Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Mock up of Carla's quilt so far


I'm making a quilt for my sister's friend Carla. We settled on Ruby Star Rising after some gentle arm twisting on my part. I then came up with the idea of the quilt being a wall of pictures, framed with Kona charcoal on a Kona coral painted wall. I've taken five of the blocks and photoshopped them into a mock up of the quilt so far just to give Carla an idea of how it's looking.

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I am going to quilt as you go on this one so I can quilt around all those frames individually without having to turn an enormous (100" square) quilt round and round and round. Here's one block I quilted already - I'm just wondering whether to add squiggly quilting on the red bits (to flatten them down because the quilting on the frames is making them pouffe up a bit) and diagonal lines (to suggest glass) on the picture bits. Any thoughts? Also, is "pouffe" actually a word and, if so, is it the proper quilting term?

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  1. I believe "pouf" is the word. Dictionary.com gives the third meaning as "a puff of material as an ornament on a dress or headdress." So I don't know why it couldn't be a quilting term!

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  2. I love it. Do you have a tutorial for quilt as you go? I think you posted one not to long ago. I am ready for it. I have all my little blocks ready to sew into 4x4 bigger blocks and quilt as I go, on my Circle Me Back to Amsterdam quilt.

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  3. I would not quilt in the pictures as I think it distracts from the contemporary feel of the quilt but I think you may not get around it on the larger pictures like the one with the tea cups. Perhaps a few in the ditch straight lines on the red bits though to keep it on the straight on narrow so to say.

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  4. I agree no diagonal quilting for the pictures. It will be distracting.

    I think we would say poof on this side of the Atlantic, as in 'poof up your hair.' I've been trying to come up with the right joke about quilting being for poofs (guilty), but I just can't get it to come off right.

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  5. I think it might be neat to quilt in the coral/wall parts in a floral-ly/swirly motif to give the illusion of wall paper. That would de-pouffe it. And like mentioned above, I'd leave the "glass" parts alone. It looks great!

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  6. Only you could start a discussion on pouffes/poofs!! I daren't speak - but I love the picture frame look x

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  7. In Australia a pouffe (probably not politically correct to use it anymore ) means a footstool! Did you decide on a new name for "Night and Day"? This one is going to be fabulous!

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  8. I think puff, as in puffy, would also be a useable word; certainly we still use pouffe for a footstool-type-of-thing. From experience I think you may find that you need to do some quilting in the pictures part of the quilt as they will be quite obviously puffy if you quilt in the red; and because your quilting lines are quite close in the charcoal it may be best if you quilt in the red too.

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  9. I'd do some simple stipple quilting, not too small though on the red areas and give the frames some 'loft' - you wouldn't want to draw away from the main design format - looking good Lynne

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  10. Loving this! I would also suggest some medium scale stippling in the red. :-)

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  11. Gosh this turned out super cute, as I knew it would! :)

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  12. Love love LOVE. My word. I'm in awe of how simple and amazing this is!!!

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  13. Brilliant! That fabric is so kitsch but put all together like that it just looks so cute.

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  14. quilty curves of some kind...since pattern is quite geometric...my humble vote =)

    i'm so glad you mentioned "quilt-as-you-go". gives me inpiration to do a quilt this way too!

    hugZ,
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  15. I say pouf too but I originally thought it would be spelled poof. However, when I looked up poof, one of the meanings was derogatory (specifically British) which explains why you probably didn't even consider poof. Note to self, avoid the word poofy as well. Nevertheless, one way around it is to use puffy. :-)

    As for the quilting, I'd avoid the diagonal lines but since you are doing quilt as you go, you could use FMQ to outline some of the elements in the larger blocks. I really like the straight line quilting in the frames and would maybe suggest stitching in the ditch where the red comes together. A lot of extra stitching in the red might give too much texture considering the stitched frames.

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  16. I love this quilt so far! I would add more lines to the black frames (one in between the lines you have) to make them really quilted and then leave the rest as you have it. The frames will be quilted down and close lines will look a lot like a wood frame and the rest will puff up and look like the picture / wall. You could make a single block, bind it and wash it as a "swatch" (thats what we call it when we are knitting) to see, and if you like it go ahead. In the end then you get a wall quilt/mug rug (depending on its size) to remember the quilt by, or you can toss the idea if you don't like it without tossing the whole quilt.

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  17. love this! the idea is fantastic!

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  18. i wonder if you just left them alone and then on subsequent blocks did the opposite. if you quilted the red and inside of the frame it would have the opposite "pouffe"ing effect.

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  19. Wow, I absolutely love this quilt! Just stunning, Lynne. I like the horizontal lines to suggets glass idea, but I think you might just have to try it. And pouffe is a word, it's a footstool. I think you were trying for the word 'puff' but 'even more so'!

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  20. I. LOVE. This! Perfect use of Ruby Star Rising! Fabulous colors to set off the prints! Love love love!

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  21. It's looking just perfect. I had no idea it was going to be such a whopper, though. 100"?? Wow! Anytime that quilting is not evenly distributed across a quilt, you'll get poufing in the non-quilted bits. If you add more quilting in the red areas, you'll see the 'pictures' pouf even more. If the pictures are larger than a hand width, there really should be some quilting in them to safely hold the batting in place...or you could tie or bar tack strategically on some appropriate element of the picture. Diagonal lines (not too closely spaced) would probably look really good, too!

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  22. I say poof....but usually only when putting a spell on someone to turn them into a frog! hee hee! Totally agree with Poppyprint...You want to have your quilting areas balanced to eliminate the poof and allow the quilt to drape nicely. Your batting package should help you decide the amount of spacing you can allow between quilting lines. I have one that suggests up to 10 inches...which is quite a lot, I think. If your pictures are large you could echo quilt around the elements in the picture - like the tea cups, etc. Great quilt, Lynne!

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  23. I do love this quilt ... I think it would look great with sparse echo quilting of the elements inside the frames and some lazy fmq in the 'wall areas'

    hope you're going to enter my rubystar givewaway to replenish stocks!

    I also think it would be a good idea to do a little trial block and see.

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  24. this is amazing! Amazing! i love the RSR fabric and the coral is fantastic. and pouffe is definitely the right word you are looking for. haha.

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  25. I love the choice of charcoal and coral. Lucky Carla to be getting this.

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  26. OMFG!!! This is AMAZING! You must of got the idea from your amazing son, Jack!

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  27. I'm really loving this quilt. It's funny because just a few days ago I drew up a design in my quilt notebook of a gallery wall styled quilt. It's a little different but has the same feel... and this is proof I'm definitely going to like it as much in fabric as I do on paper. The coral was a great background choice. I think some straight line quilting on the picture "frames" would look nice.

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