4 squared finished

I finished this off before I left on my trip home. I love how it turned out, the colors remind me of ice cream flavors. I timed how long it took me to quilt it with a medium sized stippling….1 1/2 hours (including snack breaks of course). Not too shabby considering I had to re-wind my bobbin four times. Now if I could only figure out a faster way to baste the quilt….preferably where I don’t have to do it at all. The backing is the Alexander Henry Apples and Pears. They are so cute, I haven’t used them in anything for myself yet since they are very girly, but with this it matched perfectly. And I had it already, which is always a plus.

51 Responses to 4 squared finished

  1. Mrs. Smith May 5, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    WOW! I LOVE it… especially the back. So cute! I love your use of colors together.

  2. Karen May 5, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    Beautiful! LOVe, love, love it!

  3. Chris May 5, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    Allison! It is soooo cute! I really do like all the little squares. The white sashing just sets it off perfectly! Now I want to go do one too. :) Thanks for the inspiration. I always enjoy looking at your work!

  4. Chris May 5, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    OOOPPS! Forgot to say that the back is PERFECT! Love it! Hey I did my first stippling on a table runner this weekend. I used Objects of Desire and it turned out really cute. I was so excited about doing the stippling I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. WOW for you on doing the whole quilt in little over an hour!

  5. rachel griffith May 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    oh my heavens i love it!!!

  6. Terriaw May 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    I love how your ice cream quilt turned out! Great choice for the backing too. I made napkins with that fabric, and just love it. Good to know about the timing for machine quilting, which I am on a mission to try this summer.

  7. Alinta May 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    LOVE it!!! Hope you dont mind, but im going to make one too. What a fabulous, relativly easy quilt to make. Oh and on the basting, im a tad naughty… i do it the very easy way. I use quilting adhesive spray, and spray my 3 layers together pushing all bumps out. It works fine and i dont get any bulges if im free motion stipling. However if i was doing a quilt with lines i would probably use a few pins too. I just find my pins always come out, or move around, or leave holes and i hate the time i waste doing it.

  8. Kerry May 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    Beautifully done. It definitely reminds me of spring. And nice choice for the backing. I too would like to avoid the whole “binding” part…I have machine stitched both sides of a binding before…it didn’t turn out that great so I dropped that idea and resorted back to the conventional way. But I have seen others done and they look great.

  9. Oxford Impressions May 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    I love it. I have you in my sidebar and am always happy to see a recent post from you to see what new project you have finished. I love your work, your ideas, your colors, everything! Hope you don’t mind if I use you as inspiration for my own creations. Good work!

  10. Barbara Myltschenko May 5, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    As usual you blow me out of the water. I need to stop checking your blog so early in the morning, it just makes me want to stay home and quilt!

  11. Evelyn May 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    Oh, that’s really beautiful! I love it. You did an awesome job. :-)

  12. Erin O. May 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    Beautiful. I’ve been meaning to start something like this pattern and seeing yours makes me all the more want to! Great job.

  13. Valerie May 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Love it — the colors, the pattern, everything. I need to get crackin’ and actually work on a quilt top — you’ve inspired me to do more than just a few blocks here and there…:)

  14. Lisa May 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    You chose a perfect name for this quilt! I love it. You have such a great eye for color- and you are so (sew?) quick! I just love your blog. I find a lot of inspiration here so thank you!

  15. another amy May 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    The back is perfect! And I love the green binding too. What a great quilt!

  16. Emily May 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    Wow! So pretty!

  17. Trisha May 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    Love how it turned out! So cute!

    I use basting spray on my quilts. It holds the layers together beautifuly, doesn’t gum up my needle, and it is SO fast!

  18. I Love Baby Quilts! May 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Love it! Love those apples and pears. I think it looks like my grandma’s quilts from the 40’s, not the fabrics, but the lots of white, lots of quilting and 16 patch thing.

  19. Amy @ Park City Girl May 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Beautiful!! I love all the colors and the way you have put them together :) Your quilting looks great – I love how fast stippling goes.

  20. Mary on Lake Pulaski May 5, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    It’s beautiful.

  21. Natalia May 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    I love it! Your quilts are so cute!

  22. Pumpkin Head Baby Co May 5, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    Love it! Makes me want to cuddle up on the couch with that quilt & a bowl of ice cream!

