Wednesday, September 26, 2012

today

How did this happen?

Chicopee Churn Dash today

I was supposed to be working on a new quilt this week, but instead found myself piecing up a few more Churn Dash blocks and then working in sashing to complete the quilt top.

Dotted Leaf sashing

The sashing is Chicopee Dotted Leaf in Lime.  It's such a subtle citron print that it reads rather solid.  I quite like it for sashing, especially with the vertical movement of the leaves.

a sunny quilt top

Did you notice I didn't have enough?  In my head cold muddled, half-awake stupor last night, I calculated a myriad of options for cutting and sashing and substituting.  This is what happened come daylight.  It's ok, right?

Nope, not feeling much better today.  Even so, Tuesday and Wednesday are my work-at-home days, so productivity was warranted.  That's life.  And I did still manage to enjoy it.

so Denyse Schmidt

Though that couch has been calling me...

the calling couch

At least I have a pretty, sunny quilt top to show for my efforts.  It's not every day that happens.  Now what about backing?  I thought I'd won some fabric yesterday but that didn't shake out.  Maybe the fabric fairy will send me some Chicopee corduroy for the backing just to help a poor, disappointed, cold-fogged girl out.  You think?

Um... let's see. You might want to know that this quilt design is from Denyse Schmidt's latest book. More about that when I finish the quilt.  I used 8 Chicopee prints for the blocks, Kona Bone for my neutral, the Dotted Leaf for the sashing and 4 non-Chicopee prints (Old Script in Black, Pastry Voile in Marine, Herringbone in Lake and Sweetwater Reunion in Ink) for the blocks to bring to life a dark blues/high value contrast color scheme.

Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt for Freespirit is a very versatile fabric collection that I'm adoring.  I'm not nearly done with these fabrics, but next time I want to use all the colors.  That's right, no holding back.  And now, surely, it's time to make a new quilt?

Chicopee is available at these great online shops:

Stash Modern Fabrics
Mad About Patchwork
Sew Modern
Marmalade Fabrics 

Intrepid Thread
Fabricworm
Fat Quarter Shop
Sew Love Fabrics
Lark Cottons

32 comments:

  1. I am IN LOVE with what you've done here! I've wanted to do a Churn Dash project for quite awhile, and yours is so lovely sashed in that sunny lime.

    I also think that the little corner of not-Chicopee sashing is SO Denyse. I've noticed that she likes to throw in little one-offs like that in her quilts, a nod to vintage quilting and use-it-up-make-it-do. Perfect for a design like Churn Dash.

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    1. Oh, Laura, thanks so much for saying so about the "wrong" sashing. I so didn't want to buy more fabric and I do love to "make do". Now I feel that much better about it!

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  2. I love love love this quilt. I have a jelly roll and having been trying to match background, now I can't wait to get started!

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  3. Love this quilt! And most especially your choice of sashing!

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  4. Sashing looks great. I think the green block in the lower right corner helps it to be more than okay.

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  5. Oh I do soooo love this quilt top!!! It looks gorgeous with that sashing fabric, and I quite like the two different fabrics for the border. :) I need to go make some Churn Dash blocks. They've been hanging around in my head for the last couple of weeks---it's time to make some.

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    1. It's a great block! I'm not even tired of it yet. I'd like to do a wonky version sometime.

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  6. Lovely. I like quilts like that but can't do it myself as there is no order or some kind of matching key.

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  7. I think it really looks good!!! You are in one line with the pioneers of patchworking: if one fabric is out, take the next one!!!
    It's great

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  8. I love the way the sashing turned out, happy accident! How did I not know Chicopee came in corduroy!?

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  9. Sorry to hear you've been sick! I am still trying to shake something from a couple of weeks ago that just wants to linger. You have been busy! Great quilt-and I quite have the same thing going on. I have some higher priority sewing, but find I keep picking up my fun project whenever I have a chance to sew!

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  10. Love the colors and love the scrappy sashing solution.

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  11. STUN-NING. so pretty. love the color contrast.

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  12. I'm sorry you're sick! And your quilt looks great, including the fact that the sashing matches :) That made sense in my head. I'm still working on my red and white churn dash, one of my favorite blocks! Hope you feel better soon!!

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  13. Just stunning, you always do amazing work, it is a total joy to receive your posts in my email!

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  14. Love it! Great fabric selection. And don't fret the substituted in print. If you have read the 'streak of lightening' quilt in Denyse's book, she rather compliments the subtle change in fabric here and there. It makes it a little more interesting. Don't you think?

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  15. This is really beautiful and I like the border a lot! It kind of lends a quirky quality to the quilt that is both fun and unexpected. :) I hope you feel well soon!

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  16. Sometimes "mistakes" are the best addition and just make a quilt. I like how you solved your miscalculation. Hope you fell better.

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  17. Someone used the word Quirky and I think that perfectly sums it up. Its Quirky without being "over" if that makes sense?

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  18. Rachel, I just adore that churn dash quilt top -- the color mix is fantastic!

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  19. lovely. i bought a few from this line.

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  20. Feel better soon! The quilt is so fun and the happy accident just made it even more original and off-beat. I love the fabrics and those churn dash blocks!

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  21. This looks amazing! Sometimes the things you question look the best!

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  22. Hope you're in the pink quick!
    Love the quilt ~ that sashing is wonderful!

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  23. It's awesome! I think adding the substitute sashing really gives it a modern flare! nice job on the colors too!

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  24. Gorgeous! It looks especially stunning in the first pic, draped over a chair...

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  25. i love love love this design; the solid blender background is deliciously sour. you're making me want to make a bunch of traditional blocks!

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  26. Churn dash is one of the first blocks I learned to make in my beginners class 3 years ago, so it still occupies a spot in my brain waiting for the time to come out and play again! I think the time has arrived! Thanks for the inspiration to get going on it!

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  27. I definitely love this one tons. Churn dash blocks are so fun on their own, and in these colors, ah. Happy. Hope your weekend is good, Rachel!

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