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Jan 13, 2014

Gatekeeper Quilt Finish - in Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts

Jan 13, 2014
Pin It It's finally time for me to share a finish I am quite proud of!  This quilt, called Gatekeeper, is an easy quilt with lots of spring in her step.  Maybe we can pretend the cold temperatures don't exist wrapped up in this quilt.  It's featured in Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, Spring 2014 issue, on newsstands now.

This quilt mimics the elegance of an Irish Chain with a little sass on the side to give it a light and modern feel.  I love how the strips at the edges of the quilt extend out into the negative space.  

For once, this truly IS an "easy" quilt.  No triangles or other fussy pieces to play with.  Nope, just simple squares and rectangles.  This whole quilt breaks down into 3 basic blocks, which makes it simple to put together.

These colors come from Michael Miller's Happy Tones remind me of sherbet... they make me happy and hungry.  

The little butterflys that scatter over the quilt top are too cute!  I cannot take credit for those - I sent this quilt to my local longarm quilter, Beany.  She always does such a wonderful job for me.

This quilt design reminds me of a garden gate and trellis.  Spring flowers in full bloom.  This quilt actually came to be just as I envisioned it in my mind.  Design, colors and all.  Sometimes when you submit designs to magazine editors, colorways or designs can change or be tweaked.  My original design is extremely close to this - with the sherbet colors and all.  I usually design all my quilts with solids first, so I can really visualize the blocks and secondary patterns within a quilt.  After those are apparent, I go about choosing fabrics, and often the colorway changes by publication.  Not this time!  

And how appropriate.... here is Gatekeeper seated on a gate. :)

F&P has kits available for this quilt of you're interested!  Love these sweet colors.  They seem perfect for any girl.

Quilt Stats.
Name: Gatekeeper
Size: 70" x 70"
Design: by AnneMarie Chany
Fabric:  Happy Tones by Michael Miller
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty Pleasures

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  1. I love it! The borders are brilliant. I really need to gather the courage to make an oversized king quilt for my bed, and this could be perfect.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! I love traditional designs given a modern twist.

  3. Wonderful! I always love a quilt that looks more complicated than it really is.

  4. Beautiful kwilt. Congrats on the publish. Woot woot.

  5. Pretty Spring colors on a winter day! Very nicely done. Love the pattern, and fabric chosen.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the colours you used too, AnneMarie!

  7. This is really appealing and so modern looking. Thanks for making something easy and fresh!

  8. I love it the design and fabric. Happy Tones was a great choice for this quilt.

  9. Gorgeous quilt! Congrats! I love the colors, very 'spring-ish'!

  10. Love your quilt. The colours and quilting are lovely. Are you keeping this one?

    1. Uhhhh actually Pam..... I usually keep them ALL. :) I love all my babies!

  11. What a beautiful quilt! I love the colors and the design. It really pops against the black-eyed susans. I'm looking forward to seeing the pattern in the magazine.

  12. Ooh I like this a lot... I have a ton of blues to use up, but I don't want a very very blue quilt - this would be perfect with all that white!

  13. Gorgeous quilt! This would look beautiful in just about any color :)


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