I just saw the finished quilt on blog it is lovely...will love seeing what you do with yours!
Oh I love the gray floral and the solids with the teals,cranberry and yellow. It reminds me of a very cool vintage wallpaper in my parents first home. I am so envious of your fabrics!
I love all these colors!
Those shot cottons are so pretty -and I like the other fabrics you selected too. Can't wait to see this as it comes together!
I agree - i think these colors are beautiful. Can't wait to see it!
ooooo love the solids with the prints...have fun!
Can you link to the pattern? I'd love to see what you're going to do with this beautiful set of fabrics!
Just added the link to the tutorial project info.
What is a shot cotton? And I love your new additions!!
It's a cotton fabric where instead of being woven and then dyed to create a very solid color fabric, the warp and weft yarns are dyed separately and are two different colors (sort of like the blue and white threads in denim) and then they are woven together. It ends up giving some depth to the fabric since there is some visual interest created by the two different yarns. They are also a little softer and lighter in feel than typical quilting cottons. They looked and felt very summery and have a slightly more muted, soft color than Kona which I thought would be nice for this quilt.
Also I am learning more about fabric now than I ever did taking my college textiles class. Guess it helps to be interested!
Thanks for the explanation Jess. This name keeps cropping up lately. I'm going to go google it to see what they look like.....
Duh, you have yours posted. They remind me of the old polyesters that had a kind of subtle two tone look. I'll have to ask my LQS if they have any so I can feel them.
I finished washing AND untangling all my fabric for the class.Oh my God it was like doing surgery to untangle the mess! And now that they shrunk I'm worried that I'm goingto have to go back and buy more. I hope I can find them again.
Terryt1955 - have you ever placed your fabrics separately in delicate bags? They only cost like a dollar at target, so I have about 8, but if you place your fabrics individually in them they don't tangle with each other and I think you'll get less thread loss. I hope that you have enough to make the quilt without having to hunt for more.
Jess- what a great idea about the delicates bag. Thanks! MAybe I'll be more inclined to prewash if it makes the untangling easier. Naw! It takes too long!
Love your fabric choices- and the use of linen especially- I have been using embroidery in my quilts these days and it makes a really special touch-can't wait to see this all come together:)
Beautiful dogwood! You did awesome with the reverse applique on this one!
OMG I am so jealous of your results! It turned out wonderful and I really like your background color~ it shows off the dogwood beautifully. Great job! I redid mybackground border and am much happier with it. Now I can go to sleep without fretting over it.
Hi Jess. I can't wait to see how this turns out, the fabrics are fabulous. I love the colors!
This looks wonderful...cannot wait to see what is next!
I have major fabric envy...you have great talent for choosing your fabrics/colors!
I just love the border you have added...this is going to be so gorgeous!
This is coming out great! Love it!
This is going so well! I love it!
Beautiful embroidery work. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.
Wow this is really going to be some quilt!
Jess You are doing such a wonderful job on keeping your stitches tight and compact. I love it! I started mine out too big and am keeping with it. Maybe someday I'll redo it . HA!!!
Really pretty- love the embroidery!
Terryt1955 - I have not! I'm getting started on the back stitch outlines today and hopefully start on the satin stitch soon, but since I have a lot going on this week, it may not be until this weekend. Then next week I'll work on the EPP. I'm sort of banking on that going more quickly for me, so hopefully I didn't bite off more than I can chew!
Jess I tried the satin stitch last night and have ripped it out once and will probably rip it out again.The angle that the stitching is hitting the dashed lines is all wrong. But now that I'm looking at it today I think I finally see what I'm suppose to be doing. It sure does take long!
Terryt1955 My first Jewel I had a hard time getting my satin stitches straight, so I ripped it all out. I did it over and figured out what I did wrong. I have two done and I need to finish more, but I took a break.
Love that embroidery!! So pretty!
What a great idea. I love Stitched In Color too - a great blog. And Denyse Schmidt - yummmy! Looking forward to seeing the final results. Karen
it is not crazy at all, it looks great!
Looks great, Jess . Glad you machine pieced since we still have three more borders. Yikes.
Jess - definitely does NOT look crazy - love all the little patches of solids and the corners...this is really an amazing quilt you are creating!
Jess , yours does not feel crazy at all because you kept with similiar intensities on the pieced solid borders. Mine however looks like a clown threw up on it so I have shelved it. I guess I should rip it out and start over but my heart isn't into it. But I am truely loving what's going on with yours! I want to see what you're doing next and maybe it will kick start me again.
This is too gorgeous not to finish!! I can understand what you mean by thinking things get too busy looking and then overwhelming the project. You're not at that point yet, so I like your idea of the white border followed by the linen. That would do a lot to tone it down and give your eyes some rest. Then you could continue on with whatever you think is best, either following the pattern or tweaking it to your own liking. ;)
I love your idea and ditto what AllPatchedUp said...I think the white would really work well and love the idea of the falling petals. It is gorgeous and just needs your own interpretation to be done and even more lovely!
Be careful with adding a white border before the final border. It may cause the whole medallion you have completed to "float". You could pick up the teal color from the center background fabric which will anchor and frame the whole piece and cause the eye to move back towards the center. I love the idea of the final border being light colored with some appliqué. Falling leaves with soften it up nicely. Cool use of the embroidery thread embellishment. Yeah, this is a keeper. Take a deep breath and go for it.
I can totally see bringing back the center background fabric into the next round! I think it's what the Dr. ordered. I'm so proud of you for picking this back up. Mine is buried in a drawer ashamed to resurface! It still looks like a clown costume.
I like what Charwirfs said - I'd steer away from white (wow, I can't believe i just wrote that lol!) and stick with either linen, or a light color to give your eye a bit of rest, but not pull your eye away from the center. I'm with everyone else - finish this one, it is gorgeous!