Friday, November 18, 2016

charmed

Ever since Brandon chose that blue paint for our new bedroom, I can't resist the alluring idea of a new quilt for our bed.  A white quilt!

I know, I know, it's terribly impractical.  But, we already have practical gray curtains, a gray loveseat and gray rug.  Sure our gray duvet cover, which I made years ago, fits right in...but come on?  This is Stitched in COLOR.  I need a little variety in my life.  (My man, on the other hand, would prefer to cover our house in black, gray and wood.)

moving in


I wasn't sure what direction I'd go with this white quilt concept until I saw the paint on the walls.  The shade is slightly traditional and reminds me vaguely of Liberty of London fabrics.  It seems English, perhaps?  Not that I would know!

Now I can't make a quilt for our bed out of delightful English florals.  He would die.  But, I could sneak in a touch of Liberty so long as it was floating on a veritable sea of white.  Hmm... lots of white/neutrals and a bit of color?  Ah, yes, that quilt already exists!

photo from Savor Each Stitch

When Carolyn Friedlander's book Savor Each Stitch released, this quilt absolutely stole my heart.  It's the color play, yes, but also the amazing texture of her quilting.  My heart and apparently hundreds more!  Carolyn's Aerial Grove design has been a big hit, so you may have seen it popping up around blogland.  Carolyn has actually made another version with gray neutrals and Liberty of London fabrics, which you can spy on her blog.

choosing fabrics for Aerial Grove

Yesterday I pulled out my Liberty of London and voiles to tease out a rainbow.  Since you only need a 2.5" square for the rainbow applique pieces, I thought I might have near enough with all my scraps.  Um, no.  The pattern calls for 80 applique fabrics for a queen sized quilt.  I have about.... 30.  Time to go shopping!



You can find Liberty of London in several U.S. shops, including Westwood Acres, but if you want to pinch those pennies and buy an assortment of 2.5" charm squares, you might end up purchasing straight from England.  I have 100 little squares of lovely on the way from Norwich!

choosing fabrics for Aerial Grove

For my "background" neutrals, I plan to use lots of solid white and pale gray, plus some low volume whites and grays.  Most of my low volumes are cream or black/white, so I also had to do some special looking for backgrounds.  I hope what I've ordered fits the bill!

Now that I've thought this through, I'm eager to get started on the applique rainbow.  This whole waiting for fabric thing is not how I usually roll, since mostly I work from stash.  So... I may have started a new scrap quilt today.

Oops.


22 comments:

  1. Is it possible to get around the paper piecing? If so, I would love to do this beautiful quilt. I'm really dyslexic, and I have done 2 paper piecing projects with great difficulty on my eyes and brain.
    Thanks!!

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    1. The book suggestions making the quilt via hand applique, needle turn applique to be exact. It doesn't require any paper piecing!

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  2. This sounds amazing! I can't wait to see it come together!!

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  3. Maybe the blue reminds you of Wedgwood plates? That reminds me of England xx

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  4. Your bed definitely deserves a new quilt.

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  5. Can't wait to see how this quilt will look it'll be amazing I'm sure!

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  6. Funny, looking at the colour of your bedroom walls my first association would be New England (but that is a guess from the British side of the Atlantic!) but now I think again maybe that blue is reminiscent of Wedgewood pottery ☺ - very English!Hope you don't have to wait too long for those Liberty fabrics.

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  7. I love Carolyn's book too! Just reading it now. Enjoy making your quilt.

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  8. This will be a beautiful quilt. I just looked at Carolyn's site and her latest version in the neutral grays/blues is heartstopping. I look forward to seeing what you do.

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  9. I love your new Liberty squares. I'm tempted to get some too! I think the black and white prints for this quilt will detract from the overall color pop you're trying to achieve. Can't wait to see the finish.

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    1. I agree. I feel I have to be very careful about the neutral/background fabrics I use... It makes me a little nervous!

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  10. I just made a big purchase from the same Etsy shop! You're a bad influence on me! LOL!

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  11. It's a very modern, elegant blue...gorgeous!! Sounds like your quilt will be a fabulous fit - can't wait to see :-)

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  12. It's going to be lovely. Who wouldn't love a handmade quilt on their bed?

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  13. Hi Rachel! This will be so perfect quilt for your bedroom! I love that blue on the wall and it fits totally with Liberties! Thank you for the links! x Teje

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  14. Your quilt idea is beautiful and I know when completed it will be beautiful. I have been thinking of you, your baby and your family the past several weeks. I'm so happy you have chosen to deliver in Charleston. All of my babies were born in a hospital. They were all good experiences except the last one was not as pleasant. The dr. would not give me an epidural. Long story short I had a 10 pound 5 ounce boy with a 16 1/2" head and 22" long . I am glad he was the last one lol. He is now 26 and 6'3" I will continue to pray for you and your family. Extra thoughts on Tuesday! Bless you all.

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  15. Can't wait to see, this will be lovely!

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  16. As another afficianado of liberty fabric that quilt looks great , I'm off to check it out . Our own bedroom is very neutral

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  17. Isn't it just yummy, all those rainbow bits in a lovely white cloud :) and Liberty too!
    Two more days....!!!!!

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  18. white and L of L is terribly impractical . . . and absolutely brilliant! I look forward to seeing it come about.

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