Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chai Rose Ikat Quilt

Ikat quilt for Color Intensive

How are ideas born?  You can't force them.  You have to wait, to bide your time, eyes open for those bolts of inspiration, sometimes achingly far between, other times thick as a storm. 

I'd been going through a bit of a dry patch and was wrapping up a particularly frustrating day when I plunked myself down on the sofa with my sketchbook, wishing for an idea to land.

inspired by this Ikea rug

Twiddle, twaddle, la, la..... Soon I fell to admiring my new rug, and pondered and smiled and began sketching it into block form.  Why not?  It was bound to happen eventually. My design echoed the rug in the center, but evolved into something quite different at the edges.  And then - oh my! - the edges did connect in such a wonderful way.  When I finally tucked away my sketchbook, it was late, but all was well.  So well!  I would make this quilt.  I had to make this quilt.  And it was going to be fabulous.

Ah, yes, new ideas are always fabulous!

special fabrics!

Turns out this one was a bit late.  I absolutely wanted to include the design in Color Intensive workshop and to have it to show you upon registration day. 

Which was So. Very. Near. 

Insistent on paper piecing for maximum design clarity, I made my test blocks.  Then I got help!

Chai Rose ikat quilt

This is the quilt our family made.  Aria and Liam pressed seams so I could stay at the machine, stitching away, and Brandon pitched in by printing and cutting the paper foundations.  I couldn't have done it without family and friends in such a short amount of time.  

Somewhere along the way Aria began admiring the quilt. The colors, the fabrics, the design (I had used some old favorites by Anna Maria Horner, after all), they were all speaking to her.  And, I suspect that helping make it also did her in.  Well, she needed a new quilt to replace her threadbare one, so Chai Rose now lives on her bed.  I'm so glad it has a place with us.  I think we've all become quite attached.

Ikat Quilt for Color Intensive

This is definitely a design that delights whether viewed right up close or from afar.  Hurrah!  I love it!

A note on the colors.  I started this quilt with a nephew in mind, a nephew who wanted black and orange.  Well, I can't do black and orange.   From the beginning I added white, gray, brown (basically all the neutrals) trying to tone down the black and orange (wink).  I made 3 blocks this way before throwing in the towel on such a bleak color scheme.  I loved the design too much to not make it "me".  Out came pink, red, purple, peach.  These girly colors breathed fresh life into the quilt, which was now most certainly not for my nephew.

 Ikat Quilt for Color Intensive

In the end I am entirely thrilled with the colors!  It feels mature, yet feminine.  The subdued neutrals and high contrast along the black/white chains make the quilt easy to get lost within, while still calming.   I know I wouldn't have ended up here if I didn't start there.  That's the nice thing about getting outside of your color comfort zone!

Ikat quilt for Color Intensive

The Ikat Quilt pattern for a twin-sized quilt comes with my Color Intensive online workshop, registration open now!  Each block is 20" square.  Add or subtract blocks to easily suit your needs!  Pattern includes paper piecing or traditional piecing instructions.

Ikat Quilt binding

Can't wait to see yours!

64 comments:

  1. this is absolutely stunning, and I totally agree with you... great colors and still feminine

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  2. I am in total love with this quilt. Just beautiful!! Great job family team :)

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  3. Hi Rachel! Fantastic quilt! I love your design and warm earth colours! x Teje

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  4. I would love to see a picture of your original sketch, what do you think? Did you plan everything first and then start sewing or does the design change while working? So curious about the process!

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    1. This time the design was the same as my very first sketch. In fact, even the value usage is the same as my first sketch! Before I sewed the first block I considered changing some value placement, but this version seemed too "obvious" to change!

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  5. Such a beautiful quilt. Your colors and fabric choices really make the pattern come to life.

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  6. Ah! You've done it again. It's beautiful, and I LOVE that your family helped and now Aria gets to keep it.

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  7. Was planning ikat curtains in my daughters room. Now I think I will make this quilt instead. love this pattern and am so excited!

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  8. Lovely! Beautiful fabrics and such an appropriate and creative quilt name. Added bonus that it was a family affair :)

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  9. wow!!!! this is one seriously AMAZING!!! quilt. Gorgeous!

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  10. LOVE the colors! They do come across as feminine and mature.

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  11. i love this quilt so much! the colors, the pattern, and the movement created by both. so lovely!

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  12. Truly beautiful! I just signed up for Color Intensive today. Can't wait!

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  13. That is absolutely stunning- both the design itself and your fabric selections.

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  14. Fabulous quilt Rachel, love the design, love the colours and fabrics used. Aria will treasure this one.

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  15. Gorgeous! Thanks for adding to my long to-do list. ; )

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  16. That is a perfect quilt to my eye and the process is so familiar...I have seen that rug and wondered. I love how the pattern moves into the quilt...kathy doughty

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  17. So beautiful Rachel, and how fun to read of your design process :)

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  18. I love this quilt! I love the colors! I cant wait to get my pattern. I am new to paper piecing but I love how this looks, I will try anything to get it right.

    THanks,
    Jodi
    mtnfamily2013@yahoo.com

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  19. Absolutely beautiful! Will the pattern be available to purchase on it's own anytime soon? I sure do hope so!

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    1. I am considering offering it as a stand alone pattern, sometime later this year. It will be a few months at least, since some of the value I offer my students is unique access to my designs. Giving it some thought!

