Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pickle Dish Variation Quilt Part 1

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Pickle Dish Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Pickle Dish Variation Quilt
72 inches x 72 inches

A new week and a new quilt project. This quilt is my take on a traditional Pickle Dish Quilt. There are many variations of Pickle Dish Quilts, some of which require advanced sewing techniques, however my design is a simplified version with none of the traditional Pickle Dish block components whilst still having some semblance of this popular design.

Pickle Dish Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is made up of just two patchwork blocks - a Drunkard's Path Block and a Quarter Star Block made with two Triangle in a Square units. For both blocks I have worked with light (and low volume) and dark fabrics, thereby creating contrast to allow the pattern to emerge. For example, for the Quarter Star blocks I have used a low volume fabric for the background, and for the Drunkard's Path blocks I have used two color fabrics, with the smaller circle part of this block being the darker of the two fabrics.
Quarter Star Blocks - Pickle Dish Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Quarter Star Blocks with two Triangle in a Square Units
And the great thing is all fabrics are either from my scrap bin or from stash. Admittedly it took quite some time to pull from stash the fabrics required for this scrappy quilt, as well as the cutting of the fabrics. I tried not to over-think the light/dark aspect of each block, making snap decisions about fabric and color contrast based on a "first glance". 

Pickle Dish Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Pickle Dish Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Pickle Dish Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I absolutely love how this quilt top has turned out! I have really enjoyed working on the blocks and playing with the layout of the blocks. The quilt top turned out to be quite big - 72 inches by 72 inches - certainly bigger than what I usually aim for, but the layout required an even number of rows for a better overall effect and I went with the flow. Big quilt tops are no trouble to make, but it is the basting and the quilting of these bigger quilts that usually makes me re-think the quilt size! 

Pickle Dish Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts


Pickle Dish Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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Pickle Dish Variation Quilt - Tutorial. 

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43 comments:

  1. Rita, this is so beautiful! I love your interpretation of the pickle dish and your happy scraps. No templates! Very nicely done.

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  2. Awesome quilt. The variety of colors is fantastic. I love the scrappy look.

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  3. So interesting & beautiful. You are so generous with sharing your talent.

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  4. Thank you very much for making a tutorial for us! You are so generous with your time and talent. This is a little more challenging than what I was thinking I wanted to do next, but I love it! And, I can "rest" later. Challenges are good for us! To be able to do curves and really nice points will take practice and looky here, all the practice I need! Really, thank you, Rita! This is a great design and I'm really excited to see if I'll be able to do it :)
    Beth

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  5. I love this, I'm definitely going to try this! great job Rita!!

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  6. Wow! Love the colors and your precision sewing is amazing. Thanks in advance for the tutorials.

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  7. Thank you so much for the upcoming tutorial...this updated block is so fresh and exciting!

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  8. Stunning! The pattern and the fabric really let my eyes roam all over. I can hardly wait to try this!!

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  9. LOVE it! Thank you so much for doing a tute for us... will tune in tomorrow! Ann in NC

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  10. Such a cool pattern! With every picture, I see something different in all those shapes and colors. Awesome job!

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  11. Gorgeous Rita, such a clever redesign of the pickle dish!

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  12. Well done. I may need to try this. I have yet to do any curves in my quilts.

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  13. I love what you have done. I'm looking forward to the tutorial. Thank you for sharing

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  14. Love this pattern and of course as always your fabric choices. The curves are perfect, I cannot do that on a machine.

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  15. Adorable! My husband sees chickens talking to each other in it. At first, I didn't see it, but now that I do, I can't unsee it! So cute!

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  16. I love this!! I love pickle dish quilts but they've always seemed a bit too complicated for me. THIS I can do! Thanks for doing a tutorial!

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  17. I love this playful and modern take on the traditional pattern. As always, you inspire me!

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  18. I really like this Rita and would love to learn more about your process of choosing fabrics. I notice that the fabric for the L pieces of your drunkards path are not really repeated at all but some are similar. Do you choose as you go or pretty much have them all pulled before making the blocks. I get so tied up and second guess myself constantly when picking fabrics :-)

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  19. Wow, I am so impressed with this Rita! I love pickle dishes and have been doing lots of freehand foundation pieced versions, but this is such a great simplified twist on the block! I hardly ever see someone else's pattern that I want to make, but I instantly want to make this one. I am going to share it on our facebook page to inspire others - thank you!

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  20. This is fabulous, I love it!!

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  21. What a fun quilt! Can't wait for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. This is crazy fun and adorable. I love the large gingham blocks. Those really add the whimsey on top :-)
    I like this pattern too.
    You won't believe this... but yesterday I finally quilted the baby quilt.
    I did it on an old White machine set up in the dining room. Just straight line grid with a walking foot. It turned out okay, Not beautiful, but the fabric is fun. It will be great for my new baby- er, grandbaby. 'So now I just have to bind it. Everything takes forever. I like piecing the best
    Have a fun time finishing this one up.
    It is highly attractive using two rather traditional blocks
    Very "jaunty"

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  23. You are a genius at picking fabrics! I would love to sit by your side and learn how. Beautiful! Thanks!

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  24. Adding this quilt to my list. Look forward to seeing the pattern.

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  25. A great re-interpretation!

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  26. I love how your design turned out. Very nice.

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  27. I really like how this block turned out too. Really original and quite different but still in keeping with the pickle dish look. Love the scrappy look as well. Never thought to doing the pattern scrappy but it gives it a really great look. Wonder what it would look like doing it dcrappy in the original pickle dish design. Might try a sample block just to see.

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  28. I never cease to be amazed by your talent (and your productivity!).You have the most wonderful fabrics, and the knack to combine them in a most attractive way. I wonder where you get your inspiration, and what your design process is. As someone commented above, I'd love to sit by your side and observe your creative process. I'm also curious as to how many hours a day/week you spend sewing. For me, it seems life is constantly getting in the way of my sewing! Thanks for sharing. Monica from NC.

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  29. I see chickens! Great design.

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  30. Rita I just love you! I am a fan of "our" style fabrics and color combinations. I am playing with the Friendship Knot pattern now. I to a friend 2 days ago I am really looking forward to making a pickle dish quilt...And here you go....So happy to see this---Feels like I am streaming your brain waves from across the ocean!!!! Love it!

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  31. I really like this quilt. I kind of see a fish in there. Great job. Look forward to the tutorial.

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  32. So very unique! You should write and sell the pattern!

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  33. Oh my gosh! That is so cute!!!!

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  34. When the blocks are on point, they look like candies in wrappers!

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  35. Oh my gosh. I love this. So simple yet so effective. Brilliant!

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  36. thanks for sharing this block and tutorial. I really like it.

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  37. I don't think I have ever seen the pickle dish block. With your choice of fabric it is very effective and looks very modern and vibrant. Terrific!

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  38. Thanks for sharing, I have some fabric at home that I think would be great for this.

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