Monday, September 26, 2016

a quilt top

Today I have eight quilt tops tidily folded on my table.  Eight!  That's definitely a record for me.  This weekend I finished my Cranberry Tart quilt top, which added to my NICU heart quilt series, makes more than one for each day of the week. 

Cranberry Tart quilt top

Ta da!  From a distance the red zigzags really leap out, even more than I expected.  Of course, that could be because I used one of the most vibrant, saturated wine reds I've ever owned.  Yeah, maybe that had something to do with it (wink). 

Cranberry Tart quilt top

At arms length, the diamonds demand attention.  My favorite feature is the kite-shaped jewels at diamond centers.  I've never chosen to limit myself before to so few prints in a sizeable work, but in this case I feel the fabric repetition adds to the drama of the design.

Cranberry Tart quilt top

Now I'm going to talk to Miss Emily of Emerson Quilting about possibly doing the quilting on this throw quilt.  I'd be curious to see her take on how to embellish all this color and energy.  And still, that'll leave me with plenty of other quilt tops to work on finishing all on my own.

I have a new stack of fabrics calling to me, whispering honeyed words.  But first I must start quilting the NICU quilts!  I know it's time.

15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this quilt. The colors, fabrics, shapes and everything else I missed. This reminds me so much of quilts from the 1920's and 1930's. I haven't figured it out yet but this quilt really speaks to me. The owner will be a blessed and lucky person.

    Leslie

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  2. Rachel - it is unexpected and gorgeous. Do you feel that you were inspired by the improv quilts that you were doing? I noticed you say "limiting yourself to fabrics" and it reminded me of the improv suggestions.

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    1. What an interesting question! But, no, I honestly don't think it was inspired directly by my improv journies. This quilt came along entirely thanks to the #30DaysofQuiltDesign challenge. I sketched it rather quickly one day in between homeschooling checking/teaching and then decided it was the right pattern when I wanted to make something with vibrant autumn colors.

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  3. The brightness makes me think of a Traveler's wagon.

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    1. Earlier today it reminded me of a harlequin costume! It's very, very bold, that's for sure.

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  4. I love RED - I love jewels
    I love this happy quilt pattern!! nice colors and fabrics
    Woo 8 quilt tops. That is quit a hefty pile!!

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  5. So much to love in this quilt, all that colour, that red, all that AMH. Can't wait so see what the finished quilt looks like.

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  6. So striking! I really love this, as I really love purple and red together. It's so nice to see the combination not on a red hat lady! (Nothing against the red hat ladies of course) :) The diamonds are delightful as well.

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  7. Love it! It is dramatic, in the best way.

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  8. Wow! The zig zag really stands out in a very, very good way! Such a striking design, not to mention so unique!

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  9. All those quilts waiting . Will you have time to sleep ?

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  10. Bold and eye catching. Really interested to see how this is quilted.

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  11. Love this!! I agree that it is reminiscent of a harlequin costume.

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