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Friday, 22 March 2019

"Bee Kind" Trip Around the World quilt

I've worked on this every day recently, the weather is not conducive to getting out in the garden, and in the main it has been a pleasure.  Some quilts 'fight back' - I'm thinking of the Autumn/Halloween TATW which got unpicked and  moved around so many times.  Apart from the fabric quality, (but that's for another post) this one has been really straightforward and generally enjoyable.



Three fabrics with too much contrast were taken out, I thought they might have a role later in a border but I've since realised that the green and purple actually don't belong here - they are from the Bumbleberries range..



Things always look different after a half-decent night's sleep so on Monday morning one of the honeycomb fabrics was removed, easier to do it now (with only 16 strips and 32 seams to unpick ) than later with 32 [64 seams], 48 [96 seams] or 64 [128 seams - aargh]!

Tuesday was very repetitive, strip after strip after strip, constantly checking to make sure I had not muddled up the order, followed by lots of cutting and opening out of the sections.





A bit of messing around with PhotoShop to confirm that I did have the different colours/patterns in an order I liked:





After a quick haircut and sprint around Sainsbug's on Wednesday I moved one of the big boards closer to the sewing machine (pinning everything first!) and just got my head down to the repetitive slog of matching seams, sew, press, again and again and again.



Moving the boards is a bit hairy - even with the strips pinned in place!



Despite intending to get outside both yesterday and today it's still wet, cold and uninviting, and frankly it is not taking much to keep me hiding indoors at present.  And concentrating on a quilt top like this stops me thinking about Other Things, yes Daisy, I mean you πŸΎπŸ’•.   I am also trying to ignore the fact that the mountain of bark chip on the drive has not been touched for a month . . .

However the upside of the lack of gardening is a new quilt top  πŸ™‚.  It needs a border, the top is currently only 62" square and that's a little on the slim side.  However, I have more of this fabric which is intended for a "similar but different" quilt, so until both are pieced and I see what is left over, borders will have to wait.













27 comments:

  1. It's lovely, I'm always fascinated how people put colours together in a quilt like this. The weather's been rather nice here this week, we've managed to get out and about whilst Mick's been off work, but it's turned cold again today.

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    1. Thanks Jo, glad you and Mick have been able to get out this week.

      When I am asked about putting colour together I generally turn it round (nicely I hope!!) and ask the person how they selected their clothes that morning? If you point out that someone is wearing a pretty top that goes really well with jeans, and have added a scarf in ‘just the right accent colour’ then all of a sudden they can usually see how a colour scheme could be worked out for a quilt.

      The other way which works well is to take a piece of multi-coloured fabric that you really like (floral is always a good bet) and then select fabrics which match all the individual colours. You already know those colours go together because they are in the multi-coloured piece πŸ™‚

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  2. What a beautiful combination of patterns and colours. Really lovely!

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  3. That is really lovely Jayne, I do like those pastel colours. We had one really nice,sunny and warm day this week and had originally planned to have a day out but typically it did not go to plan. Currently cold and raining here but at least it's staying lighter for longer.

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    1. Sorry your day out went wrong Eileen, I hope you are both OK?

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  4. Love the new top. I think you could easily add some borders and make it large enough.

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    1. My plan for the companion quilt has been scrapped, realised it didn’t work once I started to lay out the fabrics, so I will let this top sit for a while before I rush into adding borders. I’m sure you understand how that goes :-).

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  5. That looks gorgeous Jayne, the colours and patterns are lovely and go really well together :) Weather here this week hasn't been too bad since Sunday, dry all week with a couple of sunny days but back to fine drizzly rain again as from 6pm today :(

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    1. Thanks Eunice, but I cannot take credit for this colour scheme. The strips all came from a bundle where each fabric (mostly) was from the same range, half a dozen different patterns in alternate colourings, plus a few “blenders’ added in from the company’s basic ‘staples’. If anything, it’s a little too well-matched :-)

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  6. That's beautiful! I haven't made a quilt for a while, as I am back to knitting since inheriting my mother-in-law's yarn stash. I'm knitting for the charity which raises money for the local neo-natal unit, so her stash will raise money for a good cause. None of her grandchildren or great grand children had need of the unit, and for that we are all very thankful, but it has looked after others I have known.
    We managed a few hours at the allotment today. It was cold and grey but we made progress.

