Friday, April 15, 2011

Robert Kaufman No Prints Allowed Challenge

Finished this just under the wire for the KC MQG challenge. I chose the charm square set in the pastel palette. I knew that would be a challenge for me because I don't really love pastels. As you can tell it was difficult for me to stay with pastels only. The challenge rules allowed us to add as many solid fabrics as we desired, so I did.
I'm happy with how it turned out though there are loads of things I would change if I tackled it again. I'm not going to list the faults or the imperfections because I'm trying to get away from always talking about my quilts by what I'm not happy with. I do love the composition and I think I did a pretty good job with the colors. All in all it was a fun challenge.
I'm pretty happy with the quilting too.
The challenge was to use every color in the pack...this bit of green on the binding simply didn't fit in the piece, so this is where it ended up.
Kona solids are an amazing set of fabrics to work with. I've grown to love them and I'd love to have every color. My friend Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics has that same goal. She's hit a milestone this week with over 100 of the Kona colors. She's having a little celebration and is giving away a dozen fat quarters on her blog. Pop over to the store and start or add to your collection of Kona colors and then head over to the blog and enter the giveaway.
Happy Friday everyone!

46 comments:

kayleighinstitches said...

Just beautiful. Love the way it came together.

MariQuilts said...

It looks amazing...I know what you mean about using pastels, not my thing either. You did a great job!!

Charlotte said...

wow! just, WOW!!!

ksciarrino said...

This quilt is pretty rad I must say.

Joe said...

Precioso!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawn S. said...

That is stunning! The quilting really makes the sun pop even more. Fabulous job!!

Gabrielle said...

This is so inspiring, I love the transitions from reds to purples and blue. Your quilting really makes this special.

Ellen said...

The combination of pastels and bold colors is great and the quilting just enhances the design...very cool!

Poppyprint said...

congratulations on another outstanding finish! I really like your composition and you used the solids to fabulous effect. Gorgeous quilting finishes it off beautifully. My solid charm pack for the VMQG challenge is sitting here, taunting me. I've yet to find my inspiration though. Thanks for sharing another wonderful piece, Jacquie.

Valerie said...

That is so amazingly creative, I love it!

Elsa said...

Oh my gosh, this is beautiful! So inspiring and lovely to look at. Thanks for sharing it.

Vicki said...

Beautiful! Wish I could have been there last night to see it in person :)

My Sweet Prairie said...

I really like the quilting you did. Love the sky. ; )
~Monika
fibre artist in Canada

Pat V. said...

This is wonderful. It would seriously challenge me to use only solids. Maybe I'll try someday...
But this is fantastic! (BTW, the giveaway you mention is closed...)

Kacey said...

I think it's just gorgeous!

jacquie said...

it's not closed, pat...she was announcing the winner of a previous giveaway...look at the next post....she'll be announcing the winner on the 20th.

NorthernStar said...

Oh my gosh, it's stunning! Your quilting is beautiful, it really gives the sky depth and movement.

Marty's Fiber Musings said...

Your work just amazes me - what a great finish!

Vicky F said...

gorgeous quilt! Love how you perked up the pastels!
Vicky F

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is another amazingly creative quilt from you! I'm so excited about Tammy's new Kona colors (BTW, she is my first sponsor--woohoo!).

liz said...

Gorgeous! I love the way the brights and pastels play together, love the design and your quilting.

I'm a very new quilter and have a question - do you "bury your tails" when quilting? Reverse a stitch or too and trim closely? I love modern scrappy quilts and think I am a lazy quilter, because hand stitching binding and burying tails just do not appeal to me. I love the way they look though!

shannahmarie said...

Gasp! I LOVE this quilt! Beautiful.

True Blue Nana said...

You might not like pastels but you did a fantastic job. I love working with solids. At times I have to force myself to use prints.

teresa said...

you are an amazing quilt designer.

Annie said...

That is simply amazing. Congratulations on a wonderful quilt. I adore it!

bien said...

Breathtaking is all I can say. You are amazing in all that you get accomplished. How do you manage?

Can you give us a timetable for creativity? I always thought you were invincible until I read your blog about your son's quilt that fell apart when it was laundered. It made me feel that you were in fact human.

I've followed you for so long and have always been impressed with your work. Tell us, how do you do it and when did you start on this creative process?

Emily Elizabeth said...

How amazing! You are one creative lady. Our A2 guild is doing the same challenge and I've got the pastel pack as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

Leanne said...

This is just so good! I love your quilting too!

Corinnea said...

Beautiful!

Arita said...

It's beautiful; I love the quilting.

jan said...

Hi! De-lurking to say that is one stunning quilt! We are just starting the Kona challenge at the Las Vegas MQG - handing out the fabric at the next meeting. I have been enjoying looking at all the wonderful inspiration provided by the other chapters' reveals!

highwaycottage said...

WOW !! Love this quilt. Well done.

jen said...

Really, really beautiful! GREAT work!

Esch House Quilts said...

Another stunning quilt, Jacquie! I admire your challenging yourself with the pastel palette - that would be the hardest one for me too.

Our AAMQG challenge just started and we are allowed to add up to three fabrics. I chose the Dusty palette but am still mulling over ideas.

The View From Here / 365 Days - 365 Photos said...

This is absolutely fabulous!!

Nancy said...

It is awesome, I love the quilting!

happy zombie said...

Oh Jacquie, it's AMAZING! I am in awe and in love! You really hit it out of the park with this quilt. And you quilting on it... beautiful!

ScrappyStuff said...

I loved seeing it in person! ... again, it seemed huge online.
i guess it's true, the camera adds 10# ... great work!
~ i hope to finish mine someday~!

Lucia said...

Jacquie, it is just gorgeous. Just gorgeous. I don't see a thing wrong with it.

Leila said...

Amazing! Great job.

melmaw said...

wonderful-very creative; love the green, love the quilting

audreypawdrey said...

This is stunning! I love the way the colors play on each other and the gradual effect you created with your placement.

MightyMom said...

O my goodness!!!! I love. Love. LOVE IT!!!!
The black at the bottom is perfect and stunning!


By the by. I've told a friend (whos getting ready to open a studio) about you so don't be shocked if she leaves a comment.

Sedjo said...

I just wanted to thank you for always inspiring me. Also, I just ordered something from Marmalade fabric because of this post and what great service! Tammy even included a very kind, personal note! Thank you for sharing your designs and inspiring me!

adnohr said...

Wow, this looks like L.A. during fire season. Much nicer than the real thing - doesn't hurt to breathe!

IIE said...

Very beautiful!