Thursday, October 18, 2018

Geometry Lesson II :: Baby Geo

I I love this design so much that I had to make a baby size quilt!  But first I had to redesign the original: Geometry Lesson, in order for it to make sense and fit the size.  Plus, I got to use different colors and you know how fun that can be!


BABY GEO
34" x 46 1/2"
Teal, aqua, pear, turquoise and everything in between!  Put it together with a background of Kona Ash and you are sure to have an amazing combination!



Jumping right to it, quilting.  I've learned over the years that quilting can make or break a quilt.  Thread matters, or in this case colors.  I used Aurifil 50wt Light Emerald #2866, Bright Turquoise #5005 and Spring Green #1231 for all the quilting.  It felt right to use a few different colors, but not too many.  The fine line was drawn at three.



I had a plan when I started, but it quickly proved to be far too much for me and this quilt.  Which is weird since I've done it before.  For some reason it didn't want to take hold and I ended up grabbing my seam ripper...twice!  

In the end settling on 1/2" lines instead of the original plan of 1/4" lines.  One thing that stayed steady was having a curve element in the quilting.



With this design, I tend to work off the Drunkard Path blocks as the beginning of the curves.  After that it's whatever the quilt wants.  Strange, I know.  It hasn't failed me yet, so I'll continue to work that way until it tells me otherwise.  Grids, curves and a straight line section here and there.

I keep telling myself simple isn't a bad thing and maybe I should do that instead.  Then for one reason or another it ends up like this.  Mind you, I'm not complaining especially after seeing the results.  Can I say I long for the days when I would quilt simple and not so dense?!  Then again when I did that I'd wish I quilted more detail!  It is what it is!



Part of the design created this grid.  I wasn't expecting it at first and was delighted when I saw it starting to happen and come together.



The back ended up being pieced together using some of the colors from the front and finishing it off with a Jade Green binding.  I was tempted to match the binding like I did on the original quilt design.  Maybe that was the area where I subconsciously kept it simple!



A close up of the grid shows two different thread colors and would you look at that?!  It looks almost perfect!  You know how it can get trying to keep things straight...it doesn't always happen!  

There are always inaccuracies when it comes to quilting.  I tried to keep my lines as straight as possible while quilting on my domestic machine, as well as keeping the lines straight with the rectangles or strips of the design.  But honestly, as hard as we try (or maybe it's just me) nothing is ever perfect.  So we adjust our quilting by adjusting our widths and lines.  Always in hopes of making it better or perfect or good enough. 



You would be right if you think I'll be making this quilt again!  I rarely make the same design twice.  But the possibilities are endless with this kind of design.  My mind goes crazy with color combinations.  Believe it or not, I'm seriously considering a muted palette for the next one.  

What color combination would you like to see?! 


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26 comments :

  1. Hi Jayne! I think I almost like this smaller version better, but they are both fabulous. When you said you were thinking of doing this in another color family, I immediately can picture corals and deep orange reds. I know whatever you do it will be great. And the quilting!!! I love the whole piece. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. This is so beautiful! The quilting is just perfect for this design.

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  3. I love how you use the drunkard's path blocks to begin your quilting and curves. The grid is a fun detail, especially the unexpected two-tone quilting line detail within it!

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    1. It seemed like the best place to start and the easiest way to get some curves and straighlines to converge!

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  4. Oh my goodness! I am a traditional girl at heart, but these modern geometric quilts you have been making are REALLY wonderful! Your use of color is fantastic and I am in love with the quilting too! How do you keep the curves so perfect? Did you use any marking? Muted colors of lavenders and greens. I'm feeling girly today. But muted isn't going to compare to this lovely bright concoction you just finished.

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    1. Muted tans and browns with maybe a hint of rust.

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    2. I’m over the moon with both designs and have had an amazing time coming up with color combinations! With this one, I marked the first curve and then followed it with the side of my walking foot. As long as I’m careful, I can get some pretty good lines that are about 1/2”!

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  5. Fantastic quilt! Love the colors, the geometry, and your quilting - congrats on a beautiful quilt!

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  6. Wonderful! Your quilt is a work of art and the quilting is fabulous!

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  7. I really love the colors on this one, Jayne! I need to take notes from your posts - you have such a gift with color. The quilting is wonderful, too!

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  8. I love the colors in both threads and fabric on this piece! And that gridded quilting with curved detours...so cool!! :)

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  9. Another beauty Jayne. I vote for purples!

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  10. I agree: The quilting here makes this project what it is! I think it’s your use of curves that gets me. The few curves in the piecing and in the quilting create such an impact. Well done!

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  11. Everyone already said eveything I wanted, so I will just say WOW!

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  12. What a wonderful quilt, congratulations on the extraordinary nice quilting, it just underlines the design.

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  13. Beautiful quilt and quilting and I like that grid. At first I thought the whole quilt had the grid but it's better to have it just be in part of the quilt. Awesome.

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  14. Well, just wow. Love it. The curves and straight lines in the quilting is just amazing! Love the colors too.

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  15. Just when you think Geometry Lesson couldn't be matched, along comes Geometry Lesson 11! It is stunning; colours, quilting, design are all fabulous. Can't wait to see what's next.

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  16. This is such a fun quilt, Jayne! It reminds me of a tower of wooden blocks or a city map. The quilting is perfect :)

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  17. Fabulous finish Jayne, I love everything about this quilt, thanks for linking it up to TGIFF

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  18. Wonderful design, and amazing quilting on this one. Well done, Jayne!

    -Soma

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  19. This is a fantabulous quilt, Jayne! I really enjoyed reading about your thought processes as you quilted it. Color combinations? That’s where I struggle the most.

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  20. Another quilt with a lot of "WOW" factor! Congrats on a fun and fabulous finish.

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  21. Your quilt and quilting are perfect. Perfect is relative isn't it. Nothing is perfect or everything is perfect. You decide.

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  22. What a modern, fun baby quilt!!! I love how the quilting draws the eye around. I'd love to see this in a muted palette next! When you're up for it, that is!!

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  23. I really enjoyed your blog Thanks for sharing such an informative post.

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