Wednesday, December 12, 2012

from the beginning

This morning Aria and I had such very nice talks together, me sewing while she knitted with brother away at a homeschool sports program.  Usually she would be at her homeschool co-op program on a Wednesday, but with the winter break she's home.  Honestly, she'd probably be asking me to do this or that or another, but today she respected that I needed to work on Grandma's quilt.  Grandma's Christmas present quilt.  Right-o!

this morning


Now all my blocks are done, and I'm starting to lay it out.  I've been nervous about this quilt.  Excited, but nervous. 

Well... let's begin and the beginning.  I've been meaning to make my mom a quilt.  Her move to a new house was just the catalyst for both of us.  She fell in love with this incredible quilt by Krista of Spotted Stone Studio

the big orange wall quilt

Seriously, my mom has this Flickr photo open on her computer to gaze lovingly upon every day.  Clearly, this is the one.  Still, I hoped to evolve it a bit to make it my own.  One night I thought "fireworks!", envisioning a quilt with large and small blocks, some overlapping.  Kind of like this photo by Vodou Blue, abstractly rendered as patchwork:


Do you see it?  Now, the idea of overlapping blocks is definitely ambitious.  But, what am I if not ambitious?  Hehe.

all my colors

Ok, so colors.  This is the luscious mix of Kona colors that we came up with.  Kona from bottom:  melon, coal, coral, crimson, amber, cadet, olive, jade, curry, med. gray.  Yum!

all my neutrals

Then, following Krista's lead, we'll need lots and lots of low-value neutrals for those colors to fly around in.  Kona from left:  white, snow, bone, oyster, sky, ash, parchment.  I've also used some natural linen scraps for texture.

Kona neutrals

By the way, of the new Kona colors, I really dig oyster as a white-neutral.  It has this touch of gray, unlike bone which has a touch of yellow.  Kona oyster has been gorgeous with the saturated colors I typically use.  

Do you think I needed so many different shades of low-value neutrals?  Well, I don't know, but it did break up the tedium.  I'm telling you it is So. Darn. Hard. for me to sew with so many neutrals.  Seriously, takes bucket loads of self-control.  That's not because I don't like the effect - Krista's quilt is fantabulous!  It's just because color fuels me.  So, on a block-by-block scale, this quilt has been underwhelming.  I certainly wondered how it would turn out.

another all-solids

Each of these starburst blocks is made from 4 quadrants, a la "Kathy's Block" from Liberated Quiltmaking II. In order to keep the colors flashing amongst so many neutrals, I aimed to sew only one color per quadrant and to have one quadrant per block that is all neutrals.  So, yeah, the example above is actually too-much-color according to those rules.  That's probably why I like it as an individual block!

Today I finished all my quadrants for all my many, many starburst blocks and started laying out my mom's queen-sized quilt.  

I think I like it!

This is just the beginning, but, eeek, and I think I like it!  The spaces in between will be filled with various neutrals (I think).  My next step is to start assembling sections, overlaps and all.  Since I don't have a design wall, I realized that laying out the entire quilt on the floor wouldn't get me very far.  Those kitties are just waiting for me to leave so they can raise a ruckus.  Wish me luck?

P.S.  Any suggestions for this quilt's name?  I keep thinking "fireworks" but that's just not going to cut it.  Thanks in advance!

P.S.S.  Enquiring minds will want to know that Kona can be found in great plentitude at Marmalade Fabrics, Sew Modern, Fat Quarter Shop, Canton Village, Fresh Modern Fabric, Fabricworm, Pink Chalk and in Canada at Mad About Patchwork.  

45 comments:

  1. it's going to be beautiful! I'm useless when it comes to naming quilts though, sorry!

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  2. Hi Rachel! Krista's quilt is in my quilt-inspiration board and I wish to make one. Thank you for your most inspiring post! Your quilt is going to amazing! Your colours are 'mine' and I really love how you have made different size blocks! This is one of those quilts that when you see them, you want to go straight away to your sewing room to start one! x Teje

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  3. This is coming together very nicely....looks like "windmills" to me :)

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  4. How about Illuminations for a title?

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  5. How about Delightful Distraction, since she loves the inspiration photo so much? Or you could go with the more concise Delight.

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  6. I don't always get to stop by and comment, but I do read all you posts via email and love following you! This quilt looks like it will be wonderful! By the way I LOVE your current header photo!

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  7. Awesome. What about calling it shattered? It reminds me of shattered glass in the light.

