Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fair and Square

My head is in a spin after finishing up this quilt top. Little did I realize what I had started.  All of it was planned in my head, without sitting down to see if I could be more efficient in cutting or stitching.   I just wish I had drawn up a plan to allow for some more strip piecing.  As it is, the blocks are all pieced at random!


Some of the stats:
1,150 pieces
many hours cutting and pressing
quilt top measures 63 inches x 63 inches


I wish you could see the actual quilt, it is nowhere near as dizzying to look at, and the design is a lot more obvious.


For this quilt I used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Snow rather than the usual White as the background sold fabric. The Snow colorway is a little warmer, more like a creamy white.  The contrast between the solid and the prints is still strong.  I am pleased with the overall look of the quilt, although I am not ready to move away from Kona White permanently.

Now for the backing; I am not sure if I am up for more piecing just yet!

57 comments:

  1. I'm exhausted just looking at it! No wonder you had a migrane!

    Lovely job though x

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  2. So beautiful! It must have taken you forever! x

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  3. the amount of pressing you had to do!! it looks amazing, I love it!

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  4. It's absolutely beautiful. I can only imagine how many hours you spent cutting and sewing. Can't wait to see the finished product.

    Quick question: Is there an Aussie fabric similar to Kona cotton? Is it the same as homespun? Or more like sheeting fabric? Very curious :-) Ta

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  5. Rita, your work is always so beautiful! Wish you could make it to a MMQG meeting so we could see these creations up close. Love your work ;)

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  6. Fantastic! I just love scrappy and you certainly have done a great job on this one. I love the fact that you threw in a few blocks with the smaller squares...it added so much interest to the piece and really makes your eye wander over the whole quilt. Great job.

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  7. That is beautiful, I can almost count the hours by looking at the little squares. Quite impressive! I love how some of the squares are smaller than the others. Piecing must have been difficult. Congratulations!!

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  8. Totally gorgeous! The colours are fantastic. Lucy x

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  9. This is a stunning quilt! It looks so simple and not so simple at the same time! Gorgeous!

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  10. What a wonderful job you've done - I love it.

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  11. Lovely! Kona snow is definitely a great option to use in place of Kona white. Beautifully done!

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  12. Yep....this confirms it....you are a crazy woman!;)
    It's just beautiful!

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  13. That is amazing! And beautiful. And amazing! I love Kona Snow. Did I mention that I think your quilt is amazing?

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  14. You have me convinced! I am going to cut up some white and start using it with my scraps for leaders and enders. You work always looks so fresh! Just love it.

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  15. This is awesome! I love how you mixed in some blocks with itty bitty squares. I use Kona snow a lot...and really like it, though sometimes, white is definitely what is needed. Beautiful work. Lots of piecing. whew...I'm tired just looking at it! {grin}

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  16. SO INSPIRING! I few weeks ago I stared I similar project...I'm working with a moda honey bun and 10 kona solids, so know how you feel...so far I only have half of the strips pieces into a 4 patch..i stopped because I'm not looking forward to ironing them right now.

    Now that I see your quilt, i feel like getting to work right away on it...so THANK YOU for sticking to making the quilt even though you thought toself what have gotten myself into, it gives me hope that i CAn finish mine, just not in a fews weeks like I hoped.

    The quilt looks GREAT!

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  17. I can't believe the amount of work involved in this! If I had to do this much cutting and sewing, I think I'd slip into a quilting coma. And all your seams match up so perfectly, you rascal!

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  18. This quilt is stunning . . . as all your quilts are! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  19. I love scrappy quilts. This one is so bright and cheerful. Fun with the contrast of the little squares. Great title, and great job!

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  20. It's gorgeous! Why not try something like 2D Circus for the backing? A cool print would be easy and complement the great geometrics on the front!

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  21. Oops - I meant 2D Zoo..... senior moment!!

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  22. Holy crap! That is amazing. I am continually awed by your new designs and ways of combining fabrics!

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  23. So bright and happy--love all the colors but can definitely appreciate all the many hours n the cutting, sewing, pressing and assembly!

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  24. What a fun and happy quilt full of warm sunshine. I love it.

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  25. Wow, those are some teeny tiny little squares! Another amazing quilt! I just love how your quilts use the basic shapes--squares and triangles--yet they look so fresh and interesting.

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  26. So many squares! I envy your patience.

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  27. Wow, this is beautiful! It's making me dizzy just looking at it, can't imagine, all those hours spent putting it together :)

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  28. So much fun. I love the bitty square blocks.

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  29. This is stunning! I hope to one day have the patience for this!!!

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  30. That sucker is wild and crazy and tres chouette!

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  31. I love how to took the normal patchwork and mixed it up a little!! What sizes are the squares?

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  32. Oh my, It's gorgeous Rita, I simply love this layout!

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  33. That is one massive effort. It looks great.

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  34. Looks fantastic Rita!,but take a day off, go for
    a coffee.

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  35. It's *so* great Rita! It reminds me of one of those optical illusion puzzle thingy's!
    You've changed the look of your blog too since I last looked (I usually read it through google reader) - I like it!! :-)

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  36. Wow, wow, Wow!!! Wonderful! I can't imagine all the hours piecing.

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  37. This is amazing!!! I didn't realize how tiny those squares were until I saw them next to the others....
    I like the snow (or the ivory) too.. and it looks great!

    SheilaC

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  38. WOW! that is so beyond gorgeous that i can't find the right word for it.

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  39. I LOVE this one. Incredible!
    x

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  40. Oh my heck. It is both inspiring and daunting. I hope you are very proud of this one.

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  41. It is perfect ! I can imagine to start something like that without thinking the work it needes - but then you wouldn't have something so special. Congratulations! It is really enjoy to look that peace of art.
    tejesarita

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  42. oh my goodness - you must have the patience of a SAINT!! It's gorgeous - well done!!

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  43. Wow! What a lot of work! But, it's such a gorgous eyeful! So cheerful! I'm excited to see it finished with the quilting!

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  44. Amazing!! It's gorgeous. (As always.)

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  45. No strip piecing? But at least the result is worth all of that work :)

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  46. It's beautiful! I'm with you on the Kona White - I love the contrast between white and colored fabric. Everything pops.

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  47. Wow---a lot of work, but beautiful results! Great job on such a beautiful quilt!

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  48. That turned out really pretty! And I can see the design from here -- it's beautiful.

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