Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Polaroids on a Cloudy Day

Our house is dark today.  Storm clouds have been sitting in the sky all morning long, trying to decide to rain.  I placed some finished bee blocks on the brightest part of our table to snap a photograph earlier.

Polaroids on a Cloudy Day

A photograph of fabric photographs.  These polaroid blocks are my choice for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches this April.  It's not my genius idea - it's Corey's of Little Miss Shabby.  My friend Jacey is putting together a similar quilt...

Polaroids received
quilt in progress by Jaceycraft

which I fell in love with.  The Love circle makes quilts for children in need through Wrap Them in Love.  What child could resist cute little fussy cut images?  Plus, all that gray sashing will make for a quilt that's not easily stained.

Polaroids for the Love Circle

I decided to pack as many polaroids as possible into my 12.5" block, with a layout like Corey's. The polaroids start as a 2.5" square fussy cut image.  Then the top and sides are framed with thin, white pieces cut 1" wide and the bottom section is cut 1.5" wide.  Last of all I added gray sashing of random widths on all four sides and squared up to 4.5" square with the polaroid tipped as I squared.  The (9) 4.5" square blocks make up a 12.5" 9-block setting.  Easy enough, but LOTS of seams.

If I were making another set, I'd probably cut the thin white sashing only 3/4" wide, cause I'd like it to be thinner.

Woodland, Tufted Tweets, Meet the Gang...

The best part was choosing the fussy cut images!  Actually, I totally struggled with that.  Maybe most of my stash is more geometric than photographic?  But, in the end I love what emerged.  That goldfish-in-a-jar scrap is something I won long ago from Sew Katie Did.  Then there are two gray Woodlands prints here, some green Meet the Gang clippings, old Tufted Tweets chairs, Laurie's new bunny, hopscotch, acorns... and it just goes on.

I used a variety of grays in hopes of creating some blocks that will merge well with random grays from others in my circle.  The darkest gray you see here is Kona Charcoal.  The medium tone is Kona Coal and the lightest gray I'm using is Kona Medium Gray.  I bet some of my circle mates will use Kona Ash too, which is even lighter.  

Coincidentally, Marmalade Fabrics has just introduced Monthly Gem Bundles of Kona based on birthstones.  April is their first bundle and being "diamonds" has all of these grays, plus a few more neutrals.  If you've wanted to build your solids stash, a 1/2 yard gem bundle each month might be a nice, gradual way of getting there.  I reach for my solids near every week.  But, yeah, I may be a Kona addict.

Looking forward to collecting blocks from the rest of my circle to share with you soon!

52 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea! :)

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  2. I love idea!! It's so cute!!

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  3. This is absolutely fantastic! I love these blocks!!

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  4. Wow! I love these blocks. They are totally going on my to-do list for a photographically talented family member!

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  5. Those are awesome blocks Rachel - wonderful idea. Definitely something I need to add to my quilt list :).

    -Q

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  6. so cute. my bee did a block like this one, too, with the same inspiration. here's a tutorial that a member put together: http://my-crafty-crap.blogspot.com/2011/12/polaroid-quilt-block.html

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  7. Your blocks look great, Rachel! I think this quilt will be loved, definitely! And yes, I did use Ash as one of my solids!

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  8. I love this! What a clever way to feature some leftovers.

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  9. Oh how fun Rachel!--Such a great way to use the polaroid block!

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  10. I LOVE the polaroid blocks. So super cute.

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  11. I love this idea! So cute!

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  12. Very Cute! I've wanted to make a quilt like this for a while now. I love all the fussy cut prints!

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  13. I love that! So pretty, cute, ingenious... I could go on!

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  14. I absolutely LOVE the gray against the white and colors. Really striking!

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  15. Ooh, loving all the polaroids, that will make a fab kind of I Spy quilt for a kid :o)

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  16. These are super cool, really original, love it!

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  17. Love it, a genius idea for a quilt!

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  18. these are amazing. I'm wondering if I have the patience to do this with my i-spy squares...

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  19. What a fabulous idea! I so could do this with my MAM fabrics! =D

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  20. This is a great idea! I think I'll try it one day, too. So cute :o)

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  21. What cute blocks! And it's a fun to look my existing stash with an eye to the little details like finding small images that will be framed nicely in a little bitty blocks like that. Thanks for offering a new perspective!

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  22. Absolutely inspiring! I have been sewing for over (gulp) 20 years but have never attempted a true quilt. This makes me want to try! Lord knows I have a stash of fabric ready for it.

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  23. What a neat way to showcase some of your favorite fabrics! I love this quilt!

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  24. beautiful beautiful beautiful!

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  25. Oh, I totally love this! Wonderful.

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  26. Hi Rachael- off topic, however... what is the quilt in your header? I really LOVE it!

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    1. Sure! It's my Triangling Quilt, made as a part of Scrap Attack: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/01/triangles.html I need to update my Projects page =)

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  27. These are so cute! I love how the grey and white don't compete with the "pictures" but add framing and interest. Nice!

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    1. Thanks! My favorite is definitely the one with only 2 colors of gray, exactly because as you said one doesn't want to compete with the actual little images. Good point!

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  28. They look great!! I can't wait to make mine!!

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  29. Love your Polaroid blocks, Rachel!I especially love the middle picture in the second block. It looks like the Gang is being shy but still wants to be in the picture. So cute!

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  30. Those are super cool blocks.

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  31. These are just darling. Fun and sweet.

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  32. Fabulous idea, and very cute blocks!

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  33. what a great idea! I love these blocks. Love the little owl peeking out in the first picture!

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  34. What a great idea for a block. Love your choice of several different Kona greys to frame the Polaroids. Look forward to seeing what other blocks your Group makes. This will be such an interesting quilt, so much to look at, like an I Spy! Your cause is excellent, keep up the good work!

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  35. I love this idea...and you're fussy cut fabrics are fab!

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    1. Thanks so much to you and everyone! I'm kind of overwhelmed by all your enthusiasm, but I'm sure it's also because we all feel how perfect this project is for a special little someone who needs the cheer. Thanks again!

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  36. So much fun! And perfect for a cloudy day!

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  37. i love each one! they are amazing!!

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  38. It's a lovely interpretation of a genius idea! I think you did well with your choices, I'd have the same problem as you with a preponderance of geometics but it's amazing how just framing a fabric makes you see it in a different way. Of course I struggle with fussy cutting because it tends to be wasteful, but perhaps not so much with these kinds of fabrics? Anyways, really lovely and lucky kiddy who gets it (though of course not so lucky that they need it in the first place which is why it's doubly nice).

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  39. Oh my! This is amazing! I absolutely LOVE it.

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  40. This is such a brilliant idea. I love the Polaroids. I just created a black and white quilt with black and white photos, and this design would have been perfect for it! Hmm, might have to try it out! Here is what I went with
    http://pileofabric.com/post/807301-project-b-w-memories-quilt-final-quilt

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  41. Such a cool version of a fussy cut i-spy!!! I love the Polaroid's!

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  42. Love this! I've been wondering what to do with some precious charm squares that I'd like to be the main highlight in a quilt without cutting into them. This may be it!

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