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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Old WIP Edition

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I need your quilting advice today! Read on:

Since we're moving, I've been going through my sewing closet. I've come to terms with throwing out/selling/giving away many things (and it feels so good!). I also went through my (clothes) closet for the 3rd time this year and donated a whole bunch of it. Within the cleanse, I came across several things I do NOT want to give up - namely, unfinished quilts!

 Illuminated by the morning light

This Traveling Quilt has sat around for far too long (read: more than a year), and it's high time I basted and quilted it. I'm the last one to finish! I was all set to baste it yesterday but, lo and behold, I already moved the signature blocks from the lovely ladies who made it (Laura, Renee, and Ashley). They are sitting in my new sewing room in one of my bins. I'll have to wait until I get over there, or just until the weekend when we actually move. I need them for the backing before I can baste.


Anyway, I decided on a thread color (Aurifil 5004 - "Grey Smoke" or dark gray) and a backing (Britten Nummer from IKEA with a rainbow of AMH scraps + signature blocks through the middle) but I haven't decided on a quilt design. I'm leaning towards an all-over motif because it's such a crazy quilt... maybe something consistent would pull it all together? The motion of the quilt, to me, is vertical, so maybe something that coincides with that?



Should I go with a) woodgrain, b) large swirls like wind, c) improvisation/quilt all kinds of motifs), or d) something else altogether? Leave your comments - I would appreciate it!

P.S. If you want to see the other Sisterhood quilts from last year, check them out. I'm so pround to be a part of this loveliness: Renee (just won 2nd place in machine quilted at the New Mexico State Fair - Renee is an amazing home machine quilter!) - Ashley - Laura.

16 comments:

  1. Love love love this!! I like the image of windy swirls but no matter what you do, it's awesome!

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  2. Love those Flying Geese!! I have them on my brain... I NEED to make one soon!! I can't wait to see the finished quilt!!

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  3. I like the idea of the woodgrain quilting... it would be soft and flowy and tie it all together.... either that or something really jagged and dense.... but I think the woodgrain would give it consistency.....

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  4. I think that some sort of swirl will pull all of the designs together.

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  5. How beautifully bright this quilt is! I think an all over quilting design would bring it all together, unless you want to go crazy wild and do each block...either way you will pick the right one!

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  6. Fabulous quilt! Love all the colours and block designs. All your quilting ideas are wonderful. I think you should wait until you baste it and the most fitting design will come to you.

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  7. haha, as soon as I read "vertical" I thought woodgrain, then I read on and saw that was your first option. So that's my vote. Looking forward to seeing this one finished. How are you going to bind it?

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  8. I definitely vote for option B or C! I think both would look fantastic on this kitchen sink quilt!

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  9. I would vote for C, but since I get bored really easily, I almost always vote for C. :D (And good luck with the move! -- I'm very behind right now....)

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  10. I like the idea of wood grain with some Option C for the bigger areas of negative space... Good luck with your move and deciding what to do on this quilting!

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  11. Coming from a more traditional quilting background I would be inclined to ditch stitch the blocks (I know it is a real PITA but it really helps stabilise the different areas) and then have fun with different quilting designs in each area, there is a lot of nice negative space available.

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  12. Great Quilt! I can't help but see individual modern designs on the different blocks and negative spaces. I am sure whatever you choice will be beautiful!

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  13. I think I would go with swirling wind or improvisational quilting for different blocks. It's modern so do some neat geometric designs, too!

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  14. I must be lazy because I would go with an all-over loopy meander. Great quilt!

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  15. Awesome quilt. How about just organic horizontal lines?

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  16. The palette here would never have occurred to me. Love all those jewel tones with the deep, rich background! : )

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