Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flimsy*

The top of the quilt is complete!

Quilt top

I still can't get over the size of it. You'd think I'd never seen a queen-sized blanket before. I have. I've just never made one.

Quilt top
Pardon that stray string. 

My excitement level over this quilt has varied a bit. I was pretty excited with the pile of fabrics before I started. Assembling the blocks was enjoyable and soothing (straight seams, lots of pressing, well-behaved cotton, etc). When I started arranging the blocks to determine the layout, I wasn't happy with the look. That was disappointing.

Quilt top

The pattern for the quilt has the rectangles arranged vertically, while the quilt that I was inspired by (see previous post) has them horizontally. I initially planned to follow the pattern since it was the colors and "feel" of the inspiration quilt I was after. But, after being unhappy with it, I recalculated and switched them to vertical.

Quilt top

That was an improvement and my excitement rose again when I got some distance from it. Literally. Viewing it from 10-15 feet away made me like it more. The colors blended more for an overall pattern rather than a real patchwork look.

Quilt top

And, as you can see from all the pictures, I really liked watching it blow in the breeze on the clothesline in the sunshine. Sunshine makes everything look better. I'm hoping to rent some time on a long-arm quilting machine next week to quilt it. Both nervous and excited about that. I'll keep you posted.

*Term used by some quilters for the finished quilt top.

8 comments:

  1. Really gorgeous - can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  2. looks just like the picture. i can't believe you have it pieced already.
    are you going to get to use the long arm yourself?

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  3. Looking good! So much stitching! Wow! Hope the quilting part goes smoothly for you.

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  4. Corinne says "I love the colours in your new quilt. They make me think of fruit!"
    and I say "Awesome!"

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  5. It is gorgeous! You did an amazing job on this quilt. Have fun using the long arm machine. They look like a pretty fun machine :))

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  6. Oh, I just love these gorgeous colours!

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  7. While your design has much more reds and purples, for some reason I saw this and thought of the infamous Doctor Who scarf:
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IUdbr2UwLeg/UAlfDP8MfnI/AAAAAAAACzQ/ggzyD0Pwrxo/s1600/DoctorWhoScarf2.jpg

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