Friday, December 5, 2008

It's a Layout

I think this is it! Many thanks to Michaela for the structure and to Terri of Purple and Paisley who said the word diagonal in her comment, and all the other suggestions and advice. I think it was genius to double up the redwork which gives it more presence in the quilt. Many of you wanted to get rid of the red fabric...i just couldn't. One of the inspirations for this quilt is my great grandmother's turkey red tablecloth that has special memories for my mom and that I use now. That red fabric reminds us of that tablecloth. I still have to figure out borders, binding and the back, but it is well on its way. I have half of the fans hand sewn. I need to finish those and all the quarter circles and then this can become a top.

I like how it has a bit of a contemporary feel by using the fans in a non-traditional way. I love how the little red 4 patches frame the red work along with the inner "circle" of fans. I think it's a bit me, a bit my mom and it's an original. That's what I wanted.




















Thanks to all of you who came by for Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day. These are the little fabric bundles that I'm giving away too. I'm still decorating. After checking the comments (and that took a LONG time!), there are some folks that are in the ballpark, but remember I'm giving away the quilt and 6 fabric bundles so 7 people can guess the correct number. We shall see how many trees are up by the deadline. So if you haven't made a guess, you might want to.

My mom's Bernina has come to visit. I'm off to quilt! Yippee!!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

58 comments:

Penny said...

Jacquie, it's fabulous!! Great job! Diagonal is the word of the day!

Pat said...

I love the layout! Have a fun time with Bernina :)

Stephanie said...

Perfect layout. So glad you had helpers. It's gorgeous just the way it is.

Lisa said...

IT IS BEAUTIFUL! This layout looks so elegant! I LOVE it!

MichelleB said...

It looks wonderful jacquie! I knew you'd come up with something great.

MelissaS said...

Beautiful Quilt. Not that you asked but I think the outer border should be the red. It would tie it all together nicely.

nettie said...

it's perfect! I love it.

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

Fantastic! I didn't comment earlier on your redwork quilt, because the layout had me stumped too. But I love how you played around with the blocks and came up with something totally original and, I agree, it's part all three of you. A special keepsake, indeed.

Purple and Paisley said...

perfect, perfect, perfect! awesome job...and thank you for the mention...=)

MightyMom said...

PERFECT!

Jackie said...

Fantastic layout!! I love it without the big red pieces. What a difference a few days make.

Exuberant Color said...

An original, that is great. I love the layout and it is light and airy with enough red to make it sing. Great job.

Katy said...

it looks perfect, better than perfect actually!

Those fabric bundles look gorgeous, but no-one's near the right number? Just choose 8 trees, like my guess - PLEEEEEASE!!!!!

Linda said...

This final layout looks terrific Jacquie, it just flows.

Sherri said...

The layout of your quilt is just PERFECT! I can't imagine it any other way! Isn't blogging wonderful!

Alissa said...

Oh it looks great! I was swamped with work when I read your previous post about it (should have been working and not blog reading! ha!) but just wanted to give me two cents now and say that it's great!!

Enjoy your quilting!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

THAT'S IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Victoria said...

Wow, the layout looks fabulous! I was totally stumped before, but you came up with a fantastic solution, great job!

Regi said...

It's beautiful...*thumbs up*

driftwood said...

it looks great! when I did a quilting course the designing bit really made my head hurt - oh and getting the points to meet on triangles......... now I just design them out!

Anina said...

That looks great! Have a great weekend!

Libby said...

Great layout...I can't wait to see the finished product.

Amanda said...

I think you've got the balance just right now.

debra lynn said...

Wow, it's incredible this way. There is more attention to the embroidery and I like the fans and love the diagonal emphasis! Great work.

Nichole said...

i love it! it looks so great! i am so glad that you had such great help to make this quilt into a masterpiece. :)

Vicki W said...

That's perfect!

Doris said...

Now, thta layout, I LOVE! And, since you are still decorating, I'm certain I grossly under-estimated, and I'd like to submit a new guess of 37. Is that doable? ;->

Amber said...

