"Faith, Hope, Love" 9-Patch Pizzazz by Sandyquiltz

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
9-patch pizzazz
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-10-29T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

I'm running a challenge in my guild: "The Untouchables Challenge." The challenge is, in a nutshell, to use fabric that's been on your shelf for a very long time that you're (1) afraid to cut into because it's so pretty you don't want to ruin it; or (2) unsure how to use. I chose a set of McKenna Ryan coordinates I'd bought several months ago that sort of fell into both of those categories. Some of the fabrics are from her Willow collection, others are from her "faith, hope, love" collection. (Not sure of the actual name of that collection and I can't find it online to check.) I'm using the 9-Patch Pizzazz technique by Judy Sisneros.

I've got all the blocks ready, but am debating arrangements now. The first picture was just all the blocks on the wall at random--I was just trying to figure out whether I had enough blocks done or not. The second is me playing with a colorwash-type arrangement. Not sure I'm digging that, either. The large blocks of scripture fabric are fairly visually weighty but I've got to keep them apart, too. Still playing. Input welcome!

UPDATE
Saturday Nov 3: I just uploaded a third picture that's my current re-sorting of the blocks. Was going for a better balance of light/dark around the larger blocks that are part of the design. This time I've got two lighter "streams" flowing through from left to right, one towards the top and one towards the bottom. (It would be nice to be able to caption pics so I could highlight the new one since they're a little hard to tell apart!) I'll be wanting to start sewing tomorrow so if you have opinions, I'd love to hear them in the next 24 hours, LOL.

UPDATE Thursday Nov 15:
Finished! I've just uploaded two pictures--one with my dog who just insisted she had to be in the picture (silly goose) and the second with it laying over an armchair because I didn't have any portable quilt hangers (my family members) around at the time. I hope to get a better picture when my daughter is home from college next week for Thanksgiving. She's my most experienced and skilled quilt hanger, although she's a shortie so longer quilts can be a challenge. :-) I quilted it lightly with a ribbon design vertically down seam lines to pick up on the ribbons in one of the prints.

Pictures

Loves

Grendelskin
JudyBR

Comments

True

These are gorgeous fabrics...

Azjune

I really like the blue fabric in the larger blocks.

I prefer the layout that has more of the blues along the top row, I think it looks more balanced.

Caribousmom

I'm with Azjune , I like the blues along the top row. This is really interesting fabric with such nice color variances...love how you're using it!

Sandyquiltz

Thanks--I think you're both picking up on what wasn't jazzing me. With the two big blue blocks, it's hard to do the colorwash affect without those sticking out like a sore thumb. I'll play with another layout tonight.

Sandyquiltz

True , Azjune , Caribousmom , I just added a third picture with a new possible layout; opinions welcome! (It's the least "yellow" of the three pictures--I did more photoediting on this one to try to get the colors more true.)

Terryt1955

I love the softness of this. I like the 2nd picture's layout. It just makes me feel like I'l looking at a soft watercolor. It would call out from any bed to come take a nap.

True

Ok if the new one is the one I think it is...I do like it better...the flow is much more even and I agree with Terryt1955 it looks like a lovely watercolor picture...

Azjune

It is hard to know which photo is first, second or third, but I think I can tell which is the new one and that is the one I like best. It looks like it is what you were describing as your goal, more of a color wash effect. Very pretty!

Sandyquiltz

Thanks, Terryt1955 , True , Azjune . Yes, I really wish there were a captioning feature or something. Extremely hard for me to point to one and say, "That's it! That's the new one!" So far most people here and on Twitter seem to be in agreement.

True

Sandyquiltz this does nothing to help right now but for all of us in future when we want to show 2 different options we should number them with an index card or something when we take picture and that will help us!

Sandyquiltz

+True--GREAT idea!

Sandyquiltz

Oops. True GREAT idea! (Getting used to the html.)

Rebecca

Sandyquiltz True Azjune Terryt1955 I suggested captioning to Alex (I think we maybe even talked about it internally a long time ago) so it's in his mind again on how we could implement that feature. smile

Caribousmom

I think I know which is the new one (captioning would be awesome...thanks Rebecca !!)...and yes, I like that a lot. Definitely feels like a watercolor painting...

True

Thanks Rebecca ....by now Alex probably wishes we would all just be quiet and sew for awhile;-)

Terryt1955

Funny True !.I'm okay with using the great idea of using an index card.Probably because I'm still trying to figure out other features. Printing on a card I can do.

Sandyquiltz

I've now uploaded the completed top. That photo is easy to find--it's the one with my husband holding it!

Sandyquiltz

Done! Woot!

Chrissybugs

Great quilt. Your color placement is beautiful!

True

Oh I love this it turned out just beautiful! And love the dog...and the "term" portable quilt holders!"

Tenar

For captioning, if Alex doesn't implement it, or takes a while (and goodness knows he's busy enough), you could always open the image in Paint or any other image editing programme and add text there, so the caption would be embedded in the image.

Lovely quilt, very sophisticated looking. It reminds me of Roman tiles.

Sandyquiltz

Tenar , I do that for work but usually don't take the time to do it for my online life. I probably should for watermarking purposes, etc. Thanks for the kudos, though. I do like the 9-Patch Pizzazz technique for using larger prints--works well!

Thanks, True and Chrissybugs !

Caribousmom

This turned out beautifully! I love the "soft" feel of the colors in this quilt (and your dog - LOL - love the facial expression!!!).

Sandyquiltz

Thanks, Caribousmom !

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