Americana

I don't think I've ever been so deeply in love with a traditional patchwork quilt before.

Americana on the grass

Most of these fabrics are Suzuko Koseki, Lecien, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, a little Moda Hometown and some Lakehouse seed packet fabric.  I challenged myself by using red, white and blue and muted tones while trying to make this traditional palette look modern.  So, I named this one Americana.

Americana medium range


I think the perle cotton big stitches and x's in black really make this quilt.

stitching close up

stitching close up


Here is the back.

Americana full back

The part that took the longest was burying the diagonal stitches of the x's in between the layers of the quilt so you can only see horizontal and vertical lines on the back. 

back close up


Here is a shot after washing the quilt.  The binding is from Moda's Mama Said Sew line.  I love that charcoal dictionary print.

Americana after washing


Right now this quilt is neatly tucked next to the couch, but I'm certain that soon it will be dragged into service for Henry.  His favorite books seem to need a lot of naps in my bed lately.  "Buzz book sleeping...shhhh...Wake UP!"

Americana on a tree bough

24 comments:

Claudia said...

I love the colors and love how those black stitches pop and add texture to the quilt.

Jilly said...

the colour pallette is perfect, and the hand quilting is great. Nice work.

jeanne e. said...

this is wonderful! i think you are right, the hand quilting really makes it something special. nice work! :)

Cari said...

I love this! I'm trying to figure out what makes it look modern to me, because it definitely does, even though some of those prints have a more vintage feel to them. I'm not sure, but the whole thing just works so well. Great job!

Carla said...

Oh my! I love that quilt too! Right down to the last stitch, it's wonderful!

Kim with a K said...

I want to hug this quilt!!!
Your stitching is over the top with those little x's!
Love!

Frederick said...

Perfect. :-)

Anjeanette said...

I love this so much! The little X's make my heart skip a beat. I adore it all washed up. Your fabrics are so awesome. Love, love, love.

Beth said...

That is a fantastic quilt Melinda. Your hand stitching is just incredible. I can certainly see why your little guy is going to want to make this his own.

peas said...

It's just gorgeous! I adore the little x's! Such a lot of work, beautifully done :)

Linda F. said...

Love, love, love it. How did you do the hand quilting? Did you use a large hoop?

Carmen said...

The hand quilting is perfect! I really love the little x's. :)

Tamie said...

Oh my gosh- love your quilting.

Alli said...

I love your hand quilting! Yay for a fun finish! :)

Toni said...

Simple patchwork is always a favorite here, but that hand stitching really makes it shine! So, so good, Melinda!!

Becca said...

Very nice. All the details are perfect. Does Henry still nap too then? :)

just2Bjulie said...

The colors are truly inspirational! Someone should be paying you money to design for retail...

I love the story about Buzz book taking a nap!

Colleen said...

This is definitely Americana but it is also very "antique" looking with the quilting stitches. Love it!!

Sarah said...

I love this quilt! I like it red, wet and blue but muted, like its antique. My favourite thing is your hand quilting. Looks great!

Stephanie said...

Oh my, those fabrics are delicious. And the quilting - never have I wanted to hand quilt until I saw this! How long did the quilting take you?

knitting sandwich said...

now usually just a mention of the words "craft project" and "americana" has my eyes rolling to the back of my head and i fall asleep... but good lord woman, this quilt is so fabulous i may never sleep again!!!
i love it!
and i know i've said it before but your hand stitching on this one is completely inspired.
i love every single millimeter of this quilt!
-melissa

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love it!

Beth said...

I really love this quilt. It is Americana without being "flaggy" and without screaming it loudly. Great quilt.

TiaraHelen said...

Just beautiful, I want!!!

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