Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Reprise with Blue

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, 
and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
~Marilyn Monroe

Quilting


It felt good to clear out some of the older yellows and greens. Now another baby quilt will be needed and the blues could use a combing through. Except for the clear blue with swans, these are all soft blues with a grey undertone. The swan fabric is also light blue although much more clear but the swans and their white shape relate to the cranes on the left and the white leaves on the right. Plus, they fill out the 64 blocks needed for this quilt. Ha. 

Now they just need to be blended in a bit better. BTW, it was late when I took this photo so the colors are off.

Blue Hatchet quilt blocks


The next day was spent rearranging blocks until settling on this arrangement. The two fabrics that had the most blocks are separated into two columns and the darkest blue is moved to the center. Everything looks better when the seam allowances disappear.

Hatchet 4 blue baby quilt top

Pulling fabric for the back meant a short search through the stash. It's getting lower which is good for me. My plan is to use up the fabrics that are more than ten years old... or to donate them. Of course, some will be kept because they could make a special part... such an a flower center or an eye or a wing. More pictorial quilts are brewing in my mind but I need to clear some space in the workroom before they can come to the fore.


Reading

At a New York City nightclub Clary witnesses three teenagers murder another. Then the body vanishes and no one else saw anything. Cassandra Clare based her YA Mortal Instruments series on the thought that "all the stories are true." Angels, demons, werewolves, vampires, fairies. Clary's take on everything is unexpected - both by the other characters and by the reader.  I'm looking forward to more of these and I'm way behind.

Enjoy the day, Ann

18 comments:

  1. I like this "soft" reprise quilt! ;))) Those swans are so elegant and comforting looking...nice work
    Hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks, Julie. The swans were used in a quilt for my granddaughter. This is the last of that pretty fabric.

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  2. this is so pretty! I love the uniformity! I am going tomake one with some of my 'leftover' FQ's and see what happens, lol. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. That will be fun, Barbara. They are easy blocks and good for using up scraps. I hope to see yours soon.

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  3. This is going to be such a beautiful quilt! There is a lot of movement which makes these fabrics very interesting together.

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    1. Thanks, Patty. I'm still trying to make one as soft and lovely as Wanda's. Monochromatic makes a quiet baby quilt.

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  4. What pretty colours and fabrics you chose for your baby quilt. The hatchet blocks design is lovely.

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    1. These blues are so gentle. I'm glad I put them together. Thanks for writing, Linda.

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  5. You are so good with the 'similar but different' look. This one has a more serene, cool vibe. Very curious to see it with the quilting texture added!

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    1. Serene. That's the word, Audrey. I make lots of baby quilts and enjoy working a block as many ways as I can think. Sometimes I wish each was original but then... I'm behind enough as it is.

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  6. Oh yes, I like your final setting of these a lot and the colours are just lovely. I agree with Patty, that your arrangement has a pleasing amount of movement. I wonder how many more variations of this you will end up making.

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    1. Thanks, Kaja. These soft blues are so lovely. Just a restful quilt. I still like my first ones but I may be out of ideas here. There are lots of other block designs but this one has been more interesting than I first thought.

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  7. I like your setting Ann and the very soft colours make an ideal quilt for a baby.

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    1. Thanks, Maureen. The parents think so, too. Hooray.

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  8. These soft blues are very pretty, perfect for a wee baby quilt!

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    1. They are different than my usual loud colors. I like these soft ones.

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  9. The blue version is soft and gentle. Lovely! I'm not really into paranormal stories . . .

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    1. Thanks, Nann. I like some but not others. Plus, I have a limited ability to read them so it may be a while before I read more. Still, she has an interesting idea.

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