Friday, November 29, 2019

McKenzie Quilt

That new project I just started? Finished.

McKenzie quilt by QuiltFabrication

Yes, it was that fast. Diagonally cut 10" squares can grow a quilt quickly, and bust through some stash. And with no seams to match, construction is easy.

I've given this quilt the name McKenzie, because I was thinking of a friend whom I've lost touch with. She named her daughter McKenzie, and I've always thought that was a cool name. So, McKenzie this is!

Something I like about this quilt is the design of offset squares on the diagonal. And with the bits of teal for a fun color pop, it almost has a smocking look. 

McKenzie quilt full on by QuiltFabrication

But I'm not sure I like the size of the red bands. In red, they're borderline overpowering, but the size helps bring the quilt to 55.5" x 76", which is an extra-long lap size. I don't know about you, but I like long lap quilts cause I want the quilt to tuck under my feet!

Quilting was with Glide Khaki thread and the Paperchase panto, giving it texture without overpowering.

Paperchase panto quilting on McKenzie quilt

And the back is pieced from yardage in the stash, which in this picture looks grey, but is really olive green.

McKenzie backside

Overall, I'm 50-50 on this quilt, as I think my design still needs a bit of work in regards to proportion and overall size. I may try a baby size with a few changes to see how that works. 
(Update: the baby size is a finish - McKenzie Baby- check it out!).
Any suggestions? Should I pursue this further??

For now, this one graces my living room sofa for snuggling under, and works well with the color scheme in the room. All's well that ends well!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Love it! Very striking, especially to be so simple.

  2. I like it too! I have a granddaughter Named Mackenzie! What size did you cut the red strips?

  3. Great to have another finish isn't it! I find olive green a hard one to photograph correctly.

  4. My daughter's name is M'Kenzie how it is spelled so many ways!! Perhaps because the red contrasts so much with the greens you used in the quilt, it may seem over-powering to you. Maybe a gray, dark green or black would feel better to you?? I love the teal as the pop of color!! I like the pattern and I would definitely pursue perfecting it in your eyes. I have some layer cakes and would love to have a pattern to easily use them.

  5. I quite like it, and I love the story behind the name. Did it prompt you to try to reacquaint with your friend?

  6. I like it. I'd continue with your tweeks.

  7. This is a great project for a beginner quilter! Maybe smaller blocks, but otherwise great project! Hugs Hope you are better!

  8. I like that quilt - it is very unique!!!

  9. Hi Susan! I think this quilt looks like a big package with a pretty red ribbon. I love the addition of the red and it seems to compliment the fabrics from the 10" pieces. It's a fabulous way to use a layer cake, I think. I definitely would keep on with a pattern - once you're happy with it, others will be as well. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. I love this pattern, and a great use for a 10" stack or 5" too, just different. I like the proportions, but it will be fun to see what else you do. Thanks for TGIFF linking!

  11. Hi again! I forgot to say thanks for linking up. ~smile~ Roseanne


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