Wow - I would never have chosen those colours and fabrics - but I can see how they work together.
Are you going to stick to that one pattern for the blocks? or are you going to use more once you went through all possible fabric combination variations?
Well it's so hard because once it's cut you can't change it anymore - no way to fix it. It's like eating the favourite pralinés after the not so favourite ones, you want to eat them, but on the other hand you want them to last as long as possible - once they are gone they are gone.
And of course with the cutting - there could always be another block pattern that might suit the fabric pattern better, or hey maybe the bring out a new line that takes up the colours so well, that you might have the chance to use it too .. so many possiblities that just end once you started cutting.
But keepign the fabric on the shelves forever? not a solution, so sometimes you just have to be brave, take a deep breath and CUT.
oops that became a little longer than planned sorry ...
Strandkorbtraum I loved it as you so nailed it! I get no credit for colors and fabrics (I would never had thought to combine them either) I just made selections from the collection. Now I did not buy all the fabrics, and stayed away from the greens as was hoping the other fabrics had enough green in them to work (hoping made right decision!). I did order some more including 2 more of text in the blue and grayish color, another different flower print in yellow, some solid cream and gray (it is not really a true gray) and then a pattern on cream one.
Current plan is to make them all of this pattern BUT I am only cutting as I go because I am not sure that is what I want to do and may throw in an alternate block. Will see once get more made.
True, these blocks are so pretty. I can totally understand having a hard time cutting fabric that you love. I have half yards of Flea Market Fancy, Seaside cottage and Willow that I just love to look at in my stash but still having cut into them but for one little corner of Seaside cottage. But seeing how brave you were and out beautiful these blocks are, it may just encourage me to cut into my favorites.
Oh, I absolutely love that cream fabric with the bird illustration on it. Can you tell me what it is? This is going to be a gorgeous quilt! Can't wait to see what you do with it.
Quilt455 Thank you for the encouragement! It makes no sense just to stare at them but boy it is hard!
Terrysim Thank you all of these fabrics are from the Moda collection called Field Notes. That particular one is one of the text fabrics which come in a couple colors (I have orders the blue and gray hope they still have it is stock and it arrives this week!). Here is name Botanist Notebook
This fabric is to die for! I have seen it on various blogs and loved it. It's a cross between Old World and Shabby Chic. Love the way you're breaking up the large scale floral with the text prints. It allows the eye to "rest" and appreciate the floral more. Same goes for the dark burgundy small scale geometric. Ahhhh!
Terryt1955 thank you- Old World/Shabby Chic is how it looks to me as well. Cannot wait to get some of the text prints in the other colors! Finished 2 more blocks today despite seeming to have left my brain on off;-)
Love the 2 new blocks and am surprised that it's the same pattern. The play of fabric makes them look different! This fabric is gorgeous!
I forgot how to get a collage of pictures posted. Rebecca told me on some post way back when but who knows now. What program did you use?
Terryt1955 Thank you...I felt same way -was not expecting how different it looks depending of which fabric use where! Hoping all works out in end but will need to make some other blocks, with different fabrics, but using same value play so balances out. I am thinking I may do 18 of these blocks and then do traditional 9 patch as other 18 and alternate. Will see what I think as I go.
I used http://www.picmonkey.com/ to make the collage. At top of page click on create a collage. Basic is free...I need to retake the picture for that one block so matches other I was having trouble with where sun was so switched it to seat of chair).
Really nice- getting caught up on looking at projects so I missed this when you published it- glad I caught it- the fabrics are great and I love the block- I think there is a similar if not the same block in the Shape Workshop for Quilters book and I have been thinking of using it for a quilt- nice to see it worked up since a computer drawing doesn't always give a true picture of the block. This is going to be a really lovely- elegant quilt.
Mymble Thank you so much...I so agree that seeing a block in real fabric is so much better...which is why I love when I can stash fabric and try it on design tool on here! But this one isn,t stashable yet:-(. So had to go for it and hope for th best;-)
Every block I see in this is prettier than the last. What a beautiful quilt this is going to make. I feel like you're going to need a quiet fabric for sashing so it allows each block to be able to shine. They are far too pretty to have to compete with each other! Either that or separate each one by a very quiet block....
