monday musing





well, i tried to get a few full photos of my massive swoon quilt.  it's tough though.  none of my regular spots properly accomodate a king sized quilt.  and my five-year-old is so helpful, but i guess he can't hold up a quilt that's three times as tall as him.

and then spring missed the memo that it was supposed to show up here, so we're still hunkered down with snow and freezing weather.

anyways, it's interesting to me to see this whole quilt in a photo like this.  somehow it always looks a bit different than in real life.  i think i like it better for reals than the way it looks here.  somehow the blocks don't seem to blend so well here, but when i see it on my bed, it totally works.

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and yes!  i seem to be making one of those scrappy trip quilts...  i rarely join quiltalongs, and if i do i'm usually months late, starting when most folks are about finished!

i had no intention of making this one.  i've got so many other ideas, not to mention projects already started.  i watched these quilts being made, i thought they were neat, but maybe i liked the Scrap Vomit style a bit better?  i even tried making one block and decided i didn't like making them.

enough said.  then the other day i ran across this one, not sure why but that was the tipping point for me and i knew i was making one of these quilts.

i analyzed many of my favorites to figure out how to get the look i wanted.  here's what i decided.

*I wanted the blocks to merge together so that you couldn't readily distinguish one block from another.

*although i love the totally scrappy look, i wanted this one to have just a bit of a color scheme.

i knew that to make the blocks merge together i would need to think about value.   i decided to use mostly medium value fabrics (as in 90%)  the other 10% could be darker values.  so for example, one block would be all medium values, then the next one would have one strip of dark valued fabric, then the next one would be all medium values again.  Of course i'm using values very loosely here, no over analysing, just a general rule of thumb.

for my colors I wanted to go with warm citrusy colors.  yellows, oranges, pinks, greens, and then here and there a bit of aqua, a bit of warm purples...

and then over all this, always the understanding that my own rules are meant to be broken!  so if i decide to add a strip of white fabric, i will!  if i decide i want some red, or some true blue, i will!  because that's what makes quilting fun!

and i decided that i like making these blocks after all!  mainly because for each block i get to scrounge around and decide which fabrics to include.  and then when the block is done, the final pressing and placing it next to the other blocks already made...so satisfying!!!

29 comments:

  1. Your swoon quilt is fabulous..... I love it, I need to get mine started... Project 576! Lol!

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  2. I love your Swoon! I am just getting my blocks joined together. I have made 2 small trips and still wasn't sure!

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  3. You always, always, always knock it out of the park!

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  4. your swoon is gorgeous! just when i thought i had talked myself out of making one....

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  5. Your swoon quilt is gorgeous! I need to finish my current quilt before I start mine swoon block as a wall hanging for my office at work!

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  6. Beautiful swoon! I bet you are sick of snow. My husband lived in Canada for a few years and he always says you dont know cold until you have lived in Canada. Your scrappy trip quilt will be gorgeous! It's those gold and orange tones from your inspiration quilt that get you.

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  7. Love, love, love the swoon quilt.

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  8. A gorgeous swoon. Glad you are making a scrappy trip. It may inspire me to finish my second one ; )

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  9. Love your Swoon!! That's one awesome quilt!

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  10. Your swoon looks fabulous! I just finished a King size and they are so huge.

    So sorry about your snow. It will melt, it really will...

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  11. Your swoon is lovely. And I love the direction you're taking with your scrappy quilt. The color scheme should be very refreshing. Just in time for lovely weather, right?

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  12. Beautiful swoon! Beautiful choice of fabric for trip!

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  13. I wasn't originally interested in doing a scrappy trip quilt either, but I just kept seeing them and then it happened. I made one. But was fun to do my own little variation. Love the swoon!

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  14. As always your quilts are beautiful!

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  15. your swoon is absolutely beautiful.

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  16. Congratulations on a beautiful Swoon. Your colors and fabric makes this so fresh! Would you like to share more of how you quilted it?
    Thank you for sharing your design ideas behind the scrappy trip wip. This pattern holds so many possibilities, and is great for displaying a specific color palette. Yours is looking so promising. I know there is a second trip somewhere in my future. Hard to stop at one!
    ; )

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  17. I liked this post very much with your explanation of the process you follow to choose and create a quilt. Thank you for sharing! :)

    PS; Have you ever thought about quitting captcha? It's a bit annoying when commenting, and the spam filter works fine for me.

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    1. Thanks for mentioning! I didn't realize I had turned it back on...Off it goes!

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  18. Whhaaa?! When I clicked the link and went to my own blog, I sorta lost it. One cause I've been girl crushing on you since your Granny. Two cause I love the scrappy. I'm making another one for a friend (I have a problem) and I had a plan, but promptly threw it out the window (cause I'm lazy).

    I can't wait to follow along.

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    1. I had no idea you ever stopped in here! Love all your quilts and am always left wishing to see more of them!

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  19. Your swoon is just gorgeous! Great job!

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  20. Look at all that snow! So amazing for someone who doesn't see any. Your swoon is beautiful and I love your scrappy blocks - have fun with them!!.........must get mine out to finish - see you're not the only one who jumps on the band wagon late!!

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  21. Your swoon quilt looks wonderful in the snow and I can imagine how beautiful it looks in a room. I've been enjoying all the scrappy trips on so many blogs; it will be fun to follow yours being created.

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  22. More quilt fabulousness on it's way! So many great pictures here. I hope spring comes your way soon though. Snow in April!

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  23. When I saw the picture of your Swoon quilt on your bed on Flickr, I about died. So so so pretty! There is just something about all that hand quilting that changes the look of a quilt. And I love the start of your trip quilt. I made a bunch of blocks but I don't think I really like them now, ha ha! Oh well.

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  24. Your swoon is absolutely gorgeous, I finished piecing mine a month ago (pics on my blog) and I get it back from my long arm quilter tomorrow, there was no way I could quilt it myself, it finishes up at 110x96, so its massive. As for snow tell me about it, I live in Wisconsin, where did spring go, I thought it had arrived last week only to have a hail storm with quarter sized hail 2 days ago and then snow today!

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  25. Love the swoon. What colour did you end up using for the background? I've avoided joining the scrappy trip along... until I saw the back of Erika's just then. Now I want to make one in grey and softer colours. Right now....

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