Quilt body complete . . .

Today, I finished the body of Philip’s quilt:

Complete quilt body . . .
Complete quilt body . . .
Quilt body detail . . .
Quilt body detail . . .

I must say this was an interesting experience.

I had only two colorways to deal with: light with dark, or dark with light.  I cut ALL the fabrics, grouped them together by block, and stacked everything by my sewing machine.

I sewed the squares taking the first piece on top of the stack, and worked my way down. While the colorway stayed the same, the combination of colors was all random.

Same with sewing the squares together into blocks.  There was only one way to sew four squares together, and I took the first two squares off the stack of each colorway.

When I laid the blocks on my worktable, it was a disaster!! (Sorry, no photos.) It wasn’t quite what I had in mind.

So, concentrating on the dark pinwheels (since they were more noticeable), I swapped and rotated blocks so at least the core of each dark pinwheel was cohesive. I grouped same and like fabrics together.

I like the results much better . . .

What I particularly like is how the pinwheels seem to fade in and out: the core of the pinwheels generally match, but the arms don’t.  There’s even a mistake in one of the dark pinwheels, and I left it where it was.

My next step is sewing two more rows all around the piece. I’ll complete the arms of the existing pinwheels and use deep purple fabrics to frame the piece, mimicking the pinwheel arms. I have a medium purple that I’ll use to complete the light purple pinwheels, making the outer edges darker in general.

What do you think of this?

8 thoughts on “Quilt body complete . . .

      1. You’re right, my wife has been making Christmas quilt tops with her left over Christmas fabrics and scraps, and she has been using the new “ordered”. Just light and dark, what ever comes, just like you did. It’s actually very refreshing!

        1. Isn’t it though?? I think the random placement invites the eye to move around, looking for “something” (Fabric matches?? A place to rest??)

          I really AM gonna do more of this!!

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