Crafty Vet

Colored pencil rendering of a quilt I saw in a dream…  It’s a dark purple background that fades to near black-purple at the bottom (hard to tell with my crappy colored pencils).  2 strips of black about going horizontally, with a very thin multicolored strip on top…  Black binding…  I’m thinking the size of the whole quilt is 36” x 48”?
Kind of juvenile color scheme but it really struck me in the dream.  I’m going to try making it.  And I’m going to get a better colored pencil set with more variety!  Not sure how I would quilt it…  yet…
Do quilts ever come to you in a dream?  They never had for me, but then I got 2 this week!  I didn’t like the other idea as much.  

Colored pencil rendering of a quilt I saw in a dream…  It’s a dark purple background that fades to near black-purple at the bottom (hard to tell with my crappy colored pencils).  2 strips of black about going horizontally, with a very thin multicolored strip on top…  Black binding…  I’m thinking the size of the whole quilt is 36” x 48”?

Kind of juvenile color scheme but it really struck me in the dream.  I’m going to try making it.  And I’m going to get a better colored pencil set with more variety!  Not sure how I would quilt it…  yet…

Do quilts ever come to you in a dream?  They never had for me, but then I got 2 this week!  I didn’t like the other idea as much.  

Spent some time sewing and watching Netflix today…

I finished the quilt top for Leah Day’s Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers, Volume 1.  She used a little different design with rectangles instead of squares, but I really like how this looks instead, and it was quicker to piece.  The busy floral on gray is for the back.  

I’m planning to quilt it with gray Isacord.  I hope it doesn’t ruin the quilt, because I like the top a lot now that it’s made.  It’s going to be heavily quilted, something I haven’t done before, and the thread is relatively light compared to the background.  It’s supposed to be a “learning” quilt, but already I’m reluctant to mess it up!

I wonder what color thread would be best for a top like that if you wanted it to blend really well.  Maybe just a dark gray?  Or I guess you could match each of the squares but I don’t think I’ll ever be using 8 colors for one quilt…  Too much of a PITA…

grumpystitches:

IMG_7069 by goneaussiequilting on Flickr.

This is so pretty!  I need some Kaffe Fassett fabric!  :)

grumpystitches:

IMG_7069 by goneaussiequilting on Flickr.

This is so pretty!  I need some Kaffe Fassett fabric!  :)

Already planning my next quilt…

It’s going to be for Leah Day’s Free Motion Fillers, Volume 1 class, which makes a sampler that showcases 50 FMQ designs!  Her finished project is shown…  I am doubtful mine will be as nice, but I hope to learn something!

I think for mine I am going to do just squares, not rectangles.  I haven’t decided on a backing fabric yet…

The colors are (L-R) Kona Willow, Caribbean, Ocean, Nightfall, Purple (how original), Berry, and an unknown source maroon I had in my stash.

Poor quality photo, but…  
I finished the back for the flannel quilt.  I am using that blue Minky and was going to just piece that, but my math skills failed me and I cut the pieces 10” too short.  Since I wanted all the nap to face the same direction and I was running out of fabric, I decided to insert a pieced flannel strip.  
I could not fit the whole back into the frame - the blue extends another couple of feet at the bottom.  I made the strip by improv piecing some leftover scraps.  I think it turned out okay.
I’m pretty sure I want to put batting in the center (you don’t necessarily have to with Minky).  I have a small test piece I want to try before I do the real deal though.  I didn’t wash the flannel and I don’t want it to shrink too much.

Poor quality photo, but…  

I finished the back for the flannel quilt.  I am using that blue Minky and was going to just piece that, but my math skills failed me and I cut the pieces 10” too short.  Since I wanted all the nap to face the same direction and I was running out of fabric, I decided to insert a pieced flannel strip.  

I could not fit the whole back into the frame - the blue extends another couple of feet at the bottom.  I made the strip by improv piecing some leftover scraps.  I think it turned out okay.

I’m pretty sure I want to put batting in the center (you don’t necessarily have to with Minky).  I have a small test piece I want to try before I do the real deal though.  I didn’t wash the flannel and I don’t want it to shrink too much.

Flannel quilt top finished…

It’s 63” x 90” unwashed.  The 2nd picture is more accurate for color.

I am going to put some dark blue Minky on the back.  I’m undecided whether to use batting or not.  I’m going to make a couple of samples with the blocks I didn’t use to see how they come out with and without batting.

Quilting will be simple straight lines…  And I still have to decide what to do about binding…

OK, seriously, getting close to making a decision…
So I’m going to go for the layout #3 from the previous post.  I was going to do 7 X 9 blocks, making the top 63” by 81”. But I realized I had enough extra blocks to do 7 X 10, (63” X 90”).  Then I thought maybe I’d want it a little wider…
I don’t have enough full blocks to make an extra column, but I had enough scraps to add 4” to the width.  I thought a skinny strip might look interesting, too.
I don’t think I like the skinny strip.  :(  I think the quilt is just so darn busy it looks best with just the plain strips all lined up and the same size.
Is 63” x 90” too weird?  Should I pull off the extra row and go back to 63” x 81”?  It didn’t look weird laid out, I don’t think.
Note, the photo above is sideways.  My floor space is not as plentiful as at work!

OK, seriously, getting close to making a decision…

So I’m going to go for the layout #3 from the previous post.  I was going to do 7 X 9 blocks, making the top 63” by 81”. But I realized I had enough extra blocks to do 7 X 10, (63” X 90”).  Then I thought maybe I’d want it a little wider…

I don’t have enough full blocks to make an extra column, but I had enough scraps to add 4” to the width.  I thought a skinny strip might look interesting, too.

I don’t think I like the skinny strip.  :(  I think the quilt is just so darn busy it looks best with just the plain strips all lined up and the same size.

Is 63” x 90” too weird?  Should I pull off the extra row and go back to 63” x 81”?  It didn’t look weird laid out, I don’t think.

Note, the photo above is sideways.  My floor space is not as plentiful as at work!

Tonight I laid out the quilt blocks again and then compared them after covering the blocks containing tan.  I like the quilt better without those blocks.  

I was also mulling over whether Rail Fence is really the best way to display these fabrics.  Perhaps they would look better in a stack of coins type of configuration.

I tried keeping all the blocks in the same location, but turning them all the same way.  And to try to guess what the blocks would look like if I did a stack of coins with plain sashing…  

I liked the 2nd iteration a lot more than the first, and I think I like the 3rd more than the 2nd!  I’m not sure about the sashing…  I don’t know what color I’d use, how wide I’d make it, or what.  I’d have to order some solid colored flannel…  

I’m considering #3…