Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rabbit Quilted and Bound

This quilt has nothing to do with rabbits. Challenged by Mel Beach, I pulled the made-fabric out of storage. Because "What the $%#* was I thinking?" when I moved it four different times.

Since the fabric is made of one-inch finished strips, the most straightforward quilting seemed to be stitch in the ditch. I used smoke YLI nylon monofilament for the top and white cotton thread in the bobbin.

It's bound with one-inch wide (finished) single fold. Smaller didn't look right. While I wanted to use facing, I'm not sure who will get this quilt. It seems better to leave options open so it can be a wall or toddler quilt.

Marimekko fabric used to bind Strips 'n Curves quilt


The binding is a Marimekko remnant fabric from Crate and Barrel.

Strips 'n Curves quilt in black, white, grey, brown, orange
Black and orange Negative/Positive quilt
All it needs is a name. Any ideas?

Quilt Details
Size: 45" x 45"
Design: Negative/Positive Strips 'n Curves from Louisa Smith
Batting: Mountain Mist Cream Rose 100% cotton
Thread: YLI nylon monofilament and white Gutermann cotton
Quilting: Stitch in the ditch with walking foot

Previous posts:
  1. Made fabric found in storage
  2. Arranging the blocks
  3. Sewing the top. BTW, this post includes details of switching your blog to HTTPS. Increase internet security for everyone by updating your blog today.

Wind Phone

Recently I heard a podcast about the Wind Phone in Osaka, Japan. A man mourning his cousin installed a booth with an unconnected rotary phone to 'speak' with him. Following the 2012 tsunami others began using it to talk with their own departed loved ones. Grief blankets the world today. The lives of too many people have been cut short. Perhaps we could repurpose some of our old phone booths to bring closure to families.

This American Life, Episode 597: One Last Thing Before I Go. Without knowing how long this link will work, you can currently listen to it here.

Linking to Lorna's Let's Bee Social  and Finish it up Friday. Many interesting quilts.

Enjoy the day, Ann

38 comments:

  1. This quilt turned out stunning!

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  2. Sunset - those last glorious flashes of color as the skies go dark at nightfall. Or msybe Nightfall as the name ...

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    1. Those oranges are striking against the grey and black. Thanks, Julie.

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  3. Just a lovely piece--love that binding fabric...how about "Night Moves"? hugs, Julierose

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    1. Marimekko fabrics always cut up well, don't they? Isn't Night Moves a Bob Seger song? I'll have to look up the lyrics. Thanks, Julierose.

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  4. This has turned out to be a real stunner, and I love the binding fabric. No insight on names; never my strong suit.

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    1. Thanks, Kaja. It amazes me that I left if to languish so long and then it was relatively easy to sew. I'm never any good at names myself.

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  5. ThIs quilt is positively gorgeous! Campfire memories might be a good name.

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    1. My sister loved camping. This would be a good name for leftover from her quilt. Thanks.

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  6. It's lovely, a rather clever play with the +ve and -ve.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. It was fun to work with these templates. Louisa doesn't sell them any more.

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  7. I think it looks great, but I've always been a big fan of orange with black! Moonshine? Moonrise? Something with the planets? Good luck naming it: that is the hardest part of quiltmaking in my opinion!! :-) Hugs, H

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    1. Helen, I'm so glad you wrote. I've been concerned about you since the fires started. I hadn't realized till you wrote it. Orange and black are the Giants colors. Could that be why we both like them? Thanks for the suggestions. The circles look like planets to me, too. Or something out of Guardians of the Galaxy.

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  8. Gosh, this is stunning! Makes me think of that song, Moondance, by Van Morrison.

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    1. Another good song. Thanks, Karen.

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  9. This is not a happy name, but Fire and Ashes comes to mind... Especially since I live in California.

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    1. These are the right colors but that's not a happy thought. I hope you and your family are safe.

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  10. Oh, I really like how this turned out. Congrats to you on a wonderful finish plus use of that old made-fabric in those rich colors. I'm glad you showed how it was made. I figured out it is almost the same template shapes as a Snake Trail UFO I have. I might have to experiment a little.

    I've tried monofilament thread a couple of times and usually make a mess unlike you.

    I suppose $%# wouldn't be a very good name. But "Down the Rabbit Holes"?

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    1. I only use monofilament in the top; it messes up when I put it in the bottom. And I bought some heavy yellow thread to hem jeans; that messed up, too.
      I want to make a Snake Trail for my grandson. He wants a race track. It is the same template although I'd make a race track smaller.f

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  11. Your picture and the info about the wind phone certainly had me think of the old rotary phones...which I haven't seen in decades. (It can really be that long. Right?) I'd guess Rotary would work, but then you'd have to explain old phones to kids. :)

    I had to go back and read the posts from the beginning--I enjoy reading serial posts at one time--and noticed the rabbit reference. Maybe something to do with rabbit holes, because that would be fun.

    No matter what you name it, the quilt is a stunner. I love the black/orange combination and that you took the time to match up seams. No doubt it makes all the difference. Dang, it's beautiful!

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    1. I'm glad you wrote about the rotary phone. I was beginning to think no one liked it. You're right though. Kids won't know what to do with a rotary. Ha.
      I like to read through all the construction, too. Glad to know we're alike in that.
      You mark the seamlines on the templates before cutting anything and line them up each time. Very easy then.

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    1. I like that. This year's harvest moon was actually early October. Thanks!

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  13. For leftover bits, this turned out pretty amazing! Love all the value changes in the quilt. The made-fabric makes for incredible texture!

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    1. It makes me glad I saved them, Audrey. After all this time, I expected them to be pretty sad. That made-fabric does have interesting texture. I wish I could remember all the fabrics I used but thankfully they are in this piece.

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  14. "Sunset and Shadow." I have to say, this quilt does not feel like an afterthought at all to me. Maybe it has just been waiting for it's time. It's a beauty!

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    1. What a lovely way to look at it, Monica. Like the 90s fabrics. Not everything has to be used when it first arrives. Some things take time to mature. Thanks.

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  15. The binding is perfect for this quilt.
    Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, Janie. I like it, too. It's only a couple of years old but found a good home here.

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  16. Your quilt is breathtakingly beautiful. I'd call it Embers although Campfire Memories is a perfect name too. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on Esmeralda. That is how I found you :-)
    Hugs,
    Preeti.

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    1. How kind of you to write, Preeti. Esmeralda is a lovely quilt; I always like kaleidoscope patterns! This does look like embers but I'm hesitant to use any "fire" reference while we are fighting so many devastating wildfires in the west.

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  17. How about Harvest Moon - it reminds me of the big red moons we get and it's just gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks, Carie. That's an appropriate name for the shapes and the month it was finished.

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  18. I understand your reluctance to use a fire reference....but I like Campfire Memories or just Campfire. The moon references are good too. It is stunning!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I like campfires and moons. And I've been looking at some NASA photos of the galaxy. I've been watching the new Discovery series. Might be a good name.

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  19. What a lot of work! It is wonderful.

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