The Colourful Quilt – Part 1

In August I’m off to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.  I’ve only been once before – in 2011 – and I had such a great time that I’ve been wanting to go back ever since. It didn’t work out the past couple of summers, but this time around it’s all planned. And I have to admit I’m very excited!

Even better, I’m going with a friend, the lovely Ms C. We’re going for the full 4 days, have signed up for a 2 day workshop and various mini-sessions. We’ll be learning new techniques, admiring all the beautiful quilts on display and shopping till we drop with all the money we’ve saved by staying with Mum rather than booking a hotel. Result!

The thing I’m most excited about,though, has to be our 2 day workshop, where we’ll be learning to make Jacqueline de Jonge’s Colourful Quilt.

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It was Ms C’s idea to sign up for this class – we’ve both had been feeling like we wanted to try something a bit more complicated and involved than your standard squares-and-triangles block, and, as she pointed out, this certainly looks like it fits the bill! It was advertised for intermediate to advanced quilters, so we decided to take the plunge. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say…

I’d already decided prior to receiving the supply list that I didn’t want to make an exact replica of Jacqueline’s quilt. I’ve recently made a quilt in similar colours (my Broken Herringbone quilt), and, in any case, I’m not really a massive batik fan. I toyed around with a couple of options, pulled out lots of fabric from my stash, and in the end I decided to go with my current obsession of solids, using my current favourite colours of blues and greens. Of which, it has to be admitted, I had plenty. This is just as well, as there are 24 separate colours in the quilt, not including background and border fabric.

And here’s what I chose…

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The 24 colours needed for the quilt top…

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 with the background, border and backing fabric

I’d originally bought most of these fabrics for a scrappy-effect Storm at Sea quilt I was planning, but I’ve kind of gone off that idea recently. So this was the ideal project to re-purpose them! Better still, I only had to buy the background fabrics, as I already had the coloured ones and the backing fabric in my stash. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but in my eyes, this almost keeps the integrity of my Fabric Fast intact 🙂

I spent a lovely morning today trying to decide on the order the fabrics will appear in my quilt top – as you can (hopefully!) see above, I’m aiming for a kind of ombré effect. There are one or two colours I’m still not entirely convinced by, and a couple of the transitions between colours are a bit abrupt for my liking, but I’m going to see if they grow on me before I go out buying replacements. Get me – frugal or what?!

And so for now all the fabrics are tidily packed away in a plastic container in my sewing room, waiting for me to decide for certain whether these are Definitely The Right Fabrics For This Quilt.

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So – what do you think? Any glaring issues with my colour choices? Do you think it’ll look unutterably cool or just a bit meh? Honest opinions needed before I start cutting!!!

Linking up for the first time in ages with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

 

 

 

7 responses

  1. Totally gorgeous colours, as witnessed in person this morning. For which I greatly thank you, my dear! My only thought is whether the backing fabric is different enough from the actual colours? Will all that demented, complicated but amazing piecing stand out enough? Maybe you could do a tiny test block with some flying geese or something to see? xx JJ

  2. Oooh, that’s going to be a very fun week, although I can’t forgive my parents for moving so I can’t stay with them and go to the Fetival!

    For the colours, the only one that’s slightly jarring with me is the dark green 2nd from bottom, and JJ might be onto something with the background

  3. The fabrics are gorgeous, and that patterns is a stunner! Can’t wait to see it come together.

  4. Love your fabric choices!

  5. Omg you weren’t kidding with your green stash. Given the feedback from others I think between us & them we can get your colours perfect to suit everyone. X. BTW the instructions certainly look challenging……bring it on!

    1. Oh, and even better, they weren’t FQs like I’d thought, but half yard cuts :-)I was going to pop to the quilt shop but they’re currently on their 2 month summer holiday, so I think I will be stash-diving again this next week to see what else I have… LPC xxx

  6. […] This time next week Ms C and I will be on our way to Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts. Woohoo!!! It seems to have come round really quickly, and I’m so looking forward to it! But with only a week to go, I really need to get my backside in gear and start on the pre-work for my Colourful Quilt class. […]

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