Wednesday, March 23, 2016

epic quilt in progress

My epic Denyse Schmidt quilt is coming along nicely! I currently have 49/90 blocks made.
This fabric is kind of magical. Some of the prints, on their own are kind of ugly (sorry to say it!)....but when you put them all together, something magical happens! It's the craziest thing. Those magentas and citron greens really add a lot of zip to the quilt. The darks do, too.
Each of the squares were cut at 12 1/4'', then cut on the diagonal, twice, to make quarter square triangles. I mixed all of the triangles up and started sewing them back together, randomly. I love how this quilt is shaping up! I can't wait to stipple it!

Even though some of this fabric is pretty old, there is still some Hope Valley and Chicopee prints available (at normal prices!) at Cia's Palette. There are plenty of other old goodies there, too! Sorry to be a fabric enabler... :)

29 comments:

Miss Alissa said...

I love how scrappiness can include even the "ugly" fabrics and make them beautiful!!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Lol I agree about some of the prints and how somehow the stranger colors make a pretty patchwork combination. It's looking great!

Melissa Corry said...

Loving seeing this come together ;) And yes, it is indeed magical that they all play so nicely when randomly put together ;)

Sharon Tucker said...

It's looking lovely! I can definitely see some of the prints would not look good on their own but they blend very nicely here :-)

eva said...

"fabric enabler" hahhahahha yep, we all need more help there.
awesome quilt, ugly fabrics??? can't really see them.... they just blend.
love it!!
xo
eva

Edie said...

Love your scrappy quilt. I noticed near the top of your picture where a few of your darker fabrics are, there is even a pinwheel formed. Cool.

Colleen Potter said...

your quilt is coming along beautifully. I thought it interesting what you said about the fabrics looking better together. I had a similar experience with Jen Kingwell's Gardenvale. I was quite disappointed when my fabric arrived by mail but as I started putting the blocks together the fabric started to 'glow'. You can have a look at what I am talking about here if you like although the design wall pic doesn't really show the 'glow'. Hopefully I can do it justice when I get the quilting finished
https://piecemakerquilts.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/go-bold-or-go-home/

Cheryl said...

that was very enabling. but there were a few hard to find things there i NEEDED! thanks!

Judy said...

Looks great, I love how all the different fabrics work together!

Shari said...

I love DS fabrics and had been collecting them for quite awhile. I finally cut into them and made a queen sized quilt, but have lots left. I might just have to do this too.

Tracybug Creative said...

I'm loving the random pinwheel in this placement! 👍🏼

Quilt Lady said...

Do we really need a reason! LOL

Patti said...

Looking good! I chuckled about the individual uglies. I have a FQ bundle from Jen Kingwell and there are some homely fabrics in there too! :D

Debbie said...

Gorgeous! I have some DS I've been saving for something like this - ONE of these days!!

JoAnne in southern California said...

It's beautiful! My guild had an Ugly Fat Quarter challenge last year. The FQ's were put into brown bags, if you brought one you took a bag. I used that ugly FQ (really ugly) in a quilt like yours. It's my favorite quilt. It's time I looked for more uglies in my stash and magpie another. Thank you for the inspiration!t

frayedattheedge said...

I love seeing scrappy quilts like this, and thinking "I've got that fabric, I've got that fabric .......". So maybe now I'll be inspired to use it!

house on hill road said...

magenta and citron are great together. i find myself grabbing for those colors all of the time. there is something they do when together that makes all the other colors sing! love your quilt, amanda! can't wait to see it finished. xo.

Scorpie said...

I really like your quilt. Would it be possible to make the same design but using HST's instead of 4 different triangles? Am a beginner and would like to make it as easy as possible.

KaHolly said...

Looking good! I'm loving that scrappy look!

Heidi Brown said...

Your quilt is just beautiful! I think it takes real talent to make a "scrap" quilt come together as nicely as your quilt has!

jseiler1959 said...

I love how this quilt is coming along. You have given me inspiration for a quilt for my cousin. Thanks for posting the lovely pics!

Sherry said...

I really like your quilt. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jennifer said...

It is gorgeous! I need to do that with all the fabric I do not care for that came in other sets. Perfect to purge all those leftovers!

Lilpuddin said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! The colors work together so well. Can't wait see the finished quilt!

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

Ack! You've revealed my source for old bolts to the world at large. I should place a fabric order now! ; )

SarahZ said...

It is gorgeous! Sometimes we just have to sew triangles, don't we...instead of units, like hst or qst, etc!:) thanks for the reminder!

skippie said...

Just gorgeous, love scrap quilts. Now many blocks did you have to make for your large quilt. Be interesting to see how you will quilt it.

katherine berend said...

I love the quilt and was wondering why you cut the squares into triangles first instead of making HST's and then sewing the HST's to make the four HST's in the block?

shannon miller said...

Wow!! It's magnificent! Also, I may have just found my new favorite quilt shop!! Thanks for letting us know about cia's palette! I even had to add a shortcut to their shop on my home page!!