Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The Old Glory Quilt

I'm working on an Old Glory Quilt, a Stars and Stripes Quilt just for me because the moment I set my eyes on Indigo Crossing by Minnick and Simpson for Moda, I knew I wanted to make myself a great big squishy quilt to lie under on the sofa and to pretend that I live in pioneer times in the Mid-West with just my buffalo and banjo for company.  I'm not showing the quilt top in all its glory yet because I want to save that for when it's all quilted and ready but here's a sneakity peekity.


And, fresh in from Fat Quarter Shop, here are the backing and binding.  I am a sucker for a cheater print as a backing.  At a glance, it will look like I have spent many hours on both the front and the back.   I figured, if I went to Fat Quarter Shop and typed "Old Glory" into the search box, I'd come up with something suitable for the backing and binding and hey presto, not only were these two perfect BUT they were on special offer too.  Gotta love Fat Quarter Shop.  What you want, when you want it and at a great price.  Wow, I could be a copywriter for bad ads.


But here's a quick question for all of you out there.  When you see projects like this and fabrics like this, do you think - wow, wonderful - or do you think - eww, old fashioned and overly traditional.  I won't be in the least offended either way but I am genuinely curious to know how readers of this blog view these kinds of fabrics and projects.

57 comments:

  1. your sneak preview is very tempting ! When I see a project like this ... what do I think? In case it's a nice one (and yours looks nice!) I think: WOW - great quilt! AND I think - but I'll probably never sew anything like that. Does this make sense ???

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  2. I just thought "oooo that looks like it's going to be so lovely and cozy, wouldn't that stars print I've got look lovely in that! "
    Think that means I like it :)

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  3. I don't think "ewwww, so old fashioned" is a part of my vocabulary. A quilt is a quilt is a quilt....well maybe not always....it isn't old fashioned that gets me, it is poorly constructed that does....your quilt however is none of the above. It is going to be glorious!

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  4. I'd never heard the term "old glory" before (quick google to see what it's all about) but I love your sneak peak! Normally I am not a big fan of those kinds of muted, "old fashioned" looking fabrics, but in the right colours and pattern I know they can look stunning, I certainly can't wait to see your quilt all finished!
    R x

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  5. Though I tend to gravitate mostly towards modern fabrics in traditional (or traditional-inspired) designs, I harbor a secret wish deep in my secret heart to live out the rest of my days in a log cabin where every inch is covered by old-fashioned quilts, potpourri arrangements, dried flowers, and tiny wooden toys. Occasionally some moose antlers on the wall.

    Luckily, my boyfriend has a very streamlined design sense and an abhorrence of all things rustic, so I haven't been able to bury myself in chicken wire and twigs just yet. :)

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  6. I love the starry prints like that - and the cheater is brilliant for the backing. I actually laughed out loud with the buffalo/banjo

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  7. Honestly, I like all fabrics. There are so many bright and modern fabrics out there, and I like them, but I have more and am more drawn to more traditional fabrics. Call me a fuddy duddy, but this sneak peak at your project makes me drool!

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  8. Love both traditional and modern fabrics, because they both have something to give. I'm all about the colours anyway. Excellent fabric line!

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  9. It looks great! I'm busy admiring how you got all those stripes/lines of writing to line up perfectly across the star blocks. Or are they appliquéd stars?

    When I see a project like this I think 'Great use of fabric, it looks wonderful!', 'Bet it's going to be lovely and cosy, it looks like it might be brushed cotton/flannel.', and 'Lynne's got such a fabulous eye for colour and fabric/quilt design combinations...'. In short, if I like it I like it, I don't really notice what the fabrics are as long as they suit the design and are used well. I'm babbling now so I'll go!

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  10. it's funny, but i see them and can't get past the traditional look of them, and then you put them together into something amazing and fresh that i love, so what do i know?? Ange x

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  11. When it's a little peak like this, it could go either way for me. I'm not a big fan of a lot of the Civil War reproduction quilts that I see. I can appreciate the work that went in to them but they just aren't to my personal taste. That said, I'm always excited to see something that references a traditional quilt but in a way that doesn't feel overly kitschy or like it wouldn't fit into a modern home.

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  12. I've gotta say this definitely is my taste and looks like my type of project! Can't wait to see the rest...I hope you have a pattern!

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  13. I always love seeing what you are making. Personally, I have been kind of been there, done that with these prints and donated most of my stash to our church quilting group-and they turn into beautiful quilts that I really love. So I guess I really like them. I just don't want to be personally making them myself anymore. Does that even make sense?

