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TWISTED

Twisted Quilt Top

I have made progress on my Twisted quilt — I have a finished quilt top!  Do you remember this project? I started it a long while back when my local quilt guild hosted a class taught by the pattern designer, Dorie Javier. It was in June of last year that I began the quilt.  I pulled it out once or twice since then and made a few more blocks for it.  Then it would sit.  Here we are, a year later, and I had hardly made any progress on it.twistedAbout two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sewing with my friend, Sophia.  I decided this was the project to work on.  Making the rest of the blocks went quickly.  Playing with the layout took a little bit of time.  At first I was sewing the four blocks together and then laying out the 12″ blocks but I realized I needed to play with colors and sprinkle the darker values out across the quilt. It worked better to layout some of the six inch blocks so I had more flexibility.  I unpicked the seams on a number of the 12″ blocks to allow for this.

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After settling on the layout and getting the design sewn together, I played with fabrics for the border. My first thought was to use a dark purple and a narrow strip of green.  I posted the picture above on Instagram and asked for opinions.  I love hearing from others because it often spurs me into another direction.

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After looking at others’ feedback, I thought I would introduce a floral into the border. I looked at two from my shop.  One was the High Meadow Floral from Amy Gibson’s Meriwether line and the other was Cat in the Flowers from Paint the Town.

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It was a tough choice and I actually think either would work, but I went with Cat in the Flowers and a narrow purple border.  I liked the deeper color of the High Meadow floral but I didn’t like the red tones in some of the flowers. Cat in the Flowers has a softer palette and it seemed to work a little bit better. Because it is directional, with the kitties all oriented in the same direction, I decided to attach the borders so that the cats were all looking out and away from the quilt’s center.

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What do you think? I am so happy with the colors and the feminine, flowery vibe of the quilt top.  We had some breezy weather and a comical quilt holder when trying to take pictures.

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Now that the whole top is assembled, I am moving on to the next phase – time to decide how to quilt it!  Like many of you, this is always a tough decision for me. At this point, I am thinking I will separate the quilting into three logical sections.  The center of each set of four blocks, the lattice-like pattern created by the florals, and , of course, the borders.

Once I figure out how to quilt it, I will do it at home.  Also, I have not yet decided on a backing for the quilt.  I don’t have tons of yardage in my stash (well, if we don’t consider the shop fabric my stash!!). But it would be nice if I could use some stash up.  Maybe I will piece a backing together or I could use a vintage sheet if I have one in a good color.  Decisions, decisions

If you are interested in the Twisted quilt pattern, I carry it in my shop. There are also some of Dorie’s other patterns available too.

Feels good to have the quilt top done, some twelve months after starting it.  How about you?  Lots of UFO’s languishing?  Do you have many quilt tops needing to be finished?  Hopefully I will get this top basted over the weekend.  It is supposed to be quite warm out so planning for an indoor project is a good idea.  Have a great weekend everyone!  I am linking up with the Friday favorites.  Check them out at the top of the page, under Link Ups.

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Collecting Florals

Have you seen the gorgeous floral collage quilts popping up lately?  I have seen a number of them at the last couple of quilt shows I have attended.  One was a dressmaker’s form made of flowers and at the last quilt show, there was a really pretty rooster wall hanging made of floral fabrics collaged together.

The patterns are the work of Laura Heine.  The more I see these, the more smitten I become.   She has designed all sorts of patterns that utilize this collage method.

Potpourri Collage Pattern; Giraffe on Newsprint Fabric Background

I love this one. The giraffe was created against a background of Carrie Bloomston’s Story Newsprint fabric.  This is one of my very favorite Bloomston fabrics. (If you want a better look at it, click here because I carry it in the shop.). It makes a fantastic background for this design.

Laura doesn’t just use animals (though she has many) but also cars, campers, birthday cakes, pin cushions and even Santa.

She uses the collage technique across all sorts of fun themes.

Last week, while I was shopping at Ben Franklin, I picked up three floral pieces, just 1/4 yard each. I’ve decided to start collecting florals and to attempt one of these patterns. I think smaller floral pieces are adequate and in fact, I could have even bought an 1/8 yard cut. These three are really pretty florals and the colors vary greatly.  I did that intentionally as I don’t have any plan yet so I am unsure if I will only use certain colors or the whole rainbow.

This particular Timeless Treasures fabric is so pretty. It looks like a water color to me.  Cutting it up for the floral bits will be perfect for this sort of project.

When I got home and went to put these away, I decided to do a quick scan and pull any florals I already had.  To no one’s surprise, I had plenty!  Isn’t it amazing what we have tucked away, here and there!

Florals, florals, and more florals.

Reds, purples, teals, blues, pinks and greens.  All kinds of flowers!

Before I go any further with this, I need to pick which pattern I want to attempt.  Then I need to do some research and see whether anyone has any tips on these patterns.  In fact, have any of you tried one of these?   If so, I would love to hear your thoughts on the pattern and the collage process.  I don’t think I should purchase anymore florals until I have a plan. Also, I have a few things in the works that I need to finish up before starting this.  It is fun to look forward though and add this project to the list (the long, never-ending list!)

Linking to Molly Sparkles Sunday Stash link up as well as Main Crush Monday!