Sunday, April 10, 2011

His and Hers Quilt

The conversation went like this ...

Me (to my husband): So I think I'm finally going to make a big quilt for our bed. Any thoughts, suggestions or whatever?

Husband: No. (Then a pause) But not too much pink all over the place, okay?

Me: Okay. Or at least not on your half of the bed anyway. (Totally joking)

... but then a lightbulb turned on in my head ...

And here's the result, the "His and Hers Quilt". It's my own design and I am so happy with how it turned out!

Click any photo to enlarge if you wish.

It is huge since it is for our queen-sized bed. It is 102 inches square.

The fabric in the large strips is by Jennifer Paganelli (one of my absolute favourite designers). It is from the Mod Girls line, but it is out of print. I had bought 12 yards of the pink and 6 of the blue quite a while ago on clearance. I was just planning to use it for backing on future quilts. But once I thought of the idea of a half pink and half blue quilt, it was totally serendipity that I had it in my stash!

The quilting was done by long-arm by Tina Hanson of Town and Country Quilts in Rothesay, NB. She did a great job as usual. It is quilted in a blue variegated thread on the blue side and a pink variegated on the pink side. She even ordered special thread for me for no extra charge. Thanks Tina! The other fabrics are all stash fabrics or else scraps I had. Unbeknownst to me I guess I had been collecting bluish and purplish fabrics. I am really drawn to that colour combo. I had lots of pink from making quilts from my daughter. Shelley of Red Quilts sent me some red and pink Meadowsweet Henna Garden which was perfect in the red and pink side. I also had some Valentine fabric which worked. The binding is also the Jennifer Paganelli fabric. Pink on the pink side and blue on the blue. Here's the back. And, since I love this quilt so much, I thought I'd write up a free pattern for it to share here. It is very straight ahead and simple. It is really just a variation on a coin quilt. I just want to double check my measurements and calculate the fabric requirements before I post it, but I am hoping to have it up within a week and a half or so. Be watching the blog if you would like to try making your own His and Hers Quilt. Reflection of the quilt. Behind the scenes. Both my husband and I had to hold it since it was so huge. Thanks so much to my Mom for taking the photos. We were at the Rothesay Common, Rothesay, NB. The quilt is already on our bed. Of course there have been some jokes about not crossing the line and staying on our designated sides. My son has already checked that it is okay for him to sleep on the pink side. ;-)

Happy Quilting! And for some fun, I'm going to have a big linky party bash. I'm joining in Sew Modern Monday , CraftOManiac Monday , A Marvelous Mess and Fabric Tuesday. Click any link to see lots of other bloggers' fabulous stuff.

45 comments:

Janet said...

Very nice! You didn't tell us what husband had to say about the finished quilt :)....

Lesly said...

That's hilarious! And so beautiful, too! Isn't it great when a joke turns into a work of art at the same time? Great job!

byneedleandthread said...

haha this is so fun! i need to make one for my husband and I. and then I'll have proof when he's stealing my side of the blankets! :P

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

LOL..you're too funny....nice job though

Jen said...

Super sweet quilt! I love how you had the same fabric in different colorways. The jokes on this are endless. :) great finish!.

Rachel said...

Too funny, Riel. It turned out beautifully and looks wonderful on the bed.

I have yet to make a quilt for our bed...102 square inches is huge!

Amy said...

very nice.

Teje said...

Hello Riel! Vow this was a great idea! Now both of you are happy! You have made this quilt really beautiful! Best wishes! Teje

SewHappyGeek said...

Love it! Such a funny and sweet idea, and it's absolutely gorgeous! Well done, and I'm so telling my hubby about it. He's always after me to make one for our superking bed. Hello: idea!

Laura said...

I really, really like the way your quilt turned out. What a great idea to have a quilt with two halves.

Annie said...

What a marvalous design. Hope hubby likes it. Since it's on the bed, I'm guessing he's onboard with it. The reflection picture, by the way, it gorgeous.

Sharon said...

Beautiful quilt, and cute, fun idea! But how does your Hubby like it??

Crystal Hendrix said...

Very pretty!!! Oh I love it! I love how you did the pink and blue!! The greatest part is that you could use any two colors that you like! I will definitely have to add this to my list of want to make quilts!

Cathy said...

Ha! Lovely quilt and what a great idea! And why not?

Annaliese said...

What a great mix of personality and fun design! Beautiful quilt!

Kristie said...