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  14. In general I like bright, modern fabrics - while some of the more 'old-fashioned fabrics' can look great on the right project I don't have that much time to sew and when I do I'd rather use fabric that really gives me pleasure. That said I like the fabric you are using, probably because it is more blue as I'm definitely less keen on the brown & red combo that is such a stong feature of many reproduction prints.

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  15. I love all sorts of different types of fabrics - reproduction, modern, solid. It's the colours and combinations of colours that draw me in, it doesn't matter what style they are at all. That cheater print is fabulous.

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  16. There’s a time and a place for every fabric, all depending on the project. I’m working with reproduction fabrics for an Antique Sampler quilt and sometimes I hate the looks of it and sometimes I love it. It has to do with the mood I’m in and the time of year. I love the cozyness of the star quilt sneakety peekety fabrics and I love cheater prints.
    I would likely buy these fabrics at one of my Local Quilt stores and not online. They will be soooo happy when I buy something from their collection...!

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  17. I'm thinking, lovely. Also, are those stars pieced or appliqued? If they are pieced, that is some nifty piecing you!

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  18. I'm not enthusiastic about civil war prints in brown and tan, but I'm a sucker for the reds and blues, and those wovens are gorgeous. I love the variety on your blog, the way you're always looking for a different thing to try.

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  19. It's something I would try, but I have so many modern projects on my list right now, I'm afraid it wouldn't get to the top any time soon. And that's all I can say right now because I can hear the cat barfing. Quilt looks great. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  20. I love to see them and am really impressed with your skills but they're not something I'd make for myself. Like the Jack quilts, they are lovely, but just not to my decorating taste and wouldn't fit in my bohemian 60's Beatnik/slightly hippy apartment (that I live in in my head as I actually live in a toy covered stone cottage...). I do love that blue cheater print, it's the best one I've seen, will keep it in mind for future projects!

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  21. I just though - oh cool star. I'm not completely anti the traditional. I love traditional and a lot of civil war repros etc. What I'm not drawn to is the quilting fabrics/styles that seemed to be very popular in 1980's/1990's which in this country were probably borne out of a lack of choice of fabrics. I actually like the idea of a home full of quilts that have been created over a period of time so the age and designs - along with fabric choices greatly vary.

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  22. I have 2 charmpacks od Old Glory for a quilt I want to make for my DH as I make a quilt for myself from charmpacks from the Prairie Paisley line. so they will 'match' :-)

    I love to see all the modern quilts on line but I haven't made one for myself though,the Prairie Paisley will be the first quilt I make just for me, oh well maybe someday :-)

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  23. Beautiful fabrics! I love modern and traditional - they CAN co-exist! Jxo

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  24. that cheater print is fantastic! I agree, cheaters make great backings. I'm not the least bit put off by 'traditional' - plus I have a soft spot for Old Glory :) {not to mention buffalos & banjos}

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  25. I myself like a bit of everything and think it is fun to explore different styles/fabrics/etc. Sew what makes you happy!

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  26. I love traditional quilts, especially scrappy ones, but I'm not keen on flags at all - it's the primary/muted colour thing, I think ... like a dull date droning on and on ... LOL!

    That said, I like the crispness of yours and the muted blues are nice, but once they get in contact with red, I'm a gonner!

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  27. Hmm, not really for me. I think it is as much about the blue as anything. In the right setting I like the trads, but think I would like something extra with it to give it a big of zing.

    I've done the brown trad route, but then I'm not a brown hater. I don't know I'd be interested in using it again though. But never say never!

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  28. I love them and I think there's space for all fabrics. Sometimes there will be a stand out print that does the work for you and sometimes there are those hard working prints that build up a bigger picture that aren't quite so exciting when you look at them on their own. Can't wait to see the stars and stripes, it looks great.

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  29. I am a big lover of all fabrics and see places to use almost all of them. I love the wovens, and I want to do something with dark blue/navy sometime soon, so your stars are very appealing to me. I love seeing whatever you are playing with and enjoy all the different things that catch your eye.

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  30. Love the look of the top, it sure does sound cosy.

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  31. I think it's the way fabric is used and you always use it in a pretty stunning way. The top looks amazing.

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  32. When I see these fabrics I think: traditional AND pretty. Depending on the season I like to use this kinds of fabrics myself - as long as they are blue :) I don´t care for traditional farics in dark greens or dark browns.