Terryt1955 Thank you...yes I have no clue what I will do when get that far...now today I totally screwed up the block I was making...must have cut wrong and then got hot and tired so recut and then took a break!
Time to turn off the sewing machine and go internet cruising!
I forgot to mention that your kitty has really grown in just a few weeks.
Terryt1955 He has and is still as sweet and funny as ever. He raises hell and I put him on floor, he gets back up...we do this awhile and he plays on table and then I look over and he is out for the count!
Love the new block and love the kitty pic- too too adorable!
True , my first time seeing this block; it's a lovely one and thanks for the tutorial on it. I've pinned it on my Pinterest board "Block Therapy" so I won't forget about it. It's a beauty and I do love those Moda fabrics. If I had to choose one fabric line, and could only have one line it would be Moda. So many of the Moda fabrics are just lovely. I used one in my first Quilter's Hoodie, the red jacket.
Keep making the blocks; they will talk to you and you will know what needs to be done to make each one shine out. I have often started a quilt not thinking I would be using sashing, then I look at the blocks and wish for them to shine more so sashing enters the picture!
Great job, great blocks.
Quilterinmotion Thank you so much...I am with you about Moda like many others but most of the time when I end up with a collection it is theirs! And I feel the same way when I get to that point the blocks will tell me what to do. That is how I am selecting which fabrics for each block. I am trying to make sure use all varieties I have but for each one I ponder and pick 3, leave them out on table and come back and make sure still like them awhile later (or next day). So far it is working. Some I could do a whole quilt of and some just like for the one block but liking how they work together:-)
Sooo beautiful, just love the colors and the block sure showcases those lovely fabrics...and that kitten is adorable!
Laweigel Thank you...I just love this fabric and Gimli! He is a lot of fun except when he decides 5 a.m.is a good time to wake Mom up;-). Luckily it is not a daily occurrence!!
I really like this pattern, and your little helper is pretty adorable also. He is growing up so fast!
It's amazing to see the difference a different fabric choice makes in the look of the block! This is coming along great !
Skynme Thank you...he is and such a sweetheart when he is not raising hell! It can be quite the feat to quilt when he is in the "hell" mode!
Joke I agree I think this is the first time I have done a quilt like this with same block, with a collection, but each one different. Like all my quilting experiences has really opened my eyes. I will often see quilts or blocks I do not think I like but now realize with different fabric, etc. who knows! I have also found taking the picture and then making the collage is helping me decide what color/fabric combos I need more of... So this weekend need blue, maroon and gray blocks for balance! Another tool found:-). Thank you for the encouragement!!
True I really like the collage idea. Easier to see all the blocks together without taking up space! My blocks are all attached to my design wall with pins and pinning and repinning is always annoying! And if I put them on the floor, my cats think I've made a great new carpet just for them to roll around on :)
Joke I hear you about cats! I use my design wall as well but this is easier since mine is upstairs and I sew downstairs...don't have to run back and forth. And for some reason seeing them on my computer screen also gives a different look?
Wow! Love the blocks and fabric choice! The picture of your "helper" is great too I've got two helper cats that are always getting in to things. The latest game is stealing my pin cushions...pins and all.
Rustyavenger Thank you so much..."we" play that game as well and also taking all the pins out one by one...so dangerous!!
The new blocks are beautiful!!! And way to go not getting any blood on them. I am still amazed that all these blocks are the same pattern.
I'm still loving it, they are really coming together great!
Mary, these a beautiful. I hope your finger is better. I too took the end of my finger off with my cutter. 4 sutures and a week without sewing and I ran (no walked) to the quilt store to get a cutting glove. I do not even cut fabric without it on. Well worth the money. Good thing I I do not have to pick a favorite one of these blocks cause I love them all.
Taht mosaic is great to seem them all next to each other. That's goign to be a beautiful quilt. Are you goign to add sashing? a border?
Quilt455 I remember when you did that...what kind of glove do you use? I could not believe I did it as I have been using a rotary cutter for 30 years and never done such damage! And thank you!
Strandkorbtraum Current plan is no sashing as I am going to do a second block either a nine square or a solid...haven't decide yet. Then right now planning a thinner inner border (like 2 1/2 inches) and then an outer border. All could change as I let quilt tell me where to go. May try making a nice square or two this weekend to see how I like it with these. And thank you!
