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Today we are going to talk about Kari's quilt.
I was the last person to work on this quilt, and this one really was a challenge for me. When I got the quilt, it looked like this:
Talk about intimidation! Everything about the quilt scared me because it had all the things I rarely work with, rolled into one! Batiks, 60 and 30 degree angles and curved seams. Plus, that quilt looked really complete as is. The dark green border finishes it off so nicely, adding another border would just be like it was put there just because I needed to add it.
So.....What to do? I put the quilt on my design wall, where it sat for the whole month as I tried to get it to talk to me. All of a sudden, it came to me. Actually....it came to me as I was in a middle of a conversation with my assistant Yvonne about my quilt market booth....she was a little confused as you can imagine.
"This is No Rules Round Robin! I don't have to put a border on. How about turning the quilt on point and adding setting triangles! YES, YES, YES!"
The quilt looked really nice on point. I put a picture into the computer and started playing with designs. My first thought was that I needed to repeat some of that white in the center and continue with the tan/yellowish/browns. I also wanted to continue with the different 30 and 60 degree angles. So this was my first design.
There was not enough yellow or tan in the box of fabrics so I went shopping and got 2 yards of a gold to use as the base.
As I was so far out of my comfort zone, why not really go there and do paper piecing.....which I never do! So I found some foundation papers in the back of my closet and decided to try this water soluble paper for some of the blocks, use it up! It’s been in my stash for probably 12 years! Printed the blocks, sewed and everything came nicely together and was looking good.
According to instructions, I was supposed to soak the paper in cold water and so I did, laid all four corners on towels to dry. Next time I looked at it, I was mortified!! The ink had bled into the fabric and all the white was stained on the seams! I tried washing all the pieces with the fabric dye catchers but it didn’t come out!
Total and utter defeat! I took the quilt off my design wall and put it to rest for about 6 weeks.
When it was crunch time to get that quilt finished, I had intended on redoing it with just the same design. So I went and bought another 2 yards of a different tan/yellow batik. But when I brought it home and was gonna get going, I had another idea.I also felt like so much of that color would not work for the quilt. I dug into the box and pulled out my favorite one in there, this blue houndstooth batik. I decided this will be my base.
I liked the idea of the white geese kind of framing the quilt from the first design so I decided to keep that but make it simpler. No paper piecing this time. For the rest of the design, I pulled out my 15 degree ruler and made the fans out of all the beige, browns and yellows in the box.
I was instantly happy with it and very glad I started over!
And I think Kari was really happy with it too:)
Make sure to check out the other designers blogs to read about their contribution to this quilt:
Kari's blog here.
Terri's blog here.
Terry's blog here.
You can also see the video of Kari talking about her quilt here. I talk about my contribution in the end of the video and even show the throw away corners!
I gave them to Kari and she used them on the back of the quilt!
Come back next week for the next installment where we talk about Terri's quilt.
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