Friday, December 5, 2008

"Put the Lime in the Coconut" OR "Lime & Licorice"

A few weeks ago, I was in the car with my kids and their friends and the song "Put the Lime in the Coconut" came on the radio. I cranked it up and sang along (yes, my kids were embarrassed, but I think I'm cool and that's enough for me). It was a Saturday afternoon and I was in the mood to create.... so I thought HEY! What about a quilt called Put the Lime in the Coconut?

Once I started working on this black & white quilt, my nine year old let me know, quite emphatically, that the quilt should NOT be called that since coconuts are brown. She named the quilt Lime & Licorice. I'm not sure who eats limes with licorice, but for now, this quilt has two names. Comment below and let me know which name YOU like!

I do not write quilt patterns (which means this may not be accurate), but here are my measurement notes from this quilt:

Finished quilt measures 62"x76. There are 20 log cabin blocks. Each block has a 2 1/2" lime square in the middle. I used a variety of black and white fabrics for the blocks, trying to alternate light and dark for each row. Finished block measures 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.

A Block (make 6): Fabric 1 (2) 2.5 x 2, (2) 5.5 x 2
Fabric 2 (2) 5.5 x 1.5, (2) 7.5 x 1.5
Fabric 3 (2) 7.5 x 1, (2) 82 x 1

B Block (make 7): Fabric 1 (2) 2.5 x 1, (2) 3.5 x 1
Fabric 2 (2) 3.5 x 2, (2) 6.5 x 2
Fabric 3 (2) 6.5 x 1.5, (2) 8.5 x 1.5

C Block (make 7): Fabric 1 (2) 2.5 x 1.5, (2) 4.5 x 1.5
Fabric 2 (2) 4.5 x 1, (2) 5.5 x 1
Fabric 3 (2) 5.5 x 2, (2) 8.5 x 2

White Sashing: (15) 8.5 x 6.5 to go between verticle rows. Then cut (4) strips 6.5 ' wide and long enough to attach each row. Then sew 6.5" white border. Binding was done in solid black.

Since I have loads of black and white fabric in my stash, but no piece large enough for backing, I used six pieces 12" wide to make the back. Looks great either way you see this quilt!

13 comments:

Carol said...

I love it. You did such a beautiful job with the black and whites. The backing is so attractive it is like a reversable quilt.

Jenifer Moss said...

i like lime and coconut...
and, i might write 3.5 instead of 31/2 (a bit easier to read)...
CUTE QUILT! love ya sista!

Bliss Sawyer said...

Great suggestion Jen! I made the change and it does look better. Thank goodness for Quilt Sisters!

Jennie said...

Who says the name has to make sense? I like the name your daughter came up with!- Jennie

belinda said...

HEY YA'LL....discovered your blog from the B&W challenge blog...love your quilts and your blog...look forward to playing with you in the B&W Challenge!!

Judy said...

I like lime and coconut, since that was what inspired you. The lime green looks so good with black and white. Great idea for the backing too!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love the B & W challenge because I get to meet new people. I just love your quilt, BOTH sides and I will be back to read the rest of your blog. I am sure your daughter is a doll but I just love that song, so I vote with you Mom!!

Kritta22 said...

When I first saw it I thought of lily pads. So I don't know about the name. It is wonderful though!

Marianne said...

I like Lime in the Coconut, cute quilt!

Kerry said...

I'm thinking Lime & Licorice - or you could take it a step further. The squares look like "Licorice Allsorts" to me. But then I agree with the other girls re from where you got your inspiration. Found you through the black & white blog, am following you all with interest, I love the black and white theme. One day...
Keep singing, music helps keep us all happy.

Shari said...

Either name is great, although Lime in the Coconut is more quirky. It's a great quilt. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see what else you come up with inthe black and white challenge.

Mitzi Zohar said...

I agree with your daughter because, let's face it, the kids are always right! But really, either way, the quilt is beautiful. I love the way you've made the back as much fun as the front.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I love the lime and coconut quilt...I AM INSPIRED! I have been looking for a fun quilt to use up my black and white...never thought about lime green.... but also want to do a brown and white quilt....may use this idea with an orange center...or turquoise...maybe. this really has me thinking.