Friday, January 27, 2017

It's Complicated

Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome to a very late edition!  The delay has been caused by the problems getting some lovely pictures of the Intricate Stitches quilt top to show off.  Between the rain, freezing rain, winter darkness, and the wind (which almost threw my quilt top into a stream), it has been really difficult to get pictures, and I've tried for a few days now.  Maybe it's just shy?  At any rate, the few good pictures I have will have to suffice.

So, to get right to it--I've finished the Intricate Stitches quilt top!  Here it is:
 

This is the final quilt top from last year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge project, Intricate Stitches.  It has a *ton* of pieces and a lot of different colors of hand-dyed fabrics, and I am very happy with how it turned out.  I'm still a bit unsure about the dark frames for the blocks, but looking at it all together I think it makes the blocks stand out a lot better.  They would get lost in the quilt without frames and I didn't like any of the other colors I tried. 

Nothing like a little wind!  The freezing rain started as I was taking this picture.

The colorful fabrics in this quilt are all hand-dyes from Vicki Welsh.  These were wonderful fabrics to work with and even stood up to the ripping that inevitably happened.  The backgrounds are just Kona white and the block frames are also Kona, a beautiful blue called Celestial.  My quilt top finished at just about 65 by 65. 


I really had a great time all year making this quilt, and I learned a lot.  And I really want to make more of these blocks!  I can see a quilt made with any one of them.  Can't you just picture repeats of any of these blocks as a whole quilt?  I think the feathered star on the right is calling my name!  And speaking of names--I think the name of this quilt might be "It's Complicated."  Happy to hear any better suggestions!

Okay, I give up!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  My plan for the weekend is a nice nap, followed by something warm to drink, and then another nap.  Isn't that a nice plan?  I'll actually be scrubbing the bathtub or getting groceries or something, but it's good to have a plan!

Sharing at Finished or Not Friday, crazy mom quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and soscrappy for RSC16.

31 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful finish, and I do love Kona Celestial! Have a lovely relaxing weekend! I don't think I could do a double nap, but I'm sooooo not a napper! LOL Enjoy your relaxation!

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  2. Oh, yes, those blue borders are so effective for making the blocks stand out. (Celestial is one of my favorite Kona blues.) I love how this top is so unified but also has so many different wonderful things to look at--the blocks of course, but also the multicolored borders, that vivid blue, and the settings. Despite the crumby weather, your photos are stunning. Have fun with your weekend, and I do hope you get at least one nap. This dark January just really calls for naps under quilts.

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  3. It really is a beautiful quilt and I love the sashing. It makes the blocks stand out so everything looks fantastic.
    It has turned bitterly cold here in the South so staying under a nice warm quilt sounds like a wonderful idea to me. I hope you get in plenty of nap time and have a very relaxing weekend.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful. I really like the setting that you created, especially that narrow multi color border around the center. Here's to the plan for the weekend !

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  5. Very nice top. Lovely and bright

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  6. LOVE the effect of that tiny colorful border around the center!! Thanks for going to such great lengths to get some good pictures to share with us. SEW glad the quilt top didn't end up in the stream!!

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  7. Another gorgeous awesome quilt. Those colors are so vivid. Hey, naps are a good thing, lol. Sometimes we all need a good nap :)

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  8. You call this complicated? I am still searching for an appropriate adjective. The details - OMG the details are so - once again at a loss for words. They would have tested my patience. But I notice the triangle border - how did you make it all fit so neatly? The elongated piano key border around the central block is ingenious, beautiful and would have made me pull my hair. In short, it is stunning. I am sure there are so many techniques that one could learn and improve with this single quilt. I just do not have the patience and therefore I admire it even more!!! If you are going to nap, then I promise I won't honk or play loud music in my car as I pass by on I-95.

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  9. This is a beautiful quilt top!! I love it! I love the frames around the blocks. It really makes them pop.

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  10. It is just gorgeous and congrats on the finish! :) Glad the weather finally cooperated so we could see the final result.

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  11. No matter the weather I can still see how gorgeous your "It's Complicated" happens to be! Congrats on a that stunner!

    Feathered Stars called my name too. I have thought about that block off and on for a long time.

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  12. WOW! That came out fantastic! I love the individual frames to set off all the beautiful blocks. You did a great job designing that.

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  13. That is just gorgeous, Mari! I love the sashing and border you decided on. I've never used Kona Celestial before, but now I need to go take a look at in the store! Have a great weekend, whatever you do!

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  14. So many beautiful elements are adding interest to this great quilt top. I love the multicolored border around and the center block and the center block itself, and the outer border. So much amazingness going on in this quilt! What a huge accomplishment!

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  15. Gorgeous quilt and cheerful too. I love it. Vicki does wonderful fabrics and they are well represented in this quilt. Congratulations on this gorgeous top. ;^)

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  16. Gorgeous, colorful, intricate piecing, no kidding! Great quilt.

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  17. I love it! The dark frames are great.

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  18. Beautiful!!! I love the dark frames and i agree - any one of these blocks would make a gorgeous quilt!

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  19. terrific! Dynamic in all those solids
    good plan... drink eat nap, did your grandson suggest that?

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  20. Beautiful quilt! I love all the bright colors and the way they pop with the white and the dark frames.

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  21. Oh that is just gorgeous! I really like the dark blue frames - It makes those blocks just pop !!!
    LOVE it!

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  22. Every part of the quilt works together perfectly, the frames, the triangle border with all the colors a doc course the center block. It lights up the whole quilt. Amazing job!

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  23. Your quilt is beautiful and I know exactly what you mean about the weather. Sometimes I think the wind just waits for me to come outside with a quilt before it blows! LOL

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  24. Love the name! It's a beautiful quilt. Lots of rich colors and fun blocks. Congrats on the finish. Hope you got in your nap today along with all the chores.

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  25. Beautiful quilt - so bright and cheerful. The colourful border around your centre block is striking. Great job.

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  26. This is a beautiful quilt. I love EVERYTHING about it, colors, blocks, layout. You did a wonderful job.

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  27. It is just gorgeous. Great use of colors. I really like the way each block is set off with the blue.

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  28. Lovely! I really like how the triangle border seems to echo the center block. And the name is great too!

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