Friday, September 12, 2008

Fashionista

I purchased this Alexander Henry fabric last January when I was in the initial stages of stash building. I loved it for lots of reasons. It has a bit of diversity, the women exude strength and confidence and the colors are fab. It took me a long 6 months to figure out how to use this in a quilt. I saw the Michael Miller "button up" fabric and knew they belonged together. I fussy cut the "fashionista" to highlight the women and some of the clothes and accessories and framed them with kona snow and the buttons. I love how the top came together. This is for a very "fashionable" friend of mine for Christmas. I can't wait to quilt it.

Since it's Friday I'm due for a fitness report. Pretty good this week. I made it to the gym 4 out of 5 days and had some pretty good runs. I did 1.75 miles for the first time this week. The receptionist at my gym also said how good I was looking. I almost fell over. She said she really sees a difference. Now that made my day!

It's raining and cloudy again...dang it affects my mood. Could really use a bit of sunshine. Looking forward to my hubby coming home and a good weekend. Have a good one!




70 comments:

John said...

That is SO COOL. What a great gift that will make. I can't wait to see it all quilted, too!

Buzz's Food Lady said...

That's very nice! I have a few yards of the fashionista fabric on pale turquoise and have been contemplating just making a whole cloth quilt out of it because I just love those confident ladies! Your idea of fussy cutting and framing is also really nice. I'm amazed at your productivity, by the way!

-Rossie

Cami said...

This is so cute! What a great way to show off that fabric, I love that fabric!

Tina said...

What a fun quilt! Your friend is one lucky girl! I like how you focused on the shoes like that.

Shannon said...

Love it!

I have some of this fabric, too. I have a quilt in mind.

Keep FIT!

nettie said...

super cute! i haven't ever seen that fabric, it's great.

Sarah said...

i, too, am amazed at your productivity! and i love your quilt blocks so far - much food for quilty thoughts!

Jackie Russell said...

These fabrics look like they were made for each other. Please be sure to show pictures when it gets quilted.

Tine said...

Someone is going to be so so so happy! This is awesome! I LOVE the way you have used these fabrics!!

KateKwiltz said...

I love what you did with it! I bought some of that in blue a while back to make some Amy Butler handbags, but now I'm thinking your idea is better!
What a fantastic gift!

Marie' said...

Some day I want to be like you... whipping up cool projects like that. I love that fabric, but never knew how one would make it into something. Now I know. Very cute.

Becky said...

I love that. What a great way to showcase wonderful fabric.

TLC said...

What great fabric to fussy cut and highlight!

The Calico Cat said...

Lookin' Good!

KCQuilter said...

Wow, I love this fashionista quilt!!! I have not run across that fabric and may have to google it. Your companion fabric with it is a great choice too!!!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

LOVE it! Great job at the gym :) It's always nice when someone else notices your efforts!

nclangs said...

Really great quilt. I too can't wait to see it all finished. Love the ladies. They look as sophisticated as I hope to be one day!!

magikquilter said...

I have not seen that fabric before either....wow, saw powerhouse Palin on the news today and now these fashionistas....a girl power day.

Good on you with the fitness ....keep it up!

MichelleB said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That is SOOO wonderful. I have some of that fashionista fabric, too. But I would never have thought to do something as wonderful as what you did.

Jackie said...

Jacquie, Fabulous quilt! Your friend will love it!! Excellent report on your exercise! Isn't it great when others notice the changes too? You go girl!

Vicki W said...

Oh wow, I love those blocks!

ellen said...

Oh, lucky friend! There is so much energy here. Fabulous!

Alissa - alissahaight@hotmail.com said...

This is the PERFECT use of that wonderful wonderful fabric!! Really, this is gonna be one GREAT quilt!!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What gorgeous fabric - the button fabric is the perfect co-ordinating fabric. Your friend is going to love it.

Alice Grace said...

Oh, I just love that fabric! I had not seen that before. How creative you are!

upstateLisa said...

Jacquie, your work always takes my breath away! How fantastic are these blocks!!! and yeah for the gym!!!!

Sharon said...

I don't know what to say that everyone else hasn't already said, but that is a great use of that fabric! And I love the buttons fabric with it. Very clever, you! Your friend will love this quilt! I can't wait to see how you quilt it. And good job with the exercise! I think you get a gold star for the week!

Michelle said...

TOO cute~!

