Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crossroads

When I am in my "in between projects" phase, and not sure where to start next (and according to my family just a tad annoying ~ Surely not!), I have been known to turn to my collection of quilting books for inspiration.
On Sunday I picked up my copy of Crossroads by Nancy Crow; this book accompanied the 2007 exhibit of 25 quilts by Nancy Crow at the Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.  It is a catalog of beautiful photographs that capture the colors and textures of Nancy's graphic and bold quilts, and also the starting point for my next quilt.


Out with the rotary cutter and ruler, as well as my stash of solid fabrics; all Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons.   It wasn't long before numerous strips of fabric were cut in an array of bright and bold colors.  Sewing together long narrow strips of fabric hasn't always provided me with much joy, but rather than avoid doing so altogether, the time had come to face the challenge.


And honestly, once I started sewing the strips together ~ first into pairs and then joining pairs of strips together, etc ~ and was overly careful when pressing the strips/seams not to stretch and distort, the whole thing came together quickly and without too much use of the trusty spray starch.


Absolutely everything just fell into place ~ the sewing machine played nice and I was able to enjoy quite some sewing time in order to finish the quilt top.  The less pleasant task of basting followed thereafter, and I have even started quilting.


I will leave you with just a snippet of the quilting grid:  Crossroads.  Although the quilting will take some time to complete,  the added texture truly compliments this quilt.

20 comments:

  1. wow! it is going to be awesome!

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  2. Wow is right! A zinger for sure!

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  3. love it! can't wait to see the end result!

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  4. That looks so awesome. I can't wait to see it completed!

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  5. This is just so so gorgeous.

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  6. the quilting is gorgeous!!! What a fun quilt!

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  7. I thought your first two fabric pics were graphic designs! it is my dream to be able to sew straight strips so straight! and your stripes are an amazing match! beautiful

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  8. Wow! WOW!! I also didn't realize the first two pictures were fabric. I cannot WAIT to see this finished! It's going to be amazing!!

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  9. Eeep! Look at that color! I will do a quilt in all solids someday!

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  10. Simply outstanding !~! Wow !~! Colors pop and beam and emit rays of beauty-you are a genius...

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  11. This one is looking completely gorgeous!!
    xx

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  12. Amazing sewing Rita, you make it look easy :-)

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  13. Um, perfection? Genius? Really, I don't know what to call that. Oh, inspired! Yes, inspired. That's a quilt I would surely buy!

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  14. HI Rita I dont know if you reply to comments, but if you do can I ask how you baste? All your quilting is so beautifully flat and pucker free, how do you manage this? no matter how well I think Ive stretched and basted I can never get that affect.

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  15. Wow! I love your blog, such a treat, and many other great cliche's apply as well. This latest one is amazing and when I first saw it on the blog I thought it was a picture from a book. The quilt is so vivid and the color combo is beautiful. Eve berry

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  16. Looks interesting! Love the bold, bright colours.

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  17. this is so stunning....solids are amazing

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  18. Loving the bright bold colors.

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