Friday, September 8, 2017

Neutral Strings - A Finish

When Angela (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) announced that neutral scraps were going to be focused on in August, I didn't expect that it would result in a finished quilt but it seems like that is the case.  While cleaning up in my sewing room, I came across a bag of neutral strings and the rest is history!



Almost all of these scraps were gifted to me. 
As many of you know, these are not my usual choice of colors.




If you read my previous post, I did go back and change the way I was sewing up the blocks.  Now the strings all match up (versus "flipping" the strip sets.  I used some Kona Snow for all of the sashing.




I had two choices in my stash for a backing.  The first one was a cream background with some brown and taupe flowers.  But I felt this black one added some much needed color to this quilt.



 I think the quilt is a bit boring but I know it will be perfect for someone who likes their quilt to match their d├ęcor - I admit, I am not one of those people.  My current go-to quilt is a big pink bunny.


 We FINALLY got some rain!  It was much needed to knock the horrible smoke out of the skies and aid in containing the many forest fires all around Oregon.  It has been so sad to see so much of our beautiful state in flames this summer.  

Have a Wonderful Weekend!






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33 comments:

troy and christina said...

I think it's gorgeous. Well done for working with colours that don't call to you. The backing is a perfect choice and I agree that having a more dramatic backing works!! -christina

Judy H said...

Feeling your pain here in smoky Montana. I would like to be able to see the stars again when I take the dogs out at 5am

Alison said...

This is a beautiful quilt!

Jayne said...

This turned out great! I love a good neutral! So glad you guys finally got rain! My sister sent pictures of ash all over her deck in Portland. I hope it helped with the fires and gave everything a good soaking!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I like my quiet quilts in November/December and into January -- a peaceful antidote to the massive amounts of noise and marketing that surround the holiday season.

scraphappy said...

It is hard to believe that a bag of random strings turned into something so beautiful! Congratulations on getting it all together so quickly. I am sure it will be perfect for some neutral loving person.

Kat said...

I like boring neutral quilts and I think this one is great! I find the subdued color scheme very soothing.

Louise said...

This is really a beautiful quilt, Cynthia! Neutrals aren't my decorating thing, either, but I can appreciate their subtle and calming loveliness.

And what a change from the DOZEN Covered in Love quilts you finished! I am so impressed with that accomplishment, and how bright and gorgeous they turned out. Thank you, thank you for all your hard work on that project!!

Jasmine said...

It turned out beautiful! I like how you matched up the strips in the blocks. I decorate with neutrals so I can add color with quilts. I love bright quilts too.

Janice Holton said...

I definitely think there are a lot of people who would love this quilt. They are the ones who wince when they see the riot of colors I usually like to pick out! :) I'm so glad to hear you had rain this week! I am hoping it heads on over our direction. The air around here has been horrendous. I miss seeing a blue sky.

Marie said...

love the colors ....

Vic in NH said...

A very nice quilt in an understated way and it may appeal to men more than women. I like it and you did it so fast!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I like Vic's word - understated - and my word for your quilt is restful! You really do have a great way of turning a bag of strings into a beautiful quilt!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I kinda like it, in fact I like it a lot. I know I don't have enough neutrals in my stash to pull off that creation right now.

Robby H. said...

It turned out great, and there will be someone who needs that restful palette. I'm closer to "big pink bunny" myself, but I think you rose to the challenge of neutrals very well.

Karen's Korner said...

You can always rely on seeing a lovely scrappy on your blog. Well done once again.

Mystic Quilter said...

Can't believe you have that finished already!! Looking good.

Gloria Cotten said...

Fantastic quilt! I don't always like string quilts (even though scrappy is my favorite way to quilt!) but this one is gorgeous!

Charlotta said...

I'd call your quilt subtle, not boring! Even if my first choice also would be a bit more colorful! But you're right that there are some people who will think it's absolutely the cat's meow! That's the beauty of art, we each get to pick what we love! And somebody will LOVE this beautiful quilt!

Pamela Arbour said...

That is gorgeous. I just love to see your scrap quilts!

Jo said...

I absolutely love this colourway... nice finish

Georgia said...

Somehow, you always pull out a gorgeous quilt from a pile of random scraps.

The Joyful Quilter said...

I look at that quilt and think peaceful. Restful. PERFECT!!

Edith said...

This is a beautiful quilt. I too completed a whole quilt for the neutral month, mine still needs quilting.

gayle said...

Who would have thought that a bunch of neutral scraps could wind up so fun? I was dubious when you started these blocks, but I'm now impressed. And given how much of a color riot I usually have going on, that's an interesting reaction I'm having...
In other words, WOW! Terrific quilt!

Leanne Parsons said...

I think it turned out beautifully! Maybe a little quieter than some other quilts, lol, but someone is sure to love it :)

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I love this 'toned down' look, a refeshing change. Your simple yet graphic quilt design is perfect for these neutral fabrics!

Lisa J. said...

I think this quilt is really beautiful. It's soft and subtle.

Kate said...

I'm not a big fan of all neutral quilts (the more color the better), but this one has a very nice quiet feel to it. Beautifully done. Another batch of scraps out of the closet, even better.

Sandy said...

That quilt is not boring! I think it turned out great. I bet you'll find the perfect someone to gift it too. That backing fabric is perfect for it!

Vicki in MN said...

I rather like it!! The neutral one I made a couple years ago from strings is always getting compliments.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Very interesting quilt. Interesting in how you did the setting. Nice work and a good way to use up the scraps!

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

A very calm quilt for you indeed! it looks like a picture in black and white or sepia.

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