Thursday, June 13, 2019

Timeless


It's tradition, dontcha know? This is the 8th year of my intentionally creating with the Pantone Color of the Year, including the year there wasn't even a Pantone Quilt Challenge. So there really was no question if I'd want to dabble with this year's Living Coral.



Finding a fabric 'match' for my official Pantone swatch card was the first order of business. Thanks to my daughter, Rachel, who orders us both a card each year once the color is announced, I had proof positive. So in my unscientific research (ordering a handful of options) I decided Cotton Couture Coral was the best match for me. I rounded out the palette for my challenge quilt by including Kona Nectarine and Kaleidoscope Persimmon from Alison Glass, accented by Konas Grellow, Silver, and Graphite.



As for a design, I'd been loving the approach of repeated shapes and sizes in my recent Home Away from Home and Nine of Ten quilts, so I decided on doing that again, this time inspired by the improv hourglass blocks found in Free Range Triangle Quilts by Gwen Marston and Cathy Jones. The blocks were fun to make, and I love how there are places in the finished quilt where some hourglasses are misshapen. That really adds to the overall piece, I think. My secret to success with this project really was less is more.... meaning adding more 'tone on tone' blocks really let the others shine.


For the backing, I happily started with a good-sized length from stash, and pieced in some bits to bring it to size. 



Early on, I knew that this one would be matchstick quilted, and time-consuming as that was, I never really second-guessed myself. I used Aurifil 50wt #2220 [Light Salmon] - very nearly an entire spool of it - and it really was perfect. 


And then, as you've already figured out, I finished it all off with a faced binding, using the tutorial by Anita/@bloominworkshop. It really makes for a nice, neat finish.


So I'm super happy with the improvisational hourglass design, and in spite of it being oh so unique for me, my choice of fabrics. And as luck would have it, I finished just in the nick of time!

Quilt Stats
Name – Timeless     Category – Quilts
Size – 45" x 52"     Country – USA


17 comments:

  1. it's awesome. I do love the tone on tone blocks the best I think!

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  2. Beautiful. This makes me like this block so much better. Hmmm...might have to add this to the list. :)

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  3. Oh Debbie... this is really, really beautiful! You went about it in all the right ways - choosing fabric colors, thread color, quilting style, and finishing. I admire anyone for doing matchstick quilting, as every person who's ever done it comes just short of complaining about how tedious it is! Perhaps that's why I've never done it. A faced finished is perfect for this quilt too. You have much to be proud of, including your efforts to make a color-of-the-year quilt for eight consecutive years! That's remarkable in itself. Now revel in this finish. Yay you!

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  4. This is gorgeous--I LOVE those colors together--just a lovely piece of work on this one hugs, Julierose

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  5. I love the coral color. The way you blended in the other colors is great. A gorgeous red quilt!

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  6. The quilts is totally fabulous, gorgeous, amazing... Love it!!! xo

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  7. You have great color-sense!

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  8. What a triumph Debbie! I love,love,love this! I saw that Aurifil had featured it on their Facebook so had to come over for a closer look! Congratulations on eight years of competing in the challenge!

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  9. This is really beautiful. I love the way the few colors you added just bring the quilt to live.

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  10. This is wonderful! I think the tone on tone blocks were the key in making it all come together. The colors, the quilting the faced binding...all around perfection! Congrats!

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  11. Great quilt Debbie. I love the improv quality about it and your color choices and placement are perfect. Well done.

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  12. Timeless is beautiful and classic. Congratulations on a great finish.

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  13. Absolutely lovely. I really like the colour combinations and placement, a wonderful finish.

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  14. I love your quilt, Debbie! The tone in tone blocks are so good in the overall design! And the quilting is devine, a truly timeless piece!

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  15. I love everything about this project Debbie! The palette is gorgeous and the name is just perfect.

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