Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Love in Polaroids

It's finished!  A great big thanks to the Love circle for joining with me to make polaroid blocks this May.  I adored the finished blocks (20 in all) with anywhere from 4 to 9 cute little polaroids each.

Polaroids by Love circle

One day I photographed the pile of them and was instantly inspired to try for a random "tossed" design.  I knew it would mean picking apart some of the blocks and wasn't sure how I felt about doing that.  But in the end, the tossed arrangement was just so much more interesting than sewing the blocks together end to end, so I timidly wielded the seam ripper and carefully, carefully took apart about a third of the blocks.  (Mainly, I deconstructed the 9-polaroid blocks into smaller groups of 6 or 3 or 2 or 1.) Not a polaroid was wasted!

Love in Polaroids with do. Good Stitches

Once I started working at it, the quilt top came together in about a day.  Though, to be fair, I was working without a design wall on my floor which I knew I couldn't share with the family (and cats) for long - so I was super motivated to finish!  I brought in Kona Coal and Kona Medium Gray to fill the spaces (both colors available at Canton Village where Kona is just $5.55 a yard!).

just about color

For the back, I began with a large cut of Remix Argyle from Robert Kaufman.  I love this bright, happy print with so many pretty colors!  In hopes of keeping things gender neutral, I added that large darker blue Happy Drawing Giraffe's print.  It's a vibrant blue and cheerful orange, so in keeping with bright, bright, bright.  And then some smaller cuts of Modern Whimsy (the aqua Bunny Rabbit Trellis and Vines in Park) finished it off.

Remix Argyle and Modern Whimsy backings

This quilt is full of characters front and back!  I think it's going to be so fun for a child to discover.  In fact, I know it is cause Aria and Liam both initiated spontaneous eye-spy games during the making!  All those polaroids are mesmerizing and they're going every-which-way too, so there's not a top or bottom to this quilt.

blocks by the Love circle!

And the quilting?  Well, I can't say that went too well.  I wanted to do boxy lines that turn randomly, sometimes making a boxy spiral.  Is that a good idea on a very big, over-sized throw?  Why no, it is not.  Thanks to the generous harp space in my Pfaff Smarter, I was able to do a pattern like this using my walking foot and turning the quilt often, but it was definitely not enjoyable. I think my basting job was lacking as well, so there were puckers sometimes.  Disappointing and a lesson learned, but at the same time I tried not to let it get to me so much. This quilt is a gift to some needy child through Wrap them in Love.  I'm sure he or she will be having too much fun looking and touching and appreciating to tut-tut the occasional pucker.

bound in Loulouthi stockings stripe

Love in Polaroids is bound with the Loulouthi Stockings stripe that I've been saving all this time.  I love it as a binding!  It's gray and bright.  Perfect. 

I'll be shipping it out tomorrow with all our love.

34 comments:

  1. It's fabulous! I love the way it turned out! Some lucky kid is going to LOVE it. :)

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  2. Such a novel idea that's turned into a really fun quilt. I agree, there's going to be some happy kids in the receiving family for sure.

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  3. This turned out so great, really an awesome idea Rachel! I'd love to try this with black and white photos. Okay $5.55/yard for KONA! Is that always the case or a sale! Whoa that is awesome.

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  4. That looks amazing! I love the finish. The effect of the tossed blocks is cool! =D


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  5. wonderful quilt, it turned out so great.

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  6. I seriously LOVE this quilt top - polariod pictures! I'm not gonna lie, I really hope maybe sometime you could do a quick tutorial. I love how it's a very different kind of I Spy quilt.

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    1. Here's an excerpt from an earlier post when I made my blocks. Maybe it will help? It tells you how to make the polaroids and then you just need to add gray around the sides as much as you like to space them out:

      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.

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  7. very very cool! Love all of the greys. It really makes the 'pictures' pop!

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  8. Oh this is SO cool. Love the randomness of the polaroids, what a fun quilt!

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  9. very cool. I really love the idea of the random Polaroids. You did a fantastic job.

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  10. i love this! what a cool idea to have no top or bottom!

    Also, how do you make your binding edges so precise and clean? mine are an eyesore and its so frustating. :(

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    1. Checkout my zigzag binding tutorial: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/11/zigzag-binding-tutorial.html

      I actually enjoy binding quilts now!

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  11. Ah! I love how you went with the tossed polaroids look! The mix of grays and the loulouthi binding is also fantastic. :)

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  12. Great quilt, love the arrangement and the backing is so happy! Will certainly make some child's day!

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  13. It's a really fun quilt. I wanna make one someday.

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  14. lovely! it's very special quilt, well done!

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  15. Really cute! I love how the Polaroids are scattered.

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  16. Very nice. I love that binding!! And I can relate to a good idea gone wrong. We all do that at some point but your attitude is right--people are usually too busy being grateful for something handmade to pick apart the little mistakes.

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  17. i love it! gorgeous quilt. a new fave, for sure.

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  18. It turned out splendidly awesome!I love the way you "tossed" them, and that they're going in every direction. The prints you backed it with are great, too! And yes, the binding. I love that print! You did an amazing job, Rachel!

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  19. The quilt is beautiful! I actually tried the same quilting pattern two months ago. I wanted dense quilting. Huge mistake. I love my walking foot, but turning that quilt all the time made me insane.

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  20. This quilt is awesome! Love the layout you chose, it's brilliant!

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  21. I love the polaroid quilt. Some lucky child will have fun playing eye spy.

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  22. it is gorgeous rachel and i am proud of you for wielding the seam ripper! you put together a beautiful beautiful quilt! xo

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  23. This has to be one of my all time favorites from our circle! I was curious to see how it came together, with all the different polaroid blocks, and it's just perfect! It's so fresh and fun, just what a kid needs :) Nice work!

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  24. Love the Polaroids concept, as they were a part of my life for years and years (both my parents had one of those cameras). As far as the tucks, I say if someone notices your flaws--either personal or quilty--they are not as good a friend as needed. I'd focus on how wonderful that quilt is--ignore the rest! But I love that you wrote about the learning from that experience. That's a good part of trying something new.

    And on your other post--about newbie bloggers--great advice! Laughed when I read the one about feet, because I'm really tired of seeing people's pedicures. Thought I was the only one. As far as comparing to other bloggers, it can sometimes feel like junior high/high school all over again, watching the cheerleaders get the football players. I think your own advice at the beginning of the post is the best of all: write what you are interested about. In other words, follow your bliss (an old cliche in writing). Lovely.

    You have a great blog, and I enjoy it immensely!

    Elizabeth E.
    opquilt.com

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  25. That is a great quilt! I'd love to print out some actual family photos with Spoonflower, or a printing service of the sort, and make a family tree type quilt. What an inspiration you are!

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    1. Oh my goodness - that would be so clever and interesting!

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  26. Still in love with this quilt!!!!!! <3

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  27. 1. I completely love the polariod frames for an eye-spy quilt. what a great way to keep it from being too busy. : )

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