March 20, 2015

Quilts for Aunts, Part 1

My aunt was a hand-quilter back in the day but has moved on to knitting. Over the years she has made us nieces and nephews such great sweaters and quilts. This last year she asked me to make her a monochromatic taupe quilt using the pattern Fireworks by Thimble Blossoms. (So yes, these pictures are in color!) This was a way for me to return the favor. I will admit when I started this quilt a year ago and it did push my quilting skills. I got really friendly with the seam ripper. In my head the whole thing looked much easier! 




Last spring I made 10 of the 16 blocks required, then promptly ran out of steam. In the mean time I had also completed some other projects that really pushed my skills as a quilter. Every time I thought of finishing up these blocks, I was reminded at how much difficulty I had with them. Then lost motivation. Over February vacation, I gave myself an ultimatum, nothing else until these blocks are finished. 


Ta da! They are finished. After coming back to these blocks a year later and on a new machine, they weren't as much trouble as I had originally had with them. (Little pat on the back was inserted.) The last 6 went together quickly without any issues. Once the blocks were finished the top was a breeze. Now, I just need to back, quilt, and bind. No biggie! This is defiantly not my typical color palette, but might be becoming one of my favorite quilts. It's going to be painful to give away, but well worth it!

- Patch & Chels

15 comments:

  1. Yes, I thought you had a color filter on your pictures! I love this pattern and the neutral colors work really well. Lovely!

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  2. I'm with Kathy. Every time I see this one, I think it's a black & white photograph. Your desired effect definitely worked.

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  3. Love seeing this quilt again! I really like it seems deceptive in photos. Any ideas on quilting and thread colour??

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  4. I like the how the neutrals seem to make this quilt sing.

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  5. I like this pattern and the colors are unexpected, which I always love. It will be fun to see the quilt when it is finished. What a great quilt!

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  6. I'm so intrigued by this quilt. I hope you'll take some pictures of it next to something with color so we can really see how it will contrast with things. It's beautiful.

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  7. This is so cool! It is such an optical illusion, I love it! I also love the fabrics that you chose. They are sweet yet still give a graphic effect. Great job!

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  8. The muted colors are quite soothing. Congratulations for being able to see and recognize so much growth in yourself as a quilter. :)

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  9. This is an absolutely beautiful and eye catching quilt. Grey is my favourite colour right now.

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  10. Lovely work - I'm not keen on these hues but I'm sure your Aunty will be pleased to finally see it. I bet it will look fab with some nice coloured fabric :)

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  11. Yay for improved quilting skills and a beautiful finished top!

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  12. Wow! It looks great in grays. I think you are inspiring a new trend, Chelsea! I am now officially putting a quilt in these hues on my to do list.

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  13. Very nice Chelsea! I have to agree with everyone else, I thought these were B&W photos when I first looked. I love how well you've captured that essence of color though. It's going to be lovely!

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  14. Love the effect of those muted colors. I too, thought that was a black and white photo. It's such a beautiful finish - one that your aunt will treasure.

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  15. Isn't it great how these tricky blocks have become so much easier in just a year. Well done!
    Yes, I thought it was a black and white photo too, but I genuinely love the effect.

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