Sunday, April 21, 2013

toning things down


As soon as I pulled these beauties out of my mailbox the other day I knew they were destined to become a quilt. I love all these understated colors together, so peaceful and calm, just what I needed after working on many bright quilts over the last few months.


I then raided my stash and added some linen (thank you Rober Kaufman) as well as hand printed fabric by Leslie Keating. I know, my clouds are upside down in this picture, but I wish you could feel the softness of this fabric.

 I had a hard time deciding on the pattern for this quilt. I wanted something simple that would let the fabric shine. So, I decided to go with 7" squares and make a simple patchwork quilt.


I must say, though, the whole time I was cutting and piecing I did not feel the love. That should have been a sign for me to stop and rethink, but I kept stitching, of course.

Once all the rows were pieced together, I knew I had to re-cut the whole thing and come up with a new design, grrrr!!! Why make it easy when I can make things a lot more difficult by stubbornly ignoring all my instincts, right?


I added some white and ivory fabrics, cut my squares in halves, added smaller rectangles (inspired by this quilt by Malka) and I finally love where this is going.


It's going to be quite a big quilt and I might back it with pretty pink minky I bought the other day.  Have you noticed? I'm still going through my pink phase, but on all of that a little later.

Off I go, more piecing to be done. Thanks so much for reading. Svetlana

28 comments:

  1. Such a pretty choice of fabrics. Beautiful!

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  2. Lovely colours, very peaceful.

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  3. Svetlanko, ta prace navic, kterou sis vybrala, urcite stala za to, ne? Myslim, ze tem latkam vybrany vzor moc slusi a deka se rysuje moc krasne! Je to opravdu barevna zmena :) :) Mej krasny cas! Jola

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  4. Love it! I have cut into fabric also and was disappointed with the direction I was going, but then like you, readjusted and was pleased with the turn out. :o)

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  5. I love it. I keep at projects that I know aren't going right too but that is great you were still able to turn it into something beautiful that you love.

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  6. very calm and peaceful quilt. love it!

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  7. Beautiful fabrics S and love your design too! Congrats on making 1200 followers! Jxo

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  8. Those colors are so beautiful.

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  9. It's really lovely. So glad you persevered!

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  10. So many really pretty fabrics in there! I'm glad you decided to keep going :)

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  11. Lovely direction for these beautiful fabrics.

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  12. Beautiful. I have made that quilt by Malka. I love this collection of fabrics together.

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  13. You crack me up, but I also feel bad that all that work you did had to be tweaked. The results are definitely worth it. Another beautiful quilt top!

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  14. Pretty fabrics. I think le Rober would be pleased. I wonder where that drive to get things done comes from when we feel something is off. I do it too :)

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  15. I love the way that the white on black polka dot draws the eye, just as a splash of vivid colour would but without dominating. I adore minky as a backing but struggle to machine quilt and of course when I hand quilt I tend to get just a touch warm.

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  16. Soo pretty, I'm loving the toned down look at the minute too :)

    Rachael

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  17. You are so good at mixing fabrics together and this gorgeous quilt is no exception.

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  18. I'm on a pink phase as well! Pared with grey!

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  19. the final design is fantastic. I like it a lot. What if the little rectangles would be shifted? Hmmm.... Have to try this out.

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  20. They really look lovely together and I especially like the design of your quilt too.
    xxxx

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  21. You made the right decision to change direction, it looks gorgeous.

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  22. Oh, I love this soooo much! Very soothing :)

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