Thursday, November 24, 2011

[workinprogress]

The time has come to start a new project, this one a custom quilt with a Christmas deadline.  Fabrics have been sorted, colors and prints auditioned all whilst in my mind I echoed my customer brief for "something bright and happy, ... and colorful".


The rotary cutter had a workout like it hasn't seen for a little while, even requiring a brand new blade (of course this matter is unrelated to the chunk of plastic missing from my ruler - at least it wasn't my finger!).


Today the quilt top started coming together.  First the squares were arranged on my design floor (after the furniture was arranged to accommodate the layout).  Then much editing, arranging and re-arranging took place to ensure a balance of colors,  and scale/design of prints.


The sewing machine was at the ready, and I steadfastly stitched away until all of the 180 squares of fabric became a single quilt top.  And yes, it does get boring to stitch together row after row, it requires a little perseverance to complete in one session, but it is actually quite rewarding to see the colors jumble together just as I had imagined.


I look at this quilt top and see so many of my all time favorite prints; there are numerous original Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt prints, as well as several Amy Butler Prints, all mixed together with many fabrics from variations other collections (generally those prints that I adore for their bold design - such as dots and stripes).


Bright, happy and colorful ...

More soon.

Rita

21 comments:

  1. very very happy, and I'm sure the client will be that too!

    Christine xo

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  2. There are so many of my favourite prints in there. It will be a stunning quilt full of colour

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  3. deee vine as always, you really have the magic touch

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  4. I Love that green gingham here and there. Very retro but also very NOW.
    It is already beautiful and cant wait to see your maestro quilting touch.

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  5. If I were your customer I would be very satisfied. This quilt is bright and happy and fun! Hope she thinks so too...

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  6. I'm sure you will have a happy client Rita. Love the red with spotty leaves. ..haven't seen that before. What size squares are they?
    Yes I am loving too the way that the fabrics come together and play off each other.

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  7. This is so lovely, Rita! Very happy and bright for both summer or winter...
    ; )

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  8. I could eat that it looks so yummy! Lol

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  9. It is indeed a very happy quilt. I much prefer a mix of fabric collections in a quilt too.
    It amazes me how fast you can put one together.

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  10. Such wonderful fabrics, and they look stunning in your jumble!

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  11. I love the colors of this quilt. You have me wanting one now!

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  12. ooohhh! Now that's a Red Pepper Quilt!!!!

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  13. Well, your customer came to the right quilter - you do happy, colourful and cheerful like no other!

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  14. How very pretty! It is Thanksgiving here in the states and I'd like to thank you for your blog and sharing your creativity and inspiration with us your readers.

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  15. Looks gorgeous. I'm sure it will be loved. Jacinta

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  16. Beautiful! I would love any tips, tricks, hints you have for getting from all those carefully arranged squares to strips so that the order is kept :). I always struggle and doubt what I am doing.

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  17. Definitely bright and cheerful!

    I'm curious - Does it matter to you if the points in each row match?

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