The Purple Quilt

60" by 60" purple lap quilt
60" by 60" purple lap quilt

In 2005 (just NINE years ago) I attended a purple fabric swap put together by another member of Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association. There were about ten of us who got together to swap piles of purple charms.


2005 purple fabric swap
a page from my 2005 scrapbook

As with most new fabric in my life that purple stack of fabric sat around for a while. Then I found a pattern I wanted to try in a book on nickel quilts. I love the effect of how this came out with lights and darks and how it has the scrappy feel as a result of the fabrics from everyone.

purple quilt-detail 2

So I finished the quilt top and the quilt top sat in a pile because I was in the era of when I couldn't free motion quilt. Once I learned to free motion quilt (Thank you Leah Day!) I decided to quilt all over using a meandering or large stippling pattern.  I'm not sure that the photo shows it well, but I love the purple variegated thread I used.

purple quilt-detail 3

I didn't have time to find a border fabric and get a border attached in time to show the quilt in my guild quilt show in May 2013... so again it sat. Fast forward to last month and I finally found myself some purple fabric to use as a binding. I've embraced the process of using the machine to attach the binding, shown on the A Quilt is Nice Machine Binding Tutorial. I always hated how I finished quilting and was adding the binding and that step TOOK FOREVER. Machine binding really speeds up the process! (More on that in a future post.)

purple quilt 2

6 thoughts on “The Purple Quilt

  1. Congratulations on such a fabulous purple finish, Sarah! Yes, I agree. Quilting and binding by machine - finishing every step of the process yourself is such a wonderful feeling. Well done!

    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Ruth. Purple is my favorite color. I think you should definitely do something about your purple shortage. ;-)


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