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  8. Skyward kaleidoscope? It's coming together beautifully.

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  9. How about Color Bursts or just Bursts? I think you are really going to like it!

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  10. You are inspiring and I hope your mom loves her quilt. Maybe sparklers?

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  11. You could call it Snap Crackle Pop! Love it!

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  12. it looks fabulous. I have an inexpensive suggestion for a design wall. Buy a flannel back picnic tablecloth, or even two, and lay your blocks on the floor on the flannel side. the blocks will stay on even if the cats walk over it. if you need a really big one, stitch together two. just roll it up or fold it and the blocks will stay in place until the next time you need it.

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  13. I am sure your Mom will love it. After all, it is made by you. Daughter's rule.

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  14. Nice, Rachel! I love the colors y'all have chosen! How do you plan to quilt it??

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    1. Oh, no, do I have to quilt it? Well, my mom wants straight lines somewhat close together. We'll see what I can put up with for a queen sized quilt!

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  15. Ooh, it's lovely. And love your inspiration, the overlapping blocks bit is very clever. As for names... I like brouhaha, but that's more cos I like the word than it being particularly fitting (no help at all, I know!). Maybe wait till you see it all together, and name then!?

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    1. Yes, I may need to wait. Actually, it's only bugging me because I want to name my Flickr set and my pictures folder. LOL. A bit too organized perhaps?

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  16. Roaming Pinwheels.... or Pinwheels Galore..... Reminds me of kids blowing on their pinwheels..

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  17. How about "Bursting with Love"?

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  18. What fun - I can't wait to see how it turns out. I really love the quilt you've used for inspiration as well. I laughed at how hard you are finding sticking to the neutrals. We're always told that 'less is more' but it's such a difficult theory to put in practice!
    As for names, I like the previous suggestion of Starburst, too.

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    1. Really, SO difficult. I even struggled to stick with just solids, but that was clearly the way to go.

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  19. Oh is so beautiful. How about pops of color? I'm not really good at comming up with names..

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  20. It reminds me of light shining through cut glass. What do you think about "prisms"?

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  21. I think someone lese said it already, but I thought "Starbursts"
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  22. Cosmic Burst?? Solid Burst?? Solid Prisms?? Your mom will cherish this quilt!

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  23. Beautiful! But then I really love neutrals.:) Your mom will love it I'm sure!

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  24. I feel your pain, I had all of my 100 blocks for the Value Dance Quilt layed out in the living room (where no one goes) and I go back 10 minutes later and the mini dachshunds had completely strewn everywhere! Name the quilt... Bursting from Love...

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  25. It is just perfect and beautiful. Can't wait to see this finished! Your Mom will love it!

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  26. Stunning quilt! How about "Exuberance" (not sure if I spelled that right).

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  27. Dawn's Early Light was the name that popped into my head. I can't wait to see the progress.

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  28. Oh my goodness - you have so much patience! Laughing that you had trouble sticking to neutrals, when I can't even bring myself to buy solids, even when I go to the shop specifically for them!
    I used to consume Kona prints at Seminole Sampler in Maryland.
    I like "sparks" or "spark" more than "bursts"??

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  29. Your version will be great! And your mom will love it.

    Remember that mine is called the Big Orange Wall quilt (renamed Off the B.O.W. for show purposes) so I'm sure anything you come up with will be better than that.

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  30. I'm looking at it thinking WINDMILLS .... you know those little ones that whirl around when you hold them up to the wind. It's going to be lovely when it's finished.

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  31. I was going to suggest "explosion" but I like most of the other suggestions better.

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  32. What a lovely quilt ~ really like all the different sizes. I like the name from Flaun ~ Illumination ~ fits.
    Your Mom is going to LOVE the quilt no matter the name!

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  33. It's going to be gorgeous! Aren't you a good daughter to make that for your mummy? Merry Christmas!

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  34. This is a great quilt! How about "Flashes and Splashes" for a name....

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  35. Hello Rachel!
    Just left you a wee note on Flickr then popped over for a peek... I love the inspiration for this quilt and really love that it doesn't have a border! When I *eventually* try my hand at quilting this design will definitely be on the top of my to do list!
    I shall look forward to seeing how it progresses... :)
    Emma, xx

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  36. This quilt is going to be gorgeous!

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  37. My first instict is "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" Can't really say why, just the pic and beautiful colors, gut reaction. No matter the name it is beautiful!

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