Freda's Hive said...

jacquie I have never seen this fabric before. This creation is fabulous and unique. It's just such a fun quilt. Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comments to me on my blog.

dot said...

Wow, this is a great quilt. I wish I was that fashion lady recieving this quilt.

Katherine said...

Awesome! I love your idea for this great fabric, Jacquie. What a smashing quilt this is going to be!

henny said...

Beautiful, really!!
I wonder howmany quilts that you usually make for a month..very productive of you:)

mau said...

Would love to find fabric like that, my daughter just loves shoes. What kind of batting will you use with this quilt???

Gunnels blog said...

What a great quilt !!

Levin (and Emily) said...

gosh i love your quilts.
i know what you mean about the sunshine - we've just come out of a really cold (by adelaide standards) winter and we've had a few warm and sunny days. it just makes you feel so happy :)
hope you get some sunshine soon.
l
x

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

Oh, I love that fabric!

Stephanie said...

Absolutely LOVE how you set your blocks. You are not only productive but extremely creative and I always look forward to seeing what you come up with. I also happen to love Alexander Henry.

simplysewn said...

Love the ladies and the buttons, too. I have to ask what kind of iron you use. Your pieces are always so crisp and unwrinkled. I am begging for a new iron for Christmas (yes, how pathetic is that?)and wonder if you like yours or not?

Congrats on the gym, too. I need some of that.

nicolette said...

Love it Jacquie!!

I guess you look as confident and strong as those woman now!

Happy weekend!

LEE-ANNE GILBERT said...

Great fabric Jacquie and well done with the work outs... Good on you!! Lx

Amy said...

Oh Jaquie! It's fantastic. So fun and playful - like I imagine you to be. I hope you are feeling better today. It would be hard to feel too sad while looking at this quilt!

audreypawdrey said...

This is going to be awesome! I love how you fussy cut the ladies and then framed them. You keep showing me things that I am going to have to try.

Janis said...

Love, love, LOVE the quilt! Especially the way you framed pieces of the scenes (the walking feet are my favorite). It is such a joy to check in and see what you are doing. You accomplish so much.

Madge said...

I just love this quilt. always great to see what you are up to.

QuiltedSimple said...

The fabric is fabulous - love all the women. Great job Jacquie!
Kris

em's scrapbag said...

Awesom fabric!! The quilt is fabulous. So chic!

MelissaS said...

So cute! You've got such a good eye.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Jackie...I just love it,...that is just amazing, goodness you are just so talented...

Rachel said...

This is a great way to use that fashionista fabric!

HomespunMary said...

Wow, it is beautiful! She'll love it!

Mariangeles M said...

Love how it looks :-)

Patty said...

I love this idea! You are so creative! Looking forward to seeing it after the quilting is completed.

Blondie said...

What a fabulous quilt! I totally love it- your friend will too!!!

Rebekah said...

you've displayed this fabric perfectly with this pattern! What a lovely quilt. I'm sure your fashionista friend will really enjoy this :)

billie said...

Wow, I've seen this fabric before. I love the way you put it into blocks, very clever!

MightyMom said...

oh very nice looks great!

Mary said...

What a fun quilt!

Lucette said...

I too am joining the other commenter to say that this is so cool.
What a great way to showcase a special fabric.

Molly said...

This quilt is so adorable and you are an inspiration!

The Polka Dot Pumpkin said...

What a great quilt. I love it! Your friend is very lucky. I can't wait to see it finished.

gardenymph said...

This just makes me smile and smile!
Did you use white Kona cotton for the sashing?

Victoria said...

I think this is brilliant! I have amassed a ton of these types of fabrics, because they are so much fun, but then, am at a complete loss as how best to use them. Great job!

Colleen said...

What a great quilt with that fun fabric!

How great to get such a nice compliment at the gym--your hard work is paying off!!

hey, you asked about the name of the quilt block from my doll quilt swap--it's the kaleidoscope block (free download from Quilter's Cache).

Here's to a great week!

Pat said...

Your quilts are very "fresh" and I enjoyed looking at your blog this morning. I'll come again. Pat

amandajean said...

oh, my, that is one amazing quilt! you did fabulous!!!

Randi said...

That is adorable!

Artfulife said...

I love how you placed all the squares. Your friend is very lucky indeed. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Julie said...

I like how you fussy cut the shoes and the head, in addition to the gals in outfits. Love the button borders and the framing.

Cheryl A said...

I love the fussy cutting!

Rebecca said...

i love the snippets and how you used and arranged them!