Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Muddling and Mulling Modern on WIP Wednesday

So, yesterday I dropped off my Keypunch by Kaffe quilt top with Terry my long arm quilter (The Walking Needle). We had an interesting conversation covering lots of quilting topics. I shared how I'm liking the "modern" quilt look more and more, but I'm uncertain how to deal with the large negative space in a lot of these designs. Terry assured me that she could come up with some quilting ideas to fill the negative spaces, and with that thought in my head. it was off to the races.

I've been thinking about a "modern" spring-y quilt for my living room. I kept coming back to this quilt - Amsterdam -

it is a free download from Cloud 9 Fabrics that you can get here.

I want a wall quilt for my living room to be around 50" X 60" and while the pattern makes a big block - 8" X 16" - I knew I'd need to make it even bigger. So I played with the math and came up with a 10" X 20" finished block... and I made 3... in non-traditional colors... and fabrics.

A teal one... not sure about that spot of didn't bother me till I saw the picture...hmmm...

a purple one...

and a blue one...

All of the fabrics in the tulip blocks are Kaffe Fassett from my stash. The background is this piece...

Amethyst by Clothworks. You can see it here at Fabric Shack's website.

I've only got these blocks partially assembled but I want to see how the design I had in my head looked in real life...

and I'm not sure if it works or not. It definitely needs a bit of that background fabric to the left of those blocks. In my vision it will have some interesting linear quilting all over it. Perhaps a wavy line that runs in a vertical orientation that undulates and crisscrosses in a lovely variegated thread. But whatever it needs it needs A LOT of it... which is where Terry comes in.  I'm gong to bounce this ball into her court.

I'm linking up again this week with WIP Wednesday at the  Freshly Pieced blog. Now I'm off to mull this over a bit more.

happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. What a great pattern choice! I like the fabrics you are using- very appropriate for spring.

  2. That would be a wonderful Spring quilt!

  3. what a cute idea - i love the background fabric


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