Sunday, 25 March 2018

handkerchief corner in pastel



It was a wet Saturday yesterday here in Auckland NZ, perfect for sewing. You may remember my 1/4 log cabin WiP from last year, otherwise known as the 'handkerchief corner' quilt, see back here in October 2017. There were only a handful of blocks made up so I got busy slicing strips & sewing.

Low volumes, backgrounds, neutrals, pastels . . . there's lots of names for those lighter fabrics we use and recently I've been quite focused on sewing with a good dose of them, using fabrics from my stash.

This quilt was an attempt at a toned down version of a vintage inspired 'handkerchief corner' quilt from one of Kaffe's early books 'A Colourful Journey'. Kaffe's pattern is made up of one square patch and one trapezium patch shape, however I simply added my strips in regular log cabin style around two sides of each square.


I'm sure there a lots of ways to set these blocks, here's a few options I played with . . .




And this one, the combination of on point handkerchief corner blocks and a few bold stripes seems to transform it into a very interesting modern design . . .


In the end, I decided to stick with my original idea of joining the 10 1/2" blocks side by side and set them 5 x 6. The finished quilt measures approx. 55" (140cms) x 68" (173cms). I didn't strictly alternate the light/dark blocks either, so you can see a bit of merging happening occasionally.

I do wish I had more of the Kaffe pretty pastel floral I used for the borders though, as I would have preferred the borders to be a bit wider than they are, but I guess it's the risk you take when sewing from the stash. 




Hoping you have all had a lovely weekend too.
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here - where there's lots more scrappy inspiration

19 comments:

  1. Very pretty, luckly you had a wet day. We had glorious weather out Maraetai/ Clevedon till about 3pm

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  2. I just love your quilt and I have so many of the fabrics you used. You know I love checks/plaids/stripes mixed with florals. I wished you lived down the street from me or at least the same continent because I have some of the pastel border you wish you had more of. It's one of my favorite prints.

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  3. Very pretty. Love the soft colors with the pops of bold and bright.

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  4. I think your quilt turned out really well, love all the colors in it

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  5. I'm glad you went with this layout - it is truly lovely with a bit of pizzazz in there (the brighter pieces and the plaids). Saving this one for my someday idea file!

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  6. Pretty, so much movement in this top

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  7. So soft and inviting! This pattern is on my to do list. I have a ton of strings and this block is a perfect way to use them. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap and inspiring us!

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  8. Such pretty fabrics and the border fabric fits in perfectly.

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  9. All variations are pleasing. You couldn't really go wrong!

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  10. That is lovely to see the blocks together. Well done getting your flimsy finished. it looks great.

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  11. Beautiful layout Linda. I love the blues with the pink flowers in the border.
    It's a rainy spring day here, perfect quilt top for today.

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  12. So lovely. Thanks for sharing different settings, always something to think about. I'm so glad you put yours together and hope you enjoy it.

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  13. It's beautiful Linda! As you say there a number of settings for this block, I like the one you went with. Are you going to quilt this yourself?

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  14. It's a beautiful quilts, Kaja! Congratulations on this finish! This pattern has been on my list for a long time. You've inspired me to possibly make it sooner than later.

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  15. It's always fun to see the different layouts. I like the version you went with in the end and love the clean feel your colour scheme gives. Your border fabric is fabulous too - I keep meaning to try using a big floral like this; I always love it when you do it.

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  16. Another lovely pastel quilt top. Such a fresh look to it, a timeless design. Congratulations on making it all from stash.

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  17. The magic of quilting where fabrics that shouldn't really come together just seem to turn into their own thing that is truly beautiful! Wonderful achievement.

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