Thursday, May 17, 2012

[workinprogress]


A little home truth today.  I can imagine that it must seem like I am super organized and work to a schedule; that I know from one week to the next what I am going to be working on.  Not so, I'm afraid.   My  quilt design decisions and color choices are usually "in the moment" and evolve while I am working on a quilt.


This new project began as a Katie Jump Rope Quilt selecting only the red, orange and yellow prints from this range.  Almost immediately I revisited my fabric stash and started adding a wider range of prints in a similar color palette. 
Choosing fabric is definitely my favorite part of the quilt making process.  I don't hesitate to combine fabrics/colors and it never ceases surprise me how readily multiple fabric collections mix together.
And then ... at the last moment I decided to use the Drunkard's Path templates that have been lying on my cutting table waiting for inspiration to strike. The three circles are machine pieced (in quarters) and add a little "Oh!" factor to this otherwise basic quilt design.

More soon,
Rita

Fabrics of note:
Elephants:  Mod Basics Organic by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics
Amy Butler - Lotus - Wall Flower in Cherry
Large Scale Polka Dot :: Riley Blake - Sugar & Spice - Sugar Polka Dot in Red

29 comments:

  1. Yes, I like the pop that the white circle element adds to the cheerful reds and pinks and yellows.

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  2. I love the something extra that the white circles add!

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  3. So very cute and totally unexpected Rita!

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  4. I love all those colors together, so much.

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  5. You are so good at combining fabrics. Sure it's your favorite part!

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  6. delightful....especially the unexpected circles at the corner...just so much fun!

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  7. Rita it's like great artwork, modern, fresh with a twist to catch your eye. Proof of your creative genius not only with color mixing but layout and design, just beautiful.

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  8. Thank You, I have been sitting on a plain ol patch work, not finished because it didnt have any pop. Thank You,I will use this template that,I also have sitting on my cutting table to finish my quilt top. Good Idea Thanks

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  9. You are absolutely right, the circles do add an "oh" factor - I love this quilt!

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  10. I love the circles. I am imagining them on the same sort of quilt but each a little larger than the one above - I may have to try this.

    I was really excited to spot the two 'kerchief girl' blocks - my favourite.

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  11. I love the color combinations that do, are great circles

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  12. The three circles make this top so fresh. Great decision.

    Victoria - PeaceBrook Quilting Podcast

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  13. Love the color palette.. and the pop of those white circles. Very pretty!

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  14. LOOOVVEEEE the color palate. yummmy!!!

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  15. Love the colors and can't wait to see how it looks when you quilt it!

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  16. The fact that you make it up as you go makes me think you are even more awesome! I LOVE the bright colors you used and the white circles are genius!

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  17. I absolutely adore the color combination! What a great quilt!

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  18. I applaud the addition of the circles. They really add an unexpected pop. Well done!

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  19. The circles really do add a lot to this quilt, take it from a great quilt up to the fabulous level!

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  20. It looks wonderful! The circles give it a pop, I love the colors together!

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  21. I feel like your intern. I learn so much from your blog. Thank you!

    Love the colors!

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  22. Very Cute! I do love the unexpected :)

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  23. I wish fabric selection was my favorite part! For me it is excruciating. This one is lovely; I really dig the little pops of yellow.

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  24. Love the fabric and colour choices! =D

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  25. This is so lovely and bright!

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  26. I love it :) the fabrics are gorgeous so much fun and colour

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  27. Rita, the quilt is gorgeous! beautiful! as always. Will you consider writing a post on how you choose colors or choose coordinating fabrics? I think many of your readers would love to read such a post. It seems you have the magic touch or something, but maybe you could share your thoughts or break down your process a little? We would love to hear from you and see if there are any helpful tips we can glean, maybe? Thanks for sharing your beautiful and inspiring work!

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