Wednesday, December 18, 2013

rich, rich Red

The morning after sewing night was gloriously sunny....

morning after Sewing Night

All that light and loveliness echoed the feeling in my heart, such gratitude for the rich life I lead!  Filled with color and friends and the opportunity to make pretty things.  Sure there are cloudy days and foot-stomping tantrums (my own) but its moments like these when everything comes together.... oh, so sweet!

One friend asked how I knew that this dark red would make a nice background for so many colors.  Her question reminded me of this photograph, which I never did share with you all.

Background color selection 

I often test my ideas by manipulating the actual fabrics, if possible.  This time I had a good sized cut of Kona Rich Red, so I spread it out on the floor and peppered it with Ann Maria Horner fabrics.  I don't consider myself good at merging images in my head, so I do this kind of thing whenever possible.  I was pretty thrilled with this test in real time and still jazzed when I looked at the image the next day, so that's how I "knew".

Aria's test star block, before trimming

Next I tried to puzzle out how to build in room for error in the Sawtooth Star block design.  Aria tested out my ideas while making this pretty block.  Naturally she chose my very favorite Dowry print - Flourish in cherry!  This is her block before trimming.  Awesome job, girlie!

You can see how the over-sized corner squares make for plenty of background fabric at the 4 corners of the block.  The only touchy part is creating enough seam allowance at the star tips.  That's why I decided that dull star points should be expected for first-time quilters.  (I'm thinking now that I could have figured out how to manipulate our sewing plan further to account for those tips, but my brain didn't get that far at the time.)  Sawtooth Star tutorial here.

cutting is perfectly delightful

I so enjoyed cutting prep for our sewing night.  How could I not with all these lovely fabrics to keep me company?  Even the sliver trimming scraps were decadent!

 our Sawtooth Stars!

The ladies did wonderfully, wonderfully!  We made quite a few stars that night with minimal frustration and seam-ripping.  I almost don't want to finish making this quilt because I don't want to take the stars off my wall.   Almost... but, I will.

leftovers

These are some of the leftover ingredients after our sewing night.  I've been working on them this week and have just 3 left to sew today.  Time to assemble this quilt top and get to the finish, hopefully by this weekend.  Wish me luck!

p.s.  Today is the last day to purchase eBooks for Penny Sampler, Handstitched or Curves Class.  You can find those right here in my pattern shop.  Thanks + Enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. Just loving the red background! I think I need to experiment with background colors more.

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  2. Oh I am just loving this - are you going to bind with AMH too?

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    1. Oh, good point - yes I should! Well, I have a AMH for the backing so I'll have to see if I have another that feels right for the binding. I will definitely use something on hand, as that is my way.

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  3. I can understand why you don't want to take the quilt off the design wall. That is stunning. If this one is for charity, you might need to make another one to live in your house. :)

    Every time your curtains show up in a picture I drool. I really think I need to make some like yours. What size seams did you use with the voile?

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    1. They still make my heart pitter pat - those curtains. =) I believe the seam allowances was 1/2". I did do French seams so that they're finished from both sides. Go for it!

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    2. Thanks. I'll have to look up French seams. I've seen them done, but never tried them.

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  4. This is AMAZINGLY beautiful!! I have a quilt on my to do list with red and one with orange. This reminds me why! Love it :)

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  5. Now see here, stop tempting me with new projects, I am just getting started , no seriously this is delightful, and I LOVE that red

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    1. Haha, those temptations never stop! The blog world is full of them. =)

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  6. What what a great project to be working on! I'm glad I've got my copy of the Curves class. It's at the top of my list for the new year.

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  7. Beautiful, I need to get out of my comfort zone I use a different colour other than white!

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  8. It looks lovely Rachel!! Well done to you and the other ladies!!!

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  9. Love your color choices, which you are very good at I might say, think I might just try a colored background.

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  10. That's my favorite Dowry print too, it's so pretty. And I am so impressed with Aria's block!

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  11. I love it! My 3rd-ever quilt was a zig zag quilt (before we were saying "chevron") and every single point was dull. I didn't even know to care. :) My brother loves it and he doesn't know to care either!

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  12. You are right, the red is the perfect background for those lovely blocks.

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