Thursday, June 11, 2015

tending the trellis

Vignette Lattice quilt top

I know you feel it too - that drive to create and the exhilarating vitality that comes with a fresh start, a new solution, a completed project.  Life's difficulties can put a damper on those feelings, but still it does help, it really does help, to make time for fresh air, friends and creativity.

Vignette Lattice quilt top

Vignette Lattice quilt top

Last night I stayed awake an extra hour to quiet my mind by my sewing machine.  Today I am rewarded with a finished quilt top, a pretty garden trellis of flowers.  To make your own trellis quilt, check out my tutorial.  Be sure to take care to match and pin those seams when joining blocks.  It really is a nice pattern for new quilters!

Vignette Lattice quilt top

I started with a selection of Vignette fabrics by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller on a base of Kona Aqua.  Along the way I added some low volume prints to create lighter spots in the composition and a few dark olive pieces too, for contrast.  Since the original fabrics (Vignette) were mostly medium value, bright colors, adding in these light and dark values creates the kind of movement that I enjoy.

I'm pleased with how it turned out!

24 comments:

  1. I love it! Your additions are just perfect; it truly looks like a garden trellis - under a tree with mottled sunshine shining through the branches.
    (Sometimes, when I am having a particularly rough day, I'll work on a project but hold off finishing it entirely, knowing that I'll enjoy the finish so much more when my mind and/or heart are not quite so heavy)
    keep creating ~ Tracy

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  2. A perfect spot for a pretty flower quilt - a sunny window, a comfy sofa with lovely pillows, and a book.

    What is the large book on the sofa, if I may ask?

    And yes, it does help. A beautiful finish does too :)

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    1. Thanks, Annabelle! I think Liam was looking at a D'aulaires Book of Greek Myths. The D'Aulaires books are great.

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  3. I love this! A garden trellis without the -- spiders.
    The fabrics and arrangement is just beautiful, Rachel

    My daughter had her baby this past Monday. I am finally a gramma to Sarah Catherine
    The hard part is there is so much family around,I have to share.

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  4. Beautiful...Thank God for quilting and sewing. My dear man died 8 weeks ago from ALS. I just cannot write the thank you notes for the many who sent money to keep him at home to die...but I can sew...when I sew, my brain relaxes and I can dwell amongst the color and design. My sewing room was just a few feet from his hospital bed. I would go to hover and he would say...Go sew..the hum of the machine helped us both. I am grateful that you too can sew in the midst of your pain. xxoo

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  5. This pattern showcases this fabric beautifully! And your living room (I'm guessing it's your living room, but correct me if I'm wrong) looks lovely. I love your couch also! :)

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  6. Love your quilt! How is your baby doing? I think about you, often.

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  7. Wow I wasn't sure about this fabric but it is looking beautiful in this quilt! What a lovely design and I totally agree with the dappled sunlight comment those aqua squares are perfect your a genius!

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    1. Opps you're a genius not your sorry bad grammar!

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  8. It's beautiful! And you know what I love more? The way you have your pins sorted by colour into the segments of your pincushion :D

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  9. Your quilt is beautiful - I too love the unexpected contrast in values, it engages the mind. Keep on creating!

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  10. I love the occasional 'missed' block! It's beautiful, Rachel, a well spent extra hour. xx

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    1. Yes, the missed blocks! I was wondering if anyone noticed =) I do like how they break up the pattern.

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  11. Very pretty! I love the soft aqua. Sewing at night, quietly and letting the fabric take you to places you need to go - perfect.

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  12. I love this and am going to have to give it a go! thank you so much for sharing your sewing. so many fantastic and new ideas that people may not usually have are sparked by your creativity and sharing. thank you!

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  13. In the last picture I love how the orange fabric looks, maybe is the light, I don't know, but the orange here and there brings all together.

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  14. This turned out great. Love the brights, lights & that Aqua. I have bookmarked the tutorial for this pattern. Thanks!

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  15. Love this pattern! I am a true beginner quilter and think this will be the next pattern I will try! If I may ask what are your end measurements/total size?
    Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Love this pattern! I am a true beginner quilter and think this will be the next pattern I will try! If I may ask what are your end measurements/total size?
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I don't remember how many blocks I chose to make and how large the quilt finished, but you can easily choose to do as many as you desire. Here is the tutorial: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2015/06/tutorial-lattice-quilt-blocks.html

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