Thursday, August 20, 2015

Classic Blue and White









Now that's better! A couple of weeks ago I shared how I was contemplating using various blue solids and maybe even some terracotta and orange reds for a flying geese variation featuring these gorgeous organic Moody Blues fabrics by Genuine for Cloud 9 Fabrics. However no combination satisfied like my original vision of classic blue and white. Cloud 9 makes a whitish yarn dyed solid with a light texture - called Limestone, part of their Cirrus collection of solids. My concern was that, like many other light solids, it wasn't opaque enough, allowing seams to show against organic batting a little more than I liked. 

To work around this 'problem' I have decided to use a different pressing method when making the flying geese blocks, pressing seems inwards instead of outwards (image 4). In addition I am planning to insert strips of the Moody Blues 'Dots' print between the rows of geese, again pressing seams away from the white.

These geese blocks are relatively large to allow fussy cutting of the delightful prints. I am utilising the corners of these blocks by sewing an extra seam line before trimming the corner off. This is giving me quite a stack of small half square triangles for a yet-to-be-decided project. *

The thinking part is mostly over for now with the near future holding more sewing, pressing and lots and lots of trimming. And if I need a change of pace I just might have to make another SIMPLY MINI Organic Quilt!  :)

*Size details: Geese bodies (print fabrics - with some fussy cutting) were cut 4 3/4" x 8 3/4" with white 'flaps' being 4 3/4" squares. I've used a very generous 1/4" seam (my preference on a bias seam, especially with the looser weave of the Cirrus fabrics). A second generous seam on the 'waste' side enables the HSTs to be made. Each pressed flying geese block is trimmed to 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" which will enable sew/finished blocks of approx. 4" x 8".
Each HST is pressed and trimmed to 3 1/2", to yield sewn/finished squares of approx. 3"

Sharing at WIP Wednesday.

19 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, what a lovely quilt and pattern. I like the colors and the birds and butterflies. Have a happy day!

Susan said...

Beautiful blues with the crisp white. Good idea to work around the seams showing. I love the fussy cut bird with the orange nest.

SarahZ said...

Oh I love it! And I also love when I am able to get free HSTs!! Sew much fun :)

DeborahGun said...

I love the blue and white, and also recently made a blue and white flying geese table runner! This is going to be a gorgeous quilt xx

Linda said...

How beautiful!

Alison said...

Those blue fabrics are gorgeous!

the momma said...

I liked it with the terracotta (quite a lot) but this - THIS is just stunning.
Which method are you using for your flying geese?

geanina said...

I like it! ;)

Marie Joerger said...

Look the classic blue with the flying geese! Just lovely!!

Dirk Rosin said...

kult :-)

amanda | wildly simple said...

Butterflies, birds, and blues.. I love it!
So fun to see you at work on your masterpieces. You are an artist, Karen!

Kirsten said...

This is going to be a stunning quilt with those beautiful and timeless blue fabrics!

Michelle said...

Just gorgeous and a perfect pattern with this color scheme!

Fun60 said...

Reminds me of Delft pottery on .fabric

Bloom said...

Looking lovely Karen. I get myself into all sorts of tangles with seam pressing and trying to avoid show through on pale fabrics! I feel much better knowing that I'm not the only one who is particular about it ;) Thanks to you, I have my own little bundle of Moody Blues in my stash. Rushed out to Spotlight straight after reading your post! Must have taken me an hour to find them in amongst the vast mess of fabric rolls, but it was worth it! I'm wondering where you are sourcing your Eloise Renouf fabrics? They are very lovely. Have a great weekend. Hope you get some sewing time in. Ros x

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Pleased to hear I’m not the only either! I used Limestone in my Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge quilt and despite several washes (treating it as a sample) the seams still show too much for my liking - yet I’m determined to stick with organic batting…. I’m very pleased with my problem solving so far…..

So pleased you found the Moody Blues - beautiful aren’t they.

I bought my First Light fabric from Fabric.com - my first ever order from them. They have the best prices I could find (and better Moody Blue prices than elsewhere too if you want the other prints which Spotlight don’t carry). Their shipping prices work on a different scale, I think they fit 14 yards into their minimum size price international box, then slight increase per yard. The order arrived quicker than any other international order I’ve place in the last 12 months too. https://www.fabric.com/SearchResults2.aspx?Source=Header&SearchText=first+light&CategoryID=1d5f47dc-9991-4088-93f3-26a376046a5e

Last night I made a start on another Simply Mini quilt with a slightly different combination of First Light fabrics. Hope you find some sewing time too Ros. :)

Karen

Jane said...

These fabrics are so pretty and you are so clever Karen!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Karen,
I know Geninnes Blog and Artwork. How wonderful to see your drawings in fabric. Gorgeous !
Best regards, Synnöve

Liz said...

The blue and white scheme is stunning!

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