Tone It Down – Quilt Top

I was looking through my blog over the weekend, and realized that I never shared my finished quilt top for the #apqquiltalong project! I had a few little deadlines pop up on me and I folded up the top before I got it posted here – sorry! My quilt measures 75″ x 93″ – which is a great size, and it would be simple to add or subtract blocks to make it the size you would like to snuggle with!

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Making this quilt has been a journey! I will mention that using an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance makes all the difference in these blocks, with so many seams, it would be easy to have problems.

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Thankfully, my quilt top lays flat! It’s not a difficult quilt to make, I suggest anyone that wants to make one to go for it! Break it up into little projects, and then work it into blocks and a quilt top. Some local friends made one over the course of a year, by making four-patches, and nine-patches as directed. It’s a fun project to incorporate lots of fabrics into too!

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It’s a great quilt to use fat quarters, fat eighths, and small left overs from other projects. I had participated in a gray swap a year and a half ago, where everyone cut 10″ squares and exchanged them, so we had a nice variety of gray fabrics. I used a bunch of those fabrics in this quilt top, which made for great variations in each block. I’ve talked myself out of organizing that sort of swap a few times lately, but could be talked into it, if there’s enough interest. Fill out this form if you would like updates on a gray swap!

Spring -

It would seem that spring is coming early in our valley, warmer temperatures, melting snow, and lots of sunshine have made for some beautiful days lately. I’m sure we will have more snow even still, but it feels good to take a deep breath of fresh air, and open the windows wide! I took this picture while out for a bike ride last week, behind our house there’s  lots of pasture land with a few intersecting dirt roads – I just loved the way the trees framed the mountains at that moment.

Any signs of spring where you are?

More soon –



By |2017-02-06T09:18:02-06:00March 3rd, 2014|quilt-along, Swap, work in progress|16 Comments


  1. Queenie March 3, 2014 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Boy, I really like this quilt, lovely modern neutral scrappy quilt.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  2. Pam March 3, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I really like the quilt and that is good advice; doing a bit at a time. I think that the notion that a quilt must be finished in a sitting is what makes me falter and have so many unfinished projects. (well that and the short attention span)…lol!

  3. Judy March 3, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Wow! This quilt is OUTstanding! I do SO like it! Thanks for remembering to post! Glad you did! Saturday in Texas at grandson’s soccer game we were needing sunscreen and stripping layers of clothes because of the heat! Sunday the north winds blew in rain, rain showers, sleet showers and the ground had icy white patches again with temps in the teens. Brrrr!

  4. carli heinrichs March 3, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    This quilt is so calm and relaxing, I can see it made up with the finishing touches into an awesome quilt. As for spring time, not yet in Northern BC. Its -17 this morning and more to come. So we’re not to spring time yet.

  5. Regan March 3, 2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Fantastic quilt! I love all those greys together! Beautiful! And your mountain pic is gorgeous, too! But sadly… spring in site here (Maine)…..went snowshoeing yesterday! :o)

  6. Kay March 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is a work of art. There really are a lot of seams in that project too, good for you at keeping them on track. I have to say that I worry a lot about matching all my points and seams.

  7. Karen March 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    What a great look!!

  8. Vicki March 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I love this quilt. The colors are so soft.

  9. Lorna McMahon March 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Sophisticated design, Amy. Love the neutral palette. What a sweet (and huge!) top. Well done! We have nothing but the same cold and snow up here. Still. Nice to see spring has found you!

  10. jennifer ward March 4, 2014 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Great quilt! I love the neutrals combined with pops of color. I find myself buying neutrals. Maybe a low volume quilt is in my future!

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  12. Hallie March 6, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Love your color choices! I’m still pondering my fabrics and have yet to start my quilt. No signs of spring in the midwest, we just got 3 inches of snow lastnight :(

  13. Malini March 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Love your toned down version! This is just beautiful!

  14. Edda Kraynak March 7, 2014 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Beautiful quilt! Is the gray swap over???

  15. Lizzie March 18, 2014 at 2:34 am - Reply

    I don’t know if you’ll believe me, but I had a terrible headache yesterday, and looking at this top really soothed it while I waited for it to pass! Lovely tones of grey and off white. I’m surprised at how teal some of the individual pieces are, as the overall impression is more muted. But not boring at all. Thanks for the color lesson and showing this beautiful quilt! Very inspiring! (And my head thanks you too ;)

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