Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Don't Leave a Puppy Home Alone All Day

You know what happens when you do, right? That puppy gets into everything, making a big mess... and is usually so proud to show you her results. In this case I was the puppy. Yep.

While visiting my quilting sister (QS) in Colorado this summer she foolishly left me home alone with the lame excuse of work. So I cleaned a bit, read a bit, then noticed the stack of fabrics she'd set aside to donate. According to QS, they didn't go together. Hah, says I.

I'd previously sent her a copy of Sujata's Cultural Fusion Quilts but... she hadn't started on any. Of course! She needed an example. I started cutting. By the end of the day there were 120 squares and some blocks were sewn. Over the week I finished sewing all the squares and suggested she sew it into a philanthropy top. QS gave me the snake eye. Where's the gratitude? Into my luggage they went. Last week I sewed them up. It's major clean up/clear out mode at my house.

RockyMtnNov


They look well together, IMHO. The fabrics remind me of late fall in the Rockies: the bright foliage is gone, some snow, blue skies and lakes, brown and evergreen hillsides. This has been my recurrent point -  your fabrics will go together. You already curated them when you bought them.

Rocky Mountain November detail
Because of the size, it's now a Veteran's quilt. Thanks, QS.

Quilt Details
Size: 90"(H) x 75"(W)
Pattern: Windmills from Cultural Fusion Quilts

Linked on Finish it up Friday.

Enjoy the day,
Ann

38 comments:

  1. here's me only having puppies pee on things! I love what you made. I has the feel of abstract mountains and I love the mountains! I want to go look for this book now, because this looks like a freeing kind of block to make, where each one is a bit different and it's fun to mix the results. Right up my street. LeeAnna

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    1. Oh, Cole is much more clever than that. I bet he had more mischief as a puppy.
      I thought this pile went together so well it was something she'd pulled for a quilt. It amazed me she thought they didn't match. I could understand being tired of the fabrics; they are all from different quilts she made. Anyway, this was the block that seemed easiest. It really shows off different fabrics well. I always like the results.
      I look forward to seeing yours and Cole's!

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  2. Love the analogy -- great quilt top and it is sure to be appreciated!!

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    1. Thanks, Julie. These are her favorite colors. I think this is a wonderful veteran's quilt.

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  3. This is so amazing--what serendipity--it's funny how something just connects in one's brain and off you go--great job hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks, Julierose. It is funny how one person sees a pile of discordant discards and another sees a quilt.

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  4. You are a miracle worker/scrap busting queen! Very impressive...and fantastic quilt!!

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    1. Haha, Mel. You are the miracle worker. I love your creative quilts. And your quilting! (I can bust scraps.)

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  5. Glorious, of course those fabrics go together! Love that pattern to, it is on my "to do" list. Very pretty.

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    1. Thanks, Sue. It's a good book. Someone mixed up several of Sujata's ideas with some string piecing and made something very original. I keep meaning to walk that plank but so far have just used the patterns for quick gifts. They all turn out wonderfully.

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  6. That's a beauty! Makes me want to pull those colors and make one too

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I know you; you'll pull an even better set of colors... and probably have 10 complete by next meeting!

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  7. What a treasure find - this is a wonderful quilt and is beautifully Autumnal.

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  8. LOL, does QS not read your blog? But, I understand, I wouldn't want to finish someone else's idea either.

    Anyway, I think blue and brown look good together, and the restricted palette makes those tans glow. It's a wonderful quilt. Great eye, great job!

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    1. Yes, she does, Monica. This is my retaliation for the snake eye. ;-) And she'll pay me back again.
      I like the way her fabrics worked out.

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  9. Bad Puppy! That is why we have crates! LOL

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  10. You really would think those fabrics had been chosen to go together, they work so well. Absolutely proves the point about unconsciously curating as we buy/acquire fabric.

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    1. Thanks, Kaja. It's easier to see other people's color palettes than our own.

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  11. A great finish! I always love blue & brown together, and adding a few warm golds/orange really sets the autumnal tone!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I think it will be a great Veteran's quilt.

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  12. Great balance of light, dark and scrappy.

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  13. The fabrics look beautiful sewn into one quilt - like they were meant to be Ann. They reminded me of a lake in the woods. I love your thought: "Your fabrics will go together. You already curated them when you bought them."

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    1. Thanks, Lara. It is amazing, isn't it? We each have our own color sensibility and we are all a bit different.

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  14. It looks like it was meant to be. I think you're right that it's easier to see others color palettes than our own. We get a little critical of the details if we're not careful! And what a fun little project getting to play with someone else's fabric pieces!

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    1. It was fun to play with her fabrics. I was amazed she couldn't see how wonderful all of these would look together. But they were her leftovers from several projects. I guess leftover and overuse simply
      Tired her of these.

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  15. I took one look at this top and thought, ooh that doesn't look like Ann - and now I know why! They're a great set of colours and prints, but so different from your own collection - perhaps more muted and quieter? One thing that's definitely 'Ann' though is the fantastic use of colour value - pretty unmistakeable I think! Great top - what do sisters know ;)

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    1. Isn't it fun to play with someone else's color palette? And their fabric!

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  16. i saw this title and thought 'oh no a puppy ruined some fabric' so I am glad to see that was not the case. What a beautiful top!

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    1. I hadn't thought of that. Just that I was so excited to show the results to my sister. I'm glad you and I like it.

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  17. 90"? You have got to be kidding me! Wow! I love this post! How cool is it to go to your sister's and make a quilt top? Love the colors and and your take on this block! Sparkling with contrast... Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Sujata. That's what I measured and it's gone. It was fun to make the blocks while she was at work. I really enjoyed using the leftovers from her previous tops. This is a fun block; I love how it looks.

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  18. Well, I don't know of any fabrics that don't go together! Awesome quilt! I'm sure some veteran will love it and feel the fabrics go together too. Wish I had a sister that sewed let along had a pile of fabrics to give away because they didn't go together!

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    1. I think you're right- but sometimes it takes many others to get two to look good together. I have the best sisters!

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  19. Oh, I forgot to say it was a doggone good idea!

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