Man, I knew I should have guessed higher! Ok this is absolutely beautiful! I love this layout - it looks amazing!

Andi said...

Well done. It looks great! I would never have come up with that myself. I guess that's what makes it unique.
Andi :-)

Beth said...

Love it! Amazing how the fans and the diagonal lead your eye to the redwork instead of detracting from it...

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Looks great Jacquie! My eye keeps moving - which is just the plan - right!? Have fun quilting :)

Needled Mom said...

Oh WOW!!!!! It looks fabulous. That is a great layout and I love the red fabric in it now.

ROZ said...

You did it! Lovely setting

Cheryl A said...

Fantastic! Don't you just love playing around to make it work instead of sticking to a pattern? Wonderful creativity.

Selina said...

It is fabulous!

henny said...

Jacquie, thanks for your comment to my blog as always :)
I always love red and I like your new quilt...fabulous. I wonder when will I "reach" the creativity like yours in making pattern...have a wonderful time with your mom.

Kate said...

It looks fantastic - great solution!

Dionne said...

I love the layout. It really looks great!

Carolyn J. said...

Here's a border suggestion, regardless the fabric you choose, I'd suggest adding additional diagional blocks to complete the "big square". I'm not usually a symmetrical person like that, but my eye's keep trying to find the missing box corners...lol

The layout is wonderful....I would have never thought of it, but you did a great job!

Have fun completing your inter-generational masterpiece!

amandajean said...

the layout is great!

Laurie said...

STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just LOVE this layout! GORGEOUS!!! Have fun!
Laurie

Lurline's Place said...

Beautiful - so feminine and pretty! Look forward to seeing it finished!
Hugs - Lurline!

Michaela said...

Jacquie,
how great to get to see it all together.
I love how you altered the fans. Like you said, it is so origanal, unique. It definately gave it more of a contemporary/ vintage feel.
Say hi to your mom! She did an amazing job too!
I would maybe do a thin inner border in darker red and outside border lighter.
Just a thought....

Tine said...

Amazing! I love this layout! It really draws attention to the redwork, without taking away from the other blocks in the quilt. It really evens out all the blocks, and makes it a gorgeous quilttop!!
Make the postcards....you'll need to keep a little of this one close :)

Shari said...

I totally agree that you've done a great job with this layout. It's so exciting when it all comes together, and to think you shared it with us. Thanks!
Merry Christmas!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well this layout is just perfect. I love it. And of course I love the red! It is so beautiful.

Yummers! said...

I not only want to hear how many trees in your house... but I'm anxious to see pictures of them all!

Love your quilt... crazy about redwork. Your design is great!!

Did you see your little houses on my bedroom wall? I love that little hanging! I'm thinking of having it mounted and framed... our walls are too pale.
Joni

jovaliquilts said...

I'm so pleased the quilt ended up being just what you wanted. It looks great -- fun, interesting, unusual.

Holee said...

This is just so pretty. I have a very old set of redwork state flowers that I just didn't know what to do with. This might be just perfect to use some of them this way.

I just love the tulip block and I think I have one of those. I'm really enjoying your blog.

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

I like this lay-out very much and you are right to keep the red in. Without it, it would have become too bland.

Rita said...

Wow! I really love this layout with all the pretty redwork and red patches! :) This is going to be fabulous! And look at all those lovely fabrics you get to play with this weekend! have a great one~!

sarah, rsm said...

that's really nice ~ it will be a beautiful treasure of three generations!

Catherine said...

Fabulous!! That layout really really works!! Absolutely gorgeous!

audreypawdrey said...

I love this layout! It is great how it evolved and I love that is both yours and you mother's work inspired by your grandmother.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the layout. Beautiful.
Kris

Sandy said...

It is beautiful! Love the layout!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Perfect!

Janis said...

YES! That is the perfect lay-out. Very becoming to all the elements.

Have fun quilting. Sometime you'll have to mention what kind of Bernina it is. I love mine too, even though it's missing the easy button to do such wonderful things as you produce on your mom's!