Friday, October 28, 2016

Radical Pink

Radical Pink, squares playing with gingham check

Sometimes fabrics end up together as sheer happenstance.  It’s up to us to notice these happy accidents & make good use of them. 

I was coming home from a Quilter’s Guild meeting with a fresh collection of scraps.  One fabric literally fell on top of another & I noticed it & admired the combination.  It was a light gray blue & pink paisley print which fell on top of a pink & white gingham check.  These looked so nice together & I liked the squares motif in combination with a gingham check (a woven).

Sometimes fabrics let you know clearly when they wish to play together; so I tend to give this type of design play wide berth.  It’s invariably productive, even if I don’t know where it’s going at the time.

The backing fabric is this beautifully muted pastel wash. At first I thought it a garish print, but after working with it I’d come to realize it was a wonderfully modulated piece. 

Finished off with my favorite binding a reversible one.  This one is a tiny purple print on the front & turquoise blue print on the backside’s binding.

Let’s see if I can post a picture which shows the binding’s two sides.

Turned out to be a nice experiment, I enjoyed it more than I expected.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fuschia Liberty & Shirting Friends

These fabrics were given to me at my Quilt Guild by the Service Committee, asking that I do something with them.

This first group is shirtings

The central block here is a Liberty of London print, a finer gauge woven of lighter weight, more finely woven cotton fabric than the Shirtings.

I don’t know that other folks would even Quilt with these materials. But they're donated to our Guild, so recognizing how fortunate that is, I am grateful.

Trying out various arrangements against a Mocha colored piece of Kona cotton.

The Featured Print this Fuchsia colored Liberty print with this cream colored pigment printed overlay.  It's a complex fabric with a woven Indian Madras-type plaid, intensely colored, finely woven cotton.

Just moving the fabrics around, getting used to seeing them together.

In hindsight, after this quilt is done, I can see this kind of design exploration play led me to the checkerboard border around this quilt.

For me, this kind of play is always useful & constructive.

Again, moving things around in the border by sections, I came upon a nice arrangement which transitioned smoothly from one group of colors to another & moved the Viewer's eye around the perimeter of the Quilt.

Next, the back, pieced from a lovely blue print a quilting colleague shared with me, seeing how much better it blended with my project than hers, she offered me the fabric.

Pieced together around a block of the Featured Print from the front, with some more checkerboard for good measure; once I made it I liked it & found it fun to use & see.

Here is the Quilt in final form after bindings were put on.  I am very satisfied with this Quilt & how it came out.  I learned a lot doing it & had a good time too, the best of both.

I got a little checkerboard crazy, that alone was fun!

Good fun & so satisfying to see it completed.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

HH Baby Boy Quilt Commission Summer 2015, 2nd BQ commission by Denise

Done using a commercial panel called Urban Zoology. Really fun motifs, I thoroughly enjoyed working on this.

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Individual blocks, fabrics were charming & good fun.

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A corner inscription block, deliberately askew.

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A view of the back, a fun fabric, spotted in the shop by a friend.

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On a park bench outside in natural light.

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