Your blocks are coming along beautifully- such a rich looking mix of patterns. More importantly though- hope your finger is healing well and you are ok:))
Quilt455 do tell about the cutting glove! Never heard of it but after hearing about you and Mary I think it sounds worth investigating. I already have short stubby fingers and can't afford to lose anymore length!
Mymble Thank you...it is still sensitive and awkward since a section of top skin is no longer there but seems to be heading in right direction. Was stupid on my part!
OH dear- guess the healing process just has to take it's time...and no, not stupid- just an accident and can happen to anyone. The famous violinist, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg ( my daughter's favorite) actually cut the tip of her finger off cutting onions- had to be rushed to the hospital, have it reattached- can you imagine- and we saw her play last summer - fabulous-it happens:((((
Quilt455 Terryt1955 Ok I am assuming this is what you mean...I did not know such a thing existed but think I may buy it. I will hate wearing it but I am very gun shy at moment. Worse part is I was not doing a long cut just trimming extra corner off part of this block to make one of the four pieces. I clearly was not paying attention. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001R4YTKK
Mymble Oh my god can you imagine! Just wish I could have those three seconds back and pay better attention!
True I hear you- and for what it's worth- the gloves seem to be recommended everywhere- the "pros" say use them and they ought to know- so it's on my list- even with the little amount of rotary cutting I do- still seem like a good investment. Now, could they make a cutter with an automatic stop- nah...don't think so:)
I have a similar glove that I use in the kitchen. I've thought about using it when rotary cutting. Like you True , I've never had an accident yet. I had also never run my finger through a sewing machine until a few months ago. Still not sure how that happened but man did that hurt
Mymble I forgot to tell you because of you I am not the proud owner of new Baby GO!!! And while I have not used it a lot love what I've done on it...cut 28 2.5" squares all from scraps in less than five minutes! I only have two dies at moment and will start paying attention to what I use and then get more. Want the drunkard's path eventually as I have read it is easier with it cut from a go. And that is good to know about gloves!
HawkFan Ouch!!! That I have always feared as well. I clearly just let my mind wander for a second and that is all it takes. I threw it so hard when it happened it stuck right into my hard wood floor! But BEFORE ran yelling to my son for help thought to pick it up and make sure blade was closed so dogs and cats didn't get hurt:-)
How did I miss this one? I LOVE what you are doing. This is going to be one gorgeous quilt!!!
Caribousmom Thank you so much...I love this fabric. This may end up being my sister's Christmas present we shall see. I have not finished the string one I started for her birthday and it may be years before it is done...so may need an alternative. Very different but actually more in line with how I "see her" in my head:-) (if that makes any sense at all)
True Yes, that is the exact glove that I have. And I too did mine when cutting a small piece. And I am still gun shy and I think it's been close to a year. Took me a little time to get used to it but now I don't even mind it and my fingers are so much happier.
Carolmarie Thanks I am not loving nine patch blocks with others...feel like take away from friendship block. So now playing around with option B which is using cream color fabric as alternating blocks...don't have a picture as did it too late. Now of course I have already cut enough 3.5 inch squares for the nine patch blocks but figure I can use them in their own quilt as needed. Decisions, decisions!
Carolmarie Thank you how sweet... I am worried the 9 patch distract from pattern of other ones?!
Don't be mad at me for saying this but I think the 9 patch takes away from those beautiful friendship blocks. I love the idea of a plain cream or even an small scale cream tonal or ivory text. Or god forbid break up each block with a solid sashing. Yikes, did I just say that! You could always use the 9 patched for a pieced back....
That Robin's Egg Blue that's in a lot of the prints sure is pretty. Hmmmm...what would that look like as the plain block?
Terryt1955 LOL about sashing...I am in my bedroom playing with it and hated cream block...so did try making it look like a thin sashing around each block and think I like it. Both you and Wendy also suggested it so all three of can't be wrong can we;-). And I am not mad at you at all! In my head I loved the idea but as soon as I saw it my eyes started hurting. And then the more I looked at it the more lost the lovely blocks became. I will leave it up with sashing and live with it and see what I think. And will try and get a picture after work tomorrow. Thanks for feedback!
Oh and I include 9 patch in it as alternating block just has sashing as well. We shall see!
