Monday, March 31, 2014

a finish!

chaos quilt finished

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Yes, this one did come together quickly!  But remember, I used so many already-pieced sections that it was mainly juggling design elements and filling in with scraps or yardage.  Mostly I threw paint at the canvas and things splattered into place.  I think the vibe is going to work nicely for my almost-teenage niece who likes things on the wild side!

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I think this crazy quilt is going to look best on a bed.  It's best to zoom in on the little bits and pieces rather than try to take it in as a whole, cohesive work (which it's not).   I do like how the black is sprinkled throughout.  Nice and moody.

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This big section of gingham-like patchwork is one of my favorite parts.  So glad I saved those pieced bits.  I had originally made them as a border for this quilt, and was bummed after I did so much piecing and discovered didn't like the effect.  So grateful I saved them now, rather than using them anyways.

Cracking Codes binding

Bound in Cracking Codes by Anna Maria Horner.

Oh, I've been meaning to show you something!  Want to see how I photograph these big bed quilts?

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Awhile back my husband used metal piping to create a big T-stand quilt holder.  I made this brown sleeve designed to accept the metal pipe.  I simply safety pin the sleeve to the back of my quilt top, being careful not to go all the way through the quilt so that you won't see the pins.

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Then we slide the metal pipe through one sleeve, through the T-shaped pipe fitting and through the other sleeve.  He drilled a hole in the pipe fitting so that a screw can be tightened to prevent the pipe from sliding during photos.  All-in-all it's a heavy contraption, but it works.  He likes this better than trying to hold his arms as far as possible, plus this way even tall quilts can get clearance!  So grateful for my handy man.

Next up... something more slow and steady.

39 comments:

  1. Having tried to photograph a big quilt standing on a rock in the wind I think your pipe quilt stand is a totally brilliant idea!

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  2. Fabulous, truly fabulous. When I try to put together orphan-block quilts, I'm never happy with the results. But when other people make them, I'm always in awe. Go figure.

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  3. Your quilt looks so GOOD!! I like it very much when you can use orphan blocks. It is less predictable and always a one of a kind quilt. And your man is a handy man indeed..I showed my husband. He likes it but I'm not sure if he can make such a thing...
    Hope your niece likes it, I think it is a quilt for all ages don't you think?
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  4. This quilt really speaks to me...Fabulous!

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  5. Such a clever photography idea, and that quilt...definitely loving it too.

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  6. Love it! The colors are gorgeous!

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  7. I love this quilt. I think it has a great bohemian vibe and you're right, it look great on a bed!

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  8. Oh, I do like this quilt a lot! Especially on the bed. Loving the pole too...

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  9. This is really, really beautiful! Wow...I think I love everything about it :)

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  10. I like the quilt and I'm sure your niece will, too. It is gratifying when something nice comes together from previously done work.
    Laughing at your big quilt photo solution. Not because I think it is funny, though. Pretty close to the beginning of my quilting career I made a quilt for a friend's birthday. She recently said she would like to hang it over her bed. So, I got it back and added a hanging sleeve. I also suggested that she order the Hang It Dang It quilt hanger, which she did. I finished the project over the weekend and was testing it to make sure it would work and I thought "Boy, this would sure simplify photographing quilts!" and made a note to myself to order one. The rod is quite lightweight and a small nail in your fence would remove the need to have someone hold it up at all. You might want to google it. :D

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  11. That quilt is fabulous! And your quilt holder contraption is pure genius!

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  12. I love it! And what a brilliant quilt-holding invention. I bet your niece will love it!

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  13. So when are you finally doing a class or an online tutorial on photographing quilts? :) I would love to take that class.

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  14. Ooh I really like it. Really patchworky and fun. Great peek behind the scenes too! A photographer friend of mine recently used industrial strength magnets to photograph a quilt for me!

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  15. I am always thrilled with your lively colors and contrasts! You have a tremendous amount of color and design ability. Here's another totally unexpected combination that worked out beautifully. My problem is that I have a husband who is MUCH more conservative with his design taste. I think I'm just going to go with the bold, colorful seeds in my head. It always works so well for you!

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  16. I love it as a whole picture! Although I do prefer it in the bed than on the wall :-). It has such a nice rich texture to it with all those elements added together. That grey/black gingham peicing is so perfect. And yes, very much teenage girl appropriate :-).
    E xx

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  17. Love this quilt Rachel! It's perfect for an almost-teen :o) You have such a sweet husband who will take the time to make you a stand to photograph quilts...such a keeper he is!

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  18. Oh I really, like this quilt! The colors & fabrics, beautiful. The way you quilted it makes it look sooo soft and snuggly too. Fabulous! What a great idea you're husband came up with to photograph you're quilts.

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  19. What a perfect teenager quilt. I love how everything came together, even though you think it does not have a cohesiveness to it.

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  20. What a perfect teenager quilt. I love how everything came together, even though you think it does not have a cohesiveness to it.

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  21. I love this quilt, it looks great on the bed and will be perfect for a teen. It has a great boho chic look.

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  22. i absolutely adore that quilt! you did a beautiful job.

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  23. beautiful quilt! makes me want to just go throw some scrappy bits together. and what a fantastic quilt stand!

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  24. Love your quilt! Do you have a pattern for it?

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  25. This is fabulous. Love the mix of fabrics, blocks and patterns. It's going to be a great addition to any bedroom. Love your Hubby's handiness!

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  26. aaaahhh! love the back. that was the last photo so I had to say that first. =) the whole thing turned out brilliant, though, just as I thought it would. it's perfectly moody and vibrant for a teenager. hope your niece loves it, too. this finish makes a great case for hanging on to pieces that just don't work out elsewhere . . . and not being upset when that happens because there's always a home sooner or later! love, love, love it.

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  27. Great quilt and great quilt holder. Necessity is the mother of invention and waste not, want not come to mind as I look at these photos. Thanks for the happy quilt photos.

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  28. Love it! Also applauding your husband for his help and support for your love of quilting and creativity.

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  29. a wonderful quilt! i love the scrappy and the colors. yay!

    neato T-stand, too.

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  30. Yay, for handy husbands!!!
    Its beautiful Rachel :)

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  31. what a beautiful quilt Rachel. I really, really love the way it turned out. It's perfect in every way, ♥♥♥

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  32. Love it. I am envious of your niece, lol.

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  33. It turned into a beautiful scapy quilt! I love the color combinations!

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  34. Love how your orphan block quilt turned out! I should be better about keeping my orphan blocks together so I can use them in a quilt like this. I tend to forget where I put the last pile so I start a new one, there are probably at least 4 or so piles around here somewhere. That t-stand is great for your quilts! I photograph mine on the swing set, best place I have.

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  35. What a gorgeous malorgeous quilt. LOVE IT!!!

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  36. Love this quilt so much Rachel! And handy quilt holder, great job!

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