Friday, November 1, 2013

Cameo and Friends is Finished!!!

Inspired by the sun and the sea, my love of fabric and my obsession with color. This is Cameo and Friends.

It all started with the fabric, a combination of Cameo by Amy Butler, Birds and Bees by Tula Pink and solids from Art Gallery. My original stack did not include the zingy tomato red. Looking at it now, I can't imagine this quilt without it.

I was originally thinking of making a small patchwork quilt with the blue and green colors to imitate the looks of glass mosaic tiles. I made a test block and it was good, but I felt it was missing something. Around that same time, Katy and Audrey were obsessed with making Scrap Vomit quilts. They were cranking out one after another and the quilts they made were so fun and scrappy. Something about these two ideas merged in my mind. When I added the coral and the alternating blocks the design finally felt right.

I made the strip sets earlier this year and set it aside for awhile. In early October I picked it up again and decided it was time to finish. Pinning all of the 2" squares was tedious, but it was made more fun with friends when I brought it to a local sew night. This quilt measures 70" x 84".

The main print of the back is also from the Cameo line by Amy Butler. It's called Harriet's Kitchen and I really love it's large scale. The colors were perfect for this project. It's bound with the same red, Kona Coral, that I used on the front.

I quilted it in diagonal lines across each square with this fun variegated cotton thread by Sulky. Again, the colors were perfect!

Read more about the process of making this quilt from the orgininal mood board, to the strip sets, the rediscovery, and the building of the top.


  1. Love this quilt so brilliant! Could you please add links to the book images so I know where to go to buy those fabulous books you are featured in?

  2. That turned out so nice! I just love the back. Way to go :D

  3. Ooooh it's gorgeous! The red binding was a fabulous idea. :)

  4. ohhh, it's so lovely! You're right - the red just makes it!

  5. I have to say, I love love love this quilt. Zingy is exactly the right word for this colour combo, and the use of all the prints as the "background" adds so much depth. Really gorgeous!



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