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  33. I have had 'ew traditional' moments as I browse quilt pictures. BUT I've come to realise that it's all in the colours - I'm not attracted to autumnal burnt oranges, russets, browns, and muddy greens all together in one quilt. So, it doesn't matter if the end-product is 'traditional' or 'modern', for me it's all in the colours... Don't know what that says about me though! Guess it makes me a colourist?

    For the snippet of your quilt here, I really want to see more!! :)

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  34. I do hate English old fashioned and traditional, but American old fashioned and traditional appeals as I can totally see myself on that covered wagon, warm under my quilt with my Holly Hobby head scarf looking for a place to settle.

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  35. I'm in the wow, wonderful camp.

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  36. I know that whatever you have made will look amazing; but had I just seen a FQ bundle sitting in my local shop, I would have just backed away slowly and out the door, before screaming; probably x

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  37. Not my cup of tea at all, in fact I too would run away screaming.

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  38. Personally, my tastes lean towards modern quilting. But, I love looking at quilts that are more "traditional" in style, and identifying what it is I like (and don't like) about them, so I can translate it into my own quilting. So many modern quilts really involve traditional blocks and piecing, just put together in a different way and using a different colour palette. It's also really interesting to see how someone I would pick as a "modern quilter" approaches a more traditional project. So, not ewww, old fashioned, more like, oooh, interesting.

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  39. It's probably not something I would go for myself but I always enjoy seeing other people's takes on traditional patterns, so I look forward to photos of the finished project!

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  40. The design of a quilt is not such an issue with me. It's more the colour of the fabric. I live in tropical North Queensland in Australia and think my preference for brighter colours may be shaped in part by this. However, although I don't decorate with "murkier" colours, I still appreciate some quilts done in these tones. Yours is lovely.

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  41. Can't wait to see the finished quilt, what I can see looks great. I tend to shy away from beige, but I do love blue on white in any variation.

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  42. I'm really not drawn to these fabrics, but I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them. "It's what you do with it" (Great Aussie film The Castle that you should see if you haven't already) I think any fabric can be fresh and modern with careful combination and design- it's just that I'm no good at it!

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  43. It all depends on the context. If the finished quilt is displayed alongside lots of other traditional furnishings, it could look overwhelming, but if it's the only busy item, in an otherwise cool and modern interior, I think it would look great.

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  44. I read modern quilting blogs and traditional ones - I love excellence and friendliness in both! If you dug in my stash you would find fabrics like these so I am not backing away in horror - bring it on Lynne!

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  45. CANNOT wait to see it finished! You have no idea how flattered we are.

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  46. I'm with Dan, the browns and beiges are so boring but the patriotic colours tend to look much better - I love the cosy traditional look though I'd be tempted to add a little something to make it different and a bit more modern. Either in the quilting or the binding maybe. I'm now dreaming of fields of bison and breaking out the harmonica whilst sitting on a rocking chair. Bliss!

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  47. I think... lovely fabrics and it will be a lovely quilt because it will be a combination of traditional style fabric with a modern design. Can't wait to see it in all it's glory!

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  48. I created an OpenID just so that I could reply. Thanks for forcing me to find out how to do this.

    To answer your question, I think I'm more traditional than modern, but am loving many of the modern quilt designs. Cheater prints are wonderful and I even created a quilt pattern/class that shows how to use them to make an easy quilt look more complex. So, I'm looking forward to seeing your "Old Glory".

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  49. So glad to get a closer peek at this range. Love Minnick and Simpson!

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  50. I love all styles and types of quilts... they just symbolize love, warmth, charity, talent, everything!

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  51. I think "wow, wonderful, so great to see a modern quilter using reproduction or non-modern prints". I love civil war, reproduction fabrics, but also love Tula Pink, AMH, plus so many others. Cool fabric and quilts are awesome in any color :)

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  52. While I love the colour, the indigo, I'd probably only use the stripe fabric. I prefer tone on tones or solids. However it's usually a combination of the fabric and pattern that determines if I like a quilt or not. No matter if it is "modern" fabric or not.

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  53. While I love the colour, the indigo, I'd probably only use the stripe fabric. I prefer tone on tones or solids. However it's usually a combination of the fabric and pattern that determines if I like a quilt or not. No matter if it is "modern" fabric or not.

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  54. Minick and Simpson's fabrics are not usually my style, but I love two color quilts! Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt :)

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