Saturday, December 3, 2011

Grand Designs

I'm making this quilt for my Sister, Kelly. I chose the fabric and design with her specifically in mind. She has a lovely modern artistic flair, and her new home is bright with lots of natural materials (wood, granite and stone). I hope this will fit in well there.


I think she was a bit apprehensive when I first showed her my sketch. Isn't it wonderful how an idea can start as a scribble on a piece of paper, and then be brought to life into something you can hold and enjoy. I actually got the idea for this design from an episode of "Grand Designs". I love that show! I tried to find the peice of sandstone artwork which inspired me, but I couldn't lay my hands on a picture (I think its at the top of these stairs just out of the picture).


I briefly toyed with the idea of leaving out the sashing, but I like my fabrics to have a bit of breathing room around them, and these Alexander Henry June Bug fabrics deserved to shine!


I made up my own templates for the curved blocks, and although they don't all line up perfectly, I'm surprised they line up as well as they do!


This hasn't been a quick project, but I'm thrilled with how its coming along. I will be combining machine and hand quilting for this one. It will be nice to have a hand quilting project again.


Now I just have to motivate myself to get started on the back (not my favourite part). I'm planning on doing some sort of curvy pieced back, but we'll see.

40 comments:

  1. This quilt is just amazing! Thank you for posting photos.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous. You have every right to be proud of it.

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  3. It looks great! The sashing does finish it off perfectly.

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous Kate!! One question ... are the blocks about 5in squared or smaller? ... Your piecing is fantastic ... it will look even for fantastic when you're finished quilting it ... especially if you're hand quilting!!!

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  5. Beautiful fabrics! How nice to create something so original.

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  6. And I thought what I was doing at the moment was tricky! This looks amazing. I love the look. Very mod. I can see how you have progressed to this also from your last couple of quilts.
    You say they don't line up but they look perfect and I'm real fussy.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  7. WOWZERS Kate!!! That is amazing...seriously would have taken me 5 years to do! Looking forward to seeing your quilting too :)

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  8. That's amazing! It looks wonderful! :)

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  9. Ph. Woar. My jaw is completely agape. This quilt top is *stunning*. I'm sure your sister will love it.

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  10. The white sashing is perfect! So is the quilt! Can't wait to see the back :)

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  11. Oh my! This is JUST BEAUTIFUL! I love the sashings going through it. Would you consider doing a tutorial? Wow!

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  12. I 'm with Kathy---tutorial?

    This is fabulous!! I am anxious to see what sort of hand quilting and backing you will be creating for this one:)

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  13. Wow! This is one amazing design and quilt!

    Jennifer :)

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  14. What a gorgeous design! You've put together such a beautiful quilt for your sister, I do hope she loves it!

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  15. you must be so pleased with this progress...this design + this fabric = gorgeous!!

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  16. wow i love it, such a great design.

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  17. Absolutely stunning! Love the design~fresh and eye catching. Great job!

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  18. Brilliant design and love the palette!!

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  19. That is one stunning quilt. From what you have said I think you have nailed the design and colours. I love Grand Designs too.

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  20. That is absolutely gorgeous! I love the fabrics, too!

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  21. I love this quilt, it is stunning!

    At first I thought you had used white bias strips, but I was even more amazed when I read that you pieced it.

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  22. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
    Yours, Ulla

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  23. What a wonderful design. She must be some Sister!!!! How blessed she will be.

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  24. Kate, this is absolutely amazing! Cant wait to see it finished! Envy your sister! Thanks for showing
    Marit

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  25. fabulous quilt - both the colours and the design - most impressive

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  26. That is a sensational quilt Kate. You are so cleaver! Neat to. Yay for you.

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  27. I love the art deco feel and colour palette in this one...I have no idea how you did it though!

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  28. Wow, I love this!! Is it going to become a pattern?? :-)

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  29. This is so pretty! I find myself following the lines like a maze...
    I'd love a tutorial, too please.

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  30. This is by far one the most lovely quilts I've ever seen. I absolutely love it!

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  31. WOW wow wow!! Please make this a pattern for sale!

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  32. Amazing!
    You need a Medal for all the curved piecing :)

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  33. Hi Kate, as soon as you said Grand Designs I knew the piece of art work you were referring to. The following is a link to the designers web page with the piece of art

    http://www.linea-studio.co.uk/album/corkellis_house?p=1&s=UA-19174475-1#15

    Chers

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