Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Another Top is Finished

Here it is! The center block was made quickly and improvisationally, using scraps (including some tiny ones retrieved from the waste basket) with no objective in mind. Separately I was making these rows of coins (or piano keys), for a strippy style quilt. But this is what evolved instead. And I like it. It's photographed on the snow, an idea I got recently from Victoria at Bumblebeans. We're trying to add a little color to the outdoors.

The photo below shows the back side. You can see that the little triangles were sewn on top of the ecru rectangles, a quick method that gives slightly wonky results. The coins are cut at 1" x 3" (finished at 1/2" x 2 1/2.") The top measures 38"wide x 40" long.

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I'm thinking of calling this quilt "Sharp Focus" but I'm not sure. The binding will be made from ecru to keep the light, airy feeling. I'm already on to the next one, adding some prints to the mix this time. Yeah, I'm accumulating some ufo's but that's okay. No angst about that for me:)

45 comments:

Kris said...

Wow, Karen - what a super cool looking quilt!! And I love that you photgraphed it on the snow!! :-) Kris

Barbara said...

I love this!

Leeanne said...

This is one cheerful quilt, how fun that you made it up as you went along!
I look forward to seeing how you quilt it.

Tezzcan said...

Stunning.

Deedee said...

With so much snow everywhere, it is so wonderful to see these bright colors. Beatiful!

Quinta da Quilter said...

Ok so great quilt love it and will have to play soon too with just solids BUT how did you make the triangles - my brain just is not sorting it out.

esblack said...

This came out GREAT!!! Love the color scheme and the design-- and what a great way to photograph it in the snow!! The snow this winter in CT has remained beautiful white-- not yellow or dirty-- b/c we keep getting fresh stuff.

Stephanie said...

Love the snow quilt photos! Spectacular solids. Will there be a solid play book by you in the future?

FabricFascination said...

Wonderful quilt, and photographing it on the snow is definitely thinking outside of the box.

"Lois Grebowski" said...

you are rocking the solids... love it!

Thelma said...

Those little triangles are amazing and add so much to this project, great job! I love it!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Your colors just glow! Very good choices and it looks great in the snow.

Michele said...

Such a striking and colorful quilt! Those snow days are paying off!

Jackie said...

It is beautiful, Karen!! You are so quick!

The Cozy Quilter said...

There certainly is a blizzard of activity in your sewing room these days. I love your quilt!

Linda said...

Goodness sakes, Karen! That's just a darling quilt! I've never cared for the look of solids, but yours is quite pretty. I have to giggle about you being able to photograph yours in on the snow. I wouldn't be able to take such a photo 'cause the quilt would blow away, and even then, you wouldn't be able to see the quilt for the blowing snow! Ahhh, winter in the Midwest.

Joanne Lendaro said...

LOVE IT!! Wow!! Very cool quilt!

patty a. said...

This turned out wonderful! The repetition of the triangles is perfect!

Millie said...

This is awesome, Karen!

jen duncan said...

So sharp and eyecatching. I love it Karen!

beth said...

another beautiful quilt!!!

Karen said...

This is a fabulous layout for this quilt - have never seen one quite like this. That's what makes blogging so much fun :) - seeing all the creativity.

Elsa said...

Karen, it's really beautiful! I'm not much of a fan of plain fabrics but in a college class for art quilts and that's all we use. I really love the way you put all these colors together and I will (from now on) keep an open mind about plain fabrics.

Nifty Quilts said...

Another fabulous quilt! Love the repeat of the triangles. The name sounds perfect. Looks like the snow has been good for quilting!

Helen said...

Impressed by your method of making the sawtooth borders using rectangles. Clever Girl ! Wonderful quilt!

Girltwin64 said...

Wowzer this is simply beautiful Karen! Great job and I love the snow back drop. This is totally inspiring to me!

Poppyprint said...

Wow, you are a seriously excellent piecing roll! This is another beautiful quilt of solids. LOVE IT!

Jan said...

Oh, I love it even more with the added borders! Looks great!

Mary said...

Love this quilt....so many scraps! It looks fantastic!

Kim said...

Very nice.....
and no shortage of snow to photograph :0).
I really like the crispness of solids...something very special about the look.

Happy sewing

Barb said...

what a great quilt.
I really like the way the chaos (good chaos) in the center is then controlled. It's very interesting to look at - wonderful Karen!

stufenzumgericht said...

Absolutely fantastic!!!
Hugs from Martina

Carla said...

I love everything about this quilt......the freeform design, the colors, the ecru background, even the snow! Great job!!

JoAnne said...
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JoAnne said...

Karen, it's positively incredible! I love it, love it! Wow! Wow!

Did you put the triangles using the "snowball" method?

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Karen! Gosh golly! this is what happens when you get a new studio! woohoo! Gorgeous! Maybe it's all that snow keeping you indoors! love the burst of sewing you've been doing! gorgeous! wait, did I say that already?

Katie said...

Wow. That's gorgeous! :-)

suesueb said...

Gorgeous! So, so happy and fun!!

Lori said...

That is lovely and so bright and cheerful! A perfect quilt to make in the middle of winter.

Pam said...

Karen, this quilt is so cool!! Looks like Vintage Griska to me!! Please send it my way when you get tired of it!!!!

Stay warm,
Pam
www.RealWomenQuilt.com

thelastpiece said...

Karen that is fabulous, well done I love it

Katy said...

Beautiful! So detailed!

Amy said...

Karen, this quilt is amazing-I just love it!

Linda said...

This quilt reminds me of crayons. You know when you are a kid, coloring with your sisters, keeping all the colors nice and neat. Then as you finish up your project and look down you realize that you were enjoying the coloring so much that all the color crayons are all a mess and mixed together. Or pick-up sticks! It a very fresh and beautiful quilt!

Tonya Ricucci said...

wonderful quilt. love the colors and the energy