Gorgeous... my solution to my quilting frustrations today was to hunt down charm packs of this fabric online and some yardage and order it...
I love this collection so much, True. I bought a ton of it so I will be able to make myself a quilt too :)
How do you like working with hexagons? That I Spy quilt of mine was a bear to put together! I really like the colors in your quilt.
Jan...actually, even though they look like hexies...they aren't really - they're actually snowball blocks. I used 5" charm squares and cut 2" squares of coordinating solids...I placed the 2" solids in each corner of the 5" square (right sides together), drew a diagonal line across the smaller square, and stitched right on that line...then trimmed the edges off 1/4" from the stitch line...pressed the seams out and trimmed each block to 4-7/8"...they match right up and come together without a problem.
AH...I used hexagons and triangles...if it had not been for my grandson, I would have tossed it...LOL. Now that it is done, it was worth it, but...never again like that!
Janquilter - I think these look like snowball blocks rather than pieced alternating with little triangles like the eye spy quilt you made. It looks like it might be easier to me.
Love Terrain - I have some stashed away for something special - just waiting for the right inspiration. This looks so cheerful!
Ha! Guess I was just a few minutes behind you guys
LOL, Rebecca! You were totally, spot on!
I can't wait to see what you do with your Terrain collection :)
Thanks - I'm kind of thinking I'd like to do a summer bed quilt, but I'm not sure. I have a little more of the blues/greens/purples/lavenders so it will lean towards that.
Ooooh, I love the blues and purples in this collection - I noticed that a lot of quilters are using white sashing which makes the colors really pop and that would look gorgeous for a summer quilt.
I actually picked up some white essex linen (linen cotton blend) on sale at my LQS today that I was considering. Thanks for the suggestion!
I just love Terrain and have no clue why it took me so long to buy some...can hardly wait to have it in my hand. If I do what I think I am going to do with it I am going to use white as well. My problem was I wanted it all and lots of it!
I've not used a linen cotton blend before - but it sounds luscious!
LOL, True - welcome to the madness :)
Loving the bright colors!
Wow, now this is some snowball quilt. The colors are so amazing and you did a great job laying them out. I can tell you have a lot of experience. I looked at Terrain and knew I would butcher it. Someday!!
Caribousmom - I haven't done any quilting with the essex linen either - but I've seen some other people do it. The main recommendation I've seen is to prewash and dry well since it shrinks more than the quilting cottons. So far I've just used it for some clothing for my son. I love how it washes up and feels though and is more stable than 100% linen. Seems perfect for a summery quilt.
Terryt-Thank you! It lived on my design wall for a few days and I kept changing the placement of the fabrics.
Rebecca: I'll look forward to hearing about your experience with it!
OMG this is absolutely gorgeous...truly just a beautiful parade of lovely colors!
Thanks, Mary :)
Stunning! I love how this turned out!
Thank you, Rebecca! I got the back pieced today so I will be pinning this one soon...can't wait to get it done, washed and crinkly!
This is really beautiful. I can't wait to see it all quilted!
Thanks so much, Amanda. I'm thinking of quilting large circles which overlap on this one...but not exactly sure yet.
I have spent the last 20 minutes staring at this trying to figure out how you arranged the blocks with their coordinating solids to turn out this way. OMG, hats off to you. Absolutely FFO!!! I don't think this would have nearly had the impact in any other fabric line unless it was Kaffe. I'm back to staring at it again....
The solids you used for the snowball block- were they Kate Spain as well? They match so perfectly.
Can hardly wait to Pin this when you have the finished product!!
Aw, thanks, Terry! The solids are Kona. I have a Kona color card and I used it to choose the colors I wanted to use. When I first started playing with the fabric, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had swatches up on my design wall for at least a week and kept rearranging them. Then one morning I woke up and just knew I wanted to do a rainbow type quilt using coordinating solids which would make a diamond between each patch. Once I figured that out, it came together pretty quickly.
I should also mention that a design wall is essential for laying out a quilt like this. I had the entire quilt (minus the borders) on my wall and I moved things around until I was satisfied. I then took it down row by row, labeling each block in the row and pinning the little squares of solid colors on each block in the correct order. I used zip lock baggies, one for each row and then assembled the quilt row by row. It was a little tedious laughs
I wish I dreamed in quilts and woke up with that kind of inspiration. Something to aspire to. Where can you get ah old of these color cards you were talking about? What a great idea. I ordered some Kona on line thinking it "looked" off white but what I received was way more yellow than I wanted. Can't remember now if it was "Snow" but maybe that's why they called it snow (after the dogs went out for their morning walk!).
I have a portable design wall but no way have I reached the complexity of arrangement that you have. You and this quilt inspire me.
Terry, you can find Kona color cards on line. I got mine at Pink Chalk Fabrics. But the Fat Quarter Shop has them too: http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?sid=181143563618&Store_id=499&page_id=23&Item_ID=50336&Parent_Ids=
And a few other places.
I'm glad I was able to inspire you with my quilt! I have gotten more "fearless" as I've quilted more...and so will you! Just think of it as play :)
Stunning! Love how this turned out Wendy and I love your friends response.
Thanks, Rebecca - I was really touched by her blog post (and she called me too...she is a very appreciative and gracious person). I am so happy she is so happy!
This finished quilt is one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen...add in the delight in reading about it on your blog and her blog and I have tears in my eyes!! This so represents why I love quilting. Thank you for sharing with all of us. And I have added her books to my wish list...maybe I can get my book club to read one.
A technical question on quilting...from looks of it and what you wrote you only went up and down quilt not side to side. I have always wondered if doing this would hold the batting (since it says 10 inches between stitching) would love to hear your thoughts on this...since you did it makes me think it would be ok!:-)
Thanks, Mary. This was a really special quilt and I feel very gratified in finishing it and knowing it is in "good hands!" I sure hope it holds the batting!! Actually, I have seen other quilts quilted in this manner and so I assumed it would be okay. I washed and dried it and it came out great (no shifting or bunching)...
That is what I wanted to know:-) I have always felt it would have to hold...but if Wendy says it it is so in my book;-)
Oh man - don't take my word for it! I'm still a newbie when it comes to quilting quilts! BUT, I have seen some experienced quilters doing this, so I felt like it was probably good to go!
I stayed up last night late working on a UFO and decided to take break by seeing what's going on at threadbias. I didn't get futher than this thread AND spent a good hour ( I really can't admit the true time) on your blog. Holy crap (how's that for literary genius) you are one talented woman. Not only the quilts and the subcontracting but the writing! Who needs the NY Times Recommended Reading List; I'll just go look up your reviews. I figure you don't sleep,and you don't eat
in order to get everything else you do accomplished. And my neighbors thought I was eccentric staying up until 4AM working on my projects. ....
Oh, Terry, you are too kind! I definitely do sleep I've been blogging now for about 7 years and I really do love the book blogger community...I've made a lot of friends there...and the books are just a bonus! I hope you'll continue to come by and visit...and I hope I can add to your reading list!
Absolutely stunning! This is gorgeous. I. Can't. Look. Away...
Oh--I got all distracted by the pretty quilt and forgot to comment on your book cover label! How awesome is that! That is too incredibly fun and pretty:).
This is gorgeous! Wonderful colors and color placement - what a wonderful quilt! Lucky friend!!!