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Square Dance quilt, top finish

Another top finish that will wait for backing/batting/binding until I get a new machine etc. But it's done! And it's freakin' huge, too - I'm not sure what happened with that.

One day I will use up all these scraps and remnants! This quilt (Square Dance) is a sibling to Scrap Heap, being another white, colorful quilt made out of scraps and remnants, almost all of them the same fabrics.

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The pattern said the finished size would be 80x94" or thereabouts. This one is 98x140" - definitely a king size. I'm not sure what happened, unless I was supposed to cut down all the squares severely, because I made the same number of squares as the pattern (6x7 array) and cut the strips to correct sizes and etc.

I still have to trim down the sides to be even - you can see it especially on the left - and then I have a really freakin' huge quilt, sho nuff.

What I'd like to do eventually is actually quilt this with a meandering pattern and colored thread, maybe? To fill up all the white space? Though white thread would have an appeal to. To do that, I need a bigger machine (to quilt this massive thing) and to learn/practice meandering and see if I have a walking foot (maybe one will come with the new machine?).

Still in the pipeline:
Gold/Galaxy - sewing blocks
Flannel 8-Bit - need to cut fabric
Tropic Thunder (working name) - piecing

Holy crap! I'm down to only THREE projects, and of those, only two are actually in progress! The other one is in the "stuff I wanna do" pile. Technically I do have Christmas presents to work on too, but still - Stuff's gettin' done!

(The quilt for my godchild is off the table because she won't appreciate it)


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Aug. 24th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Said aloud as my f-list was loading: "Oh wow!"

So yeah, that's super striking and fun. :D
Aug. 24th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D I do like the concept, it was a ton of fun to collect all those strips :D
Aug. 25th, 2014 10:46 am (UTC)
My only issue is my personal dislike of the white/off-white, which is my problem. I'm guessing the pale fabric has patterns that work close up, but are blending in the distance required to frame the entire project. But if you didn't have that as a contrast, the colours wouldn't pop and look so awesome.

I think I'd lean towards coloured thread for the quilting to knock back the white overload, but I have disturbing colour taste, so your white suggestion is probably the way to go.

Seriously, look at those colours! Shiny!
Aug. 26th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
The white/neutral fabrics are all different pieces, so some are more gray-patterned, some are white on white, some are natural linen color, etc. I was trying to use scraps the whole way through, but I had to buy a couple of remnants (especially white) to make it complete.

I'm really torn. I think the colored thread would look best on the white, since those spaces are pretty big otherwise. I might go with that, after I learn how to do it. ;)

And thank you!
Aug. 26th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder how this would go with a black background. I expect the colours that are popping so nicely against the white would be more muted. Especially the dark colours. You'd need to use brights only or pastels and the whole thing may be too dark. I guess that's the fun of quilts; same pattern, a million different possibilities.

Excited to see this when you finish it.
Aug. 27th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
The original pattern called for specific amounts of colors (frex "1 yard of assorted purple strips, 1/2 yard of assorted green strips" and so on) but all were on the colorful side with heavy emphasis on purple. I ended up using brown, gray and black because I had so many remnants, and my predominant color ended up being blue (11 blocks).

This would be neat on black but only if, as you suggest, using brights or pastels.

Tropic Thunder (which I haven't taken any pix of yet, I think) called for solids on white; I'm using bright tropical colors in patterns on black. It really is fun seeing what I can do differently with colors. :)

I bought 108" wide white muslin today which should be wide enough for both the white quilts. I even have batting for the smaller one - but then, ah, then comes the actual quilting part, which is always hard on a small machine :)
Aug. 26th, 2014 06:48 am (UTC)
Oh snap, that turned out fantastic! Absolutely brilliant!
Aug. 26th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! *^_^* That means a lot, coming from you! I was worried it would look a little too weird - even now I find it looks best if I lean back and slightly close my eyes so I see the color grid.

Some of those strips were the ABSOLUTE LAST parts of fabrics. Some of them were even scraps of the same fabric sewn together to make one strip!
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