Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Three Fire Escape Quilts

I just finished up this set of three lap size quilts. There were supposed to be one big king size quilt for my bed, but after I cut all the fabric and had some of it on the design wall, I was not crazy about the colors.  My bedroom walls are  chocolate brown just like the ladders in the quilt and it would be lovely on my bed, but it just isn't me.  I guess I'm not a flowery kind of girl!  I didn't think my husband would like it either.

So I also didn't like the matchy-matchy of the rows in the original pattern.  So I started changing things around and came up with these three quilts.  They are all quilted with a different pattern, and they all have different binding.  The back is the same on 2 of them, but we'll get to that in a minute.

First Quilt
Binding - Orange
Quilting -  Feathers A La Mode

I like the top on this on the best, it must have been the first one I did.

The back would have looked better with a brown binding, but I was digging through the scrap bin as it was for more fabric.  I like my backs to match the front as much as possible, so, as I did with all three backs, I used what I had.  The large piece of brown is a different color than the front, so couldn't use it for binding.

Love the quilting on this one! Now don't think I'm a great quilter...the pattern is really forgiving so long as you keep your motions smooth and flowing.  Didn't really have to stay on the lines to make this look good.

Second Quilt
Binding - Scrappy
Quilting - All That Jazz

Scrappy binding came from the back of the first 2 quilts after I trimmed them.  I think it's better than the orange, but still not my favorite with this back.

I really wanted to do a free motion fire pattern on this quilt, but thought jumping straight to that would be disastrous!  So I used my fire pantograph instead.

Third Quilt
Binding - Brown
Quilting - Free motion loops and flowers

This binding is the correct brown and looks great with the back.  I had enough fat quarters left to put them on the back of this one.  Then I split up the rest of them for the other 2 quilts.  This is my favorite back!

I thought the loops and flowers would go nicely with the flower prints on this quilt.  It was much faster to quilt this one, but it doesn't have as much quilting as the other ones.

So, which one is your favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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  1. Shannon, they are all great! I have done the same thing - intending to make a quilt for my bed and then it didn't work out and made it into smaller quilts. I have this pattern but haven't made it yet. I like the quilting pattern on the first one. For some reason I tend to feel carsick when I use a panto, pretty sad!

  2. I like your idea of making three smaller quilts when you didn't like it for a large quilt. My favorite is the first one because of the quilting. I like the last one because of the black binding. However, they are all delicious!

  3. What a great idea to make three smaller quilts. The third one is my favorite fabrics, but I love the quilting on the first the best,

  4. They are all beautiful! My favourite of the three quilting designs is the feathers a la mode. What a fantastic design!

  5. Nothing wasted, I love that! And now you have 3 great quilts to use or gift to someone. I like them all but I think I like the last one best. I like the loose, flowing quilting on it and the back is my favourite of the the three. But I really did like all three, it's hard to pick a favourite. :)
    Great job on the quilting!!

  6. I love how all three quilts have their own unique touches. Just lovely!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation


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