Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lava Lamp Quilt

This quilt came home a few weeks ago, but I haven't had time to share it. It's with a bunch of other lovely work in the new Modern Patchwork magazine. I love to design from my experience and this simple take on a tumbler quilt is from my memories of lava lamps. I was obsessed by them, loved daydreaming and staring at them as the lava moved and changed shapes.
I really enjoyed reading this issue, especially an article on mid-century inspired free motion quilting by Kevin Kosbab.
My apartment is in chaos and filled with boxes and packing stuff so the only place to take a picture was on the balcony and it's not big enough to spread out a quilt, so I threw it on a chair and shot this.  I am going to miss having this view.  We've been really lucky living with a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline.
Maybe this quilt would be good for the "make moving fun" giveaway? Have you shared your guess yet?  It's a nice lap size, so good for a movie marathon on a chilly spring evening. I've had so much fun reading the stories and getting some great tips, so thanks for a smile when my back and neck were hurting.  I've broken one dish so far and haven't even moved yet.  Hopefully, that's not a sign of things to come.

I'm heading for Buffalo tomorrow.  My class is full, but I'm sure there is room to come to one of the two lectures I'm giving on Friday.  If you're in the area, come and chat, see a bunch of quilts and talk quilting with me!  I'm sure the folks at the Aurora Sewing Center will be happy to give you more information.

Packing update:
I've packed all the books, the guest bathroom, and all the contents of the buffet (all my sets of China and all those dishes I never seem to use.) Tackling the kitchen today!

37 comments:

mindingmomma said...

I love the colors in this one and that peek of the backing is divine.

Valerie said...

How do you have time to blog?! I'm impressed. Good luck with the kitchen-that is always a chore. I wish I was going to be in Buffalo! Y'all will have fun. My best moving advice?? Schedule a massage for a few days after moving in. Something relaxing to look forward to and help with soothing those tired muscles! Thinking of you, friend!

mailergoat said...

What a fun quilt. I can't quite tell -- did you make an effort to pattern-match the two adjacent tumbler pieces, or just let seams fall where they would? It looks great. I haven't made any quilts that use the same print in adjacent pieces because of nagging worry about this (and also because I haven't made all that many quilts!), but I feel like it would be easy to obsess over while cutting. Thanks!

Verena said...

Your Quilt is so nice!
I have seen it in the magazine yesterday and already cut the pieces to make one alike!
Have a great weekend!

Byrd said...

I just got my issue and I think your quilt looks great. Good luck with that packing. Take care, Byrd

jacquie said...

let the seams fall where they may. life is too short for matching prints in a quilt like this. save that for something heirloom or a show quilt.

Julie said...

Gorgeous colors and quilt! Just lovely!

Tiffany said...

This quilt is gorgeous! I can't believe you are considering giving it away! Someone will be so lucky to have it. It is beautiful.

The AfterCraft said...

So much fun.. I have a challenging quilting project.. how to quilt!??! eek. Love the lines on this.
good luck with the move!

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is such a beautiful quilt. The skyline is beautiful but I'm sure you are anxious to be in your own place.

Molly said...

Oh I am sorry you broke a dish! I am admittedly weird about my dishes- but any time I break any of my prized glass in my kitchen I cry- and I almost never cry about anything! I hope you survive the rest of the move unscathed and so do your dishes. I love the quilt, I totally see the lava lamp theme- and the colors are perfect for that- whoever wins this will be very lucky indeed! :)
Hugs!

zipjezopje said...

Oh wow, I love this quilt, double tumblers, such bright colours and the quiltwork is just amazing, simple but interesting! Double wow and heavy sigh.

Angela T said...

Gorgeous quilt and the quilting is perfect with the tumblers and lava lamp theme. Crossing my fingers nothing else gets broken.

Debra Graham said...

What a beautiful quilt, not that all of your quilts aren't beautiful.

Judy Johnson said...

My guess is 73 boxes. Label, label, label - even the obvious "Of course I'll remember what's in this box!" You may not. And make sure the coffee pot, coffee, filters and cups are easy to find. Makes the first morning much less stressful!

Enjoy the adventure.

aemily said...

