Friday, October 23, 2015

pickle progress

Pickle progress

Another trip to Chicago means more progress on my pickle quilt.  So named, because this block is a variation on the classic pickle dish block.  Pattern by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.

Pickle progress

I opted to paper piece all the points, which allowed me to use scraps with only a cursory cutting. Couldn't believe how long it took me to work through enough points for a throw sized quilt though.  Wow, this pattern is a lot of piecing!

Pickle progress

Today I've finished sewing the curves, chain piecing without pins.  Feeling fancy!   I hadn't sewn curves in awhile, so I used pins the first few times to get a feel for it again.  A few passes without pins and some unpicking reminded me how to slightly stretch the convex pieces to make them match up.  It feels a little like magic when it all comes together.

Pickle progress

Now I'm cutting into my wildest scraps for the filler squares and making a pile of scraps to destash as I go.  If I don't like it enough to include in this quilt, I won't be keeping it!  I had initially cut some scraps for this quilt that I'm actually unsewing now, purging the quilt of their presence.  Why include the scraps that rub me wrong when there is so much fabric to love?

Pickle progress

Pickle progress

This quilt is going to be one of my favorites.  I'm totally copying Rita's take on scraps + value, so no credit due here, but I do so enjoy the process and the results.  Thanks, Rita!


17 comments:

  1. This might end up being your best quilt ever!

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  2. Fun and scrappy - yes, sure to be favorite!

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  3. Rita comes up with some of the most incredible blocks and ideas
    I love her use of colors. Yours is just as free and exciting.
    I love this quilt. Yes, it looks tedious, but the end result with be incredible

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  4. Really cute blocks. They look like noisy little birds to me.

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    1. Yes, that's what I thought too. Glad I'm not the only one.

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  5. Ummm....wow. Yep, wow's the word I'm looking for. Sure thanks to Rita, but you are the one picking out the fabric for this one, and it's sensational. Can't wait to see it come together.

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  6. These blocks remind me of brightly wrapped hard candies. The end result surely will be incredible.

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  7. Looks gorgeus, Rachel! I'm so inspired to start this, too! x Teje

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  8. Wow! I love the funky vibe of this quilt!!! I'm impressed you're taking certain fabrics out. I'd probably be a little lazy about leaving things in, but your quilt will be amazing for it.

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  9. I love it! You will have an awesome quilt when done.

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  10. I agree with Chrissy and Scorpie; they look like little birds to me. Very cute little birds! I'm loving these blocks and I know the final quilt will be a knockout.

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  11. Looks like a fun quilt and these are the best:-)

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  12. I agree that this looks like birds! Love the scrappyness. I'm sure you make a fantastic quilt. :)

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  13. It's probably because I live in Hawaii, but they remind me of crabs! I love the scrappiness, color and neutral prints. All of my favorite things!

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  14. I'm in agreement with you about not using fabric you don't like in a quilt. Every time I've done it, I've regretted it! I don't see a good reason to dislike parts of an otherwise lovely piece of work I spent so much time on, every time I look at it. Some people can love all the fabrics or view each piece in terms of color or value, but I just can't. What you've got here is looking fabulous!

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