Monday, 16 July 2018

a values quilt

My oh my, I've been missing sewing lately. We've got into a nice routine now with the three little ones, and it's great to be involved & helping. And, I have done a little sewing since we upped our childcare days, like stitching bindings down, but it's not quite the same.
So I've decided I really need to make time to sew on my 'free' days, just slip away to my sewing room for a few hours to work play with something. anything.


This quilt is a great way to use up leftovers, scraps, etc from previous projects. It's totally inspired from a quilt in this book by WiseCraftQuilts. Another 'values' quilt has been on my 'quilts to make' list for quite a long time now, one where the HST's have more of a rhythmic layout rather than being randomly scattered, (see here for my previous efforts). I'm not wanting to go too large, hm-m-m- unless I get really carried away of course!



Lots of 4 1/2" squares and lots of HSTs in an assortment of light, medium and dark prints to create contrast. The darks and lights together will create a sharp “high contrast” however, with the mediums mixed in too, I'm hoping they will give my design a softer feel, easing that jump in contrast. I'm aiming for an overall gently muted look to this quilt, #lowvolumelove.


As I was making up the first block, I worked out a rough colour scheme to make things a bit easier - a peach, mint, pink and grey combo. This is how I tend to start a lot of things, a lot of the time (and I'm sure many others do too), with no real plan, just pop stuff up on the design wall that might work together, narrow things down a little, and from then on it's fingers crossed!


oops, I can see one little block in the wrong place, can you too?
. . . better fix that up before I start sewing them all together.
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here at quiltingismorefunthanhousework

Have a good week, Linda

18 comments:

  1. we all need our sewing time even if it is just a little while

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  2. That looks like something fun to play with! Even if you only make a block once in awhile, they will eventually add up.

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  3. Oh I like the look of this one. I can’t wait to see more. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  4. Very pretty blocks. Lovely colour choices, especially like the mint fabrics. Glad you're trying to find time for sewing.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I’m rethinking priorities now ... and if I can just get mr D. to do the groceries, the vacuuming, the washing ... then I can sew :) Seriously though, it is great being closely involved with our grandchildren. They will all grow up way too quickly.

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  5. Oh very nice indeed Linda, a true scrappy quilt with lots of different fabrics.

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  6. This is going to be another beautiful quilt, love those values and your colour scheme. Making time for sewing is lifesaving ;-)

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  7. What fun to work on. Soft and snuggly before it’s ever sewn. Enjoy the grandchildren, too.

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  8. These blocks are the perfect project to do when sewing time is precious. I love the fabrics. Even though I love making quilts, spending time with the grandchildren takes precedent. Enjoy!

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  9. I really like this low volume quilt. It feels so restful and calming. I don't think I have enough different neutrals to do something like this so I'll just have to admire your efforts.

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  10. I'm sure one incorrect block is allowed - I remember Wisecrafts saying she had one in her quilt. Glad the childcare working out, but yes, it's very important to take time out for yourself.

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  11. I haven't made one of these types of quilts in eons! Your colors/fabrics are lovely!

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  12. What a pretty quilt that's going to be, all from left overs too. Happy stitching.

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  13. Another beautiful quilt in the making!
    Your last one was lovely, the pattern from Maureen Cracknell's Utility Quilts book.
    I'm helping with my little grandson and it's such a pleasure.
    Grand kids and quilting, the best!

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  14. Hmm, I really like the value changes and simplicity of the design. This will be stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. A very Happy Scrappy project!

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  16. I'm glad you have found a rhythm with your grandchildren, but also that you are finding a way to keep sewing. This is going to be another beautiful quilt.

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  17. I love your style. How do I sign up to follow your blog? Thanks, elanagoldberg5@gmail.com
    thatfabricfeeling.com

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