Monday, July 10, 2017

Black and Blue and White

After an intensive week of family visits and sleepovers, we've finally begun to return to a sense of quiet normalcy around here.  Meaning the two hand quilting projects are back in their respective hoops and the auction donation quilt is sitting quietly beside the Janome, patiently waiting while I write this quick post and run a few necessary errands, and possibly pull a few garden weeds.

Here is a top I've been working on at our quilt ministry meetings.  When this is quilted, it will be donated to the local nursing home.

I love the off-center set of this top.  It's a rather shameless copy of a beautiful top that Janet O. recently featured on her Rogue Quilter blog.  I believe her original inspiration was a Pinterest photo. Hers is a memory quilt made from her father's shirts, and she used a consistent white solid to better highlight the darker plaids and checks.  Our quilt ministry stash is almost completely devoid of white or light solids or light shirting fabrics, so this one is definitely a make-do.   Some of the lighter prints I'm quite sure are mostly polyester blends judging from the way they misbehaved during stitching, but they're all nailed down into their final position now.  This top measures roughly 46x59 inches, a bit large for a lap quilt but should be nice for someone who is mostly bedridden.  I'll be looking for some bright cheerful fabrics to piece a backing.

A closer look - definitely some pajama stripes and prints in this one!

We'll be resuming our quilt ministry weekly meetings tomorrow after a break over the 4th holiday. I'm already looking forward to rummaging through the scrap bins for another top, maybe bow-ties? Time will tell.

8 comments:

  1. This really caught my eye, but I will tell you that the one I am making is still in the assembly stage--that is the only "shame" of the thing! : )
    This looks wonderful--it doesn't matter that you don't have all true light backgrounds. You have plenty of contrast and the design shines! Great job!

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  2. Fabulous! I agree with Janet, you have great contrast going on and the design just jumps out. Good job with this. The off set layout is always a winner with me....I don't care who inspired you, or if you think you copied it. I know it will brighten some one's days. When my FIL was in his last nursing residence, he loved to show off his quilt. One year I labeeds donated throws for each resident. Quite a chore but so worth it to make sure each one had a gift.

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  3. This is a great top. I love the combination of fabrics. It's got a lot of nice contrast to the design. --Andrea

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  4. I saw this quilt on someone's blog a few years ago and made one for myself with red, whites and blues--it was fun to put together

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  5. That's a wonderful design for a quilt that's going to be shared. I've done that pattern too and it looks great whatever the color scheme and styles of fabrics. Someone is going to really enjoy it.

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  6. I love the offset look too. This will be a great looking quilt.

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  7. That turned out really nice, I like the fabric you used for the white parts, it adds interest. I just finished one like that because of a pinterest picture, the offset is so much fun.

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  8. It's looking good. I like the pattern, and you've done a good job with your values so that the pattern comes through nicely. It'll be well-loved, for sure.

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