Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Simple

I've been fussing with some quilt designs for a project I'm working on, and frustration set in. I decided to organize a closet to clear my mind (spring cleaning time, you know) and I found this piece I picked up at a thrift store awhile ago. It was a window valance made from a sheet. I took it apart and started cutting. The roses are so large they begged to be large squares. I added a little kona snow, some blue and one square of gray and I had a quilt. It's about 50 x 70, perfect to snuggle under or to spread on the grass for an impromptu picnic.

Sometimes I tend to overcomplicate things and I forget simple can be beautiful, sophisticated, and satisfying.

39 comments:

Tracey J said...

it is gorgeous. so soft and soothing.

Angie said...

I really like it!

greetingarts said...

You're so right. That's absolutely beautiful. I love the silver grey.

Poppyprint said...

Indeed!

One Flew Over said...

Simple but stunning!

nicolette said...

Simply (is often) the best!

Tina said...

I like simple, too. Larger blocks show off the beautiful fabrics, too.

MightyMom said...

it's beautiful!!
I didn't think I'd like the grey square....but I rather do, it's the little shadow of a cloud passing over the flowerbed. too cute!

MightyMom said...

so, will/can you keep the quilting very simple?

Contented Caroline said...

I couldn't agree more - sometimes letting the fabrics speak for themselves is the perfect way of creating something stunning.

Amber said...

Love the grey square - so pretty!

Sandra said...

You are so right, simple is good in every aspect of live!

Stephanie said...

Simply Beautiful! I do want to make a quilt using sheets or a sheet but have not been lucky enough to find such a pretty one.

Cara said...

That gray square is just begging for some simple embroidery to me.

grendelskin said...

It's lovely, and probably a good way to "clear the decks" for your next complex project!

Jackie said...

Very pretty! Yes, simple and satisfying!

A. said...

Sometimes simple really is best, isn't it? It's lovely.

Colleen Kole said...

Sometimes I just need to be reminded.

wishes, true and kind said...

"...simple can be beautiful, sophisticated, and satisfying." -- That is soooooooo true!

What a lovely quilt! Enjoy!

pinklemonadeboutique said...

It's just perfect. Quilting reduced to it's basic form...the contrasting solids just enough unpredictableness.

Rene' said...

Another beautiful quilt!!! This is stunning in its simplicity. Love the different solids you chose. Gives it a little extra something.

Julie said...

Such a perfect quilt for a picnic. And I agree that it's stunning in its simplicity :)

MichelleB said...

Oh, jacquie. You have such a gift.

Myra said...

Lovely with the blue roses.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Simply fab!

Elizabeth said...

I found that same exact sheet at a thrift store last month too! I plan on making a dress for my daughter out of it :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

You are right, sometime less is more, I love the touch og grey.

Meg said...

That really is lovely, Jacquie. I love blue, and it's really quite fresh against the white and the unexpected bit of gray. Simple really can be wonderful. :)

Suzanne said...

Sweet.
Delicate.
Playful.
Sigh.

Valerie said...

What a beautiful quilt, and none the worse for being a simple design and limited fabric choice. Really pretty and fresh looking.

Alissa said...

You're so right. Sometimes it's just so great to go simple. I love and have completely stolen your hangers idea by the way. It's genius!

Victoria said...

so true. love the simplicity and soft colors of this.

Bia, from Brazil said...

You´re definitely right. Less is more, most of the times. We tend to forget it.
Looks great. Keep it this way!

Rebekah said...

this is so pretty! It's the perfect picnic quilt

Cheryl said...

Yes, it's beautiful. And I love the lone gray block! One of my favorite quilts I did was just squares (for my niece's graduation gift).

britt said...

I agree, sometimes simple is the way to go! That floral is really sweet.

Vicki said...

this is so pretty, Jacquie. I love the simple.

bekah said...

i love the way your brain works. the hint of blue and one grey square- genius. i can't wait to see this all quilted up :]

sewtakeahike said...

so pretty Jacquie. and satisfying to start and finish the top so quickly I bet.