Ug. I thought I posted my funny moving story yesterday, but it didn't take.

My parents like to build house so I moved a lot as a kid (three times in high school), and we always moved ourselves. You quickly learn to let go of things when you move yourself that often. At the start of each move, my mom would always say that this was going to be move that we were organized. Ineviatably, panic would set in and she'd start running around the house yelling, "We have too much stuff!" while shoving things in large black garbage bags.

Best of luck!

factotum-of-arts.com said...

I love your quilt. The quitting is beautiful.

Candy said...

Good luck with your move. Candy

SusieDW said...

Pretty and fresh looking quilt. I've got to try that pattern!

Patti said...

What a pretty quilt. I love the quilting lines too! And pink and any other colour is perfect in my books!

Lisa said...

You quiltbis beautifuil. My father had a blue lava lamp on his desk and I would watch it for hours, shapeswifting. Great fun in my young life!

Helen in the UK said...

Love the lava lamp quilt! Keep up the good work on the packing front :)

pennydog said...

Oooh my fear of heights is really not enjoying your balcony picture, it's more the "what if the quilt is caught by a gust of wind" sort of panic

patty a. said...

That quilt would be one great prize!

Bethany said...

OOOOOHHHHHH Now I love tumbler blocks. I never saw the fascination with them till now. I use my vintage Lava lamp all the time. Actually got in a bidding war with a 14 year old boy at an estate auction to get it.

JaneB said...

Oh my that quilt is so sweet. I love the quilting. Good luck with the packing and the move.

Tamie said...

Love this quilt. I just got the fabric today for a tumbler variation. I can't wait to get started.

Paula said...

Beautiful quilt, right up my color alley! I ordered this magazine and can't wait to get it! Wish I could come help you move!

Samantha said...

it's gorgeous- good luck with the move!

Simple Dreams said...

Love this quilt. Interesting that you call this design Lava Lamp because when I was growing up in Chicago near Damen/Irving Pk/Lincoln there was a Lava Lamp factory at Irving Pk and Paulina. This quilt brings back great memories of my old stomping grounds.

Reading your blog brings back fond memories of my early years in Chicago and I just love your modern quilts. Next time I'm back visiting friends I'll have to check out your fabric sources.

Thanks for the memories....Lisa

Karrie Smith said...

I love the quilt! I'm afraid of heights. It makes me SO queasy that the quilt is over the railing. I love Chicago :) I took my daughter on a trip there in 2007. It was the spur of the moment and we came on St Pat. Day/weekend. They turned the river green, and she loved that. However, it wasn't too fun walking through some drunken college-=aged people. We also went to what I thought was the Sears building? And at the top they have that window where you can step out and look down. Her dad went with us, and they were loving it, I stood in the middle of the room, like a freak, with my eyes closed and tried not to cry. Even after all that nonsense, my daughter loved the trip. We live by Ann Arbor MI. Anyways, the quilt looks awesome a million feet above the earth :)

Pat said...

I've already put in my guess so I won't do another, but the last time I moved was 25 years ago. I live in a condo that consists of 13 buildings and I was moving from one building to another. It was so close that I thought it would be a snap. I didn't so much as pack boxes as just carry 'stuff' from one building to the next. What a mess. Fortunately, I hadn't sold the first unit yet so I had plenty of time but it was an experience I don't ever want to repeat. If there is a next time I'll be a lot more organized!

Debbie said...

I'm loving this quilt big time. and a huge fan of the quilting. Is this one of the deco stitches on your Bernina that you've tweaked? Thanks for sharing!

julie said...

A packing/moving question... If your stash is not going into boxes, how will you move it? I am moving in the next month and need all the tips I can find.

thanks!

Pat said...

I do love this quilt. I signed up yesterday for your Craftsy class. Can barely wait to actually have time to watch it, lol.

Pat said...

How many boxes are empty? Hopefully, by now, ALL of them. :D

leanne said...

hope you're all moved in to your new place - I love this lava lamp quilt but I'd really love to see a whole front photo of it - I've just about finished sewing the rows together this morning - hope to have the top finished today ! and I'd love to see a photo of yours too :)