Wednesday, May 21, 2014

diluting diamonds

I just love experimenting with a new patchwork style!  This time, it's diamonds.  I've been working with diamonds for my next class, and noticed that they pair up easily into a chevron motif.  This chevron quilt design is not part of my next class, but it's something you'd definitely learn the skills to cut and sew and even modify to suit your needs.  My diamonds are rather big and chunky, to showcase Anna's big prints.

first cuts in Pretty Potent

But as the chevrons piled up, I began to feel we could all use some breathing room.  I'm usually all for color saturation, as you know, but somehow it felt too much for me in this particular format.  Perhaps some neutrals to dilute the potency?  Soo...  I've added in some Essex natural linen, Kona Oyster and my scraps of that classic Ikea oversized text print.

diluting with neutrals

I have to say, I've been struggling with it.  I don't know if the prints are more loud and playful than I am feeling right now or if it's the fact that I'm making this for a friend without feeling confident that I really know color style.  Well... today when said friend came by I ambushed her with "do you like this", "but is it your style", "what would you add" and... "hey, would you want it for your bed or as a throw?"  Yeah, she was a little shocked.  But, quilt acquisition is a risk you take when you become my friend.  Haha (err... fair warning everyone). 

Well, she'd like more brown in it and I happen to have a gorgeous cut of mocha brown linen.  So, in it goes!

Crossing fingers.

mmm... liking it here!

Oh, and I'm not struggling at all with this bit of scrappy nonsense. The leftover trimming scraps are shaping up nicely as half square triangles, thanks to some help from my young friend, Ashley!

p.s.  Today I've drawn random winners for the skirt sew-along!  Marci and x7Lillies, I'll be in touch.  Enjoy your shopping with Pink Chalk Fabrics or Fat Quarter Shop!

12 comments:

  1. Yay! :D I love your little scrappy happenings there. A scrappy quilt is on my to-do list for sure!

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  2. With the addition of the brown I feel like it will have the amazing feel of a beautiful summer garden.

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    1. Oh, what a nice thought! This friend is a gardener, which is why this collection made me think of her.

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  3. I've been away from blog reading too long! I need to catch up and see if you've left any other bread crumbs about what your focus will be for your next class. I like the diamonds... I also think using the Ikea fabric is pretty clever. I've considered using mine in piecing, but it feels so thin that I had reservations. I'm interested to see how it works out for you!

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    1. Hello again, Daisy! Yes, that Ikea fabric is thin, but it was too perfect. I know I'm going to keep wanting to use the scrap I had, so I decided to give it a go with these nice, big pieces. I am going to have to do special treatments on all the linen seam allowances to feel good about using the linen too. This one will need plenty of quilting!

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  4. I do like where you new quilt is going. I'm sure it will be gorgeous. And you know what? I really like it even before adding lighter fabrics.

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  5. oh, snap, i forgot to upload my skirt picture! haha. going to check them all out now, anyway.

    ps. can't wait to hear more about your next class! i know i will take one *someday* :)

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  6. Oooh, next class! Very curious. Something about shapes? I like the additions to the chevrons you made and think the brown sounds great. Your leftovers are very fun in and of themselves, too!

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  7. The brown looks really good in it! Although, it looked good before, too!

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  8. I think the fabrics look too dull. Add something to brighten them up a bit. OR maybe it's my screen.

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    1. It could be either! I'll keep fooling around with it...

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  9. Lovely! I am really feeling diamonds right now too. And I have overwhelmed friends and family with my quilt questions too so you aren't the only one!

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