Monday, October 21, 2013

Unsettled

to Heather, with love

Unsettled quilt

Unsettled quilt

Unsettled quilt

Unsettled! Named so because we didn't settle, we made something better.  Initially I wasn't warming up to this quilt, but by and by it became one that I'm so proud of.  Thank-you, Heather, for the inspiration, and a thanks to my push-pin batting design wall - couldn't do it without you.  Smooch!

Unsettled quilt

Yes, those triangles are big and so is this quilt!  I used the Hex n More ruler to cut triangles from 8" wide strips of fabric.  The cutting process created a bunch of cast-off triangles (err!).  I used some of those cutting scraps for the half-triangles at the quilt edges and then decided to use up the rest on the quilt back....

Improv Scrappy backing

Heather and I both enjoy the offbeat and unexpected, so I knew she would appreciate some improv on the back.  And I always enjoy improv.  Should really do it more often!  I sewed my triangle scraps together without regard for points, making little bricks of color in various sizes.  Then I pulled out my Chicopee plaid corduroy scraps, because who doesn't want a corduroy backing, and scattered things here and there.   Wish I'd had even more of the Chicopee plaid.  But, well, quilting is sometimes about making do.  And that's good too!

with Chicopee plaid by Denyse Schmidt

That little loner purple brick is my favorite part on the back!

free motion finished!

Unsettled is bound with a few low volume prints - Pezzy Prints, Comma Swinging Chalk and Fox Trot by Cosmo Cricket.  Finished by machine with easy zigzag binding, as usual!

This quilt was made entirely from my stash, so many of the fabrics are now hard to find.  But, in general there is lots of Denyse Schmidt, Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz and that great purple Waterfront Park print too.  Here are some of the other fabrics still available:  Florence Marcia Floral, Florence Texture Stripe, Chicopee Heatwave Stripe, Pearl Bracelet Yellow, Social Climber Gold, Ta dot in Stone, Ta dot in Mustard, Comma Periods Chalk and Hipster Marrah.

34 comments:

  1. I have some of the Tim Holtz fabric. I see a purse in my future.

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  2. wow, what a gorgeous quilt, Rachel. It's so beautifully colorful, I just love the perfect mix of low volume and color. Perfection for sure :)

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  3. I just love triangle quilts lately. This one stands out. I just love the different values used for each colors and the color combination is great. Beautiful!

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  5. Eep! Sorry - wrong google account - that last comment was meant to be from me.

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  6. Gorgeous! The name is so appropriate and makes me smile. It was totally worth it to persevere and make it better. You're an inspiration to creators everywhere!

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  7. Beautiful! I love the triangles. I might love the back even more than the front!

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  8. Amazing! There is something about your triangle quilts that just look so "right", improve color placement and all. I guess that´s talent. ;)

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  9. I am in love with this quilt. Triangles are always good, but the colors are incredible. Simply lovely, on both sides.

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  10. oh, i love this one rachel! it just shines!

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  11. I'm overwhelmingly smitten with this. I need to break into triangles. Your color choices are always so stunning.

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  12. This quilt is just totally yummy.

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  13. This one is wonderful - will you be having one of your WONDERFUL tutorials? The back is lovely too....great job Rachel

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    1. Thanks! This quilt goes together in rows of triangles. I did a tutorial on that kind of thing here: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/01/scrap-attack-triangles-quilt-tutorial.html Hope that helps!

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  14. I think this is my most favorite thing you've ever made!! Of course, I may think that after almost everything you make, but seriously, I am IN. LOVE. Seriously, love!!

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    1. Yay! From humble beginnings it turned out indeedy =)

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  15. Love the colors and design of this quilt both front and back!!

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  16. Love this! And I love the colors and fabrics. I've been wanting to do a triangle quilt like this!

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  17. You definitely didn't settle, this quilt is amazing!

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  18. Oh yes, very nice! Both sides are wonderful, and those colors shine this time of year :)

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  19. what a beautiful quilt - the colours are so rich and warm!

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  20. Wow, just finished a BOM with same color scheme and was thinking of using scraps for Penny Patch. I see now my pop will probably be yellow!

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    1. Funny! Yellow is probably my go-to color. I like it with everything. Seriously.

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  21. Another gorgeous quilt! Your eye for color, pattern, fabric and design are incredible. Good thing too for those of us who don't have "it" and can model our own projects off those who have the talent. As always, thank you for the inspiration!!

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  22. Beatufiul. I love it. Thanks for sharing your quilt. Glad I started following you.

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  23. Beautiful and incredibly inspiring.

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  24. I've been wanting to make a triangle quilt, but I guess I'm just a lil gunshy about starting it. What's the best ruler to use for this, or do you use one? I mean a special ruler, or do you just use a straight edge and prefer to the angles? Thanks! Awesomelicious beautiful quilt, love it!

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    1. Thanks, Terri! I used the Hex n More ruler from Pink Chalk Fabrics, but any triangle ruler would work. The Hex n More ruler isn't really made for triangles, so this is the one triangle size that it can easily make.

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  25. This quilt is fantastic Rachel. The 1st pic didn't capture me but I scrolled down your post and got hooked. It is really wonderful.

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  26. This quilt is fantastic Rachel. The 1st pic didn't capture me but I scrolled down your post and got hooked. It is really wonderful.

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  27. Beautiful quilt! Love the colours and shapes. I've put the ruler on my wish list for Christmas :)

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