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  20. This is gorgeous! I would have never thought to put these colors together but they work so well.

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  21. I seriously heart this quilt! SO glad I'm in your class.

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  22. Rachel I'm so excited about this quilt! Will it be available as a stand alone pattern at some point?

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  23. Can you let me know what the black and white stripe binding is? I really wanted some for a low volume quilt I did but was nervous to order online and have the stripes be too big/small. . .Thanks!

    Beautiful quilt! The effect of the pattern and use of value is amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Whitney! I don't recall the binding origin, nor do I have a labeled selvedge. I think it may have been Timeless Treasures...

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  24. Rachel this is just stunning. Love love love it. Can't wait but I shall have to because I won't be home again until Valentines Day. Love P xxx

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  25. Wow! Rachel, this quilt speaks to me too! Love the colours, love the design. What a perfect quilt for a 'big' girl. I think I would spend the next while perched on a chair in Aria's room, taking it all in. :)

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    1. You know, it surprised me when Aria liked it, but then I thought the same thing, Jodi. It's a big girl quilt. Sniff. Growing up.

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  26. It's a stunner. Aria's a very lucky lady!

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  27. This quilt is absolutely stunning! I adore the name too...it's so fitting. One of my goals this year is to work on sketching quilts, and your story and amazing quilt are even more inspiring to do so!

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  28. Beautiful! I really like your color scheme. I think the small touches of mustard works really well with all the neutrals and pink.

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  29. Such a beautiful quilt, Rachel!!! I love how you quilted it, too. I have done that figure eight type quilting on my Juki in the past and I just love how it looks!

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  30. It turned out amazing! So glad it will go in Aria's room so you can see it lots!

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  31. Oh my - it's been a while since I've seen a quilt that has had such a visual impact upon first sight. I didn't realise it had been that long until I saw your Chai Rose Ikat quilt. It is a stunner!

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  32. I love it. So bold yet beautiful, evolving as you went along. Pleased it's staying in your home!

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  33. Really beautiful! Your colors are just gorgeous. I'd love one just like it! :)

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  34. Love your quilt! So funny, the last two times I have gotten the clothes out of my dryer, I have looked down at my rug and thought it would make a great quilt. I'm planning mine as well, it was be as great as yours however :)

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  35. it's fabulous! I love that the kids helped :-)

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  36. Brilliant Rachel! By far your best quilt ever!!
    Well well done lady xxxxx
    Great pictures too.

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  37. Love that quilt!
    I am considering signing up for color intensive, but I am travelling the first two weeks and then the last week as well.
    I would definitely be able to read along but not get any sewing done that time (and probably not that much either during the rest of the time).
    Does it still make sense to sign up and follow along without actual sewing?

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    1. Yes, of all my courses, this one involves the least sewing. The sewing projects are opportunities deepen your learning, but are not essential. I would suggest taking a color card with you while traveling so that you can manipulate color and try out ideas even while away from fabrics. Also, you'll be able to do the mosaic contest assignments, if you choose, since those are all done online.

      Hope you'll join us!

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    2. Thanks, I just signed up and looking forward to playing with color :)

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  38. That is beautiful, stunning quilt! Congratulations to this perfect art.

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  39. A family quilt is born and now rests on your daughter's bed. That's heartwarming.

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  40. Gorgeous. I am motivated to make an IKAT quilt now

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  41. BOLD & STUNNING GEOMETRIC design! I love your colorations on your quilt.
    Again BRAVO to the artist... hours of work to create! Sarah Helene, Minneapolis, MN

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  42. Stunning quilt! Just one more voice asking you to pretty please offer this pattern as a stand alone pattern?! And that curvy scallop one from your earlier Curves Class?! I'd love to make a quilt with this pattern. I'm curious, did you say you paper pieced it?

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    1. Yes, I paper pieced it. The pattern will include machine paper piecing and regular (traditional) piece methods. It CAN be pieced without machine paper piecing just fine. Of course paper piecing increases accuracy and results in all those nice 90 degree angles!

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  43. LOVE it!! I am so thankful I am signed up for your class - can't wait to make this!

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  44. It's gorgeous. You really have a talent for blending colors and designs.

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  45. Just beautiful Rachel! The color palette is so lovely. As quilters, we are always looking around for inspiration, and it's nice that yours was (quite literally) right under your nose!

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  46. Beautiful. Can't wait to start the class and learn more about color. Then, maybe I can use this to tackle paper piecing. What do you think? Too much?

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    1. I'm one for saying that where there is a will, there is a way! Why not use it to tackle paper piecing. There are lots of online tutorials that cover the basics. This pattern is not particularly hard to paper piece.

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  47. Oh my, you've done it again! This is such a dramatic effect! I look forward to this project in class!

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  48. beautifully done, Rachel. the pattern and color scheme are so cozy, warm and inviting. i love the family effort too! nice teamwork! :)

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  49. It has such strength, feminine but still very strong. Beautiful!

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  50. it's absolutely fabulous!! the colors are so fantastic. i couldn't pass up a chance to take this class!!

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  51. This really is such a stunning, striking quilt. Beautiful work!!

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  52. Great minds think alike ;) I've been thinking about and researching Native American designs. They are so beautiful and inspirational. I see this right along those lines. Graphic and colorful and warm.

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  53. saw this on Pinterest and it is indeed very eye catching and unique, which is hard to do, i think. nice job!

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