Tuesday, October 5, 2010

In a Spin

I have finished the quilt top pieced from reclaimed vintage bed linen and some of my own stashed striped fabrics.  Although the pictures are quite difficult to look at without feeling nauseated, let me reassure that the actual quilt is far easier on the eyes.
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To make this quilt you really do need a good variety of striped fabrics, not just variety of color but also a variety of the width of the stripe printed on the fabric.  The wider striped fabrics are bold and prominent; these blocks are immediately obvious to the eye.


I have also added some blocks pieced from light/neutral colored striped fabrics.  These blocks recede into the background of the quilt top and  help tone down the busy effects of the narrower striped fabrics.


Although this quilt is not inspired by any other quilt in particular, this fussy cutting and piecing technique is by no means an original idea.  Perhaps we've not often seen vintage bed linen reclaimed in this manner, although  as you can see their potential has certainly been under-rated.

More progress pictures soon.

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In a Spin - A Finished Quilt

59 comments:

  1. Oh My Giddy Aunt! (Literally).

    You've outdone yourself, you fussy-cutter, you...

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  2. Fantastic use of different sized stripes - incredibly effective.

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  3. you have truly outdone yourself, rita! this is simply stunning!

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  4. oh my gosh this is amazing!! I can't look at it for too long though :-P

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  5. This is brilliant! I love it...and it's not too busy. FUN!

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  6. I adore the look of this quilt! Fabulous!

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  7. Stunning! A cheerful and stunning quilt- I think that is a rare dual accomplishment!

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  8. This quilt is amazing, I love it!

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  9. I love this! Very cool! I know it was very labor intensive to match all of those stripes. I am making a quilt for my son with plaids and stripes and matching the stripes has made sewing it more tedious.

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  10. Brilliant! The effect is just stunning! xox

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  11. Yours is certainly an energetic version - I love it!

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  12. Very nautical and jaunty. Nice ♥

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  13. This is a quilt where the scale of the stripes has become one of the most important factors, rather than the color value of the fabric. Once again, you did an amazing job.

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  14. От такой красоты я упала под стол ! )))))))
    Катя из Сибири

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  15. Nauseating is not even on the list of words I'd use to describe this! It's amazing!!!

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  16. Wonderful job. I have a stash of men's striped shirts waiting to be reclaimed. Thanks for adding to my inspiration.

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  17. It's beautiful! I don't think I've ever even seen striped linens before! And it certainly is not nauseating in any way!

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  18. Oh wow!! It is amazing. I love how it has a 3d affect. The lighter ones are farther away and the bolder ones are closer. Love it!

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  19. Looks extraordinary o.o Like some wicked paintin. Almost impossible, that it was made from fabrics. Beautifull!
    Best wishes
    Jo&cats

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  20. I thought it was going to be an eyesore when I saw the previews, but seeing the top finished it is just gorgeous! So fresh and modern.

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  21. this is absolutely my favorite quilt of yours. it is fantastic!

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  22. I love this quilt Rita - it is simply stunning!

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  23. This quilt might be my favorite one to date. You are always an inspiration!

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  24. unbelievable what you can do with fabrics and squares. I am stunned again! This is so great. and how quick put together again, where did you find the shop that sells time?

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  25. Love it, reminds me of the Kaffe quilt from mens shirts...

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  26. oh my heck. I LOOOOVE this quilt!!!! You are a quilting rockstar.

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  27. this is an amazing way to use vintage stripes!

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  28. This is a definite favourite! Such a fantastic understanding of balance.
    I'm very curious as to how you would quilt it. I have my ideas, if it was mine...

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  29. I really like this. It is striking and satisfying at the same time.

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  30. Fantastic Rita! Just beautiful!!

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  31. I absolutely LOVE this one. Fantastic work!

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  32. I love this idea - and the end result is so fresh and pretty...
    Hugz

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  33. Very cool! I must admit it's strobing for me a bit, I have astigmatism...excuse me I need to go and have a lie down...;

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  34. All the above comments and I am amazed at how precise you have done the blocks. Well done and its just stunning!

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  35. This is really really nice. Can't wait to see how you will be quilting it. How many different fabrics did you use.

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  36. I am loooooving this! I might just borrow this idea....

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  37. This is my favorite so far! Will you be making more than one of these? Selling? Id love to buy it from you.. Or maybe you could sell me a fabric scrap pack of what you have left and I could attempt it?
    Hey did you ever use your Heather Ross gnomes that you and I did a swap for? I am yet to cut into mine but cant wait to see what you do first :o)

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  38. I love it! The stripes are just perfect - and so is your piecing!!!

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  39. This is by far the coolest quilt top on the web right now. There are instructions for a blanket like this in One Yard Wonders, but using only one fabric. Yours is far more interesting and fun to look at!

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  40. Amazing! You did it perfectly. Happy to see more pics...especially interesting to see how you quilt it :).

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  41. Rita, this is fantastic! Love all the colors and variations of stripes. A new favorite from you...
    ; )

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  42. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

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  43. So gorgeous! I love the effect the stripes made!

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  44. As always I'm inspired. This is another great quilt.

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  45. What a gorgeous creation! For me who initially is a crochetoholic this is a quilt version of the traditional granny squares in crochet. Fantastic. Such a great idea with using the stripes. I am really blown away. Well done.

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  46. Sorry I know this is an older post but I was looking through for inspiration as I have a pile of stripe fabrics and not a clue what to make with them!
    I would really like to make this quilt!
    Can I ask how many fabrics did it take to get this amount of variation into the quilt? Right now I have 6 or 7 prints in FQ and half yards so wondering if I would need to add 1 or 2 more to take into account fussy cutting and mix of prints.
    Thanks
    Sarah

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  47. OMG, just found this post. I love your quilt. Very inspiring. I would love to try something like this :)

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