Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wild Thing

I've got a few new things to show you.  While the hubby was away at Scout Camp last week, I stayed busy trying to finishing up some WIP's (works in progress.)  So for the next few days I'll be showing some of those projects. 

The first project I want to share with you is one you may have seen before when it was in the cutting/sewing phase.  It's done now and I presented it to it's recipients yesterday. 

My Wild Thing quilt, all finished:


I love this quilt.  Probably because the pattern is by one of my favorite designers (Camille Roskelly) and the fabrics are also by one of my other most favorite designers (Joanna Figueroa).


This quilt went to my husband's brother (Kurt) and his wife (Melanie).  They're always so sweet to ask me about quilting and seem to have an "appreciation" for quilts in general so I was happy to give it to them.  I started getting a little worried when Melanie told me beforehand that she thinks she's a "modern girl" so I decided to let them pick which quilt they wanted (I've never done that before).  I let them pick between this one and my "Shortnin' Bread" quilt I finished a few months ago.  Shortnin' Bread is definitely more modern, but I was so happy when they picked this one that I had in mind for them!

It is such a subtle print, but I thought this binding fabric would be better on the bias:

                                    

The backing is also a Fig Tree fabric (20117 18 in Clotted Cream).


The only fabric that is not a Fig Tree fabric is the background fabric in the quilt center.  It is just a great neutral that I picked up at Just Sew about a year ago.  I got several yards of it at the time and I've used it in a few projects, like this, this and this

Where did I hear this...(I think it may have been from Joanna Figueroa herself) that a good rule of thumb when picking out fabrics for a quilt is to use 80% of fabrics from one line and 20% of the fabrics should be from another line - just to mix things up a bit.  Of course that's just a suggestion.  You know I love scrappy quilts, but if you feel scared about picking out your own fabrics and want to stick to one specific line; try throwing in a few "zingers".  It will make the quilt unique and interesting.

17 comments:

Fiesta said...

Lovely colors. Soothing.

Di~ said...

An absolutely gorgeous quilt! I love it. Nice job!

julia said...

Oh, the quilt is just beautiful.
Actually the very designer of the fabric used in this gem always loves to quote this "rule"...in her patterns as well as in many interviews ;o).
I love the background fabric you chose for this quilt, it blends in perfectly!

Sherri said...

Love this quilt...two of my favorite designers as well! I believe Joanna actually is the one who teaches the 80/20 principle in fabric lines! Your quilt makes me want to make another Wild thing quilt!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is a gorgeous quilt and such a sweet gift. I'm sure they will enjoy it forever!

Cathy said...

Very pretty; I especially like the touch of rick rack on the border. Thanks for showing it to us.

By Hoki Quilts said...

That is such a pretty quilt, and the colours are just perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

The 80/20 tip sounds like a good one. Fabric selection really scares me. I can pick a few fabrics but loads of them are hard. I like the idea of using a line plus a few add ins.

It's a gorgeous quilt and I'm happy they picked the same quilt you made with them in mind while you sewed each stitch.

Beverly said...

I really love your quilt. You amaze me, how much you get done. I'm glad you showed it up close. I was wondering if the green scallop was Ric Rac or not. I love how it frames the quilt.

Rene' Sharp said...

This is a gorgeous quilt, I love the design and all the colors in the fabric, so soft and pretty. Thanks for sharing!

traceyjay said...

This is one of my favorite patterns too. I love how you did it... beautiful!

(I'm trying to mix up my collections lately as well... 80/20 is a good ratio methinks). :)

Barb said...

You are right, it is a lovely quilt!

madebymum said...

This quilt is so calming.

christyephillips said...

Love it! Ambs, I think this is one of my favorite quilts that you've done!

Katie B. said...

Love your Wild Thing! I have this pattern, and this really makes me want to get started on one of my own. I've never heard the 80/20 rule before. Great idea!

gnee said...

What a fabulous gift! I'm sure your family is thrilled. Keep up the good work...encouraging? I sure hope so!!!!

Thimbleanna said...

I LOVE this quilt -- it's just gorgeous! And I love how you're using the giant ricrac -- too, too cute!!!