Monday, 14 July 2014

Stitching just because

After the last few months of production line quilt assembling, I had accumulated quite a few ideas in my head of quilts I'd like to make and this was the first one to become a reality.

Earlier in the year I purchased a Triangler ruler and the accompanying book.



Perverse as it may sound, I was attracted to them because I didn't have half of quilty blog land telling me I needed them. I'd also seen the book (which is more of a booklet) and liked the variety of kaleidoscope patterns you could create with the ruler, all from piecing it in rows.

And in truth, the booklet should be a book. There is so much information crammed into just 20 pages and ideas to experiment with and try out that I actually don't know why more people aren't singing this booklet's praises. I think it's money well worth spent.

I chose to kick off my use of the ruler with the cover quilt, which is called Cosmos.


I knew I wanted to go scrappier than the original version and I knew I wanted to use as many of my Anna Maria Horner fabrics and I knew I wanted it to be bright and cheerful and that was my starting point.



And I've loved piecing it. Granted there are quite a few points you need to match up and a fair bit of cutting if you go for a decently large size (approx 70" x 76" in this case) but it was worth it. I cut and pieced 25 kaleidoscope coloured shapes and it was great to showcase so many different fabrics.

The pattern suggested using white as a background but I decided instead to use three AMH fabrics (different colours, same print) for the background just to keep the eyes even more interested. I also used two different complimentary fabrics for the star points where the pattern has you using one.

I love it.
I really love it.



It's just so completely happy and fun and random and makes me realise why I love quilting so very much.



And I've missed that feeling these past few months.

linking up to Finish It Up Friday


I feel I'm back :-)

49 comments:

  1. This quilt is so YOU! So very lovely in all it's wonderful scrappiness.:)

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  2. Oh what a wonderful, colourful, fun, pointy, scrappy quilt!! I'm so happy that you've done some quilting for 'you' I hope this one's for keeps.

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  3. Love this! I also have the book and ruler and it is indeed full of lovely patterns. I made the Christmas Tree table runner. It was quick and turned out so well, can't wait to gift it at Christmas.

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  4. It really is happy and fun. I love how you changed up the points to make them two colors. It adds a lot of movement to the top.

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  5. So cheerful and bright! Isn't it fun to get inspired again?

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  6. Brilliant! So glad you're pleasure and enjoyment are back.

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  7. I REALLY love it too! It's very you Alison - I can't think of anyone else who would use those three AMH prints as a background and make them work so well! Googling triangler ruler now...

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  8. The quilt is absolutely beautiful. I've been saving my AMH fabrics for awhile now, just waiting for the right quilt pattern to come along. You've inspired me! Thanks

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  9. Fabulous! Looks complicated. Love all the varieties of colours and fabrics.

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  10. Wow. Just, wow. That is the BEST feeling! I love the different scales of fabric you are using. I love AMH but a lot of the ones I have are very large scale. And that background in genius! Way to go. :)

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  11. Perfect! I agree, some blogs are not about sewing anymore, they're just telling you what you should be buying. I loved your soy amado quilts but it is nice to see some of your own work again.

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  12. So amazing. I am inspired to try my ruler --or at least find it.....

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  13. I love this quilt, It's beautiful! I love the busyness of it and all the AMH fabrics, well done...:))

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  14. I love all of that happy scrappy color and I'm delighted that you are back to sewing for yourself!

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  15. Fun to see some of your creative work again!

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  16. I love it! And now I feel pretty silly - I bought the book & ruler a ways back, too, and if I hadn't seen this, I would have completely forgotten! Must find it somewhere in my mess of a sewing room!

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  17. I love this quilt and I really like that you used a rather large floral print with many colors for the background! It adds so much interest while keeping it cohesive!

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  18. *Sigh*… It's completely gorgeous and I hope it's staying with you! Lovely to see your own work again :)

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  19. it is so beautiful, and if anyone ever deserved to love something it's you!

