Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Green One

I confess this one didn't grow on me until I pulled it from the dryer.  The polyester batting that I cursed (loudly) while quilting, redeemed itself by turning the green log cabin blocks into a cozy, snugly, fluffy, take-a-nap-right-now kind of quilt.
My exercise in sewing scrappy one-color quilts from the stash had me really stretching with this green one.  I toyed with the idea of using my good old standby Kona snow for the center squares and sashing, but I was almost out of it.  My inner quilty voice told me to use up the calico. It wasn't my first choice (had I been staring at the fabrics lining the wall of the fabric store), but I went ahead with it anyway.  Instead of contrast, I got a softer, blended, run-together kind of look.
 Then, when it was time to pick a binding and backing, and the floor of my sewing room was strewn with fabrics, and nothing was making me happy and I was cursing (again), my daughter asked if I was going to be making a trip to the quilt shop.  I actually thought about it for a minute.  It would have been easy to run out and buy something new and pretty. Except for rule number one.
Use the stash.
So even if it means I might have to settle on fabric combinations that I normally wouldn't choose,  I'm pretty happy with the results so far.
 From the top: Mostly Yellow (April), Fifty Shades of Blue (May), The Green One (June)



15 comments:

  1. It's lovely. I'm inspired that you stayed within your boundary of using from the stash. Sometimes those kinds of constraints can result in the most unexpected beauty.

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    1. Thankfully I have a good sized stash to dive into. However, it does takes more thought than running out to the quilt shop every time I want to make a new quilt. We will see how long I can control myself :)

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  2. Wow what a lovely quilt! I admire your restraint and self discipline I need to practice that one more often! Often it really helps to stretch our creativity. All your quilts are beautiful!!!

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  3. All of your one colour scrap quilt are awesome! I like the way the green one turned out.
    KATRIN W.

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  4. Good for you for using your stash, in the true spirit of quilt making! I have just finished a similar top and have a vintage sheet all ready for completion! All the more as it is a 'charity' quilt! You are building up quite a pretty pile of rainbow quilts!

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  5. I love it. It looks so warm and cosy and the colour combinations are perfect.

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  6. Lynne , sewing quilts as I like! Friendship

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like them :)

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  7. They're all so beautiful. I love them all stacked up like that. So soft and snuggly. The finish on the green one is just right. :)

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  8. Another beautiful quilt. I am hoping your discipline will rub off on me and I'll use up some of my stash. That's what quilting really used to be all about, wasn't it? So much easier to just go to the store or on the web and buy a new stack of fabrics, but I think this is somehow more satisfying - making do, using up. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. And, BTW, I don't know how you do it - a quilt a month and a few other projects along the way, too. I am very impressed.

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  9. Thank you, thank you! I can't tell you how many times I have visited your site just to look at these 3 quilts for inspiration! The simplicity of the idea (one color) and the well-loved, traditional quilt blocks is just amazing. Too often I go overboard with color or attempt quilts with a million pieces. Your quilts are just snuggly and satisfying. Now...if only I could pull myself away from your pictures long enough to make my own quilty treasures!

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    1. Yes that's it exactly! One block, one main color. It's doesn't have to stress you out, just make it simple and satisfying (and scrappy, my favorite).

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  10. I love them all and the green one is so beautiful and calming.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. It does my heart good to read your post. I just love the fact that you stuck to your guns and used from stash even though it could have/might have looked more fabulous with the shiny new stuff. I think these kinds of quilts are so much more lovable in their own way and we feel very virtuous when they get finished up too. It looks WONDERFUL to me. This is such a fun project to follow along with!

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  12. I love the repetition of the centres and the sashing

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You guys are awesome! Thank you for the comments!