Terryt1955 I just looked that up a few minutes ago online as I agree it is a prettyncolor...but think it will make it too blue. And I have the blue with maroon flowers for border...which I love.
wow- this is really coming along beautifully-you've probably made your decisions but just concurring- a solid, or a slightly less busy block or setting the nine patch blocks with sashing...or any combo of all of the above ;)))) will let your gorgeous friendship blocks shine. Whatever you do- this will be an exquisite quilt.
Mymble thank you...I am going to post a picture showing it with a thin cream sashing using both blocks...I think I like it...know like it way better than without!
With the sashing the 9-patch blocks don't seem to take away from the friendship blocks as much.
This is such a romantic, garden-y quilt. Love it with the sashing!
HawkFan I think the same...I didn't like just a large block but do like sashing. Wendy has suggested I make it a bit wider sashing so will try that next!
Oh the sashing is just what the blocks needed. It looks great! I think the 21/2" from your Baby Go is jut the ticket! Isn't it amazing what a little piece of fabric can do for the eye? I know it means a WHOLE lot more work to do all those blasted segments but I think the result will be fantastic. I don't know how you're going to give this one up.
Terryt1955 I woke up today and looked at sashing and was yes this is right. And so agree amazing what a little fabric can do to change the whole look! If I give this one away it will not be going far...just to my sister...but we shall see.
It really is a gorgeous palate. What sized sashing are you going to use?
HawkFan I think finished it will be 2" but am going to do a couple that size and see how it looks. and thank you.
Oh I do love how that cream sashing is looking! I see you got one row done, how many more? Good luck on the drudgery of finishing the other rows. BTW, what color is that cream and who makes it?
I think the sashing is the exact right way to go, Mary. I am really looking forward to seeing this one completed!!!
Terryt1955 I only got two strips (as you see them) done:-( but wanted to see about width before did more...and I hope to get a bit more done before my mom arrives on 15th as I think this is for my sister and I would like her to see it... yesterday arranged friendship blocks how I want them and now need to do 9 patch. It is the cream that came with collection. and it is a gorgeous, rich color. So if you look at the fabrics I have listed under project it will give you the details:-) it is by moda...
Caribousmom thank you...and for your help as well...I think it is going to make the blocks pop!!
Yes, the sashing works so well-great choice!
Nice-the cornerstones really work well!
just noticed I'm vocabulary challenged- running on too little sleep...but they both do...yes, work really well
Mymble LOL. Did your MIL get moved? Thank you so much...I like othe cornerstones much better than I did plain sashing...
The cornerstones make a huge difference.Great call!!
Love seeing your blocks come together! The corner stones really look great.
The cornerstones look great - gives it that little "pop" it needed :)
HawkFan thank you so much...you just made my day;-) And believe me it needed a lot of help as has been a bumpy one work wise so far!!
Carolmarie Thank you...and my finger is great! Thanks for checking and compared to what you have been going through it was nothing.
So sorry Mr. Seam Ripper has to be called in but hey- at least you hadn't started basting it or anything:)- in any case this quilt is looking terrific- and really is a stunning achievement.
Mymble I thought same thing...well top is done about to post pictures...spent mornings ripping and the just finished redoing and adding borders! Now have a quilt a size I have no clue how to quilt since I added sashing AFTER already doing all blocks now measures 79 x 79" somewhat of an odd size but oh well.
Well- more xperienced heads than mine may have more detailed advice re the quilting but if it were mine to quilt I think I'd do a feathering in the white sashing and then maybe a looser wave on the blocks- not sure exactly but these days I seem to find myself thinking that if the quilt is very geometric, then quilt lyrically and fluid, and vice versa does that make sense?
Mymble that sounds lovely BUT I do not know how to do any of what you suggested! I only do straight line or wavy but no FMQ except on small projects.
True Have you looked at Angela Water's book on FMQ -ing? She explains it all really well- and it requires some care, but isn't as hard as it looks - I promise!. But, if you just did wavy, that would be nice too
Mymble I keep saying I will conquer it but then move onto something else...some day! Thanks for hint about book. At moment thought of wrestling with something this large makes my head hurt but I know it can be done...
