07 January 2011

Faithful Circle Redux

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In 2008, I attended a small quilt show in Gunnison Colorado at the Arts Center while CarGuy attended a car show. The majority of the quilts in the show were vintage quilts from the 1930s and 1940s with a sprinkling of contemporary art quilts. I snapped a photo of this sweet quilt at that show as it was quite unusual and caught my eye.

Fast forward to 2010. I acquired a booklet of old patterns during the summer and this pattern caught my eye. It was the only pattern in the booklet that I liked so I scanned it and gave the booklet to my quilt guild’s garage sale. Then in December I did a post about the pattern and a stack of fabrics I was using to make the quilt.

I decided that the best way for me to make this quilt is using the English Paper Piecing method. So to that end, I have all the ‘papers’ cut or purchased for this quilt. Because of the size of the equilateral triangle papers purchased, I had to redraft the hexagon and my squares are now rectangles. BTW, knowing how to draft your own shapes is a handy skill to own. The pieces and parts are in their ‘to-go’ container waiting for Saturday which will be the first time I will work on it other than all the prep work. The white has not been chosen and I am waffling on fabric: plain white (like in the first photo) or a white-on-white that will work with the reproduction fabrics that will be used. Any suggestions?

I never even connected the fact that I had a photo of a completed quilt plus the pattern! That is until I was mucking around in my Flickr account and spied the first photo. Serendipity? I think so.

13 comments:

  1. Definite serendipity! I too have been flicking through my flickr - looking up the history of my current WIP.

    Oh & I would go with a solid. Maybe an "economy/ecology" cloth... (Unbleached muslin...)

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  2. Nice. I like white on white. More interesting.

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  3. I'd like to SEE the repro fabrics before voicing an opinion. My instinct, like Amy's, would be unbleached muslin, but that is without seeing the repros. If they are 30s, then prolly white. But I'm so CW right now that muslin comes to mind immediately as the default.

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  4. You go girl. This is going to be a great quilt. I think with the reproduction fabrics, white is a great choice.

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  5. I would use a Kona solid in snow or natural color.

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  6. How fun this is going to be. Wow!!! I couldn't agree more about this: (BTW, knowing how to draft your own shapes is a handy skill to own.) but I know I wont ever learn. It looks really hard to do that with a brain that isn't mathematical.

    I can't wait to see all your fabrics come together. Yippie!!!

    Just a personl thing, Kona snow has been painful in a not nice way to hand piece for me.

    I'm in with Amy and Nancy on the feedback.

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  7. That is a really pretty pattern, I look forward to seeing your quilt. I think an off-white tone on tone would be more interesting, but it depends on how busy your other fabrics are.

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  8. Delightful and I look forward to seeing more of this pattern!

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  9. Definitely serendipity!! How neat! I love this pattern, can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  10. Looks interesting. Are you going to do embroidery in the hexagons, too? How big are your hexes?

    You could use muslin either bleached or unbleached. If you're using 30s prints, probably bleached. Try the fabrics with your possible background pieces and see what you like best!

    You could join us on hexagon alley, if you want. It fits, even if it isn't a UFO yet. LOL

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  11. I had a long comment, apparently eaten by blogger. Are you going to embroider on the hexagons, too? I'd take my choices and lay the pieced fabrics down on them and just see which one I liked best.

    Even though it isn't a UFO yet, you'd be welcome to join us on hexagon alley.

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  12. I inherited cut up pieces of fabric from my grandmother for exactly this block. I was wondering if you ever shared your paper pieced block? I'd love to see it to get an idea how to do it for myself.

    Thanks

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  13. Anonymous9:36 AM

    Im quilting this exact pattern on a quilt done by a presently ill lady. Sadly many of the tiny recs are coming apart through poor fabric choices so \\I am having to replace many of them by hand. Also the fabrics had not been checked for bleeding first so about 40 of the hexex have had to come out too. Big job. am quilting a hex 1 inch in and filling the centers with a 6 petal flower. It will be lovely when done I am sure. I will be doing one for myself with a single print around the hexes. I think I will live long enough to get it done. Good luck all.

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