Friday, June 21, 2013

The Week in Stitches - Kaleidoscope Medallion Quilt

Warning - picture post!

I was all set to make my Kaleidoscope Blocks into a Pillow Cover - including having picked a pretty fabric for the back of the pillow - when the creative urge took over and I decided to add a border of Flying Geese and then some ...  



Now don't get me wrong; I love patchwork pillows - and see more pillows in my future - but I do like projects that simply grow, taking it one step at a time and enjoying the process.  No over-thinking.
Paper Pieced Economy Blocks
The fabrics that I have used are from stash.  I have been collecting small(er) scale floral/fruit prints, in particular the cute Japanese fabrics by Atsuko Matsuyama, for quite some time (2 to 3 years).  I have been known to incorporate snippets of these pretty fabrics in many of my quilts, but this quilt has many!  They are so pretty, and combine well with stash basics like dots, ginghams and even text fabrics.


The outer border pictured  below (as well as the Economy blocks) has been entirely foundation paper pieced.  I drew up the foundation in EQ7 - which is really easy to do! - printed it, taped it together into one continuous foundation and then pieced it.  Paper piecing these triangles is super easy and accurate, but it is slow and required several cups of strong coffee to get it done. 



At this point I am adding just one more pieced border which I hope to get finished by the end of the weekend.  I will then re-assess but I am getting restless and in my mind I am already working on the next project!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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31 comments:

  1. Love it! I also love when creativity takes hold and turns our direction!

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  2. Beautiful! I need to try a pillow again soon! I am so stuck on quilts though! :-)

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  3. Your fabrics are just so clear and bright! Love the mix here

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  4. lovely. and I like projects that 'evolve'

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  5. You make like the best things! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. really gorgeous -as always- !!!

    By the way: Have you ever written about how you choose your fabrics? I think I have never seen anything like it on your blog - and I would so much love to know

    I am just working on my second finished quilt and two neverending WIPs - after seeing your quilts I always fells this awe and struggle again with my choices... probably it takes just time to find ones own style... nevertheless

    sorry for the "novel" ;)

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  7. I absolutely love your fabric pairings, Rita! This quilt is amazing!!

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  8. Oh Rita, your blocks are wonderful! Love those yummy bright prints! What I see so far is gorgeous...hurry and finish so we can see the entire quilt!

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  9. It looks beautiful, thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. So fun! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Thanks to you I am exploring using 'low volume' in a small quilt at present.

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  11. Love this! Glad I'm not the only one that starts to become restless at the end of a quilt ;) can't wait to see it finished!

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  12. You are simply amazing! I love your choice of fabrics, your fresh clean colours, your gorgeous quilt designs! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. What a fun quilt! It is full of so many ideas for all of us. Love this!

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  14. As always...Gorgeous...just can't get enough of your work.

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  15. I absolutely love your quilt, all of them actually!!

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  16. ooooooh...I love this one!

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  17. Rita, You are so talented. I might have thought of a border but would not know how to measure or begin to figure out how to make it. I really admire your work. Dana Henry
    A filled bobbin

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  18. So inspirational! Really... I just want to sew, sew, sew now! And go buy some Atsuko Matsuyama fabric. Your growing quilt looks so perfect. You've done a great job! Can't wait to see it when it's done :D

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  19. Oh my, I LOVE that pointy outer triangle border. Kudos! By the way, your "picture posts" are always a joy. I think they should come with something quite the opposite of a warning =)

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  20. I, also, was wondering how you go about choosing fabric. That rust piece with what looks like bobbins on it is such a surprise yet it goes. Your tops look so fresh....not at all handled to death like my finished projects.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring

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  21. I, also, was wondering how you go about choosing fabric. That rust piece with what looks like bobbins on it is such a surprise yet it goes. Your tops look so fresh....not at all handled to death like my finished projects.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring

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