Saturday, 14 May 2016

seeing stars





There's been a bit of a love/hate thing-y happening with my hexi/star quilt this month, and by the time my daughter came over the other day I'd actually moved onto something else. But she wasn't having a bar of it! The conversation went something like this....
  • D: where's all your stars mum?
  • Me: in the wardrobe
  • D: what?
  • Me: in the wardrobe. I wasn't enjoying them anymore
  • D: but the fabrics are lovely... let's get them back out... now
  • Me: oh darling, I'm v.busy just now, about to start cleaning windows!
Next thing I knew, those stars were back up on the design wall! AGAIN! She had decided, and rightly too, that I needed "a few guidelines, a bit of order, what's the word mum?" "rules" I replied.




And together we stuck with it that day until I had plan B, hm-m-m- or was that plan C?!?  Well anyway, briefly here's what we did- the stripes & pastel small scale prints were discarded, and we focused on having one main 'bright' fabric (mostly) for the centres. I used the white 'minimal angles' print as my unifying {read  =calming} element, and she began adding some scrappy tone-on-tone bright bits for the joining triangles - an idea I copied suggested we try from Alison from littleislandquilting!




Then, a busy few days followed for me in the sewing room as I unpicked, re-sewed, pressed
and re-shuffled, and sewed, I'm sure you get the idea!




After all this playing and trialling different versions over the month
 I started to run out of some fabrics.
So, in true quilty form, there's a bit of joining up in places and substituting,
and here we are now with a finished quilt top...











- thinking of binding with a b&w stripe and maybe I could call this quilt "liquorice allsorts"





Loved working with my daughter on this and,
I definitely had fun breaking outta-the-box with all this colour too.
hm-m-m- so now my design wall is bare...
but I guess I can't avoid cleaning those windows any longer!

Linking up this week with:
Cynthia here for 'oh scrap' and Emma over here for 'moving it forward'
- head on over for lots more quilty inspiration!


24 comments:

  1. Beautiful Linda - glad you continued on and now it looks even more like liquorice allsorts!

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  2. You have turned into a quilt making machine of late!

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  3. love it very colorful and eye catching

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  4. This is fantastic, so glad you allowed it back out to be worked on.

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    1. Thank you Robby. And I’m so glad too that I had help with this, I found it quite tricky with those highly saturated colours.
      It sort of dances around now!

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  5. You have a very wise daughter! And a gorgeous quilt top. Better use of your time too...windows just get dirty again after you clean them.

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  6. A fabulous result Linda. You and your daughter maake a good team.... it's useful to have another set of eyes and another brain to work with isn't it? Liquorice Allsorts is a great name too!

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  7. Sometimes another viewpoint is all that is needed. Looks fabulous now Don't envy you having to clean windows, you could come and practice on mine first.

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    1. Thanks Julie. Yes, my daughter sees colour very differently to me, lots of fun (and educational!) having her in the sewing room! Linda
      p.s. maybe I could convince mr D to do the windows today while I sew?!?

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  8. Just love it! You've really made the perfect choice. Bravo!

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  9. I've really liked all of the versions of this one Linda - I love watching you try different things. I think that striped binding will look great!

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  10. I love all the bright happy color! Well done, you and your daughter both!
    I've found I'm working with much brighter colors than I used to, after making a quilt for my youngest daughter. She's all about the oranges and limes that I would never have looked at twice. Now I'm trying to get her sister to brighten up too! 8)

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    1. Thanks Gayle! Sometimes... what I have in my head and what I end up with is just not the same!
      Never mind, I’m so happy my daughter wanted to get involved with this one! She wants it for her little one, so I’m even more motivated now to get it finished!

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  11. I am glad your daughter got those stars out of the closet and gave you the motivation to sew up the top. It really is beautiful. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  12. Yay! Well done to both of you. It looks great. So handy to have someone to push you along!

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  13. Your stars are simply SCRUMPTIOUS! I LOVE them! Sometimes all an old UFO project needs is a set of fresh eyes. And now that quilt is going to mean so much more to you, because every time you look at it you will remember that design session with your daughter. :-)

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  14. Your colors are marvelous. I'm so much happier after visiting your blog and seeing your quilt top.

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  15. I love all the bright colors! The black and white stripe is the perfect binding. Can't wait to see this one finished.

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  16. Oh those bright colors...LOVE! And the binding is going to take this happy quilt over the top!

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  17. I believe your daughter is a wonderful influence!! you should porbably listen to her more often ( ha ha) Beautiful project!

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  18. It's truly lovely! So much bright, happy cheerfulness. And the black and white stripe is perfect for the binding.

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  19. I like the changes you and your daughter made to this quilt. How fun to work together.

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  20. The changes make your quilt gorgeous! How lovely that your daughter worked with you on this.

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