Saturday, January 26, 2013

more Vintage Tangerine

Good morning, friends!  I have to start by thanking you profusely for the outpouring of support and advice you had for me on my sewing machine woes.  I am so, SO grateful!  I called Pfaff as per your suggestions, which led to a conversation (that Pfaff initiated) with my dealer.  It sounds like my dealer and Pfaff may replace the machine.  We'll see though - it's not finalized.  I'm actually not going to Charlotte to address the problem today as my dealer is out of town.  Should be able to find out more early February when he returns.  I'll keep you posted! 

Now let's talk about sewing!  

This week I took over the living room.  It was  exciting to move that picture, slide away an armchair and tack up a big piece of Warm & Natural batting with little push pins.  So easy.  And so, so useful!

my temporary design wall

Although my temporary design wall seems large, here it is holding what turns out to be only a throw quilt.   So, wow, a wall big enough for a queen-sized quilt would be truly gigantic!  Let me tell you - I absolutely loved working with a design wall.  It made what could have been a headache (using 6" blocks) totally fun.  It was distracting at TV time though.  I kept getting up to rearrange blocks, even during my favorite show.  I'd make a switch and Brandon would remark, "ok....?" as in, what was the point of that?  Probably, no point!

low value

Earlier this week I got a little shipment of fabrics from Sew Modern to round out my collection of fabrics for Vintage Tangerine.  They included several low value prints:  (from top, left)  Madrona Road - Wild Carrot in Tangerine; Architextures - Crosshatch in Grey; Flutter - Dream in Orange and Lizzy House - Jewels in Peach.  I really wanted to use lots of light prints and textures in this quilt to create a not-so-saturated quilt, with a sunny, bright personality.  

color, color.

To keep it light, I tried to restrain the coral to little pops of color.  I did use lots of the Flea Market Fancy orange bouquet print though, which is apparently one of my all time favorite prints.  I decided to order more after using mine up on this quilt!  That Flea Market Fancy is starting to disappear from shops... again.

a happy place!

Since you all seemed to really enjoy this collection of fabrics, I put together a Vintage Tangerine bundle at Sew Modern.  

Vintage Tangerine bundle

This 11-piece bundle is available while supplies last.  Enjoy & have a great weekend all!

16 comments:

  1. Don't panic. If your flea market fancy runs out there, we still have stacks and bolts that are unopened at local Australia shops. It's a bit more expensive, but I can help hook you up!

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  2. Your quilt is going to be beautiful, love all the colors and the pattern is so very pretty. And, I know exactly what you mean about a giant design wall next to the TV, I keep rearranging my blocks all the time. I don't even get the looks from my family anymore, they just totally ignore my never ending obsession with every block being in just the right place:)

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  3. I love how those simple patterns are coming together to make something so great! Love it!

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  4. Oh! I love it even more now! Its just beautiful!

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  5. I can't speak, I love it so much! It's neutral but colourful, which seems impossible. It's just a lovely bright happy quilt.
    And the flea market fancy has been sold out everywhere I try. I needed some of the blue posy and went through every online fabric shop then to my LQS where they laughed and shook their heads in amusement, til I finally found some in Canda. Only place I could find it. Needless to say, I snatched it up, but the shipping from there to Australia is estimated to take 10 weeks, so it's a good thing I have other projects to amuse myself with til it gets here :-)
    E

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  6. There are some gems in that bundle you collected. And as for the sewing machine, I'm relieved for you that there is something good in the works

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  7. Good for you calling the Pfaff company ~ I'd say you're an influential blogger and if you've got good (or bad) things to say about Pfaff ~ they really ought to listen and help you out.
    Love love love the colors you've chosen for this new quilt. Orange and aqua are always a favorite of mine.

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  8. No no no no no! I do not need to be enticed by beautiful fabric bundles! Just kidding (sort of).

    Glad you might be getting that sewing machine of yours taken care of (or get a new one!). Mine has been it's annual tune up and cleaning but I just am too attached I can't bear to drop it off...

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  9. How awesome that you have that bundle available. I really love the colors you chose. I totally pinned and Flickr faved these images. I've been terrible about commenting lately. Life gets so busy sometimes! I'm so glad you are doing well and still making such pretties!

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  10. Love, love, love the aqua & tangerine! LOL @ the design wall ruining TV time... I had mine up in the bedroom ('cause that's where the biggest blank wall is) and would lie in bed and stare at it and get up and move squares. Not so restful! ;)

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  11. I love your design wall....I'm wanting to add one to my sewing room. I'm curious....will your fabric stay on your wall without pins or do you need to secure the fabric to the batting in some way? Also, based on your experience....do you have any installation tips besides just tacking the batting on the wall?

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    1. The fabrics definitely stick to the batting without any need for pins! Tacking the batting with push pins works for now, but I've been told that the batting with stretch and sag over time. It's definitely better, long-term to wrap it around something like cheap insulation foam core. I plan to do that sometime this week, perhaps.

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  12. This is one of my personal favorite color combinations. I love where you're going with it. The design wall if great isn't it, I have mine in view of my stove, so when I'm cooking any meal I'm constantly distracted to go make some change or another, I end up burning the garlic or overcooking the brocoli a lot!

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  13. I love your color combination for this quilt as well as the design. It is getting dificult to find Flea Market Fancy I have been on the look for it for some time.
    I heard about wraping the batting in insulation foam to make a design wall... I bought I piece of insulation foam last week in the hopes of building a desing wall. It is still sitting in my garage. Lookimng forward to seeing yours.

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  14. Rachel: Cat here. Did you make all you blocks before putting them up on the design wall. Just curious how much you sewed together before making the design wall. Thanks!
    Cat

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    1. Hey, Cat! I did NOT sew together the simple 4-patch blocks before putting them up on the wall. It was nice to use the wall to figure out fabric placement for all those 4-patches. I did, however, sew together the 4 Penny Patch blocks before putting them up on the wall. That would have been lots of little pieces, otherwise!

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