Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Colorful Life & Lickety Split

Colorful Life and Lickety Split are my homage to the wonderful teachers in Blogland.  These are also Quilts # 9 and #10 from the Sugarland Fall Festival.

When I look back on my quilting journey, I am amazed.  I learned to thread my machine on Labor Day in 2012.  How did I go from 0 to 60 quilts in three years?  There is one big reason - the inspiration and guidance in Blogland. There is also one small reason - I am crazy!!!

Colorful Life is a result of my admiration for Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts.  It is inspired by her Birch quilt pattern.

Colorful Life

I used very bright solids to showcase the scrappy bits.  I say "inspired" because I did not quite follow the directions; the squares were not all the same size.  Oh well, I hope the colors will distract from pattern imperfections.

Keeping it Simple

Celebrating every Sliver
I chose a solid black border, because nothing else would work with that brightness overload!!!

Thank you Amanda Jean!!!
I quilted around each square (Stitch Across the Ditch) using a decorative stitch.  I added a couple of gentle curves in between.

Happy Turtles
The super bright, happy turtles on the backing fabric makes this my most favorite quilt out of the 14 total.  May be that is the reason I have not been able to part with it.  The colorful dancing dots on black fabric makes the perfect binding.

Colorful Finish!!!
The finished quilt is about 40" by 50". Here are a few more pictures showing details.

No Scrap Left Behind

Green, Orange, Blue & Purple - YAY!!!

It is also fun to see/identify those fabrics from quilts past.

The inspiration for Lickety Split came from Unruly by Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation. I highly recommend this pattern.

Lickety Split

It looks complicated but is super easy. Makes you want to make three quilts even when you need just one.  It came together so quickly that Lickety Split was the perfect name for it.

Decorative Stitch Quilting

The quilting is straight line using a decorative stitch.  Once again, I chose a solid black border to contain/contrast all the brightness.

In direct sun!!!

I used the leftover fabrics from the top to add interest to the back. Kelly does it all the time. If I was going to use her pattern, why not go all out?

Quilted, Bound & Labelled!
Since it is a baby quilt, I would have picked out a bright, colorful fabric for the back.  But in this case, to highlight the colorful fabric, I went with a solid charcoal fabric.

Pieced Backing
I used black jelly roll strips also for the binding to super speed up the effort.  Lickety Split finished at 40" square.  Lickety Split was gifted to Roma for her newborn baby boy.

I will be linking with my favorite link parties, as usual.  And as usual, please let me know if this post has brightened your day.

Let me tell you what brightened mine - Just Jane sent me an email saying that she was inspired by my Candyland quilt (Blush!!!). And she also sent a picture.  I also love that her quilt is not an exact same design, but inspired by it!!!
Thank you, Just Jane - you brightened my day.

Candyland by Just Jane!!!
Just when I am gushing about BEING inspired by Amanda Jean and Kelly in Blogland, my work is inspiring someone else.  My life is complete!!!


  1. Colorful life is absolutely gorgeous, Preeti! I totally understand why you have not let this one go :) And Lickety Split is fab too! I think the solid on the back was the perfect choice, really sets off those colorful pieces, reversible quilts are the best! And that polka dot binding is awesome!

    The inspiration I get from blogland (that definitely includes you!) is endless and it makes my day as well when I get comments that something I did inspires others! You, my dear, are a constant inspiration!!

  2. So nice, Preeti! I love the decorative stitches. I get a lot of inspiration from blogland--including you! I'm already planning a quilt like Homeful for myself! Great work, as always!

  3. Isn't that Birches pattern just too much fun! You made a beautiful quilt!

  4. I like your version of the birch pattern. You did Amanda Jean proud : ) I have the pattern but have yet to make it

  5. Lots of wonderful eye candy! I love the bright colors in the birches quilt. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  6. both are wonderful, so very bright and happy

  7. Thanks for sharing. Both quilts are beautiful. You gave me inspiration for using my scraps.

  8. I love the crazy brightness of both your quilts. Amanda Jean's pattern is so pretty, but Kelly's pattern is really interesting.

  9. Your quilts inspire me all the time. I haven't actually followed through with the execution of a pattern you've shown, but I'm inpsired nonetheless. If I need charity quilt patterns, I will check here first.

  10. I love your renditions of two bloggers, whose work I, too, admire (and ogle)...I just bought a quilt kit, half price, from Connecting Threads that uses Amanda Jean's Good Neighbours line! And YOU inspired ME (I'm blaming you lol) to purchase a 10-yard bundle from Craftsy after I saw your Hexies score! More on those soon on my blog. :-)

  11. I've made a mini from Amanda Jean's Bright Birch Trees, I love your colorful version.

  12. What goes around comes around, as they say. That's one of the things i love about blogland too. Preeti it really is amazing that you learned to thread your machine on Labor Day in 2012 and have since sewin 60 quilts! Colorful Life and Lickety Split are both great and both inspiring!

  13. aw! It really makes me smile to know that my quilts and my blog have inspired you to create something so beautiful! Love both of your quilts, Preeti!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  14. Beautiful quilts - inspired and inspiring!

  15. Such darling quilts. I think the first one is my favorite, I love how you added the curved quilting to it.

  16. I love your interpretation! Very nice!

  17. YOur quilts are wonderful Preeti!

  18. I love the colors in your Lickety Split quilt. I would love to have some decorative stitches to quilt with. Very nice!

  19. I love your scrappy quilt that was featured over @ My Quilt Infatuation! Congrats!

  20. Great finishes! I especially like the colorful scrappy stripes! Happy Holidays!

  21. Colorful life indeed -- what a wonderful quilt! I like the other two as well. I wish my sewing machine had a serpentine stitch -- I'd use it a lot.

  22. Stitch across the ditch ... now I've learned something from YOU! Lovely quilts.

  23. I love your quilts! You inspire me, too! I made a Christmas table runner inspired by your Candyland quilt. It was a great way to use a charm pack and not have to cut up the pieces too much!

  24. Both of your quilts are so pretty! I am especially drawn to the Colorful Life quilt. I love your quilting style, Preeti!