Wednesday, June 18, 2014

thinking on Settings

I tried to resist.  I tried to be open minded.  But at the end of the day I really truly just want to make another quilt.

And another.

And another.

I tell myself that I don't have a problem because between giving them away and possibly doing a craft show again someday, they'll all find a forever home... eventually.  I know you friends are interested in other ways to use scraps, and I pinky promise to go there soon!

 sashed with Kona Biscuit

So here was my first idea for those improv scrappy squares.  Because they're made of such small pieces, it can feel busy when they get together.  Adding a little sashing between each seems to let them breathe.  Here I'm previewing a scrappy rainbow of color sashed in Kona Biscuit.  But for whatever reason I couldn't commit.  I think I wasn't feeling a rainbow at the moment (though right now I love this!).   If rainbows are calling you, and especially if you have a little bit of lots of colors, consider Kona Oyster (my fav. white) or Kona Ash (pale gray) or Kona Iron (gray) as other neutral sashing options.

brainstorming

During my brainstorming session, things got a little messy.  Take a look at the far right end of the table to get a peak at where I ended up.  I have soooo many tiny scraps that I'm thinking two quilts.  I'll divide my squares into warm colors (orange, yellow, pink, purple, red) and cool colors (gray, blue, teal, green, plus touches of yellow).  I'll sash the cool quilt in Kona Kale and the warm quilt in Kona Peach.  Kale and Peach are two of my current color crushes, if you're wondering how I chose.  It's not that either of them "go with everything", but instead that they will give the quilt an overall color that I know I'll love.  If you're considering bold sashing, definitely choose a color that thrills you!  Using only cool or only warm colors is a great way to give your quilt a color scheme while still being open to lots of shades.

my setting!

First the cool-colored quilt!  You could keep it simple and do thin sashing throughout in a regular on point layout, like I showed over Kona Biscuit.  I found I wanted to incorporate even more of that beautiful green.  To build my quilt, I'm sewing blocks using nine of the 4" squares and thin sashing.  Then a layer of thick sashing interspersed with the black floral corner stones adds lots of definition to the design.

sashed with Kona Kale

Here I've arranged my 4" squares in a 3 x 3 setting.  I'm using several 4" squares cut from larger scraps.  Bringing in some not-pieced squares calms things down.  If you don't have tiny scraps or don't want to make the tiny improv pieced squares, you could make this quilt with 4" blocks cut from your scraps or yardage!


Cobblestone nine-patch

I'm sewing all these pieces with a scant 1/4" seam (traditional quilting seam).  Be careful to sew straight when working with the thin sashing, as little hiccups really show.  My short sashing pieces are cut 1" x 4" and the long pieces are 1" x 12".  I'm trimming up my blocks to 12" x 12".  You will have a smaller block if you are using true 1/4" seam allowances.

Since this block is cobbled together from so many tiny scraps, I'm calling this quilt Cobblestones!

with corner stones

The thick sashing is cut 4" x 12" and the corner squares are 4" square.  Don't these blocks look so much nicer when surrounded by a saturated border?  The corner squares are so effective because their dark value contrasts beautifully with the rest of the quilt.

Ok, so it might take me awhile to work through this one - tiny, tiny scraps! - but I'm on my way.  Anyone else inspired to join in?

By the way, there were some fun quilt settings ideas left as comments on yesterday's post:  a woven setting, using them as pieced centers of wonky or traditional stars, in Anna Maria Horner's Color Dive quilt and as part of this oversized vintage star quilt.  Really since they're squares, the possibilities are endless!

And so are my quilts...

25 comments:

  1. love, Love, LOVE the sashing!! And the use of a bright colored sashing is fantastic. Can't wait to see how you finish this up.

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  2. I love how each small block is different and then the sashing draws it all together in one big block!

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  3. I bet you could do a very interesting quilt with warm / cool HSTs made from scrappy squares. Sort of like this block I recently made for do. Good stitches!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/28293993@N08/12569436483/

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  4. I admit I giggled at your first few sentences. The sashing looks great and really pulls the scraps and squares together. But, then don't you have end up having more solid scraps?

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    1. Nope to the more solid scraps! The cutting is really efficient on this one so that I haven't hardly had any sashing scraps. Yahoo!

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  5. Have you seen Kona Shadow? I've never been that big on Ash because it's so brown-ish to me, but I am in love with Shadow! It's light and just a nice, pure gray. Love, I tell you! :D

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    1. Nope, I don't have the new color card. Shadow is one I've heard recommended before. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. You might also try changing the color of the sashing--that is have it move from one shade to another shade of the same color, say on a diagonal from one corner of the quilt to another.
    And I agree that the tiny patchwork squares look best separated by some plain squares.
    Also, Kona Curry might be a good choice for a plain color, especially with the warm tones. I find that Curry works with so many colors. Love your work.

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    1. Oh, you're right! Kona Curry would also be a great choice, whether for a rainbow version or a cool version or a warm version!

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  7. Do you mind if I use this pattern? It's wonderful.

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  8. Loving this Rachel! I am a big fan of the green sashing :)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. You are always leaving sweet comments. Wanted to let you know that you are a "no reply" commenter, so I can't email you back =0)

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  9. It looks really good so far. :) I wanted to show you my scrap quilt--I made blocks similar to yours, but mine were 6.5" and I thought about sashing them but in the end went with the crazy, non-calm route. I love this quilt so much. http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/2014/03/rainbow-scrap-quilt.html

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  10. What great inspiration. I'm wanting to dig in my scrap bin and start another quilt. Thanks for sharing my woven quilt!

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  11. Like, like, like!! It reminds of the ocean.

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    1. Yes, me too! It's such an unusual and somewhat vintage-y green.

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  12. That is going to be darling! I love the tiny sashing in between the squares.

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  13. oh my, that Kona Kale is so fresh and pretty! Love it!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  14. you are a colour genius! I long to join you but I'm putting my picnic quilt (penny patch) away for the summer as we leave the fabulous Labrador to go home to Nova Scotia for two months and I know I'm simply not going to quilt. It is perfect to have it for an early winter project though and I would seriously do this one too as I can see that it suits my mix of high design and crazy patchwork head! The penny patch is my second quilt - the first one I tufted so maybe it is my first one! I hand-stitched the top and now I'm hand-quilting it which is way slower than I thought but you know what? Time I got.

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  15. cobblestones is such a perfect name. I love this! One of my favorite things about your blog is that you manage to make even the tiniest pieces shine!

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  16. I really enjoy your creayive use of color. Thanks

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  17. this just gets me wishing i was sewing. your blog posts always make me wish to be sewing. that's probably why your blog is my favourite! <3

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  18. I'm quite sure I'll be starting a new quilt this afternoon. :) I have so many scraps organized into colors and decided to start making them into little log cabins (a favorite block) but I love your idea of a really colorful sashing.

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