Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Quilt Reveal: Cheddar Cheese and Crackers


Once upon a time, on January 13, 2010 to be exact, I started the Cheddar Cheese and Crackers quilt. This is what I had to say at that time:
I know I was going to finish African Circles before starting a new quilt . . . .

I know I said I was going to make circle banner quilts, or finish some UFOs, or at least start on one of the quilts that are already kitted up and not started. . . .

But I also said that I was going to take advantage of little projects when they called to me. And Lori at Humble Quilts is making a doll quilt called Cheddar Cheese and Crackers. It's a doll quilt, how long can it take?

This post had me laughing out loud. Yes, I actually said that. I'm sure I said it tongue in cheek since I did know by then that quilts can take a long time. I'm pretty sure though that I didn't think it would would take six years.


The post also shows that I haven't changed at all, because so many quilts, in various stages of completion and ones that have never been started are still floating around in my head, as you can tell from my last two posts. 


Cheddar Cheese and Crackers is finished now.  Let's give it some love, shall we?


Each of the pieces in the checkerboard are one inch finished.  The light spaces have been hand quilted diagonally in both directions. Some of them have been made to practice making small stitches, others to practice consistent stitches, and the rest of them to just get 'er done.


I gave this reproduction quilt a modern take by using batik prints for the checkerboard.  There are a variety of different batik prints but they look pretty similar in this quilt.  The light background crackers and the cheddar fabrics honor the pattern's roots.




Each of the cheese slices have a different circular design hand quilted on it. My affinity for circles has deep roots.


I used a triangle for a label.  The quilt finishes at 22" x 22" It is a beautiful day outside so I was able to go outside without a coat (in February! It's 60 degrees!) for these photographs.


I called it a doll quilt in 2010, and I was thinking that it was really too big to be a doll quilt, but Amanda says it is just the right size for her. The wind posed this picture.

Linked to:
Let's Bee Social #110 
Wandering Camera February 2016
because I practiced my photography skills finding different places to show off this quilt. Throwback Thursday because this is an old quilt as well as a new quilt at the same time!

16 comments:

Jane Holbrook said...

Some quilts take a long long time. Hand quilted makes this a real treasure. Love the name, too.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh hon that is DARLING - I love it!!! Funny how projects, even small ones, can end up taking so long, lol.
It was 54 here today, and sunny - didn't need my coat! I remember a February when the boys were small, it got up to 70, so we went to the zoo - it was a lovely zoo trip, warm and NO BUGS! But after the last two winters, it feels pretty odd, lol.

Lisa J. said...

What a great long term project. I love the close up of the hand quilting. I would like to get better at hand quilting..but I'm very very slow.

June D said...

What a great finish! Nice that you blogged about it in the beginning too...

Very, very nice looking. Up close and far away! Your work is very nice.

canuckquilter said...

I've given up estimating how along a quilt will take to make! Some just whip up quickly and others just want to take their time. Cheddar chseese and crackers is lovely.

Scrapatches said...

You must feel sew accomplished ... as well you should. Your Cheese and Crackers are adorable and sew well made. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

tubakk said...

Great quilt and some beautiful photoes. Great inspiration, too, thank you.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely quilt, so glad you got it finished. I'm visiting from Wandering Camera.

Cut&Alter said...

Just popped over from Wandering Camera. The photos of your quilt and the settings are lovely - I haven't taken any 'different' photos of quilts yet but definitely need to try this. Congratulations on the finish!

September Violets said...

So cute! Yes, let's give that ol' Cheddar Cheese & Crackers some of that love that all quilts deserve. This was quite funny to read, but the quilt itself is very sweet ... and beautifully photographed! It seems you made it the perfect size for your old-fashioned doll - a nice pairing :)
Wendy

Kaja said...

I really like your 'on location' quilt shots and the doll you are using as a prop. It's a good reminder that we can be creative with our photography of quilts as well as in other contexts.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

A Throwback and a Finish rolled into one! We don't see that very often. :) Thanks for linking up with Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

~ Dixie said...

A lovely quilt and I do like your photos.
I'm visiting from Soma's Wandering Camera.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

I don't know why, but some projects take longer than the others. Great finish and I specially like the photos you took with the doll. Wind did a great job setting up the last photo for you. Thank you so much for linking up :)

-Soma

elle said...

Amanda is right. Good job!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Visiting from Wandering Camera which I've joined in order to push my photography skills, like you! And what a great job you've done, exploring the best ways to photograph this adorable quilt. Good job!