite block. πŸ™‚ I've looked at that fabric online recently. Those flowers are nostalgic to me as they were a favorite from my family's years living farther north. (I haven't seen them in central Texas yet).

Books_Bound May 18, 2013 - 2:19 am

I love your quilting on this–have to file that away!

~Laurie~ May 18, 2013 - 3:30 am

WOW – beautiful quilt!

jenni May 18, 2013 - 3:52 am

Love it!

ann May 18, 2013 - 1:10 pm

So glad to see the finished product. It's wonderful. I love the surprise strip of stripe (say that three times fast!) on the border. Terrific job . Those wavy lines are a favourite finish of mine too.

Lauren Deel May 18, 2013 - 2:49 pm

I love it, and the quilting is fantastic!

cyndiofthevortex May 18, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Pretty and fun! You can't beat that combination. Great job.

Tamie May 18, 2013 - 6:08 pm

I love this. It really speaks to me.

a maidenhair fern May 18, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Nicole! I love your quilt for the festival. Just beautiful. I love the colors, and the simplicity of it ALL! nice job.

pandchintz May 18, 2013 - 11:46 pm

Great colour combo – they work so well in this quilt. Love the backing too.

Renee May 19, 2013 - 12:48 am

Great quilt! I love the blues and browns together, and the wide sashing. And the wavy line quilting is fantastic!

Cari May 19, 2013 - 2:08 am

This is just beautiful — I love everything about it! What is that print in the block you said is your favorite? I really like it.

Tessa Marie May 19, 2013 - 2:20 am

Such a great quilt! My favorite part is the little stripey bit down the left edge. It is a little pop of the unexpected which always makes me smile πŸ™‚

Robin May 19, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Blissful Simplicity! I love how crisp and clean it looks. The quilting is just fabulous as well, and adds beautiful texture. Yay for pieced, scrappy backs that use up the remainders! πŸ™‚

Tammy Vasser May 19, 2013 - 4:17 pm

LOVE it! Simple but classic and that's what stands the test of time (for me). Thanks for sharing!!

Leanne May 20, 2013 - 2:10 am

I love this quilt, she is so calm and pretty. I especially love the back, and the quilting is a perfect choice.

Deborah May 24, 2013 - 5:40 am

wonderful – simple but effective πŸ™‚

cinzia June 19, 2013 - 11:30 am

yes, simplicity is always good in my opinion! I love your quilt and how you framed my favorite part of the text fabric "stitch by stitch…". Congrats on being the inspiration of the week!

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