Thursday, September 3, 2015

Beautiful Blues





There has been more sewing, pressing and trimming than originally anticipated, for I decided such a beautiful classic deserves to be made into a larger, more versatile, quilt. To date I have completed 121 Flying Geese blocks, which means I must now have 242 offcuts, simultaneously sewn into half square triangles for a future project. 


While cutting extra fabric strips I made an interesting discovery. The Moody Blues* fabrics which I had bought from Spotlight (on a long roll) here in Australia is wider! A full 44" after washing, compared to a scant 42" of the same print manufactured for the US market. The print has the same number of repeats, yet different length, as if the US one shrank (it is sold double folded, on a bolt).

As you can see below, the selvedges have a slightly different finish too and the Spotlight base fabric is a shade lighter and some of the prints are crisper. Both fabrics are certified organic and beautiful.



The plan is to make seven rows of 21 geese blocks, with each row separated by a narrow strip of the dotted fabric above. I'm not sure whether to proceed with sewing the rows/top together or to wait until Spotlight has a fabric sale** which would save me a good deal on purchase of Moody Blues fabric for backing and binding. Maybe I'll let things settle in my mind for a day or so while thinking about what to make with the very Australian 'Landscape' fabric shared in my previous post.....


*All the printed fabrics shown above are from Geninne's Moody Blues collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics, the white is a chambray weight cross-weave called Limestone from Cloud 9's Cirrus collection of solids. All these fabrics are GOTS certified organic cotton.
**Two days later these fabrics were reduced on a one-day sale at Spotlight - backing is now purchased!

Sharing at WIP Wednesday.


13 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Beautiful blues for sure! This is going to be another lovely quilt I can tell already.

Enjoy the process.

FlowerLady

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Thank you so much for your encouragement Lorraine. :)
I believe the creative process is best lived as a love song.

christine said...

It has Always amazed me that we can send people into space, create ittybitty computer parts but we can't creat standard width fabric! Beautiful geese. Interesting that I recognized your photography style in first pic (taking side view of stack) before I saw whose blog this was.

Dirk Rosin said...

very nice pictures !!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, blue is my favorite color. So I am loveing all of these beautiful fabrics. Enjoy your day!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Christine your comment about recognising my photography style made me smile - I guess it’s something I hadn’t thought much about.
I understand Cloud 9 have fabric manufactured in more than one country, with different regions often receiving supplies from totally different sources. I find it all quite fascinating.

Instant Milk said...

Beautiful! Seriously amazing designs!

xx

Kirsten said...

Those blues are truly beautiful!

NatureStop said...

WOW!!Just love those BLUES!! Greetings from Dubai and will be back soon. Have a great weekend!

Shantana

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Hmmm . . . interesting the differences. I assumed it would all be the same. Enjoyed all the beautiful photography on your earlier posts too.

Preeti said...

Beautiful blues, Karen!! The difference in the two fabrics is very interesting. Do they sew up the same though?

Blue Moth said...

My favourite colours - beautiful fabrics. What are you using for the white, I wonder?

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Blue Moth, the white is a chambray weight cross-weave called Limestone from Cloud 9's Cirrus collection of solids, another GOTS certified organic cotton. I’ve just updated the post to include this information too. It’s the best white/near white organic solid I’ve found so far.

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