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You wouldn’t know it from the total lack of posting lately but I finished some older projects and started some new ones!

First up is my Modern Meadow two sided quilt. I designed it so that neither side was “the back.” While I love the mustard yellow its a very strong color and I wanted something to switch to if it got to be too much.

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I think the soothing aqua blue provides a nice counter balance.

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While a quilt can have two different personalities when it comes to the fabric and pattern it can only have one quilt design. That is the point where I stalled for months! I couldn’t decide which side I should base the quilting on and then I couldn’t decide how to quilt it…. Ultimately I quilted it with the circle even though I think the blue side will be up more often. I was drawn to the idea of concentric circles and I think it works well on both sides.

I actually did this on my home Janome 6600!

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I used my quater inch foot as a guide and went around and around and around. I won’t lie to you it was at times very frustrating to try and man handle the quilt, go around the circle and keep the stitching straight and even. But I love the results!

You can probably tell that this quilt has spent most of its life folded up. I started it to be a couch quilt for the winter but didn’t get it finished in time. Now its just too hot!

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Oh well we are ready for next year!

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07 aug 112 016

In addition to working on my swap project I also finished piecing a quilt top/back. It’s my first two sided quilt. There is really is no back to it although I suspect the blue side will spend more time facing up on our couch. I love the curry yellow especially during the dreary winter months but it can be a bit overwhelming on sunnier days.

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I went back and forth on how to quilt this. Since the two sides are so different I really had to find a design that would work equally well on both sides. I finally decided to do circles radiating from the center of the wheel (which I intentionally offset to the side and bottom). I’m thinking I’ll space the lines about two inches apart but we’ll see once I get started. First TH needs to make me a giant compass so I can draw the lines to follow. I in no way trust myself to freehand or eyeball it!

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Half Square Layout

When I was staring at a stack of 210 squares that needed to be trimmed and squared I thought I would never finish! But once I brought it over to the couch and worked on it while hanging out with TH I was able to finally knock these out.

Flowers Up Close

Please excuse the poor photo quality, I brought the trimmed squares with me on my work trip so I could lay them out sans cats. It also makes me feel like I’ve done something creative in the midst of the corporate grind.

I love how this is coming together. It will be big by the time it’s stiched together 72 inches by 96 inches to be exact! But it needs to be big since its destined to be our couch quilt. The one we’ve been using isn’t quite long enough but this one will be 🙂

My goal is to sew everything together next week (after my finance final is over). Then I need to add fabric to this quilt and pair the two together. I’m getting excited…

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These blocks are time consuming! I spent most of last weekend cutting out the 153 squares and surrounding solid white fabric then spent most of this weekend assembling the cubes. Too bad I’m only half way finished with them! I think I need one of those cutting machines…

I was worried the quilt would be boring if I used all blues and greys so I tried to add interest with the red, yellow, and green. I really like how it is coming together! I have to finish 7 more of the cubes and then attach the surrounding white fabric to complete the blocks. Once that’s the done the entire top should go together in an hour or so.

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18 apr 11 008

Here is the start of the reverse side of my modern meadow wheel quilt. I’m pretty excited to see it come together, not quite so excite about cutting 210 7 inch squares. This one may take me awhile….

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So making a quilt twice probably isn’t the best way to decide which color to use for the background but in my defense I would have had to to take this top apart anyway…

I made the ring portion of my quilt three months ago and finally got around to picking the background colors 6 weeks ago. It took nearly a month to arrive after I ordered it so I was so excited to get started I didn’t double check how the yellow would look with the other prints.

Originally I thought the blue would look best with the wheel so I went ahead and cut and assembled it only to realize that the wheel was super puffy in the middle.

Modern Meadow Wheel Take 1

I put it away and figured I would disassemble it later and figure out what went wrong. In the meantime I started cutting the squares for the back and I realized I had a lot of prints that were close in color to my yellow fabric. Since I’m making half sqaure triangles I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough contrast to make the prints stand out.

I figured I had to disassemble the wheel anyway so I might as well take that opportunity to switch the colors around. Now the color wheel side will be “Curry” yellow and I’ll make the half square triangles using the same prints and the “Azure” blue on the other side.

Modern Meadow Wheel Take 2

In the end it worked out, the yellow pops beautiful against the wheel and using the blue on the back will provide enough contrast to showcase each print.

Just out of curiousity, which do you prefer?

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The need to save money and the desire to use up fabric that has just been collecting dust in my stash has meant very little new fabric is finding its way home to me. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to save 40% off a couple solid fabrics I needed serious yardage of to finish some in progress quilts.

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The blue is Kona Cotton Azure (I love this shade of blue, it’s almost Tiffany Blue) and the yellow is Curry. I’m pairing them with two of the colorways from Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow Collection. The Azure will be the background fabric on one side and the Curry will be the background fabric on the other. I think they both go well with the prints but contrast nicely with each other giving a different feel to each side of the quilt. I have to admit Curry is outside my comfort zone, originally I was going to purchase an olive green, but I let my husband decide between the two and he preferred Curry. I figure if i don’t like it that side will be the “back.” But having seen it I’m pretty excited to see how it all comes together, hopefully going with an unusual choice will pay off!

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