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  20. Really beautiful A! Love your fabric choice with this design. Jxo

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  21. Your quilt turned it so pretty! I'm working on the exact quilt pattern and am really loving the ruler too. I wasn't as brave as you, so went with the white background but I'm loving it so far. Thanks for inspiring me to go scrappier :)

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  22. You are back!! I'm in love with this quilt *sigh

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  23. I just love it!!! Thanks for the info about the Triangular, also. PS You may have inspired me to finally part with some of my AMH stash, also.

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  24. this is WONDERFUL. I've enjoyed following your progress with the Soy Amado quilts (and have a deep respect for your dedication to the project) but I've also missed seeing some of your original creations - I find your work incredibly inspiring. You have a great eye - thanks for sharing this and the information about the triangle ruler! I've been considering trying out some triangles, I'll have to look into it :)

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  25. I love your riot of colours, it is such a happy looking quilt. I think you were absolutely right so steer away from white as a background. Though I enjoyed seeing all the Soy Amado quilts it's nice to see all your creative juices flowing in your own quilts.

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  26. That is so beautiful! Glad you got to do some sewing 'just because'. That often leads to the best stuff. And i totally get you, the internet can sometimes overkill great things and it's nice to work on something you aren't seeing all over social media.

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  27. Very, very pretty. Love that "I'm back" feeling :)

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  28. I love the line about quilty blog land!
    It's wonderful. So pleased you've managed to do something for yourself after your wonderful Soy Amado quilts.

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  29. Love it!! I love the colours, the design, and also the background choices too, I am not a person that uses solids much so this is fab for me. x

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  30. Look at all of these comments! I was gong to say Alison: Colour Genius. That's all!

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  31. Absolutely lovely quilt !!

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  32. This is very, very beautiful! i am a new quilter to the craft and blogland and I have really enjoyed following you! Thank you for sharing your talent :)
    I, too, am a very eclectic, scrappy person as a rule and this quilt is so me -- I'd love to make one. Where can this booklet be purchased? I have not seen it before.

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  33. That's lovely, I can't believe that was all sewn in lines, it looks far more complicated than that - beautiful!

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  34. It is stunning, really and truly beautiful, great job!

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  35. The color!!!! All of them.

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  36. I love it too! You did a beautiful job! Take a bow now! :)

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  37. It's magnificent and very, very 'you'! I'm with you on the 'everyone is telling me I need to buy/watch/read ____ but it's putting me off getting it/watching it/reading it' - the more something is talked about before it's available, the less I want it!! (It's particularly relevant to telly programmes - the more trailers I see, the less inclined I am to watch the programme when it's on!)

    Enjoy sewing for enjoyment and just for the sake of it, you deserve it!

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  38. Not at all perverse - sometimes I want to do something that the blogging world isn't telling me to do. And I've been eyeing this booklet. This might be the push I need!

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  39. As always, I cannot stop admiring how you choose colors and prints! It looks amazing!

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  40. so gorgeous! thanks for sharing! :)

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  41. Stunning! I've added that book and ruler to my "wishlist." (The Holidays can't come soon enough ;).

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  42. Gorgeous! Those fabric choices are lovely - makes the blocks look like pretty gemstones.

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  43. I love it! It is sooo you. And you finished it sooo quickly!

    About the Soy Amado quilts: Sometimes big worthwhile projects can turn into a test of willpower and endurance, but you did it! And there are so many children who's lives are a bit better because of you. Thanks for keeping going even when quilting turned from a joy into a chore.

    It was fun seeing the US package of blocks turn into quilts. (I made the crayon one at a guild meeting last year. Pretty fun.)

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  44. Fabulous!! Love your choice of colours and how you adapted the stars..love it, well done.

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  45. What a joy to look at it!
    You have a great sense of colors and textures! All my admiration for this!
    And I'm very glad I found another one enjoying to follow only her/his heart sometimes!

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  46. I hope you're doing well Alison. Miss your posts.

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