Father's Day Challenge Quilt - Process Post

>> Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This is where the quilt top started. It almost ended here too! I was really tempted to get out my white fabric and go for it. (I did pull out the white fabric in the end, but I don't have a picture of what I did with it - yet!)

I started to add in the blue and white shirt units to make churn dashes.
Again this looks quite modern with its white spaces and now there are some add visual spacings when you look at the rows - look at the middle row of the quilt to see what I mean.

You might also notice in this photo that I moved my sewing machine out of the way! I realized that I was going to end up taking a picture each step along the way in case I liked it better than my original plan.

I really like this one too! I started to play here. I realized that I had put the blue and white churns in the wrong places and decided to see what else I could do with the red stripes. I only have this many pieces of the red fabric.
Having the different blocks - churns and shooflies- in the corners gives this a modern, but quirky utility feel to the top.

Back to my original plans. The red stripe fabric is really strong visually - you can see the stripes better and it's just a darker colour than the light blue and white shirt fabric. It really helps frame the design and to emphasize the repetition of the churn block. Now the white spaces are equal in size again.

Adding on by filling in the background. The blue helps define the blue and white churns. The black looks out of place - just give me a minute! :)

There. The depth of the design is in place. It's like a double background, I guess.
There's an additional border still to take a photo of because the quilt top was just a little shy of fitting in the space I want to hang it.

Here's  a look at my first top in this design. In this one the focus fabric is behind the corner churns. The matching value of the blue and orange fabrics make them vie for your attention!

It's a rainy day here. A photo of the completed top will have to wait another day. I guess I'll keep going on something else!

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network today - check out some more creative Canucks!

With Joy,

Sarah Vee


Beth June 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM  

Wow. I love how you play with your fabrics and find so many ways to change up the pieces.
Can't wait to see the finished quilts.

Lorette June 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM  

Interesting process. It always amazes me to see how simply switching a block/color changes the whole look/mood of a quilt! Good job!

Marjorie's Busy Corner June 17, 2014 at 9:17 PM  

each one is interesting in its own way

rtquilter June 17, 2014 at 11:25 PM  

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog, Sarah. I have tried twice tonight to reply on your email but the message keeps getting sent back, with a failed delivery notice.,very sorry but thanks so much! C

Debbie June 18, 2014 at 8:04 AM  

Thanks for sharing your process. I love the photos.

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