The Tropical Tiki Quilt

Tropical Quilt by Suzanne Churchman

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How the Tropical Tiki Quilt Was Born

When Dan and I moved into our little condo nearly 3 years ago, we decided we would decorate it with a tropical tiki bar theme. That required repainting and removing the carpet. The walls in the living area went from pale yellow to turquoise. The bedroom went from pale yellow to a dark periwinkle. And all of the trim was painted orange. The carpet was replaced with laminate flooring that looks like wooden planks. The curtains replaced by wood blinds.

Tropical Tiki Bar theme

Tropical Tiki Bar theme

Tropical Tiki Bar theme

We have two types art on the walls – music themed and tiki themed. The tiki art work:

Tiki themed art work

There was one final detail I wanted for the condo to complete the look – a king-sized bedspread in tropical colors. I did a lot of looking online and could find nothing that fit the look I was going for. So I asked my mother if she would consider making a king-sized quilt in the sought after colors. Happily, she agreed.

We had a lot of fun going through the stash and sorting out fabric that would work. We also made a visit to Quiltique, our local fabric shop. Then we set about choosing the pattern. My mother found a block on a magazine cover that we both loved. Unfortunately, there was no pattern in the magazine for the block we liked so much. So my mom designed a similar block in Electric Quilt. The result was the Tropical Tiki Quilt.

The Tropical Tiki Quilt

Yesterday, we got the Tropical Tiki Quilt back from the longarmer. It is gorgeous!

Tropical Quilt by Suzanne Churchman

Tropical Quilt by Suzanne Churchman

Tropical Quilt by Suzanne Churchman

Tropical Quilt by Suzanne Churchman

Didn’t the longarmer, Gina Fiddes do a lovely job?

I couldn’t be more happy! Thanks Mom!

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  1. That is so amazing. I really wish I could quilt, but I just don’t get on with sewing machines. I have my crochet to keep me occupied. The theme is just perfect.

  2. Michelle – what a stunning design theme for your living space. Not everyone could pull it off, but you have done a super job. Even your chandelier fits the motif. And the quilt – a masterpiece. Maybe next time you could show us more of the back side. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, and enjoy your upcoming week!

  3. I would love my home in those colours and your mum did a fabulous job with the quilt….it is stunning and looks gorgeous on your bed.

  4. I am so impressed with the quilt that I looked up the word longarmer. You learn something new every day. Michelle, your whole space looks super cool and I love those fun colors you have in it.

    1. Thanks so much, Mary! I remember when the term longarmer was new to me. I was used to my great grandmother’s quilts which were all done by hand.

  5. What a gorgeous quilt and the spirals are the perfect design to finish it off. Thank you for linking up today and congratulate your mom on a great finish.

  6. Your apartment is so cute! I’m interested to know where you live. Have you been to Hawaii? Have you been to the tiki room at Disneyland? Your new quilt works in really well I love the colours. Thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.

    1. Thanks so much, Wendy! We live in a suburb of Las Vegas, in a resort area called Lake Las Vegas. (We actually have a lake.) And yes we have been to Hawaii and the Tiki room at Disneyland. 😄

  7. This quilt is gorgeous! Love the shape of the motifs, and color combination – looks warm and cheery. I have chosen this as one of my features for this week’s Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party, which goes live today at 5pm EST.


    1. Thanks so much! My mom made the quilt top. The fabrics were partly from her stash, partly from mine, and some were purchased specifically for the quilt. After the top was completed, the quilt was sent out to a longarmer for quilting and binding.

  8. The first picture of the Tropical Tiki quilt is very impressing. My wife wants a Hawaiian quilt for our bedroom. Thank you for the information. I’ll buy material online so she can try making one on her own with her own design.

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