Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sew and Show Saturday—#16. Whimsical Fall Harvest Quilt

I am in love with Fall!!  I am already craving anything pumpkin and I could eat soup and breadsticks every night!!  If I could have soup, breadsticks, pumpkin bread, and be wrapped up in this quilt of my mom’s—I would be good to go!!
I LOVE the colors in this quilt!!  And my mom is bringing this to me this week when she comes to visit, right mom???  Can’t wait for her to get here—we have some outrageously lofty sewing goals as usual, and then half-way through her visit we’ll get tuckered out and end up watching movies!!  Still can’t wait!!
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sew and Show Saturday—#15. Apple quilt…

The weather was so hot this week, it’s hard to remember it is Fall!!  I want apple crisp, crockpot meals, and sweaters—where’s my cool weather?!?!  Hopefully this week will be cooler!!
Here’s another one of my mom’s quilts that brings back sweet memories for me.  This was displayed in my mom’s family room for a long time.  It was such a cozy room with a fireplace, large windows, beautiful blue walls, and an oversized plaid loveseat that matched the colors of the quilt!!
Such a great fall quilt!!
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sew and Show Saturday—#14. Modern black and white beauty quilt…

Quilting has been a tradition in my family that goes back for generations.  Having that said, I have gained such an appreciation for all styles of quilts—traditional, and modern.  There are so many modern styled quilt patterns being produced now, and I love them!!  So what makes a quilt modern??
  • The first thing that makes a quilt modern for me, is the color choices.  When you limit your color selection to two or three colors (black and white, or black and white with a pop of red, or red and white for example) your quilt is going to have a more modern look to it and feel more up to date than a traditional quilt.  The tone of the fabric is a huge factor also being that bright colors will produce a higher level of contrast than pastels.
  • The second thing that affects the style is your choice of patterned fabric.  Solid fabrics will always appear more modern, and will also allow you to choose more color variations without looking traditional(for example a quilt of 6+ different color solids will still look modern even though you have broadened the color selection to more than 2 or 3) Within the limits of your color selections, your choice of print can make your quilt feel more modern.  Geometric prints, high contrast prints, and larger sized prints can all help update a traditional pattern to look more modern. 
  • The third component of a modern quilt is the actual quilt pattern itself.  There are some quilt patterns that read modern just because of the simplicity of pattern (more geometric lines).  But here’s my favorite thing!!  I think any pattern, even the very traditional quilting patterns that go back for generations, can be updated to look modern.  That is the fun of quilting!!  I love finding one of my favorite traditional quilt patterns and then update it using modern color choices and fabric patterns.
This is why I love this black and white beauty quilt that my mom made…
Again, I think it is the high contrast on this one that makes it more modern than traditional.  Check out the quilting on the white fabrics!!
What would your favorite color choices be for a modern twist on a traditional quilt pattern??
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