Friday, February 26, 2016

A Friday Flimsy Finish

I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this finished flimsy with you!! When I saw this quilt top Joanne over at Canuck Quilter  showed on her design wall, I was smitten. Completely smitten! I may have gushed a little in my comments on Joanne's blog and she asked me if I was willing to test the pattern. . . it took me all of about two seconds to say "Heck yeah!" sign me up and a happy dance might have ensued! The pattern is called Blaze and it has not been released yet but Joanne is working on it and I will be sure to let you all know when that happens. Hopefully about the same time the quilting is finished because you know I cannot wait to get to that negative space!! ;)

The top came together quickly, easily and it has a huge impact, IMHO :) I'm not going to share a lot more, other than the pictures, I think they say it all! Joanne's patterns are fantastic! Check out all of her fabulousness over at her Craftsy Store. No, that is not an affiliated link. :) As I said, this pattern has not been released yet but you can be assured I will be letting you know when it is! BUT, she has other patterns that are just as wonderful for you to peruse, paper pieced snowflakes (I've made some of these and they are awesome!) and quilts and freebies!

Initial fabric pull. I decided against the yellow batik for the background of the leaves. . . I kind of regret that choice now, not major regret. I just think my first instincts might have been right...

The first leaf block. OH MY! At this point, I am seriously excited to get all of the pieces up on my design wall to see what it will look like!!! Does that ever happen to you? EEEEK!! Get your sew on girl cuz we can't wait to see what it is going to look like :D

At this point. . . I am obsessed - and I couldn't stop. . . I added a couple of columns, I made the leaves tumble. That might have been due to the fact that in my excitement of sewing on the sashing I made some 'errors' in terms of what side I initially sewed the sashing. . . Instead of ripping, I went with it :)
And here it is!! LOVE!!!
There might have been some happy dancing going on on my patio as I took these pictures ;)
I couldn't decide on which picture to show. . . so I'm showing them all! haha
I broke so many rules with this fabric pull. . . Are those batiks? Yes, they are. . . you combined them with what??? Yes, I combined them with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in black for the background and the Purple for the sashing and the top and bottom zigzag is Moda Grunge. I wish I could tell you the color but unfortunately, I do not know :( What I can tell you is that ALL of this fabric was in the stash! YAY :) I will never understand why there is that 'rule' out there that batiks should not be combined with other fabrics. It is bunk in my quilting world! :)

The top is sandwiched and I have it marked and I'm almost finished with the ditching. This quilt spoke to me the entire time I was putting it together. I did not stare at it for hours wondering how I was going to quilt it - it told me and I'm going with it :) Provided life cooperates more than it has been in the past couple of weeks and allows me a little more time at my machine, you should be seeing this one all quilted up very soon!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday. If you are here from there, thanks for visiting! And if you haven't been over there yet this week, take a few moments and check out the drool worthy finishes people are sharing!

Until next time, keep on quilting!
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  1. Its a wonderful quilt. I add other fabrics to my batiks all the time... guess no one told me that rule. I'm not about to stop now! Looking forward to seeing it quilted.

  2. You have a very steady grip on the camera for someone dancing while taking pictures ;-p
    I am so glad you broke the rules - it is so much fun and the result is really drool-worthy or shall I say dance-worthy?

  3. I think it looks awesome! I love the combo of the bright batiks with the gray background.

  4. Wow - this is stunning!!! Never heard the batik rule before - but then rules are made to be broken right?!! Looking forward to the quilting ....

  5. Oh my! That is super cool Judy! Love the overlay of leaves across the broken chevron...and the tumbling leaves are a great spin too. Tumbleweed! I LOVE when I already know what I'm quilting as I'm piecing! It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's awesome! Just had that happen with one of Amy Garros Tribal patterns (of course I modified the pattern!) and I'm almost done with the quilting. It it so much more fun to quilt a quilt when not struggling with "how do I quilt this thing?" Looking forward to seeing your quilting.
    Have you ever designed a quilt based on quilting you,wanted to do, a vision you could see? I'm working on one of those too.
    Rules Schmules...the only rule out there is "Make sure it doesn't fall apart!"

  6. Gorgeous. I love the modern design.

  7. Judy, you're making me blush! Thank you for testing this for me. Your version looks wonderful and I can't wait to see what the quilt told you about how to quilt it. And as for batiks and other facbrics - mix away. I always figure as long as the colours play well together, what's going to stop me?

  8. What an awesome interpretation. Can't wait to see how you quilt it. I have to confess that I have never heard the Batik rule and have always mixed it with other fabrics-oh strike me down!!

  9. Love the pattern your fabric and color choices. I personally love combinations of different fabrics--to me it adds so much. You have a great eye! I have been post and comment slacking but think I am back at least till the summer season starts. I am looking for to you awesome quilting.

  10. This is so beautiful Judy, just love the tumbling effect you got (perhaps the quilt was talking to you then but you just didn't know it). I just love the blues and purples you chose; they just GLOW on that Essex linen, with the purple frames around the leaf blocks...oh my. I'll be watching for her pattern release for sure. As well as for how it has told you to quilt it ;-)

  11. Rules, smules. I think that if a fabric pull makes your heart sing, then it is perfect. Batiks have a fantastic hand, iron amazingly well, and hardly shed threads. They have so much going for them. I think they can make awesome blenders, just as you used them here. Fantastic finish and I hope you do more happy dancing as you work on the quilting. :)

  12. So now we know where you have been, busy, busy, busy! Can't wait to see how you will quilt it. I believe in mixing batik's and regular cottons, no problem ;-)

  13. I love this! I'm a firm believer that batiks should be allowed to play with other fabrics. If the quilting police are coming after you, rest assure you will have friends in quilting prison, because I'm pretty sure I'll be there too :) That is some amazing negative space to play with. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  14. Very nice! Lots of negative space for your fantastic quilting!

  15. Look at you go! Very nice pattern and striking colors!!! Can't wait to see how you quilted it ( I am so behind on blogs - you probably have already shown us.... )

  16. That is really cool - I can see why you were drawn to it. Looks great to me!


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