Pixie Sticks

>> Friday, November 11, 2011

My friend Suzanne is having a baby any day now. In the meantime, she keeps me entertained from 2000 miles away with her blog. Now I admit, I'm not really one for pregnancy blogs. Just not my thing. However, Suz's blog is sharp and sassy, just like her. I mean it. Her blog captures her voice better than anyone I know. I confess that when we were in college together, I would not have expected Suz to become an ultra-runner, which she did. While I can't fathom 50 mile trail runs as fun, I can hear her voice in her stat-keeping, produce-analogizing, cocktail-dreaming, fashion-arranging, book-thinking, conversation-relaying writing. As for the quilt, I decided to lead with my favorite picture, which is technically of the back, but could be the front too.

The offset blocks were made from some Arcadia charm squares and honey bun strips. I pieced them together until I could cut out 4" blocks (at least I think they were 4" but I made them awhile back and can't remember.) They looked better offset than in the middle. And it's a quirkier quilt that way, which it should be for the future child of Suzanne and Jasper. Jasper is a real rocket-scientist and Suzanne does good things for Earth Justice, and I think their child will be full of sass and delightful quirks. He will not be named Oliver, however, despite some parental efforts to influence name choices. The name remains a state secret for now.

The block on the bottom left is my favorite. I don't know if I'm supposed to have favorites, but I do. I like the sharp-edged flowers and, of course, the orange. The off-white is Moda Snow for those keeping track (which I love dearly but it is not bright white which I originally thought "snow" meant. Luckily it's also not the dingy white snow turns after cars drive near it, because that would be truly unfortunate.)

The yellow leaves from the tree in the backyard created quite a nice background for a full shot of the back. The grey-ish color is Moda Stone, and I improv-pieced the "pixie sticks" and then added fabric until it was big enough. Stipple-quilting led to nice crinkling.

I bound it with my favorite print from Arcadia, the orange leaves, and Pixie Sticks made it to California this week, at least a little bit before Baby H's arrival.


Karissa November 11, 2011 at 3:25 PM  

Ooh, I really like this! Especially the back! But also the front... It's definitely 2 quilts in one!

Katie B November 11, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

Such a sweet quilt! Arcadia is one of my all time faves.

Esch House Quilts November 11, 2011 at 8:42 PM  

A terrific quilt! I love the offset squares on the front and the pixie sticks on the back.

Mary Anne November 12, 2011 at 1:03 AM  

What a great quilt! I think Snow on the front looks great with the warm colors!

felicity November 12, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

Absolutely adore the off-set charm squares. And the back is fabulous. Great, great quilt!

Molly November 12, 2011 at 7:45 PM  

Love, love, love the pixie sticks quilt. Your friend is super lucky to have such a cool quilting friend!

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