Friday, January 11, 2019

Which side is which?

You may recall that back in August I decided the ISU Cyclones baby quilt I had almost finished quilting needed to be larger to fit my college son instead. I designed extra borders, figured out the math, bought more fabric, prepared to learn to add quilt-as-you-go borders, and made this instead.

Pattern:  Spark, by Maple Island Quilts

The more I looked at the first project the more I thought it really wasn't Matt's style.  When I was organizing patterns on the wall at the LQS where I work, Spark by Maple Island Quilts caught my eye.  I knew Matt would like this better, and that the ISU fabric with the grey background would suit him better as well.

This was the quickest top finish I have ever had.  It took me about 5 hours from starting to cut to finishing the top. Making the back took longer because I couldn't leave well enough alone.  I made my daughter a quilt in her high school colors last winter.  I pieced her name into that one, and decided I should do the same for Matt's college quilt.  I was also determined to use up leftovers and the fabric I had bought to enlarge the previous Cyclone quilt, so I needed to sit down and design something.  It morphed three times, but here is what I ended up with.

Matt's Cyclones quilt, part 2

I paper pieced the name using Happy Sew Lucky's Vintage Alphabet pattern.  It's a great, crisp alphabet.  There is even guidance on how to space different letter combinations. I love that.!

Honestly, I think I ended up liking the back better than the front.  So did my friend Chris of Urban Loon Studios who did the longarm quilting for me.  (I couldn't get Laura's quilt finished and quilt this one too!)  My co-workers at the shop liked the back better as well.

My first guess was correct though.  Matt's style is definitely grey and simpler.  Every time I've seen him use it since he pulled it out from under the Christmas tree, that's the side he's showing off.

Christmas Day nap


  1. That is not fair having to pick a favorite side! Both are awesome! Does your son know how lucky he is?!

  2. What a beautiful (handsome?) quilt you made for your son! I guess most boys like the grayed down colors, but I'm sure he loves how you did his name. What a treasure of your love for him! ---"Love"

  3. Yup, I'd go for the back, too. But obviously you know Matt best! Both sides are great!

  4. He will always have the option to show which ever side takes his fancy. In reality he got a two-for-one deal.

  5. Looks like a great Matt Quilt ..... though maybe it is the side next to him that he likes the best, and is keeping it close to him? :) What a great Mom you are! :)

  6. I've never made a double sided quilt, but it appears that you did, however unintentional.
    Glad it is to Matt's liking (but I like the back best, too).

  7. A real two for one, I'd say no side is right as they both look great!

  8. What a gorgeous quilt. It's definitely a guy quilt. It will get loved.

  9. Really attractive on both sides, even if it's an ISU quilt! :)

  10. It's a fantastic quilt, no matter which side is up! And Matt loves it, so congratulations on making it just exactly right :)

  11. Quite a handsome quilt for your son! My favorite side is the one with his name on it, but he gets to choose his favorite. Love the colors and you did a great job with the design!

  12. That's a cool quilt. I like both sides. It's reversible


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