Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sophia's quilt

It's been a long time since I posted. My sewing room is under renovation (yes, I should have posted on my husband's heroic efforts there. But there have been bummer-ish complications, like a shoddy skylight installation by workmen who have no pride, and their ignominious return to our house...3 times! Sigh). Most important, I have been busy welcoming our foreign exchange student from Egypt, Nadia.

This quilt is not for Nadia, but for Sophia, going off to college this week. Sophia (daughter of family friends) threw a party before school started to introduce Nadia to all the "cool kids" in the class below her (now seniors) at the high school: i.e., the smart ones, the ones that wouldn't make stupid remarks like "why aren't you wearing a towel on your head?" About 20 people showed up! As a result, Nadia's transition into her new school was a breeze. Yay, Sophia!

As the party was winding up, I casually asked Sophia's mom, "Just in case I have time to make a quilt in the next 10 days [before she goes to college], what are Sophia's colors? Her mom answered, "It's always been robin's egg blue, mostly, but now with a little gray, lavender, and gold thrown in." Sophia has a very well defined set of colors. And, marvel of marvels, scraps in these colors had recently been brought together in a laundry basket, and were queued up, waiting for an excuse to be made into a quilt! It was meant to be.

I had a lot of fun with this design: 9 x 9" crazy blocks, plus 5.5 x 9" rectangular blocks. I love crazy, and it worked quite well in the "low-volume" colors of Sophia's palette.

I already had a couple-three yards of the robin's egg blue (called "spray green" at Joann's); in fact, this was the color for the back of a recent quilt (posted here). I just needed to buy 2 more yards to finish the quilt. All the rest was from my scrap bins.

I love a scrappy quilt. Thanks to my friend Sue Ellen for photographing this in the lovely, well-lit space of our local public library. Next up: Nadia's quilt!


  1. What a marvelous finish. Sophia sounds like an amazing girl! Good providence to her in college and to Nadia this school year in USA!

  2. Gorgeous quilt! I love how you pieced the background squares. Way to go getting it done in time.

    1. Thanks for visiting. I really liked reading about your quilt charity in the hospital.

  3. Wow! Love this quilt, esp. those gorgeous pops of color!

  4. What a fun scrap quilt. It's perfect for a dorm room, it will brighten one right up.

  5. This turned out beautifully. Love the color palette that she wanted. It's perfect.

  6. Wow! What a gorgeous quilt! Sophie sounds like a wonderful young woman and is sure to love and appreciate her beautiful quilt.

  7. Don't you love it when you can make a beautiful quilt from your stash? It is lovely! Best wishes for Nadia's year in the US.

  8. A wonderful finish! I love your crazy blocks in with the stars, very effective!

  9. Congrats! This gorgeous quilt was featured on Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation on Sept 9th. Right on Greta!