Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Quilt Happy

quilt happy

Some days this is how my patchwork makes me feel - quilt happy! 

Unsettled quilt

I'm really grateful, this time around, to have worked with a design wall.  It made all the difference.  Do you see the hexagons?  They're mixed up here and there to add some visual confusion.  All the better to keep the eye moving and the emotions engaged!

I've taken to calling this quilt "Unsettled,"  both after the movement and play in the colors, and after my "don't settle" post, which had a great deal of personal meaning.

sparkling

In one of our photos, I held the quilt sideways at this random angle.  When I saw the snapshot later on, it immediately brought to mind a recent pin:


Funny!  The unplanned resemblance just adds to my happy!  I'd still like to make a quilt more exactly like this pin, but the combo of wonky with precise (see how the points all meet up), has so far thwarted my quilt-making mind.  I'd want the process to be mostly improvisational.  In fact, I'm craving an improv quilt.

thanks!

Thanks for joining me on this meandering, quilty path.  I'm pretty darn sure there's a lot more quilt happy around the bend... for all of us.  Smiles.

43 comments:

  1. If you are interested in a method for making that improvisational trapezoid quilt, my friend Jenna has a great tutorial. You can find her blog tutorial here:

    http://howtobejenna.com/2013/03/29/trapezoids-at-work-quilt-top-and-tutorial/

    Her completed quilt can be viewed here:

    http://howtobejenna.com/2013/04/02/trapezoids-at-work-finished-quilt/

    And another particularly cool version of this quilt, called Trapezoids in Space, is here:

    http://howtobejenna.com/2013/06/14/trapezoids-in-space-a-finished-quilt/

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    1. Woa, didn't expect to get such a quick and complete answer! Yep, that would work. I don't particularly want to go about sewing it that way, but now I'm being picky =) I'm glad you shared the link here in case others want it!

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  2. Love this quilt! Triangles are already one of my favs and the hexagons just make it all the more interesting.

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  3. It's very pretty. Yes, I can see hexies and triangles, too. The more I look, the more I see. Very interesting!

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  4. wow, it's so gorgeous!!! You totally have something to be all quilt happy about.

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  5. love the colors in this and the layout - excellent!

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  6. I love this quilt! I also love the trapezoid print you pinned, which is from the amazing etsy shop "twoems" in case anyone's interested.

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    1. Thanks for sharing the reference, Ann! Unfortunately, the repin I had did not have attribution. Appreciate it!

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  7. I love it! I think it's funny that it's sort of the opposite of the type of scrappy quilt where you intentionally try not to have the same colors touch.

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  8. Gorgeous!! Your patchwork made me happy too :)

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  9. Love this quilt, Rachel! Such great colours

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  10. Love your bright and cheerful color scheme. 

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  11. It's a beauty! Great work :)

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  12. I love a happy ending to a confusing start :)

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  13. What an utterly gorgeous H.A.P.P.Y quilt...love it...my colors that make me the happiest of all. Thanks for making it!

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  14. Yeah for Quilt Happiness! Beautiful finished top, Rachel. And I agree.... I just through up some batting today on my wall and used to to layout my (almost) hexagon quilt. The colours you chose are bright and happy; and there is just the right amount of negative space. Great job!

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  15. I really like how the hexagons are there, but not as easy to see as some.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! That's one of the things I like most about how it turned out.

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  16. very interesting quilt. did you plan the placement of the colours? it's very well done.

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    1. I cut a bunch of fabrics and then used a design wall (batting tacked to the wall) to arrange triangles. That really helps to layout the colors, since you can step back and look at the big picture.

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  17. I am itching for a triangle quilt! I really love the hidden but not so hidden hexagons! What a great "happy" quilt!

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  18. Looking great. You are really good in mixing colors. It usually ends up like a pretty eye candy. Well done.

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  19. brilliant, love the way the colours catch the eye.

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  20. Love your quilt. Triangle quilt is on my to do list. Yours is one of the nicest I've seen. Good job it's really lovely :)

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  21. This quilt is beautiful and love seeing a photo of you too!

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  22. I love when a difficult process leads to beauty in the end. Makes it all worth while! And, yes, Design Walls! My recent quilt finish would have been such a nightmare without a design wall. Great "finish", Rachel! :)
    -Amanda-

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  23. I love it! The movement between the low volume and saturated prints is so perfect... so gorgeous :) may I ask what the purple fabric with the white print is (the one in between the Chicopee stripes)?

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    1. Sure! That's Domino Dot: http://www.fabricworm.com/vicrwapadodo3.html

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  24. This quilt makes me feel anything but Unsettled, so the name makes me grin :-) It's stunning. Great colorplay!

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  25. Love the triangles! I have had the fabrics piled up to start one for two months now, so this is inspiring:)

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  26. Lovely happy Quilt Rachel. I had no idea the triangles were that big, untill I saw the picture where you hold the quilt! Love it!

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  27. That is what it is supposed to be all about....making you and the ones you love happy. Such a pretty quilt you've created.

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  28. Love it!! What size triangles did you use? They look a little bigger and I think it adds to the quilt...

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    1. Yes, they are big! They are 7.5" tall from the center of the base to the tip.

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  29. I like the pattern (triangles, someday I'll give them a try) and the colours you chose. Very nice.

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