Thursday, September 26, 2013

Philadelphia Pavement Quilt - Work in Progress


Ahh! A completed quilt top.  This was indeed a whole lot of cutting and sewing but it is now all done.  The individual blocks (16 blocks) were fun and relatively easy to sew with perhaps the most (mentally) time consuming part being fabric selection.  There was much too to-ing and fro-ing and general indecision, but in the end it the colors all played together very well.

No matter how much time I spend plucking threads there are always more ...
I am sure this is a normal phenomenon.

I haven't worked with solid fabrics for what seems like the longest time. Solid fabrics bring such strong contrast to a design regardless of the color. And I love that there are now such great quality solids in just about any shade/hue. I have used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids - dipping once again into my Kona Bounty Boxes; it is rather handy to have on hand a great selection of solids fabrics.


My preferred "black" solid fabric is Kona Cotton - Pepper (of course :-). Pepper is a saturated dark, dark grey, and unless you have both Kona Black and Kona Pepper alongside one another you can easily mistake Pepper for Black. I have previously made a quilt with Kona Black as a contrast fabric as well as a quilt with Kona Pepper as a contrast fabric and I find Pepper is kinder to flecks of dust/threads. A personal preference only.


The blocks were not anywhere near as tricky to sew into a quilt top as I feared they might be - even with many of the seams not nesting and all edges being on the bias. Perhaps the bias edges were what made sewing the blocks together into a quilt top easier as I could very easily manipulate and "stretch" the edges into submission. 


More soon.
Rita

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26 comments:

  1. I love your fabric selection - your top looks wonderful! And I know what you mean about the endless stray threads... there is always one more that I miss during inspections :)

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  2. You are amazing and an inspiration to all of us! Thanks for sharing your quilts!!!

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  3. Your quilt is gorgeous! The colours are so bright, bold, and fresh. Congrats on your finish!

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  4. Interesting thought about those "stretchy" edges. Love the graphic quality of this top.

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  5. I'm just AMAZED at your quilts. I love them so much! It makes me happy when I get emails updates about new ones. I just had to tell you that. :)

    -karrie

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  6. Love your quilts. I know about the stray threads sometimes you think you can never get rid of them.

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  7. Quite delicious Rita. A visual extravaganza!

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  8. another super quilt, I suppose it only took you a couple of hours, you are so quick and as for matching top marks, I know I struggle with matching squares I find triangles seem to be a bit easier for me, must practise more.

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  9. It is wonderful, I love the fabrics!

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  10. It's completely amazing! Love it!

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  11. this quilt is stunning!!! you always come up with something even more beautiful...

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  12. It's beautiful!! You made me laugh about the thread plucking! What about the ones that appear in photos that you are sure weren't there when you took the picture. I call them ghost threads!!

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  13. And once again, I fall in love...as I do with every quilt you make :) Love it!

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  14. Gorgeous! I have one of these on my quilt bucket list too. Thank you for the tip on the pepper vs. black fabric -- I'm having a huge lint problem on one quilt, so I will remember that for future quilts!

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  15. Yep the colors definitely work! I have fallen for Kona pepper because of you. It's my "black" too. I appreciate that its softness doesn't contrast quite so harshly with the saturated colors I like to use.

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  16. Your quilt top is amazing! Your seams are PERFECT!!! (as always) I love the pepper against the fushia, so bright and striking. You have such an eye for picking out fabrics that just work so well together.

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  17. It turned out gorgeous! Of course there was never any doubt ; )

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  18. What a fun quilt! I've used Kona pepper quite a bit recently and wasn't sure it wasn't dark navy...now I know, thanks! I don't think I can tell the difference between pepper, black, and dark blue;)

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  19. I have a similar project started from scraps. This is the inspiration I need to get back to it. Thanks.

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  20. who couldn't use such a lovely box of wonderful?! I hope I win!

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  21. This quilt is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous I love the orderliness feel the solids give the blocks.

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  22. I love the colors and scale of this quilt. So simple sew perfect!

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