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    1. I cannot knit a stitch so am in awe of anyone who can.

      Congrats for getting to your allotment, hopefully I might make it into the garden this weekend.

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  7. Your quilt is wonderful. I have a couple of jelly rolls to make a rainbow quilt but it will have to wait until I finish the decluttering and decorating.

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    1. You had me at 'rainbow quilt' ! Look forward to seeing what you make.

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  8. Lovely Jayne & you've certainly made the most of dreary weather, with a pretty quilt. Look forward to seeing what becomes of the matching fabric. I like how you've explained colour to Jo. I sometimes tell people that we all see colour differently & they'd choose their preferences in their own way, but I was willing to help & made sure it was their own choice. Have a good weekend, take care & huggles.

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    1. Thanks Susan, glad you like the quilt, it's kept me busy . . .

      Colour is difficult, and very subjective. The other thing I get people to do with multi-coloured fabric is look at the print reference dots in the selvedge which show each individual colour in the fabric, that can be quite fun as you see the "light bulb" go on when they realise what that row of dots is about :-)

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  9. Lovely colours put together well. Where do you get most of your fabric from Jayne? I know about Just Sew in Penrith. Are there any other fabric shops in your area? There used to be 2 lovely shops in Cockermouth many years ago, about 20 years. A patchwork shop and an embroidery shop. Both long gone now. My local one is White Cottage Country Crafts. I also but at the Malvern Quilt Show and the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.
    Best Wishes
    Bev

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    1. Hi Bev, I buy so little fabric these days . . . this is my first big "splurge" in over ten years.

      This lot came from Empress Mills. These days I will use (nearly) any online retailer who has what I want. There are a couple I refuse to give money to for personal reasons but that's the beauty of a free market economy :-)

      There is an excellent shop in Cockermouth - Silver Beaded Needle. Sheila sells embroidery and patchwork supplies, she's on Facebook. I don't get much from her but she is really helpful and will get order in for you if she can.
      The quilt shop at Orton (near Carlisle) sadly closed a few years ago. Off the top of my head I can't think of any others. Compared to when we lived in Hampshire, this part of the world seems to be something of a textile wasteland. 😩

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    2. Just to add to this, and maybe I'm teaching my granny to suck eggs as it were, but have you been to the Hobbycraft store in Carlisle? I went in my local one the other week when I was looking for a frame for my jigsaw puzzle and thought about you when I noticed they had lots of packs of fat quarters on a special offer. Now under normal circumstances the term 'fat quarters' would mean nothing to me so at least your blog has educated me a little :) :)

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    3. Nice idea, Eunice, but sadly these days Hobbycraft "FQs" are not generally very good quality.
      Years ago (at least more than 15!) the Hobbycraft near where we used to live suddenly sold off all their 100% cotton fabric because they were changing supplier. Prices were about a third of usual cost and I remember coming out of there with many, many yards! That's how I have so much material, nasty habit of buying large quantities when it is on sale :-)

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  10. Dear Jayne
    That quilt is a stunning piece of work! I haven't done much more to my first attempt quilt, so I do need to get on with it. The idea of a rainbow scrap quilt has been in my head for a while so that could be a future project...
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Just like Eileen's plans, all you have to say is "rainbow" and I'm in :-)
      Don't fret about not doing much, I find you have to wait until you're in the mood and then things go together really quickly.

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  11. All handicrafts look incredibly difficult to those of us endowed with 10 thumbs- I have nothing but admiration & respect for anyone who can design & produce work as amazing as this. xx

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    1. Thank you m’dear; you should know by now that flattery will get you absolutely nowhere :-). 🀑

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  12. This quilt is a real gem, Jane! The choice of colours is a perfect harmony of soft hues, it must have been very pleasant to work with them. I hope finer weather will soon allow you to garden again, but still leaving you time to finish the border. Wishing you a nice Sunday! Sandrine

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