Color Bar Quilt

Color Bar Quilt - sewn by

I’m all fired up to finally share this quilt I made for Andy. Only a couple of peeks were shown on Instagram, and Andy had no clue this was waiting for him under the tree Christmas morning, which was pretty fun.

Color Bar Quilt - sewn by

Andy is a ” Creative Director of Video Production” and his MFA is in video and poetry. In short, this was the perfect quilt pattern for him. Betz White’s pattern and color selection provided in We Love Color (affiliate link) came to together quickly and easily. ( I discovered this pattern through Betz White’s post about it on her blog.) I decided to not make it a “quillow” like in the book, but instead backed it in this funky camera print in Andy’s favorite color (Thr3e by Cosmo Cricket – Kodachrome in Clementine).

Color Bar Quilt - sewn by

I stole the idea for the zig-zag quilting from Better Off Thread, and I would have enjoyed quilting it on my own machine if I wasn’t having so much trouble feeding the quilt through it. Maybe my batting (Warm & White) was too thick? Or my walking foot is broken? I can’t quite figure it out. I had to literally drag the quilt under the foot at some points and the stitch length varies like crazy. Up close it definitely looks like the amateur job that it is, but it will only bother me.

Color Bar Quilt - sewn by

I’m so proud of my Video Guy, and I’m glad I finally finding some things to sew for him. (Other than mending, I mean.)



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16 Responses to Color Bar Quilt

  1. Amy January 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    All your quilts are really inspiring me! I have one more quilt square to go in my first quilt, and then all the work to put the quilt squares together and the actual quilting… I need to see beautiful quilts like this one to remind me that it’s all worth it!

    • Jodi January 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      You are half way there! You can do it, beautiful mama!

  2. jess January 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    It turned out so great, Jodi!! It really looks amazing. So glad you were able to keep it a surprise :)

    • Jodi January 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      I’m glad I had you to share it with during the process. It was KILLING me to keep quiet. 😛

  3. Samantha January 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Oh, that quilt is a stunner! What a great gift…

  4. Shannon January 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Dude! My first walking foot was broken! And I kept thinking, “why do people like these?!” Great quilt! We were just telling the kids about getting up in the morning to watch cartoons, and watching the test pattern until the cartoons came on.

    • Jodi January 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

      It worked for my first couple quilts, I don’t know what the deal is. I’ll have to investigate more.

  5. Maureen January 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    LOVE IT! So cool and perfect for that genius hubby of yours. I’m doubly impressed you managed to keep it a secret! You inspire me. I’ve got a queen sized quilt top done and ready to put together, but it scares me since I’m such a hack and have no real experience with the actual binding / quilting parts. Maybe that will be my #scaredyquilts14 project :)

    • Jodi January 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      Wasn’t it though? I pretty much HAD TO make it.

      ANd go you! Make your quilt! Let me know if I can help. I’m by no way an expert, but I can tell you what I’ve learned. #scaredyquilts2014

  6. Marie Cheek January 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Looks great! I just took an online class by Betz White called PROJECT UPCYCLE: THRIFTY SEWING PROJECTS and totally loved it!

    • Jodi January 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

      She is a lovely and talented woman. :)

  7. Charity January 7, 2014 at 12:23 am #

    What a wonderful thing to keep as a surprise! Husbands are definitely more difficult to sew for than children… but worth it. =) Love the quilt.
    I also love the photo of the two of you. Your husband’s beard is quite impressive. =)

  8. Phoebe T. January 7, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    That’s such a cool idea! Great job!!

  9. Natalie January 7, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Jodi it looks great, love the pattern and fabric. Sorry you had so many problems with the quilting of it.

    Surprises are always the best.


  10. abby @ thingsforboys January 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    This is amazing! Who would’ve thought the test signal would make such a cool quilt.

  11. Jodee January 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Colors make me so happy. No wonder the children on the photo are smiling…!

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