Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"Wild Thing" Quilt Top

Quilt Top
As promised, here is my latest quilt top. I used the fabrics I purchased from the discount remnant bin at Hancock's of Paducah when we were in Paducah, Kentucky this winter. This top still needs it's multicolored print border, but I have to purchase new yardage for that. Since I cut way too many half square triangle units, I'm planning 2 versions of this one. This is the top for my mom who is redecorating her bedroom. She was going to order a quilt from a catalog and I told her I'd do a quilt for her if she purchased the lengthy yardages needed for borders, backing, and batting. My mom loves brightly colored batiks and had already approved of the saturated, large scale fabrics collection I'd gathered.

The pattern is called "Wild Thing" from the March/April 2007 issue of Quiltmaker.
This block summarizes the color palette. It's rich blues, warm pinks, and chartreuse which has a way of making other colors brighter and better:
Quilt Detail

Here are more blocks so you can see the ecclectic fabrics up close:
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I rejected some brown and olive toned fabrics, but they look pretty good together and will make a nice project for the fall. Some of these fabrics made the quilt above, but they fit with the browns too:

Fabrics with browns

I feel ready to tackle some traditional blocks now and tone things down again from bright, and carefree. Did you see Lily's tutorial on Flying Geese? Today she did a tute on the Dresden Plate.

Now I have 3 recently finished tops that need backs, batting and quilting.

Next week we are going on a weeklong getaway to Lake Superior. It promises to be chilly but gorgeous and we are very excited. I'd planned to bring some crochet projects, but I changed my mind and decided to take a break from crafting and computers so I can read, play games and skip rocks with my family. My neck needs a break too: too much hunkering over stitching for me lately.

The internet is undependable on our little isolated island cabin, so Susie Can Stitch is going on hiatus until after we get back in mid-June. Happy Summer!

5 comments:

Lily Boot said...

Have a truly LOVELY break Susie - it sounds wonderful - a little cabin by the lake! I greatly admire your resolve not to take craft projects and computer - my daughter is currently tapping her toes, waiting for me to finish up so we can make some doll clothes - long overdue :-# And GORGEOUS quilt - the colours and patterns are breathtaking and your piecing is beautiful Susie! I adore it! Happy Summer!

Kristi said...

Beautiful! I found your Etsy shop and saw that you live in Grayslake too! Come visit my blog sometime. I'll be back to see what you are up to!

nasty_wench, AKA sharon-lizette said...

Your quilt looks amazing. A-phreakin'- Mazing!!!!

Rebel said...

That quilt top just sings SUMMER!!! What a way to brighten up a room.

Ravenhill said...

What an absolutely gorgeous quilt top! I love bright and beautiful colors and bold patterns. You have made a stunning quilt!
~Emily in Norway