Yes, just think smaller areas- I've only FMQ -ed 2 large quilts so I'm no expert but really, once I got going it was okay- it's the diving in that is nerve wracking- maybe try it out on a smaller quuilt first:)
Mymble I do ok on my old machine on small things. I have not been able to master bottom tension on new one...need to go back and get a lesson it is just not convenient to do so haven't done it. Just need to plan it in and go!
It looks great, Mary - definitely the right border :) Re: the quilting...I do FMQ but I don't do exact designs - I find it easier to do all over patterns like a meandering stipple (much more forgiving!!!).
Wow it looks really great ...
Just love what you chose for the border. Just lovely! Congrats on finishing the basting today. A necessary but so unrewarding phase of the process. OMG I just reread that you actually finished the quilting as well today! Man you made some BIG progress on this! Can't wait to see what you did. Make sure to take some close ups!
Terryt1955 I did not do anything fancy...first it was so big compared to what I am use to doing (still trying to figure out how Wendy does those huge quilts!) but also felt like this is a classic kind of quilt and I wanted th fabric to shine through. So simply followed seam on side of sashing (towards block not on sashing itself) using my walking foot. This allowed cornerstones to then be "framed" by quilting. So minimal quilting but enough to do its job! I will take pictures in morning:-)
LOVE that border!!! So glad you finished this one...can't wait to see it all bound and washed :) I sent you a PM re: the quilting and heaviness - it is all in the batting!
fantastic- I cannot believe you basted and quilted it in one day- amazing achievement- looks great- can't wait for the finale;)))
The border fabric looks really great and pulls it altogether!! i can't believe how much of this you amanged all in one day! It's looking great
Caribousmom That border fabric is my favorite in the whole collection! And thanks for info on batting...:-)
Nothing like a deadline to get you motivated!!
Carolmarie I love purple but this is actually a deep maroon in person...not purple at all. Interesting it shows like that for you...must be poor lighting! Thank you... I think the whole quilt really works for her and her house!
The quilting is lovely! Love how it outlines the corner stones and simply frames the blocks. Good call!!
Terryt1955 Thank you! Got binding all ready for hand sewing but realized last night did not do label so will need to do that and add but that part is easy! Now for quite a bit of hand sewing...
Carolmarie I find whenever I take anything indoors it messes with the colors unless I take it right in front of the window. But taking it outdoors can be a challenge too. Too much sun or too much shadow becomes an issue. 11:00 or 3:00 in the backyard is always the best, unless of course it's raining!
True Well at least the weather is cool and you won't mind being underneath it while sewing! Hmmm, now what TV show/movie will you be catching up on? Have you tried those Wonder Clips? I know they're meant for machine sewing but I love that they don't poke you constantly like pins do...
Terryt1955 I have not as I truly do not mind the pins...and I usually sew my bindings my machine now and then pins do not bother me at all! I have no clue what to watch as I do not watch a lot of tv but will have to find something! And yes it will keep me warm while I sew;-)
Carolmarie I am just not a photographer so no clue what I need to do to get truer colors but do have better luck, as Terry mentions, outside. But do not have a great place to hang quilt to take the picture:-(
HawkFan I was thinking on my commute to work how relieved I am as I was so worried about quilting something this big!
Beautiful and love the binding fabric. Wow, you did it with weeks to spare! Now you can relax a bit right?
Mary, I love this quilt. It is so beautiful and you did such a great job from start to finish. You should be so proud of it!
This quilt is beautiful!
Okay you're going to think I'm weird but I actually woke up this morning with this quilt on my mind. I guess that's a true testament that it made a deep impression on me.Is it a sign to copy you? (I'm still auditioning patterns for my next neutral quilt).
That is one beautiful quilt, True. Wow....I wouldn't even know where to begin to quilt that!! It's just wonderful. Where is it going...on a bed I presume?!! :)
Dah...just read where it is going! Wow...she is gona love it. What a beautiful gift....
Terryt1955 Oh, I think this would be a gorgeous pattern for a neutral quilt, Terry - go for it!
Conniharns thank you...it is funny as I have wanted to make my sister a quilt forever and just never found just the right fabric...and now this quilt has turned out perfect for her in so many ways. It is huge though for a lap quilt so she will be all wrapped up:-)
Such a lovely, loving gift. Congratulations on the finish!