Friday, June 1, 2012

Curious Nature for Boys

Anyone who has ever tried to make a quilt for a teenage boy knows it isn't easy. I enlisted the help of my sons to design their own quilts. One of them, I finished. Minecraft Quilt. The other, I really should finish... but oh, my creative son. It involves a pieced sword, an appliqu├ęd "creeper" (from Minecraft), trees, mountains.... it is really an art quilt, and I am a patchwork gal. I like chain piecing! What can I say. When I saw man designed Curious Nature by Parson Gray, I immediately decided to make these fabrics into patchwork quilts for my teens that would last for some years and look nice in their (currently shared) room.

Curious Nature Crosses
I call the blue colorway quilt, Water, and the green one, Woods. Which is where my boys spend much of their time, as our home is surrounded by woods, creeks and rivers. The tutorial I used can be found here, at Jeni's blog called In Color Order. I made my quilts larger, using about 1/4 yard of 24 fabrics for each quilt. I bought a half yard bundle of the entire Curious Nature collection.

Curious Nature Crosses- Water  

I used a solid binding, Kona Cotton in Pepper, for both quilts and a dark grey/black scrollwork patterned flannel from my LQS for the backing (it was 108" wide, yay, no seams!).

Curious Nature Crosses, Woods
 

Quilt Stats:
Size: 67" by 90"
Fabric: Curious Nature by Parson Gray for FreeSpirit fabrics
Binding: Kona Pepper
Backing: Flannel from LQS

18 comments:

  1. I love both of these quilts so much!! I am sure your boys will too.

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  2. Beautiful, Carla! They will look great in the same room, yet they are unique. I have to admit, I am really curious as to where you live when I look at these photos. Love the outdoors around your place.

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  3. Ah, curious about the nature, are you? :). Sent you an email, Alisa! Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Two amazing quilts! I have had that tutorial bookmarked forever. Must do it after seeing yours. Love the two colour ways . Great job Carla : )

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  5. Great quilts. Saw you on talknt, took a look at your blog, love it! You are amazing. And with 6 boys, and homeschooling, do you sleep?

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  6. Really great quilts. I have a bundle of Curious Nature set aside waiting to be cut into.

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  7. I love this great quilts! I like to sew one for my son and I thank you for inspiration!
    Marion

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  8. let me ask you about Flannel, does it Fade? Peel or get the fuzzies?? I want to make this into a Value Quilt and fast, Flannel sounds cozy and great for men too. You did a fabulous job.

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  9. PS, your life sounds perfect, wish I could figure a way to live in the woods, but my husband sales cookies.. retirement isnt for awhile..6 boys wow, I have 4, they are grown now, didnt get that girl.. I thought I would but now that I have 4 daughter n laws, I think god knew what he was doing. I did get 2 granddaughters and they are pure JOY..

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  10. Wow! These are absolutely both gorgeous!!!

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  11. Both quilts are absolutely stunning, I found your blog as I was looking for quilts for teenaged boys, I think this pattern will be perfect for my two teenagers. Its about time I made them a quilt! I just became a follower with google, but just incase you didnt know its going away in July, a lot of people are going with blogloving instead.

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  12. These are wonderful! Makes me want to get back to my own Curious Nature quilt that's been languishing for...well, over a year!

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  13. I like the greens and the grays. It looks like a quilt that could be made quickly and enjoyed, not a lot of small piecing. Beautiful

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  14. So lovely, they turned out awesome!

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  15. Hi Carla! Pat Sloan posted a picture of your Green Plus quilt today. I came here to look at it as I have a grandson that I would like to make a quilt for. You said that you used a patterned flannel for the backing. I'd like to know what, if any, batting you used.

    I have already made one of your quilts (American Jane 9 Patch) and am looking forward to making another. I have been following you for a while as you make such lovely quilts.

    Thanks! Tami

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  16. I am considering making a star wars quilt with the new Camelot star wars fabrics using this quilt pattern. I just wanted to clarify the size of squares you used and how many different fabrics you used in the twin quilts. Thanks for your help

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    1. The tutorial I used can be found here: http://www.incolororder.com/2010/09/plus-quilt-tutorial.html, at Jeni's blog called In Color Order. I made my quilts larger, using about 1/4 yard of 24 fabrics for each quilt. I bought a half yard bundle of the entire Curious Nature collection.

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  17. I love this quilt!! Is there a website where I can purchase this bundle of fabric from? I love the fabrics and pattern!! Thanks!

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