Super cool! I love those light bulb moments :-)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Very clever idea, Riel! :)
BTW I am having a giveaway on my blog ( sandyssewingcircle) this week, ends on Thursday night over here. I was lucky enough to win on your blog a while back so wanted to let you know about my giveaway. It is open to anyone anywhere. hugs, Sandy. :-)

Canadian Kristin said...

You are so cheeky!!
I love it though, and how fun that you had blues and pinks of the same fabrics to work with! Really lovely!

Vita said...

it's so beautiful.. :)

Shelley said...

Holy cow Riel! LOL! I NEVER expected this lol! It's fantastic :) Hubby looks so enthralled to be there having to hold a quilt to be photographed ;)

Riel Nason said...

Thanks so much for your kind words everyone. If I couldn't reply to you by email, I'll say here that I really appreciate your comments! As to my husband liking the quilt -- he does. I think he likes the size of it most of all -- finally something nice and big for our bed. And it certainly brightens up our room!

CityHouseStudio said...

This is so beautiful, and so creative!
Love your photos, too!

Elizabeth D. said...

That's too funny, what a great idea, Riel! My husband actually suggested doing something like this at my house, but not so much for design purposes - more for the batting, because he thinks I keep the house at a positively arctic temperature!! I love what you did with this quilt, it's just lovely :)

DeVona said...

Wonderful and innovative, imaginative and whimsical! Love your fresh ideas! Thanks for your sharing; you are truly inspiring!

Linda said...

Very creative! I love it. So did my husband.

Kristen said...

How funny! We might need something like that around my house....my husband puts up with a lot of girly fabrics!

~Michelle~ said...

Oh, wow! that looks fantastic :) and holy cow, I really love the reflection photo - it really demonstrates how the colors pop on the quilt :)

Mary Jo said...

Beautiful work and great idea! I love the reflection pic too. :)

Sharon said...

What a cool quilt! I love the picture of its reflection.

MessyMissy said...

What an AWESOME idea!! And, I am totally on the "love the reflection picture" bandwagon. Thanks for linking up to my Marvelous Mess party!!! :-)

Jenniffier said...

That is great. Sounds like something I would do! Congrats on the finish.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

roflmao!!! What a great idea for a quilt, that's very original. I think it turned out great and I love the colors!

ulinkap said...

O love this quilt! The idea to do it in two colors is amazing! You've chosen beautiful fabrics! It's really wonderful!

Katie @ Sew Many Mamas said...

What fun! The fabrics are so beautiful.

emedoodle said...

Awesome! I love the colors of each side!! I actually made two different quilts for our bed, one for me and one for my husband. He's always too hot and I'm always freezing. One day I'll get to the point of wanting to make a king size quilt... not yet though! :)

Deanna said...

Love the colors! Congratulations on finishing it!! Such a sense of accomplishment. = )

Mary said...

What a great idea and a great quilt! You are just so clever. Snuggling under your very own quilt is pretty neat and I'm much more likely to make the bed when it has my own quilt on it :-) Now you need to make a pair of mixed pillowcases to match.

MessyMissy said...

I wanted to let you know that I featured your quilt on my blog today. Feel free to pick up a button!!! Here is the link: http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/04/marvelous-mess-8-features.html

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It turned out adorable...you are a clever girl to come up with this solution!

Rosa Robichaud said...

LOVE the "His and Her" quilt!!!!

One of our clients came in this week and saw your quilt on "Bertha".... chit-chat, chit-chat... you know how it goes and she said that you brought the His and Her quilt to the guild meeting and that she was quite impressed with it! *grin*

Oh... and here's a blog that "Sudsmuffin", in Saint John wrote recently. I thought it tied in nicely with YOUR blog:

http://www.sudsmuffin.com/1/post/2011/04/who-says-pink-is-for-girls.html

No affiliation with them, but they have YUMMY soaps and workshops for Mom and kids.... soap making or card making!

And they're on Union Street, in Saint John! *grin*

Okay... 'nuff said.

Have a Splendid Saturday!!!

Rosa

Vesuviusmama said...

What fun! And what a good sport your hubby is!

Megan said...

Beautiful quilt! I especially like that reflection photo--how cool! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday!

Quiltstory said...

This is such a creative idea!!! I love it, and how fabulous it turned out!

Suzanne said...

That's a great quilt and a lovely idea.

Heidi said...

GENIUS!!! I was going to make a quilt for a friend's bridal shower. I think I might need to alter my original plan slightly!