The Colourful Quilt – Part 2

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.

After my last post, and the comments about my fabric selection, I made a few changes and I’m pretty much there now – well, I think this is about as good as I’m going to get it, in any case. I took out the darkest green and the darkest blue fabric and replaced them with lighter options, not only to balance out the distribution of colour value so that the darks wouldn’t dominate, but also so that there would be enough contrast between the 24 colours I had chosen and the background fabrics.

And here is the new round-up…

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24 colours…

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… with the background fabrics at the bottom of the pile

On the whole, I like it better; I think it’s more balanced, and much better reflects my initial thoughts of creating undulating curves in beautiful greeny-blue sea tones. Mmmmmmm!

Sadly (!) I had to break my fabric fast to get the fabric line-up how I wanted. I ordered a couple of half yards of solid fabric to replace the darks I wanted to remove, but while I was at it, I took the opportunity to fill up the Flat Rate envelope with some other fabric lovelies to make the shipping cost worthwhile. Well, it would have been rude not to!

In my defence, they were all in the sale section, this was my first ‘splurge’ all year, and, what’s more, the whole lot came in under the 62CHF limit allowed by Swiss customs before they tax the heck out of anything you want to import!

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 3 half yards of Simply Style

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 Half yard bundle of Theodore and Izzy

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3 yards of Hello Tokyo

 Judicious fabric purchasing – that’s the name of the game 🙂

In the meantime, an 11 page document detailing our preliminary cutting instructions has arrived by email. Yes, that’s right – 11 pages! And that’s only the cutting we need to do before the class! It’s mind-bendingly complicated, and all colour-coded too, if you please!

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Crikey! It made my head hurt just thinking about it, so I took the sensible and adult approach to the problem. I printed off the instructions, and stuck them in the box with the fabric and shoved it away at the back of my sewing room. And there they will remain until the lovely Ms C, my partner in crime in all things quilty, gets back from sunny Spain later this week. At which point we can hopefully get together for a good old chinwag, before trying and work out what the heck it is we’re meant to be doing before we get on the plane next week.

Well, we did book the class because we wanted a challenge – bring it on!

5 responses

  1. Nous sommes plusieurs du club du Léman a nous rendre à Birmingham, j’espère que l’on aura le temps de boire un thé ensemble?

  2. Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting | Reply

    Holy Cow, Catwoman! That is some serious paper piecing! Way beyond what I hope to accomplish with F’s uni quilt. Love, love, love your colour selections. I’ll be looking forward to seeing it!! 🙂 xx

  3. I’m back and did take a peek at the instructions….OMG they look ‘tres’ complicated, I needed a lie down afterwards! As you have said we wanted a challenge & oh boy I think we have a big one.

  4. Bonne chance pour votre challenge. Et on dirait que le défi est déjà commencé. C’est comme ça qu’on grandit. Ce ne sont pas des couleurs qui m’attirent mais j’ai bien hâte de voir comment tout ça prendre forme. Avec tous les dégradés, l’effet va sûrement être très réussi.

  5. 11 pages?! Holy crap! My students better never complain again when I send them a page’s worth of instructions lol

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