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Oct 28, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Hopscotch Kona Challenge Quilt (Fall 2011)

Oct 28, 2011
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Welcome to any visitors from Blogger's Quilt Festival!  Can you believe it's time for the Festival already?  This year is cruising right along.  This quilt I completed in May for the Modern Quilt Guild Robert Kaufman Kona Charm Pack Challenge.  It's huge!  And is one of my kids' favorites.  For anyone who remembers this quilt from it's first post, I decided to keep it for my kids instead of giving it to 3 newborns.  My boys loved playing on it all summer in the cool A/C.

Hope you like it!  And thanks so much to Amy Ellis for all the work you've done for this online quilting community.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Sewing Summit - she is such a sweetheart.  Thank you Amy!

Well, I've done it.  I've gone and quilted the largest playmat ever.  Well, maybe not ever..... but this thing is HUGE!


Our Modern Quilt Guild was given a Kona Charm Pack in the bright color palette.  We were to make a quilt using "Summer Fun" as a theme.  One day in the shower it came to me that I should make my Kona quilt a hopscotch game.  After all, the Twister quilt went over really well.... this would be just as fun.

We were allowed to add one solid for background and one additional print or solid.  At first I chose, a green print from Tweet Tweet by Keiki for Moda.  But after sewing the print into the cornerstones for ALL TEN blocks AND adding the number appliques, I decided I hated the look!!

There was a ton of green in the charm pack and the green print added sensory confusion in my opinion.  I debated just to leave it and finish the darn thing.  (Enter "Angry sewing")  So after a little break from working on it, I decided I couldn't let it alone.



CRAZY = I took all the frames off the center squares, removed the cornerstones, replaced them with Kona Bahama Blue, cut new center squares, repieced the blocks, recut all the numbers, fused 1-10, and zigzaged all the applique.

Yes, I feel really crazy writing it too.


BUT.  

Now I like it.

Here's the back (Amy Butler and Metro Rings, leftover Kona Bahama Blue)


Quilt Stats:
Name: Charmed Hopscotch
Size: 28" x 90"
Design: pieced framed blocks with number applique
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Me -  Stipple on my home machine

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51 comments:

  1. I think your Bahama Blue design decision was spot on, even if it led to some angry sewing :) I really love the finished look of the Hopscotch quilt, it's so darling!

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  2. Yay! Such a fun project. Definitely worth the changes you made!

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  3. Great idea! And yes all the changes crazy, but they look good! :)

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  4. I can't believe you did all that extra work but that is one awesome quilt! What a creative AND functional idea!

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  5. I love this quilt so much (and the Twister quilt)! Great call on the Bahama Blue - it's those tough decisions that can make all the difference :)

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  6. I love your hopscotch quilt - what a great idea! I couldn't resist pinning it: http://pinterest.com/iftoyscouldtalk/quilts/.

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  7. Thanks for showing the original blocks...it illustrates why fabric choice is so important....and how a few tweeks can make it look sooooooo much better.

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  8. I love this, its really gorgeous, I may have to add a hopscotch mat to my to do list. It was definitely worth all the trouble of swapping the green for blue, the blue really pops and looks brilliant

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  9. Wow! It is amazing how the changes you made affected the whole quilt! I just love that you added the bahama blue! Great job!

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  10. Oooo! So bright and colorful! I love this one and the Twister quilt so much because it just makes me want to be a kid again!

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  11. Fun quilt to bring out the kid in all of us. I remember playing Hopscotch. Your decision to change to the Blue made such a difference. Happy Quilting!

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  12. I adore that quilt. It's an exceptional idea!

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  13. I commented on your original post for the hopscotch quilt. I still LOVE it. I pinned it onto my pinterest Quilt Love board.

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  14. What fun! A brilliant idea and a gorgeous quilt!

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  15. It's simply beautiful, Anne Marie! Your changes made it sing. :)

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  16. I definitly like the blue better than the green, but, oh my goodness, you certainly put a lot of work into it. I'm not sure I could have taken it apart and started over.

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  17. Oh I loved your game board quilts. Bet they get a ton of use!! Great to see it again!

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  18. what a cute idea! the blue was an excellent swap, i think!

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  19. brilliant! my kids would love that.

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  20. You've perfectly captured "Summer Fun" makes me what to play hopscotch! Great job on the challenge.
    Come see my entries: #29 miniature reproduction and #31 antique 1850 star quilt

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  21. This is fantastic! You totally made the right choice, by changing out you fabric. It gives an entirely different, fresh modern look. I want this quilt for my kids!

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  22. What a unique idea for a play quilt. I was not familiar with your Twister quilt, but I see how this idea panned out now that I know you made that first! I'm sure any kids would love to have these quilts!

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  23. Ok...ypu're a perfectionist and i like what you ended up with. Must say, though, that i liked the green too! What a fun mat for kiddos. Does it slip at all? I've thought of making something like this for grandkiddos but worried they might slip on it. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  24. It is a wonderful play mat and when your kids get tired they can wrap up to watch a movie. I love it.

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  25. This is really impressive! Love the bright colors! I grew up in Columbus, OH, but live on the west coast now. Hope you have a mild winter! Lily.

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  26. LOL @ Elizabeth's "angry sewing" comment. Been there! I admire you for recognizing that you wouldn't be happy unless you made a change with this quilt. I love the finished product!

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  27. I loved hopscotch when I was a child - such a clever idea for a quilt!!

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  28. So much work but definitely worth it. A great look. Your hopscotch quilt is wonderful!

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  29. What a great design decision to redo - it makes all the difference. What a fun quilt!

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  30. Lovely, lovely, lovely! These modern quilts are just the ticket, so simple and yet so grand! And now this HopScotch is such a good idea.

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  31. You may feel crazy but it was totally worth it! It would have been great if you left it but I think it looks fabulous now! I love it!!! Smiles~Beth

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  32. that is a lot of love there. taking out all of those stitches and redoing them was the best decision. beautiful job!

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  33. I L O V E IT!!!!! This turned out fabulously!!!

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  34. This is awesome!!! And I so would have done the same thing. I can't let something go if I don't think it's right. It turned out so beautiful!

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  35. What a fun idea for a kids quilt! I really like your second version over the original. I would have done the same!

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  36. Wow! What a great quilt! I love the blue, what a pain that must have been, but it looks great!

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  37. What a fun quilt! Good job for redoing it. The end result is fantastic!

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  38. I love the story of this quilt. I don't think you are crazy, you have to do what you have to do so the quilt makes your heart sing! Thanks for sharing it.

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  39. I love it! What a clever use of the charm pack!

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  40. So awesome! What a great quilt, Ann-Marie. And I know that "angry-sewing" feeling. It stinks at the time, but you totally made the right call. That Bahama Blue is perfect!

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  41. What a great idea...thanks for sharing.

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