Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Collaboration

In Angled class students had the opportunity to send in any of 4 different improv blocks for a collaborative class work.  I planned to make one more more charity quilts with their blocks, depending on what I received, and hoped the option would free students up to experiment with improv techniques without the burden of committing to making a whole work themselves.

This weekend, really feeling the need to set aside small projects and return to quilts, I pulled out all the blocks I'd received.   Hello, color!  Pattern!  Adventure!

Angled charity quilt

This liberated butterfly block was most popular with students.  And pitter pat went my heart in response to the rich cacophony of color!  I had enough blocks to make a small baby quilt in the same style as this quilt which inspired our solid backgrounds.  While I knew going that route would turn out great, it wouldn't scratch my creative itch.  What to do?

Angled charity quilt

Here's the rest of what I received from students:  almost enough Attracted blocks for a baby quilt, a nice selection of 6" wonky stars and a group of envelopes (mostly hidden in this photo).  Hmm....

Angled charity quilt

My first go at putting them all together, in one grand quilt, organized blocks by color.  I like it.  I don't love it.  Gosh, students favor blue!

Angled charity quilt

Taking it all down and starting over turned out like this.  I feel the color cacophony that drew me to the butterflies.  I like that the wonky stars don't get lost; they're so cute! 

Angled charity quilt

But what really sealed the deal was pulling this bold, stripey sashing.  Oh, yes, funky!  Just what I wanted.

This stripe is an oldish fabric by Lecien, designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple.  I went to some lengths to stash it years back, just because I love it.  Featured in this pillow.  The sashing for this quilt would require every last drop and nothing else in my stash came even close to right.  Yep, stashing basics pays off.

Angled charity quilt

I had to trim the wonky star blocks to 5" finished, to better suit them as sashing cornerstones.  A few dull points (just a few!) are totally worth it.  Oh, and see how I placed some washi tape on my 6.5" square ruler to help guide my trimming?  Works!

Angled charity quilt

Today I finished assembling the quilt top!  I hope my students like what I've done with their beautiful blocks.  Next up a backing, using up a few leftover blocks, and I'll get this baby quilted up and off to brighten someone's day.

Angled charity quilt

Oh, how I love making quilts!
  

33 comments:

  1. this turned out fantastic! great work from the students and great work putting it together. i absolutely love how you made it work! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne! And they really did do great work. All sharp points and blocks just the right size. I could be in a bee with these ladies!

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  2. It's amazing what that striped sashing does for the quilt. Just pulls it all together in a cohesive way.

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  3. I think you more than did everyone's blocks justice. They look great! Is that just coincidence that the sets of 4 butterflies and the attracted blocks came out to the same size?

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    1. Good eye, Liz! No, it was not a coincidence. The attracted blocks finish 1" larger than 4 butterfly blocks finish. So, I had to add a strip of Kona Honey around the butterfly blocks to enlarge them for this setting. It's nice how patchwork lets you fudge things like that.

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  4. Oh this wild assortment of blocks turned out so fun! Isn't it great to see how such an eclectic bunch can be pulled together :o)

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  5. This is amazing. I so wish I had time to contribute some blocks for your quilt, but it certainly looks perfect as is. That stripey sashing is just killing it!

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    1. Thanks, Courtney! That fabric is awesome in itself, really. Wish I could never run out of favorite basics like that.

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  6. Oh, yes I do like it! When you said you'd probably be combining all the blocks I was a bit worried because I knew some but not all of my blocks worked together and who knew what others were sending in. But this is why you are so magic - that sashing is awesome! Great stashing, Rachel. Looking forward to the backing, where I guess the envelopes are going to fall.

    Ps - I noticed the blog is gone. Did you ever send out the email with the PDF because I never got it and I'm smack in the middle of my Indian Blanket.

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    1. I'll email you the link to download the eBook, Hydee. It must have bounced from your inbox. Sorry!

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  7. Love the butterflies and stars, the whole design is wonderful.

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  8. You are amazing. This is a quilt anyone would be proud of.

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  9. I just love it! The striped sashing looks amazing.

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  10. Its so much fun to see the process in photos that you went through with this!

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    1. I'm glad to hear it, Linda! I love doing process posts like this =)

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  11. Oh Rachel, I thought your other options were great, but oh, what a payoff playing around further gave! I love seeing quilts I definitely wouldn't have thought of, something new and inspired. It's such a buzz! You're so clever!

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  12. Well that sashing certainly pulls it all together, doesn't it? And I agree with other commenters...it's nice to see the results of your process thinking...

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  13. Very cool, I like the sashing and camel? colored boarder and the layout too.....

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    1. you spotted the Kona Honey =) I keep reaching for that particular color, so this time I went ahead and used it!

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  14. Rosemary B here
    The stripey fabric really set off those colorful blocks.
    Black and white fabric is really effective in pulling together so many colors.
    This is great, Rachel. I like it, and this quilt will be a treasure!

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  15. ..and you're so good at it! I love the butterflies! What a clever idea. Have to add that to my list.
    I really wanted to tell you that I love the way you pulled apart two different ideas and made a wholly new idea from them - it is genius and talent. Great job! Hope you're feeling well. Toni

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  16. It's gorgeous! I love how it all came together!

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  17. I like to see the process and your different ideas. Your quilt will be very nice. I want to see the back and the quilting :-)

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    1. Thanks so much! I had a bunch of good blocks to work with =)

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  18. Oh, I love this quilt! I'd love to see it flat tho ~

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    1. Ah, yes, this post was a bit of a tease, wasn't it ;)

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  19. I'm also excited to see a bigger reveal! Your process is so helpful to see. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. I love seeing these! I really, really love that striped sashing and how that quilt looks...amazing!!! So much fun to be a part of this collaboration :)

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  21. Wow! I really could not see a cohesive design looking at the design wall pictures. The tan stop border around the blocks was ingeniously unifying! And the striped sashing looks amazing.
    I am learning so much following your posts! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your process!

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  22. All I can say is WOW, amazing how you managed to take random blocks and create such a lovely quilt. I am sad that I wasn't able to contribute and be part of something so fabulous. Looking forward to your next class and I hope there will be a chance to participate in a charity quilt.

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  23. The quilt top is fabulous! Those blocks were so fun to make. I'm so glad to know
    you enjoyed making the quilt top! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I love the improv designing and how your vision evolved into such a great result! Well done everyone who participated! You have made everyone's blocks shine Rachel!

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