Monday, July 9, 2018

Color Strung


Color Strung is a cherry reminder of a really enjoyable and insightful class at QuiltCon last February. In Color Play with String Quilts with Tara Faughnan of Tara Faughnan Quilts, we explored alllll sorts of color combinations, rethinking our thoughts about color and daring to go further.


As you see, my quilt's palette is not my norm, nor anyone's really. But I love that it came from a place of color exploration. As Tara said, "Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work." Hmmm.... I'll keep thinking about that one for a while, I'm sure.


For backing, I was lucky enough to find a generous length of an older Valori Wells' Novella floral that was very nearly large enough. Though there's a strip of contrasting fabric (not shown) along one edge, the primary backing fabric does indeed make its own statement.


When it came time for quilting, I debated for a while, then chose a design from Walk by Jacquie Gering. Might as well try another something new, right? It's called The Simple Diamond and I really like the way it echos the lines of the quilt but not too closely.


It's a little hard to see, isn't it? Trust me, it suits. And it was really pretty simple to execute. It did require some marking - the grid was done with my Hera marker, and for the little dots needed for the diamonds, I marked on a leap of faith with a FriXion pen. I used Aurifil 50wt 4651 (Bari) which is a variegated thread - a little yellow/gold, off-white, and light purple - that just nestled on in.... nothing too obvious, but it added a little interest for sure.


Binding was chosen on a whim. I dug into the ole stash and some Free Spirit Flamingo spoke up, and I think it's a nice fit.


So this quilt was the second of two I put on my Q2 2018 Finish-A-Long list back in April, and I'm cutting it close to link up my finish. But it's done! Gosh that feels good!


This project was on my 2018 Q2 Finish-A-Long list!

17 comments:

  1. You're right, not a traditional color palette, and yet it works well. It sort of reminds me of a Rifle Paper Co. print, although the name escapes me at the moment. Love that you added in "try new quilting" to the project of new color/value exploration.

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  2. This color works so well. Love it!

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  3. The quilting just melts into this finish! I think the binding is really a perfect frame for the quilt. Do you have plans for this quilt?

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  4. Delicious combination of colour and design, topped off with fabulous quilting, Debbie!

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  5. Your quilt looks wonderful....that was a fun class!!!

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  6. I was in Tara’s workshop as well - I haven’t done much with the quilt, but have obsessed with Missoni patterns. I’m now realizing that I have the technique - I just need to dig everywhere out and start working on it. Do you recall what since the triangle template was...16 inches? I can’t recall the dimensions.

    BTW - your quilt turned out beautifully. We’ll done!!!

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  7. I adore these colors! Gorgeous!

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  8. Very nice results playing with color.
    Tara has a great way with color doesn't she?

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  9. These colours really do work so well together, a wonderful quilt!

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  10. What a visually interesting design Debbie! It’s a great colour palette and they all play so nicely!

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  11. a great finish and memory of your class. so many great quilting patterns to try from Walk. nice job

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  12. Love this one. Especially the colors. Breaking out of my typical color schemes is something I need to focus on in the future.

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  13. It sure is beautiful and congrats on the last minute finish!

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  14. Just love what you have created! Awesome - and such beautiful pictures!

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  15. Wow!!! What a fabulous quilt!!

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