Finished: Modern Meadow Quilt

I know I already said it…but I heart this quilt.  I wish you could see it in real life because pictures just don’t do it justice.
The backing is an aqua sheet from Target and it’s almost EXACTLY the same color as Kona Aqua.  The aqua in the quilt top is Kona Aqua and you really can’t tell any difference between that and the backing.  The weave is tighter on the sheet and its softer than Kona Aqua too…it makes a great backing.  (in my Target they sell the flat sheets in boxes against the wall, I think it was $7.99)
This quilt is going to be perched in my living room for a long time….or at least until I make a new favorite….hmmmm.

77 Responses to Finished: Modern Meadow Quilt

  1. Quilted Cupcake June 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Wow! That is beautiful. Thanks for the tip on the Ikea sheet – gotta check that out.

  2. Trisha June 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Beautiful quilt! Thanks for the idea to get a sheet from Target. Less expensive than buying fabric by the yard.

  3. beth June 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Lovely quilt. Thanks for the "hot tip" about the backing!

  4. jaime June 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    I have a stack of Amy Butler fabric just waiting for the inspiration to hit. I think this is it! How big are your blocks???

  5. Maegan June 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    I look at Goodwill stores too for sheets to use as quilt backs. They are $2.00 at our local Goodwill store.

  6. Erica June 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Could I ever bug you to share the color of the green and tan solids you used… I would like to do a shower curtain for my BR and need something solid… thanks so much! Your quilt is amazing!

    My e-mail is


  7. Stephanie June 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    I love it!

  8. emily June 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    I love love love this! It looks amazing.

    Do you find sheets work well and hold up as backs? I just finished a version of your raw edge circle quilt and am on the hunt for backing fabric.

    Also, do you do all your own quilting or do you take it somewhere?

  9. Sleepy Cat Hollow June 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    I love the aqua & avocado colors!

  10. Katie June 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Okay, that is so beautiful. You give me such quilting inspiration. I just finished my 3rd quilt last night. I am determined to do some fun blocks for my next quilt, as I have maintained simplicity with simple squares until now. i always love seeing your quilts!

  11. Jenniffier June 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    So beautiful. It would be my favorite too. Great idea with the sheet for the backing.

  12. Haws Family June 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Gorgeous!!! I love using sheets for quilt backs. in fact, sometimes I just sandwich two sheets together to make a blanket (we need lots, and have few) when I don't have time to piece a quilt.

  13. BaileyGirl5 June 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    I heart it too ….

  14. Jemm June 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Wow. That's all I can say. You are amazing. I don't quilt (yet), but I have a HUGE appreciation for it. And I'm really drawn towards quilts. They are just really, really intimidating to me. I know you probably get tons of questions, but do you have a suggestion for a first time quilting project? Maybe a table topper or runner that is simple. I have only basic sewing skills, I think :)

  15. Marie June 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    Those are my favorite colors! And it's just beautiful…great job!

  16. kimland June 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    The quilt is beautiful and LOVE the color combo. Great job!

  17. fiberdoodles June 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    It's beautiful! Such pretty colors.

  18. Pokey June 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    It is a beautiful quilt to love!

  19. Tracy June 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    oh my gosh, gorgeous!! How do you do it? How do you have the time to finish all your quilts? Are you secretly "wonder woman" ??? : )

  20. Purple Quilter Queen June 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    Oh Allison! It's beautiful. Very tranquil. Love the backing too. I've got to go check out my Target for some sheet backings. Cool! Jenn

  21. live a colorful life June 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Can I just mention how gorgeous the quilt looks sitting on top of that white chair with the polka dots. Perfection…

  22. Daisie June 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    So beautiful!! I love the colors!

  23. Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign June 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    It's gorgeous – i can see why you love it. Great tip on the sheets – i will have to scope out my Target next time.

  24. Kristine Hanson June 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    that is lovely!

  25. Amanda & Brian June 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Lovely! How do you deal with the hems and the top portion of the sheet? Does that get cut off ?

  26. wishes, true and kind June 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Great quilt — and it looks wonderful on that chair :)

  27. Blue Is Bleu June 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Absolutely stunning quilt! I've always loved the Modern Meadow collection and your quilt's possibly my favourite I've seen made with it :) I actually used the aqua Target sheet on the back of my last quilt… love the colour!

  28. Amber June 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    I really love the quilt Allison, especially sitting on that chair :)

  29. Amanda Joy June 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    This is my favorite! Awesome job.

  30. Princess and the Pea June 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    I love those colours together – I would never have thought to put the yellowy green colour with the aqua but it looks amazing!

  31. Jennifer June 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    It's just beautiful! I love the colors. Isn't it fun to have a new favorite quilt? I just finished one too.

    Jennifer :)

  32. Melissa June 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    It is beautiful! Great job!

  33. Di~ June 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    awesome quilt Allison, I love it and thanks for the backing tip! there is a Target store 8 minutes from my home.

  34. Sarah Kate Quilts June 30, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    I love using targets individually sold flat sheets for quilt backings too. Its a great way to have a soft comfortable…yet inexpensive… quilt back.

    I'm in love with this quilt, so beautiful!!!! I do know what you mean by "wish you could see it in person" … I think about that everytime I post a quilt picture in my flickr account!!

  35. Amy Sp June 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    I loved it when you showed the top, and I love it now! I really want to get that fabric for my month in a bee, but it's not until February, and I'm afraid I'll find another line I have to have before then–I'm sure you know how that goes!
    I'd love to know how big your blocks are.

