Friday, January 7, 2011

A Colorstory - Nature's Elements

It's a great to come back from a holiday as well as starting a  new year feeling fresh and inspired.  I don't have any specific quilt designs planned; I will just let that happen as things progress. Too much planning can be so overwhelming.


Pat Bravo has very kind sent me a bundle of fabrics which greeted me upon my arrival home.  The fabrics are a mix of Pat's Nature, Floral and Oval Elements in a range of colors and shades.


As you can see rotary cutter has had a workout and the dust cover has been removed from the sewing machine. I so loved the graduation of the colors in the fabric bundle that I have featured this aspect in the quilt top that I've made.  


This is a really simple project to help ease me back into the swing of things. The squares each measure 3 inches  (including seam allowances) and the horizontal sashing which separates the rows was cut as a single strip measuring 2 inches wide.  I have of course enjoyed some strip piecing by cutting 3 inch strips from the length of each of the fat quarters and matching it with a strip of white fabric, then cross cutting the strip sets at 3 inch intervals.

Whilst you are here, be also sure to enter the The Art Quilt Collection Book ~ Giveaway posted earlier this week.  Entries close on Saturday 8 January 2011.  You can find the Giveaway Post here.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

36 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! And methinks i need some of that oh so yummy fabric

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  2. I absolutely love this! Very pretty!

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  3. Kaffe Fasset would be proud! I received his Simple Shapes book for Christmas and was delighted to recognise your inspiration for several of your quilts. I remembered you'd said you were drawing inspiration from one of his books but couldn't remember which one.

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  4. Aren't Pat's fabrics wonderful? She is such a talent too. Your quilt turned out beautiful!

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  5. Has the dust cover even hit the floor yet?
    You're a super speedy and very clever chick!
    Welcome home.
    Andi x

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  6. Refreshing. It's good to have you back at the sewing machine =)

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  7. Wonderful graphic look. Love the colours!

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  8. It has such a clean look! I love it!

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  9. Awesome quilt, Rita. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

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  10. This is amazing and inspiring - thanks for sharing!

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  11. Pat Bravo is a genius with colors I believe! I got her catalog recently and everything is drool worthy for sure8)

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  12. Lovely! Pat's fabrics are gorgeous.

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  13. Rita
    I love this quilt - your designs are really fantastic and make my fingers itchy to get to my rotary cutter and sewing machine.

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  14. WOW! One of my favorites ever, but I am quite partial to rainbow style designs.

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  15. A great way to start off 2011.

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  16. Oh I'm so gad you are home .. I missed my regular doses of Red Pepper :)

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  17. Very striking - love it! Any possibility of a post about cutting fabric? Even with a rotary cutter, cutting board and quilting ruler, I still have trouble with straight lines!

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  18. Wonderful! Just a stunning way to start the new year. Wish I could swisch up a quilt top in no time like you (how do you do that?) but for me the process of five minutes here and there makes it taking ages... However. I finished my first BIG quilt just before X-mas and am now working on a new one. Thank you for sharing and for always writing tech facts. Very informative.

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  19. Love it - if this is your "easing into it" quilt I can't wait to see what you get up to for the rest of 2011! Welcome home and a happy New Year to you and your family.

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  20. Rita, it's such a simple design but with a lot of impact. That's a great quilting start for the year.

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  21. I love it. So simple, so effective!

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  22. This book is on top of my wishlist. It is zo beautyful! Thank you so much for your give-aways.

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  23. Welcome back, Rita!
    I was looking forward for your new designs and, of course, it worth waiting :)

    The oval elements are gorgeous, one of my favorites not-necessarly-modern fabrics.

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  24. Awesome - such a simple pattern and yet it looks so fresh and striking!
    Great to have you back at your machine:)

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  25. So pretty, you are so talented and such a good eye for color and placement. Beautiful! Lisa in Texas

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  26. I have a couple of the nature prints. They have a really nice colour quality.

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  27. Perfection. Quilting is so often hard on my eyes. This is so... ah. Easy to look at.

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