Thursday, January 21, 2010

A name for my wonky rails

Roads of Rt 66 is what I decided to name this quilt. I was midway through the process, having cut all the blocks and laying them out to preview, when we did a road trip from TX to CA. When we got back this quilt reminded me so much of the road we traveled... mostly divided 2 lanes (grey), but in spots the interstate was red, I assume because the local clay soil, and often you would see the side roads, often the old Rt 66, and in areas just dirt roads. The fields lining the roads were golden dead grass, plowed fields, and in spots there was snow. I see all of these when I look at this quilt. (Don't worry if you don't. My husband was on the same trip and he thinks I am crazy)



I love the way it came together. I love the backing fabric which was from my stash. The two solids are kona cotton, Sand and Coal with pieces left from the block cutting. The binding is a small Andover print that is also used in the blocks. It measures 52 x62, but I have not yet washed it. (when washed it is 49 x 58 and all crinkly!)
One last time, thanks to Cheryl for the quilt along tutorial!

I am sharing this for Sew & Tell Friday, be sure to check out everyone elses projects too!

30 comments:

  1. That looks gorgeous! I'm so glad you went ahead with the fabric that you loved. Thanks for Quilting Along.

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  2. What a great quilt and the fact that it holds the memories of a trip in the name! what a good idea!

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  3. it's beautiful and I love the name! great job!

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  4. Nice quilt and nice that it reminds you of a trip.

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  5. Lovely quilt and I love what you've done with the backing fabric.

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  6. Very nice and I love how you named it!

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  7. this is stunning. i love the colors and fabrics you chose.

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  8. Wow! For me, that's a show-stopper. Love the reds in it. I don't think I've ever used gray in a quilt (but do have a small stash of it) but now am anxious to do so. Just stunning!

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  9. I traveled along rt 66 last year and the colors do remind me of the road. :) Great job!

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  10. Oh, what a pretty quilt. The fabrics are fabulous.

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  11. Thanks for sharing the inspiration for the quilt. It was cool before I knew, but now it's even better. :)

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  12. just love this! the back fabric is so sweet and pretty. you've done an awesome job and i totally get why you named it this!

    fabulous friday finish!

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  13. Ok..I LOVE this quilt!!!

    Great job!!

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  14. I always enjoy a wonky idea and the back of this quilt is my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing, Em

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  15. So pretty and I love the colors you used. I was going to join along but life seemed to get in the way.

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  16. Very aptly named quilt, I can totally see why it reminds you of your road trip. Love the quilt too, nice rich colours and the all over quilting really enhances it. Awesome finish this week Diane.

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  17. Fantastic quilt. The back looks great too.

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  18. It's beautiful..front and back! I love how you named it.

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  19. That is gorgeous, Diane! Such pretty colours. I had best intentions to do that quiltalong but never made it past picking fabric - when I see yours I am so sorry I couldn't get my act together. Great finish - thanks for sharing!

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  20. Your quilt is lovely and a great name for it. I don't think you're crazy. LOL

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  21. Very cool quilt - and very cool name...

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  22. Great quilt. I like the name and how you came up with it. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Beautiful! I think the name is perfect for it. I can just picture the drive... ;o)

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  24. It's beautiful! I love that you inspired by the trip you took. It's a perfect name!

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  25. That is the perfect name for this quilt!!!

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  26. It is great and can see your trip all through that quilt. A nice memento of your trip.

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  27. I LOVE this! Great colors & fabrics! And name :)

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  28. This is beautiful!

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