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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Design Wall Monday: Rusty Bows

Back in July Bonnie Hunter issued a challenge suggested  cheddar bow ties as a leaders-and-enders project.   I didn't have any cheddar-orange solid in my stash.  I didn't have many cheddar prints among my 19th century reproductions, and no yardage in that color.  I did have quite a lot of rust-colored solid (acquired when I bought a quilter's estate in 2007).

Of course there are projects I ought to be working on--projects that have due dates.  I could pull fabrics for one; cut for another; piece for a third; set a fourth; and baste, quilt, and bind many others.  I didn't do any of those.  I am NOT doing these as leaders-and-enders--I'm just full-steam-ahead chain piecing.  In the process I've used a lot of squares from the RCTQ Baseball Swap and a fair amount of that rust solid.  These bow ties are 3.5" unfinished and they are sooo cute!
I am not going to save the cutaway corners!

I've got more to go!

14 comments:

  1. Wow...you are making great progress on the bowties! They look great with the rust background.

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  2. Nann, this looks great!! We had Bonnie speak at our guild meeting a couple of months ago and she was darling, but just listening to her talk about her processes was exhausting -- she's so high energy! Have fun! :)

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  3. My bow ties have gotten set aside. I find that often I end up piecing the border as my leader and ender. I think they are eventually just going to become a project!!

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  4. I don't think I would have thought to use rust as a background but wow does it look great. I'm skipping this challenge as I used to make bow ties as leader/enders and I still have a couple of quilts worth of them hanging around the studio.

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  5. What a fun project for leaders and enders! The rust color really sets it off! We can never have too many projects started can we?

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  6. I love the way this is going. The rust background makes the scraps sing.

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  7. That doesn't look like a leader/ender project to me. That looks more like chain piecing. and that's just what I would do. I can't seem to do l/e but I can chain piece to beet the band. And I love your bowties, especially since rust is dark orange, the best color, IMHO. ;)

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  8. Wow! That looks great! The cheddar challenge had been inspired by an antique quilt at Sister's Show in Oregon, but that quilt had all the bow ties going in one direction. I much prefer your setting!

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  9. Oh Nann! You're almost as bad as Bonnie for tempting us into more projects. So far I've managed to avoid the bow-tie madness, and now your rusty ties is displayed in all it's beauty. Have you no mercy woman?!

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  10. I love that layout! The way I'm looking at it lately, working on the wrong project is better than watching tv and working on no project at all.

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  11. If I squint when I look at it looks like a many colored maze with some dead ends, some paths crossing over and under others... it is a GREAT look and one totally unexpected from that pattern! awesome what a flip in value can do for an old favorite (I am used to seeing the ties dark and the background's light).

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  12. I love your bow ties. The rust is wonderful.

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  13. I love that you said I have stuff I should be doing. Isnt it funny how you (or rather I or may a lot of us) can get sucked into a quilting vortex.

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