Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Doll Quilt Done

Phew, just under the wire! I'm hoping that when I post it on the Flickr group it will bring my partner out of the woodwork and she will let me know if she likes it. I sure do...it is vastly different from anything I've ever made before. I had several moments of panic as I improved my way through constructing it...thoughts of 'is this ever going to work?'. The colours are my partner's favourites and I'm hoping she likes the style, too.

DQS9 by Poppyprint

I saw this painting on Flickr and received the artist's permission to use it as inspiration for my doll quilt. If it wasn't in my partner's colours, I probably wouldn't have noticed it: it provided a great starting point. The amazing colour-block work of artist Josef Albers was on my mind as I made this quilt, as well.

I began by cutting several sized squares, rectangles and strips of the blues and purples as well as 1", 1.25", 2" and 2.5" strips of Kona white. I started making units, then just jigsawed them all together, adding strips and squares where necessary to make up the final square.

DQS9 by Poppyprint oblique view

I felt the composition needed some weight. So, the blue block on the right was added and I used my machine triple-stitch with white thread to quilt the squares. I think those white squares help to tie it in with the rest of the quilt (especially the column of squares on the far left side).

Now, I just have to post it and hope my partner likes it enough to hang it on her wall. Fingers crossed!


18 comments:

pinksuedeshoe said...

OK that is awesome. I am not usually drawn to blue/purple or geometric randomness, but this truly looks fantastic. The solid block down the right side really does tie it all together. Nice work!

Dianne said...

If your swap partner doesn't fancy it I would be more than happy to give it wall space ;)
Beautifully done Krista! I love the graphic nature and the stitched blocks in the solid area on the right are just the right touch.

paulette said...

Gorgeous job!! Your partner is going to LOVE this quilt!! I love the way your were inspired by the painting!! Super cool!
Paulette

Duff said...

*cool* color palette! I love your choice of gradations and the overall effect reminds me of looking out over a lake in summertime as the sun goes down and blues turn to deep purple in the fading light--so calming!

Amy said...

It's fun to go outside of your comfort zone sometimes isn't it? I like it and I like the way you used the painting as inspiration. And you finished on time! Phew! The no sewing machine thing made it a bit more of a challenge!

myredbike said...

What a piece of artwork! I especially love the blocks on the right side with the thick white quilting. I'd love to see an entire quilt done that way! Thanks for introducing me to the art of Joseph Albers, his colour blocking looks like a Denyse Schmidt quilt!

ayumills said...

What a lucky swap partner she is!! This is really a creative, artistic piece of doll quilt, Krista!

Emma said...

Great quilt! I think the addition of the blue on the right is perfect.

Ethne said...

I'd like this to be winging it's way to me - but I know it's not, unfortunately - great job.

Rafael's Mum said...

A great quilt! the balance and composition is just right!

Peg said...

What a great quilt - good job on 'quilting' that peinting!

bearpaw said...

I love this quilt! I especially love the green binding with all the blues and purples. My partner has been very quiet too!

trudys_person said...

I love it Krista! And I love your inspiration, the watercolour. Your interpretation is wonderful!

What Comes Next? said...

Gorgeous Krista! I love everythinbg about it - those triple stitched blocks are just perfect!

Kiwi said...

It's beautiful Krista! It is very visually striking.

Tiffany said...

IT'S AWESOME! You are so brave to work outside your comfort zone. I sometimes panic IN my comfort zone (ha-ha). I so love those colors, they're favorites of mine too. Thanks for sharing the inspiration behind it.

Anonymous said...

The quilt is fantastic. And I want my bed quilt to look just like it, only king size. It reminds me of growing up in the Baker family and the art that our mum and dad often liked and was around (Krista's in-laws and my parents). They would have loved it as I do. Love CB aka SIL

Helen said...

Oh my Krista! How did I miss this one?! I LOVE it!!! Absolutely stunning! Very bold, great work. :)