Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blue Phase

Blue Phase, a finished quilt

It all started with the Bluebird collection in February.  Those gorgeous true blues launched my blue phase, as a friend called it.  Today's finish is my third monochromatic blue quilt this year.  First there was Still Point, a dynamic, pointy work; then Ombre Grid, an improv quilt brought on by a batch of American Made Brand solids; and now I do believe I'm concluding my "blue phase" with this embodiment of classic patchwork. 

Blue Phase, a finished quilt

Just 2.5" squares alternating with large, solid expanses.  Simple.  Traditional.  Safe.

 Blue Phase, a finished quilt

To spice it up, I quilted the large solid blocks with varying straight line patterns.  Quilt-as-you-go made it easy to bring together all these textures.

Blue Phase, a finished quilt

Near the end I complained to a friend that the whole thing felt too predictable.  She suggested I throw in something different, so I made one square of black/white patchwork squares in place of the blue patchwork squares. You can see a bit of that black patchwork in the corner of this picture,

Blue Phase, a finished quilt

and where it falls on the bed in this shot.  It's subtle, but there.  Feels perfect!

Blue Phase, a finished quilt

Happily I did succeed in both backing and binding this twin-sized quilt with the provincial blue wide print from Connecting Threads that prompted the whole work.  Phew!

I've listed this one now in my Etsy shop.  Next up hearts, hearts and more hearts!  And, maybe I'll finally start sewing for the nursery?  Maybe?  (Yeah, you should probably believe it when you see it...)



16 comments:

  1. That black patchwork block is genius. Such a subtle and effective addition.

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  2. I love it and especially like the pop of the different block. Looks like you almost used denim scraps in this. Thank you for the eye candy. It's great for the figure and the teeth. :)

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  3. I completely approve of your blue phase. I think I am going through one myself, so I'm completely adoring what you are making!

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  4. I absolutely love the simplicity of this quilt. It is beautiful!

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  5. Simple patchwork is what made me fall in love with quilting to begin with. Making a quilt of squares feels like I'm visiting with an old, dear friend. Nothing wrong about that!

    This finish is lovely. I've never done a QAYG project, and this quilt may be the motivation I need to give it a try. : )

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  6. It's beautiful! And it's my inspiration for a sampler quilt I'm planning - thanks!

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  7. This definitely inspires me to try a quilt-as-you-go! Lovely.

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  8. Beautiful! I love the addition of the black and white block. It's subtle, but fun for the person who is really looking.

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  9. Wow, this turned out massively beautiful. I love the blue.
    I do not use a lot of medium and dark blue. I "underappreciate" it hahahaha I should change that.
    Happy last end of day, end of the month
    Yes start sewing for your baby. She is loving you already, hearing your calm happy voice ♥️

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  10. I think your blue phase is beautiful! I was going to comment it will sell quickly but I see it already has!! Also, I love your writing style. You clearly have a strong yet gentle soul that resonates with so many of us!!! Thank you for sharing your quilts, your stories and your heart.

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  11. Yes, what Tessa said :) You bless us.

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  12. Love this quilt SO much. The blues are fantastic, and the QAYG method... I MUST LEARN THIS! The possibilities are endless.

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  13. Love your blue quilt! A beautiful creation arisen from your blue phase!

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  14. Timeless! I will have to do a version of this sometime :)
    Have a wonderful weekend Rachel!

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  15. Can't wait to see more of your hearts. I've been a little obsessed with the shape lately.

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