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Monday, May 7, 2012

DWM: Postage stamps, again!

I have two quilts I *have* to work on. Rather than getting started on them I came across a couple of experimental blocks:  16-patch blocks with triangle corners (sort of "squares in a square").  The 16-patches are made from 1.5" postage stamp squares and I had a big stack of them on hand.  I added triangles until I had 81 blocks, but ended up using 80.  Each block is 6" *unfinished* (5.5" finished) -- the unusual measurement is because of the on-point 16-patch.

Lately I've been intrigued by low-contrast designs, inpired by Kaffe Fassett whose quilts have simple shapes and coordinated, busy fabrics.  That was the effect I wanted for this quilt.  I used several different dark golds and several different dark blues for the triangles. The primary sashing is a soft red and the secondary sashing is a blue/gold print. The cornerstones are scrappy.  I will add an outer border but so far I haven't found anything in my stash that will work (and that I have in sufficient yardage).  Maybe I'll try a pieced border. Hmmm.....

Take a look at what other quiltmakers are working on at Judy's Patchwork Times this Monday.

12 comments:

  1. wow, those postage stamp blocks really do sparkle! Love the look. 80 of those blocks huh? Beautiful! It really has the Bonnie Hunter look to it.

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  2. That is wonderful.

    Isn't it fun to look at all of those little fabrics as you are sewing them together? Great quilt!

    Judy

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  3. It's nice to know that I'm not the only quilter when there are quilts I "have" to work on, I end up doing something else. But, it appears time was well spent. The quilt is very pretty.

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  4. This looks so much like a traditional quilt, made of leftovers, and used and loved as a bed quilt. I love it.

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  5. I love it. This is a greag scrap quilt. It really has a great visual punch to it!

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  6. love the scrappiness of it! your square in square corners and sashing really pull it together.
    Ann

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  7. Do you have more postage stamps? You could do a solid border, then stamps (several rosw?) and then anothe solid border. If you don't have stamps, strata cut to look like stamps or just all strata would be neat too. I really like that you have two sashing fabrics. Clever.

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  8. Love it Nann, I'm usually a contrast kind of quilter but on some level Fassett's quilts always interest me. I always buy his books although I've never bought any of his fabric.

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  9. An amazing quilt...it just glows!

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  10. lots of different fabrics--the best type of quilt!

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  11. That's 1,600 pieces, just in the blocks, without counting the sashing, etc! Wow!

    Very pretty.

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