Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A New Quilt Project

No surprises here!


I've started on a new quilt project and as you can see it involves Half Square Triangles, shot cottons, solids, as well as a black/white cross stripe print by Alexander Henry ~ Heath (Black).  I wasn't immediately taken  by, nor could see the potential for this Alexander Henry print until I spotted this particular work in progress image on Flickr:

DQS 10 coming along!!!
DQ10 Progress by Kate from Swim, Bike, Quilt
How could I now resist?  I sourced my own stash of this print and have started a quilt with similar elements, although the overall block/design/layout will be quite different. 


It's all planned out (in my head), and there is every chance that I will change "the plan" several times as this project unfolds and as I can play with the colors and blocks on my design floor.  


As a starting point, the color palette for this quilt is coming from the above gift bag that a party-goer brought into my home on the weekend.  I often find inspiration in items found in my everyday environment, both common items and obscure items.  You just have to try and see beyond the product and it's function, and take in the colors/design/patterns. 


Only time will tell if the finished quilt resembles any of what I've shown you here today! It's back to trimming some Half Square Triangles for me.

Rita

29 comments:

  1. Wow looking forward to seeing the end result. I have no doubt it is going to be stunning with those colour combinations! Very striking i'd say!

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  2. Oh yes, this will be beautiful, you are the half square triangle Queen, I wish I could do them half as good! Love the bag, can't wait to see what your new quilt ends up looking like. xo

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  3. Ooo I love the triangles from the Flickr pic. Looking forward to seeing what you do as well. I actually love that black and white print. At first I thought it was a white fabric with black stitching all over it.

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  4. Oh now you have really captured my imagination with this one - loving the black and white print and loving the gift bag - sew quickly please....I want to see the end result!
    Happy stitching!!!

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  5. Stunning Rita!

    Love the Heath ... I can't find it in the UK at all ... so am just going to have to bite the bullet and order from the US ...

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  6. It's going to be so neat! Love the colors!

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  7. I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing this one done!

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  8. Very nice start Rita:) Can't wait to see it all sewn together!

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  9. i think half square triangles will always be my favorite quilting/patchwork element and i can't wait to see what you have planned for yours. your gift bag has quite a color palette to jump off from - looking forward to seeing where this quilt goes!

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  10. Thanks for sharing your inspiration, I always learn something new from you. The solid/print combo is very striking - I like it!

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  11. What a happy surprise to wake up and see my quilt here. :) Thanks, and can't wait to see what you make!

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  12. Great colours, can't wait to see the finished product!

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  13. can't wait to see where you go with this one! it's a bit different from your usual,and i am sure you will come up with a winner!

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  14. I, too, thought ehhh. But then I saw the next pic...WOW. Can't wait to see your finished quilt. And love Kate's too!

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  15. love this and your inspiration.

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  16. The bag is great inspiration!

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  17. Wow! Super cute! The black and white fabric kind of has an 80s feel to it, textured look. Add the bright colors and viola its super fun!
    Can't wait to see what you do with the half squares.

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  18. I really love the colour combinations that you select. So beautiful and colourful:)

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  19. Love the idea of this quilt-cannot wait to see it finished!

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  20. oh i love this idea. I just bought the same hatch pattern. I could see the possibilities. I cannot wait to see what you do with it..like everyone else.

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  21. Rit...this one is really exciting. I love seeing your "model" gift bag. Just flaming excellent. x

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  22. Love the way you perceive the objects around you, to form/see a quilt in a bag, I think that is awesome! The quilt looks great, love the color selection and the effect of the blackandwhite fabric, can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  23. Oh my! Its going to be stunning! I'm trying to find inspiration in everyday items too, but its so hard! Just gotta train my eyes and brain to think "quilt layout" instead of "giftbag" or "tshirt" or "bag of chips" etc.
    I've always LOVED the Heath prints... gotta get my hands on some soon! I think its a great stash builder. Cheers!

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  24. Ghastlie Brambles by Alexander Henry would look nice too, used in the same way. Itsa gonna be beoootiful!!
    http://www.ahfabrics.com/products.php?cat_id=1228

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  25. I have a gift bag set aside for it's inspirational purpose as well! This is going to be fun!

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  26. Wow, I like how your brain works! You have a gift for colour & style!
    Looking forward to seeing the end result!
    Jenny

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  27. Do you use thangles to make them?

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