01 August 2014

Night Music in the Desert

I got it sewn together! I really, really, really wanted to get this basted before I left, and at the time I'm writing this I still haven't done it, but I'm hoping that I will have by the time you're reading it. Confused?

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Night Music...during the day?

I was so happy to finish piecing this. Lots of the blocks are slightly different sizes, owing to my imprecise construction when I started making the quilt. Despite my obsession with getting perfect points I kind of like it the effect of slightly misaligned blocks here, it adds to the vibrant feeling of the quilt top.

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Blowing in the wind. 

I was inspired by the Quilts of Gee's Bend, and Aztec and Soutwest tribal designs. I designed the pattern myself, and then planned the main color palate (teal and black with the lighter blue), and got two other colors (yellow and red), which I used as accents. While I was working on the layout my goal was to create subtle color paths with the accent colors, although it was tricky since I hadn't planned the layout prior to making the blocks! I really just focused on making each block, and once they were done I made due with what I had created.

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I liked how the shadows from the fire escape played with the quilt here. 

So far it's been a fun project. Now I've just got to quilt it up. Eek? Any suggestions? I'm limited to walking foot designs (which doesn't mean straight, I just can't freemotion - both due to lack of skill and limited sewing machine capabilities).

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Tula on the Left, Anna Maria on the right. 

The back is from Anna Marie Horner's hand drawn garden collection, with a great Tula Pink print to make up the rest of the width. It's going to be pretty simple, and the colors will complement the front nicely.

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One last shot. Looking long and lean!

Thanks for stopping by!

10 comments:

  1. Great name for the quilt! How big did the top finish out? How about for the quilting a series of vertical lines in the middle panels, horizontal lines in the next 2 rows out, and then < > lines from the center of the final row out?

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  2. Wow! It looks awesome! Yvonne's quilting suggestion sounds like a good one to me. Whatever you go with, have fun!

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  3. That's impressive. Especially because you designed it yourself. Well done. It certainly does look Aztec to me. Sorry I don't have any quilting suggestions - I"m in a similar boat with a finished top, but not definite plan about how to quilt it yet.

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  4. Beautiful quilt top! I love the design and the pop the teal gives

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  5. It really pops! I love it. The pic of it blowing in the wind is gorgeous :)

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  6. Gorgeous quilt, and gorgeous photo shoot too. Good luck with that quilting, I wouldn't have a clue how to do it justice either!

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  7. I keep meaning to use these ideas, but here's a post I found which has different quilting ideas with a walking foot, including making designs look like some you can FMQ! : http://blog.petitdesignco.com/2012/10/31-days-of-walking-foot-quilting.html

    I love the shot of the quilt blowing in the wind!

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  8. This turned out great! Enjoy the trip.

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  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt! i just showed my boyfriend and he is very impressed as well! will you be sharing the pattern you've created?

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    1. Very interested in the pattern also!

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