18 June 2008

WIP Wednesday-June 18 2008

I have had the 18 main blocks for this done for several years. It was a Saturday Sampler class provided by a LQS. Do you know what a Saturday Sampler class is? The first Saturday of the month you meet at the LQS. On the very 1st meeting you pay $5 and the packet that includes the block pattern and fabric. After that initial meeting every 1st Saturday you go back with your complete block, sit through a demo of a new product and pick up your next kit. The only expense is that first $5 and time. That is unless you miss a month or didn't make the previous month's block, then it is another $5. After I designed the layout I had the foresight to buy up enough of the same black for the borders, cut the pieces and packed it away. Why? Dunno.

I pulled it out and worked on it last Saturday when my Quilting Friend came over. It is a good thing I did because I had a hard time reading my own notes. Not only that but for some reason I stitched my double four patches wrong so the black when through the center instead of the green. The double four patch blocks make up the diamond border. I also did not cut enough of the 3.5" lime green squares for the corner stones in the sashing. Thank goodness I still had a small bit of that fabric left so I just zipped them out.

Until I took a picture of this, I did not notice that there are several blocks that just sink into the background. I think I am going to add a bit of yellow or orange or maybe even a bit of pink just to make those blocks pop a bit more.

Since the blocks and sashing are just stuck up on the design wall, I now need to get the top into a flimsy stage and then to the long-armer. There is plenty of room for some dynamic quilting in the border. Size is roughly 96x120.

15 comments:

  1. Love the lime - I agree about the sinking & adding orange, yellow & pink!

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  2. Fun colors but I would do the same thing as you for the 'sinking' colors. It's a cool quilt.

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  3. Here's a differing opinion on the low-contrast blocks that you say "sink" into the background: I rather like the effect of varying the contrast levels in blocks. It gives the quilt "peaks and valleys" of contrast, for lack of a better term. The blocks that are higher contrast pop out at you, and others you have to look harder at to see the details. I think it's more interesting thal all the blocks being similar contrast. The eye moves around more between the blocks. On the other hand, I'm self-taught, so what do I know?

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  4. Some WIP's need a little time to simmer before it can evolve to the flimsy stage and look what a beauty it is now even before it's all sewn together. Will be awesome when it's quilted.

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  5. Love this quilt. But I really love your BOM homespun blocks. What a neat idea I have a basket of left over homespun that's been sitting around in the way for a while. What a great way to use it up.

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  6. Paula, it's stunning! I, too, (like Calico Quilter) like the fact that some low contrast blocks help the others to sing out loud. It's OK if everyone doesn't know the words, they can hum right along and add to the melody!

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  7. It is a pretty quilt - I'm glad you went back to it and finish it up.

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  8. As a gal who doesn't ever think too much about contrast . . . I like it just the way it is *s*

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  9. What a striking quilt! Love the colors and placement. Great job!

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  10. Goodness, OK, I was beginning to think you were superwoman, this makes me feel better, this sounds like me, letting something languish for several years before finishing. It is amazing what taking a picture will let us see, I discovered this recently. I love the colors! Bravo to finishing!
    I agree with the calico quilter, this actually gives the quilt a more 3 dimensional quality.
    Vicki

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  11. I like the blocks that are not too contrast-ish too. I think the eye goes over and discovers new wonderful blocks and fabrics, not just skims over because it is all the same. Seems like those bias edged pieces are so much better after they have been put in their place with a longarm quilting!

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  12. Very beautiful this quilt, the black fund is very ok. Compliment Paula,have a great week-end.

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  13. I love the way the colors pop off the black!

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  14. Lime is the new black!!! :) I soo love this! Can't wait to see yours together!

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  15. Gorgeous. Nothing short of gorgeous.

    n, np

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