Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A Little Bit Softer

Have you had a chance to check out Linda's blog over at kokaquilts?  She has such a wonderful scrappy Bohemian style.  Her fabric stash is very different than mine so I am always intrigued by the quilts she makes.

Recently she started on a project that plays with fabric values.  Her lovely blocks have been stuck in my head and I have been thinking it was something I wanted to try.

In the gifted scraps I received recently, there are a ton of precut squares.  There are both solids and prints and in looking at the fabric, I would guess they come from three different projects.
I began thinking that maybe I could use those squares to make some blocks of my own.



I started marking and trimming a whole bunch of HSTs so I could start playing.  My prints are a softer volume than Linda's and I find myself wavering between calling this one an interesting success or a big fail.



I guess I am not ready to give up on them yet because I keep making blocks.  This nighttime photo shows I finished up at seven blocks last night and I think there are another handful just waiting to be sewn.  I am totally intrigued by the shadowy impression the design has.  I could bump up the value of the prints but then I think they might just become a "regular old" scrappy quilt block.  
I was wanting something that made someone go "Hmmm..."

I will probably figure it out once I have enough blocks for a whole quilt top.
Right now I am just enjoying the process!




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29 comments:

Katie said...

I love the softer values in this quilt. Not quite what you'd call low volume, but leaning in that direction. Keep sewing! You've got a winner...and now to go see your inspiration...

Barb Neiwert said...

I'll bite: Hmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

Seriously, I think it's working well! It's just that it is so different from your usual color values that you're over-thinking this. Keep going!

Clare M said...

I agree with the other two comments. it's always a strange feeling working out of your comfort zone. Keep going.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Definitely NOT a fail!!! In fact, I rather like it. A lot!! Enough to want to make some blocks of my own. Alas, I have a gift to finish first. Sigh!!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

yes I love Linda's work too and always read her blog - her stash is a lot different than mine is.

Nicole Hannah said...

Yours are super awesome! Also check out Blair at Wise Craft Creates. She does a lot of value work.

Keep going with yours. I think it's a keeper.

Libby in TN said...

I agree with all the other comments. Keep going. There's a word to describe what I see; it's just not coming to me right now. Soft, subtle, enigmatic ...

Louise said...

Oooooh! I really, really like this, both your version and Linda's! It's dreamy :)

Elaine Walker said...

I like what you’ve done. Definitely not a fail. I think it is intriguing. Rather soft and low contrast. Would love to see it when complete.

Janice Holton said...

Absolutely keep going! The subtle diamond shape (appearing in two different ways) are fascinating! I really like this!

Miaismine said...

Beautiful! My eyes keep resting on the blocks' centers! You achieved your goal: I'm defnitely saying, "Hmmm." I want to see more! Great job!

Katie said...

You certainly know how to "wow" your readers. I agree that the fabrics give the blocks a different "feel". Linda's blocks have more definition where your blocks are delicate and "lacy". Keep going. We love it.
Katie

Jayne said...

I know you are not going to give up! I really like the blocks. Like the rest of the comments...keep going!

Blair said...

These blocks are lovey, they remind me of the quilt Value in my book, its one of my favorites! Have fun playing, it leads to all kinds of discovery!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Keep going just as you are - these blocks together are gorgeous!!! I love your fabric combos. There's just enough contrast to keep them interesting, but not so much as to be just another light and dark quilt.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love Linda's style, too, but can never quite pick out fabrics from my stash that will do what she does. I love what you're doing with these blocks, and like everyone else, definitely think you should keep going!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

It is a lot softer than what you normally work with - but I really like where it is going. With enough blocsk for a quilt - I think it will remind you of an antique quilt when your done ;-)

Sarah said...

I love your blocks!

Seeing them all together on the design wall, my first thought, besides liking all the colors, was that I might sash the blocks. But I often default to sashing, and the longer I looked at it the more I saw how the quilt comes together.

All in all, lovely!

Linda Swanekamp said...

Love the soft values and the dark triangles in the middle keep it knit together. Very calming.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I truly love the ephemeral feel of these blocks. It's there but not there in a very lovely way. Hope you stick with it because it will be beautiful.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I love what you are doing with these blocks... the edges seem to fade in & out, very pretty! I'm having fun with my version too, so interesting how the colour of a fabric is not really known until it is actually playing beside its neighblour. And thanks for the shout out!

sewyouquilt2 said...

love the soft values so pretty

chrisknits said...

Love it! It creates a faceted jewel like shimmer. I'd say it's a win!

moosecraft said...

Success! Definitely! While slightly different than what Linda's looks like, yours is awesome too! That's the fun of scrap quilts...there will always be "same, but different" finishes and that's what makes them fun! :-) I've been following along with the one Linda has been making and had thoughts of trying one as well. Maybe this will become my next start...;-)

Frédérique said...

Love these blocks, sweet and peaceful! I agree with everyone: keep going!

Cathy said...

I'm the someone going hmmmmmmmm.....!!

I like the block no matter what fabrics are used. It's kind of like the Depression Block I'm so fond of.

Kate said...

Just enough contrast for the center to stand out, then the edges fade into the neutrals. Definitely has a lot of potential for a HMMMMM by the viewer.

Cool Lizzie said...

Ooooh, loving this. My first reaction when I opened the email was - "Totally appealing"! Will love watching this one progress!

Laurel Curnyn said...

I love the softness of these blocks! PLEASE keep going>

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