  36. SarahVee June 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    Love your quilt. This is a fabulous line of fabric and what a great way to display it. And love it for all time!

  37. Mary June 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    GORGEOUS! I love this fabric line, and I love how you've mixed it with solids.

  38. Jeni June 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    That is really beautiful! That's my favorite colors of that line! :D

  39. Made.By.Jess June 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    I just wanted you to know I love the blog and nominated you for a blog award on my blog.
    You can come pick it up @
    Thanks, Jess

  40. Karyli June 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    That is so beautiful! It is definitely worthy of "favorite" status. I love the colors you chose.

  41. a little bit biased June 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    It's a beauty! Good job!

  42. Maree: June 30, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    WOW.! what a Beautiful Quilt…Thanks on the tip about the sheet…must check out our Target ones…

  43. Sonia June 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    I lurve it!!! I bought the same aqua sheet at target. I gravitate toward that color, so I figured it would definately get used!

  44. Sherri June 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    It's just gorgeous…I love these fabrics and still haven't decided on a project for mine…but yours is perfect for them!

  45. Carol June 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    Wow, this is a really pretty quilt. It looks like you would feel so peaceful if you were snuggled under it.

  46. Nancy June 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    This quilt is absolutely beautiful! Great job!

  47. SheilaC July 1, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Your quilt is beautiful!!


  48. freshlemons July 1, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    It turned out awesome! And thanks for the great tip on the Target sheets – I'm going to have to check that out!

  49. Jean @ Quilted Cupcake July 1, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Duh – guess I should have ready closer – Target, not Ikea. Even better!

  50. Mary on Lake Pulaski July 1, 2010 at 2:02 am #

    Fabulous quilt! And so happy you are keeping it to enjoy.

  51. Merry Made Quilts July 1, 2010 at 2:47 am #

    Soooo pretty!! I love your colors! I'm glad to see someone else using sheets! I feel validated! My grandma always used sheets as the backing because they just feel snuggly!! I have done the same. You've given me the "ok!" to continue with my "dirty little secret!!"

    Lovely quilt!

  52. Rene' Sharp July 1, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    This is STUNNING!!! Love everything about it. I am busy trying to sew my first quilt, and it's actually harder than I thought it would be, lining up all those blocks. I really need to work harder at sewing straight even seams. Oh well, I am learning as I go along. Wish we had Target here in South Africa!

  53. kersten July 1, 2010 at 3:34 am #

    LOVE it! You did a fantastic job.

  54. momto2wasd July 1, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    That's wonderful!!

  55. Dionne July 1, 2010 at 4:30 am #

    That is a BEAUTIFUL quilt! Love the photos, you have a great eye.

  56. Carla July 1, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    I love the colors of your quilt…I'm so in love with aqua right now. I'll have to try a sheet for backing someday.

  57. bleuvanille July 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    gorgeous, it's a favorite collection of mine too. Thanks for the tip for the backing, very clever!

  58. randi---i have to say July 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    beautiful! you did a great job. the colors are just perfect!

  59. Deanna July 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    The setting for the photography really compliments the quilt. It makes me think cool-and-comfortable even on a 90 degree day.

  60. Kristie July 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    You have just determined my next fabric purchase, thank you! What a beautiful quilt!

  61. Chris July 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    LOVE IT!!! Thanks for keeping it real and sharing the Target tip! The price of backing fabric is killing me lately. You're showing us how taking a chance can have huge payoffs. Well done!

  62. amandajean July 2, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    my bento box has a matching aqua sheet on the back. for a king i only paid $14.99. what a GREAT DEAL for a king backing, no? i'm still giddy over that one. our quilts have matching backs!!! ;)

  63. Tasha July 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    It really is just fabulous!! I love to back quilts with sheets too. Especially big ones. Love all the aqua. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  64. Miss Sews-it-all July 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    A beauty!

  65. Jenny July 3, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    This is lovely. Thanks for the tip about the flat sheets from target and the price. :)

  66. Jessy July 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    I absolutely love this quilt! For starters, how can you ever go wrong with Modern Meadow. Is this pattern something that you created? If it is, would you ever consider creating a tutorial or pattern? I love the way it showcases the collection and think it could be just what I was looking for for my Hope Valley.

  67. Diane July 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    Beautiful! This would never leave my living room…. or never enter… I may be too afraid someone would spill on it.

  68. Solveig July 4, 2010 at 4:51 am #

    Love it!!

  69. Rinachiyya July 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    You are amazing.Love your quilt and you sure can do that quick.

  70. Ellie-CraftSewCreate July 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    It really is beautiful!!

  71. by Daisy July 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    i really really really really really LOVE it! wow… just… wow!!!

  72. teedle. July 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    Stunning – beautiful work!

  73. Kristie July 13, 2010 at 2:19 am #

    Hi there,

    First off, I am an admirer and follower of your blog- great stuff! Today I blogged about the motivation behind some of my lastest fabric purchases, and your Modern Meadow quilt was among them. I linked back to your post. If you want to check out my post, the link is:

    Have a great day,

  74. Susan July 16, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    wow! I heart that quilt too : ) beaut

  75. Nicole July 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    I love the pic of it folded on the chair. It looks so homey and soft, comfy! Pretty!

  76. Alexandra August 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    What green solid did you use? I've laid the fabric next my Kona color chart and can't find one that looks good!

  77. Krista S. June 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Still one of my all time favorites and I keep coming back to it :) I recently aquired a fat quarter pack of FMF and I think a quilt like this would do it justice. Just wondering if this is the same as the skipping squares pattern?

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