  23. Bison Girl May 5, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    I just started making a “copy cat” quilt :) I love it! http://www.bisongirl.com/2009/05/squares-squares-and-more-squares.html

    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  24. Kristin May 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    my goodness how on earth do you find the time?! maybe when I graduate in december I’ll be able to do more than a couple of blocks a day.

  25. Ariel May 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    yup! One of my favorites for sure! Looking at it makes me happy and I love seeing so many favorite fabrics in one quilt :)

  26. Sara May 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    Love the colors! They are great and the backing is perfect!

    I have issues basting my quilts too, it drives me nuts!! I wish I could figure out a way to do it that was easier! How do you baste yours?

  27. Aimee May 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    Just beautiful!

    As far as basting goes, I cheat and use the spray. Bad me, I know. But I haven’t had any issues with it gumming up the needle – so far, so good!

  28. Dionne May 5, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Such a beautiful finish, and the back is adorable!

  29. erica e May 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    i love this. great backing and beautiful top.

  30. Philigry May 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    i love this one! the backing is one of my favorites. great work.

  31. Molly May 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    Gorgeous! Beautiful colors, backing, and quilting–you rock!!

  32. Chris May 5, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Yum! I love those fresh colors! Well done. I am still too chicken to get my free motion quilting going… Thanks for showing us it can be done so well!

  33. Heather May 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    It’s adorable, and it does remind me of ice cream! The backing is perfect for it. Great job :)

  34. Jackie Russell May 5, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    I love the new quilt!

  35. Betty Crocker Ass May 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    I swooned when I saw this.
    I have the same fabric that I’ve been hoarding…

  36. Nanette Merrill and daughters May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    Colors and flavor no less than delicious.

  37. Andi May 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm #


  38. Kari @ Ucreate May 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    Just had to stop by and say this quilt is absolutely beautiful!! WOW!

  39. Danielle May 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    That is so awesome, the reward for cutting all of those little squares! Beautiful work.

  40. Heather May 6, 2009 at 12:12 am #

    beautiful–yes, ice cream, summer, the lake, a picnic. . . all those things come to mine. really beautiful work.

  41. 2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel May 6, 2009 at 12:47 am #

    a dorable!
    this project rocks!

  42. Anonymous May 6, 2009 at 4:46 am #

    I love your binding choice. It really frames the ‘scoops’. The value changes in the color blocks definitely gives the texture of ice cold ice cream.

    I still pin baste on the living room floor. I wish I knew a better method…

    All your great comments have also given me some other quilt blogs to check out. I am so phsyched! Hope you enjoy the trip home.

  43. Jenny May 6, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Oh it is just so beautiful!!! Wonderful!!! Glorious!!!

  44. Melissa May 6, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    okay, so last week I saw your post of the quilt top and I HAD to make one…I am almost done with my quilt top but it is going to be at least 42 colored squares…I am addicted. Sorry to be a copy cat! I just loved it and already had a lot of the same fabrics. I’ll post some teaser pics on my blog later today or tomorrow if you want to see my version.

    I couldn’t wait to see what you chose for the binding and back. Green was a good choice! I think I have the same material for the back, but I also have Alexander Henry’s juicy (lemons) so I think I may use that since it is in my yellow blocks!!) Thanks again! I already have my next quilt in my head and can’t wait to get started (string quilt). This sure is addicting, isn’t it?!

  45. randi May 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Just beautiful! You are right about it resembling ice cream. Just perfect for warm, summer-y weather!

  46. Rebekah May 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    This is beautiful! I love all of the bright colors

  47. amandajean May 11, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    i just love it! the backing fabric is a wonderful choice. how large is it?

  48. amandajean May 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    never mind…i scrolled down to find the measuerments. :)

  49. Lisa D. June 1, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    That is so beautiful! Nicely done!

  50. Jeni May 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Just peeking through you finished quilts and spotted this one, it's beautiful! I love patterns with simple squares! Loving the colors as well, so summery!

  51. Jean New July 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Do you know where I can find the pattern?
    Thank you!

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