Saturday, 28 January 2012

Fab Little Quilt Swap

I recently joined a quilt swap on Flickr.  Each participant makes a mini quilt (up to 24" square) for a secret partner.  I know who I am making for but don't know who is making for me.  Two of the things my partners likes are bright colours and triangles so I set off down that route.  Firstly, I scribbled out a few sketches to see what looked interesting.  Some HSTs.  Nice but a bit boring.

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A storm at sea quilt pattern variation.  Nice but a bit fuddy duddy. 

FLQS?

Another storm at sea quilt variation.  Nice but a bit simple.

FLQS


And then I remembered this quilt which Anita had found on the Clothworks blog and pointed out to me a few months before.  Designed by Beach Garden Quilts, the quilt is made from their fabulous Eagle Harbor Summer quilt pattern, again using storm at sea as the basic quilt pattern but giving it a fresh twist using solids. 



I tracked back to some of the posts I had done on picking palettes in the Dead Simple Quiltalong and found this palette.  Kind of fruity, bright, fresh, citrussy but a little bit pale overall so I wanted to start with this and then add some deeper colours too for contrast.


I rummaged around in my Kona Bounty of Basic Boxes and kept pulling FQs, adding and subtracting until I ended up with this mix.  I added a few greys in to tone down the sweetness a teensy bit and decided to use mix the whole lot with Kona snow and pepper as background. 

FLQS

I drew the pattern up on squared paper and then drew up little 2" square paper piecing templates.  If you look at the picture below, you can see that the quilt is made up of squares, HSTs and then the rest of the blocks are made from two templates: the square within a square and the triangle within a square.  All the squares in the quilt below are 2" finished so the quilt will be 24" square.  

FLQS

And now the whole thing is pieced into a quilt top and I need to decide how to finish it.  I think I'm going to quilt white echo lines in the white sections and black echo lines in the white sections and then cut to octagon shape so it can be hung straight or on point (are you now tilting your head 45 degrees?).

Fab Little Quilt Swap Top

And I have to say that I am sorely tempted to make a big version of this quilt at some point in the future - 6" squares to make a 72" square quilt, sash up to 80" in shot cottons.  Perhaps in a colour scheme something like Oakshott's Twelve Trees quilt kit below. 

51 comments:

  1. Wow! I love it! You're soooo talented...it's a good job you're lovely with it ;o)

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  2. Lynne, this is so beautiful! I love what you did with the backgroud, it gives this pattern a comletely new look.

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  3. Love the moody background and the icecream colours - makes for a great contrast!

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  4. Oooh Lynne that is utterly gorgeous... what a lucky partner! a big version would be lovely too!

    x

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  5. Damn, wish I was participating, love the pattern and the colours!

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  6. Stop talking about it - just make 'the big one'!

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  7. Oh yes, that's the One! Amazing. Yep, I tilted! xo

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  8. I absolutely love the sweet colours you've used - they remind me of the sugared almonds my grandmother seemed to have an unlimited supply of.

    The black back is perfect.

    Look forward to seeing your big one.

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  9. This quilt is stunning! Your swap partner is so lucky to be on the receiving end of this quilt. Love it!

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  10. what a fabulous design and I love the colours. Definitely go for the big quilt

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  11. Simply stunning. You did a great job selecting the colors. Whoever gets this is a lucky person.

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  12. wow! so beautiful! The colors are just happy, and pop off the page.

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  13. Awesome, simply awesome! Lucky partner for sure!

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  14. Beautiful piecing and a great palette. The tonal values are just dreamy.

    It is pure 100% Lynne @ Lily's.

    You have this innate ability to cut out the fuss in a pattern - clean, colourful, pleasing to the brain without compromising on Wow factor one jot.

    This is a great 'process' post too.

    Love Kona pepper ... It's almost velvety isn't it? Yum ...

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  15. Oh you have me swooning over both of these quilts - I love storm at sea and trees

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  16. Looks fabulous. She will love it.

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  17. Wow! This is so beautiful in solids. And you are right that a bigger size will be just as wonderful.

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  18. Oh wow, Lynne, that is fabulous!!! Lucky partner!!

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  19. Absolutely stunning and I think you should make a larger version.

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  20. that's a beauty - love the look of the solids against the very dark background - perfect storm - ooh, now there's a name for it

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  21. Thanks for the peek into your design process. I love what you ended up with - the colors are fantastic. Your idea to cut it to an octagon shape is inspired! The dark really adds to it, but a little less of it, combined with the unusual shape will be perfect. (And yes, I immediately titled my head!) I also really like the colors you're suggesting for the big quilt that you WILL be doing.

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  22. oh wow lynne! it is so beautiful, i love how it plays with my eyes a little bit. very very beautiful!

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  23. Just love this. It's fabulous as always.

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  24. wow, thank s Lynne, for the process post. I can see the differences between the original and what you did (she had the dark square-in-square but you went with the dark center and outer edge triangles). Design choices like that help me to envision a pattern differently--thanks! Your partner is one lucky quilter!

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  25. WOW!... that is beautiful!

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  26. Amazingly beautiful! You've got the gift, girl!

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  27. WOW! What a beauty! I LOVE your play with color!

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  28. wow, fantastic! the color choices are really great. The quilting will be spectacular I'm sure.

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  29. W.O.W! Opal fruits or whatever they are called now..that`s what it reminds me of I totally love it. Thanks for sharing the process.

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  30. Lynne that is beautiful. Your partner is very lucky.

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  31. Stunning! That is just so beautiful. Love it in solids!

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  32. Lynne, I don't know where to start - I love Storm at Sea and this self contained chunk is just fabulous, you have great patience to produce so many teeny pieces. I think the idea of a big one is good, I have noticed one block quilts are showing up all over the place.
    And your description has made me peckish so I am off to make the tea!

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  33. Wow, what an amazing quilt this is going to be. It looks fantastic!!!Lucky partner!

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  34. Totally gorgeous! Your partner will be thrilled.

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  35. It's amazing....I love the colours. That tree quilt is lovely too, it almost tempts me to buy a kit, almost..

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  36. LOVE it!! How fab to be able to say "I rummaged around in my Kona Bounty of Basic Boxes"!!

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  37. That is beautiful! Wow! Great job!

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  38. You are full of such creative ideas, Lynne. Love what you've come up with. The palette is luscious!

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  39. This is phenomenal! I LOVE your colour choices and the finished product is...wow!

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  40. Your palette is right on, Lynne, as is your brilliant piecing. It's truly gorgeous and I think your partner will absolutely LOVE it!

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  41. this is great Lynne!, came across this on pinterest before your blog.
    of course i had to come and see what it was all about. its beautiful.

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  42. What a fun mini! How great to try out something neat with a small project. I know the recipient will love your gift. You picked such a beautiful color palate.

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  43. Yummy mini quilt your partner will be very happy I'm sure!

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  44. Love all the movement when turned on point. It really is a bobby dazzler. I'd like to think I could do a wall hanging, I would never tire of it. Congratulations.

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  45. It looks amazing. Love those colours!

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  46. Gorgeous - love the jewel tones on the black background!

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  47. Oh Lynne! You make me want to buy solids. This is so beautiful!!! A big one would be amazing!

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