Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Undersea Quilt

By the time you read this, I expect to be recovering from my elbow surgery. I'm taking this opportunity to catch up on a few blog posts I've been meaning to write for a while.

Undersea Quilt (so far)

Take a look at this beauty! It's currently the WIP that I am most excited about. A few months back, I organized a block swap for the members of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild. We all started with a common set of fabrics (a selection of Momo's "Odyssea" for Moda Fabrics) and then made blocks for one another based upon each member's specific request. I asked for square-in-square blocks inspired by Denyse Schmidt's wonky style.

Undersea Quilt Block

Each member was allowed to add in fabrics (from any line) that they felt was a good coordinate for their blocks. I had a really great time shopping for fabrics from across the shop that I thought would look good with the Odyssea prints, and I loved picking specific fabrics that I thought would further the underwater feel of the quilt.

Undersea Quilt Blocks

I got back some wonderful blocks from the talented quilters in my guild. I wasn't quite sure what to do with them, but after assessing the large stash of fabrics I still had on hand, I decided to give each block a 2.5" frame to really highlight each block. I think it was this decision that elevated this quilt top from "really like" to "really really love"!

Undersea Quilt Blocks

The only problem was that, at 12 blocks laid out in a 3 x 4 grid, the quilt seemed kind of small to me. Don't forget, I am over 6'4" tall, so what might be a throw quilt to some is barely even a lap cover for me! Because I loved the way this quilt was turning out (and also because I severely over-bought fabric and had a TON of leftover cuts), I decided more blocks were needed.

Undersea Quilt Blocks

I turned to my fabulous Twitter followers and put out a plea: would anyone want to make a block for my quilt? I was hoping to get 4 takers so that I could add one more row to the quilt top. What I didn't expect was the flood of responses I got from quilters around the world who were selflessly willing to make me a block. Based upon the response I received, I think I will be able to nearly double the size of my quilt!

Undersea Quilt Block

Some of the new blocks have already started to arrive. They're not pictured here yet, but they are AWESOME. I'm so very excited to receive the remaining blocks and finish this quilt up. It's going to be one of my favorites -- not only because it's just so cool, but because it will be made with love by both members of my local guild and also some of my favorite online friends.

Undersea Quilt (so far)

Stay tuned -- when I add all of the new additions to the quilt top, I'll post another picture and keep you posted on its progress!

30 comments:

  1. That quilt is just gorgeous. It's always amazing to me that you can add the work of so many individuals together and yet somehow, together, they look amazing.

    Hope your elbow heals well and quickly!

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  2. LOVE THE TOP! The framing strips are perfect! Hope your elbow is better in record time!

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  3. It's wonderful! I find it amazing as well that so many different fabrics/blocks somehow seem to work together so well. Hope you have a speedy recovery!

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  4. The top is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the new additions to it. I hope that your elbow is better soon, thereby giving you the chance to add those blocks sooner.

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  5. This quilt top is gorgeous! I love the story behind it as well. So fun!

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  6. You were right about the boarder on each block - its really lovely!

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  7. Too cool! Nothing like an unknown (I don't think stranger is right) friend to step up and help out! Gotta love these quilting peeps:0) Sorry to hear about the elbow! I've got a daughter who lives in Raleigh who has fallen a few times in the last few weeks, nothing broken thankfully! Prayers for a speedy recovery. Sarah

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  8. The green, purple and brown block is my fave I think. They are all pretty amazing:)

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  9. BTW, hope that arm heals quickly so you can get back to creating:)

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  10. Dude...that's NOT the way to get attention!!:P
    How in the world are you blogging with a busted up elbow?

    Well...be careful....maybe you need a bag of salt in your car?:)

    BTW...great photos!

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  11. John,
    The quilt is wonderful and yes 3x4 would be way to small for you. Hope you recover nicely from the surgery.

    Lissa

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  12. HEAL QUICKLY! <3 The block in the lower left corner of the pictures is my favorite... =)

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  13. Thats awesome!

    I hope you are recovering from surgery good! Im sending some positive thoughts your way!

    Jessie
    http://designsbyjessie.com/wp

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  14. When I see most quilts I love seeing them far away because most material selections are disappointing up close. This one is really neat to see close up! Hope that your funny bone heals soon!

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  15. Your quilt is amazing already, and I can't wait to see it with the additional blocks! Hope your surgery went well and you are on the road to recovery!!

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  16. The framing around the blocks look great. You should have something big enough to wrap up in when all is said and done.

    Hope your elbow is mending well and isn't too horribly painful.

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  17. gorgeous quilt John, hope the elbow recovery is smooth and quick!

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  18. Love the color combination! Hope you are all recovered soon.

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  19. Omgosh, I love the quilt. It is awesome. Hope you are on the mend soon.

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  20. I am loving your quilt. Fabtabulous executive-decision making skills on the border for each block!

    Hope your recouping is fast and as painless as it can be.

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  21. Love this! Well done, I think the framing of the blocks totally makes this top go to a wowie! Hope you elbow heals quick!

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  22. That quilt is going to be stunning.

    Hope you recover from surgery quickly.

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  23. Love that latest! Seriously? A Man who Quilts and admits it? That's actually really manly. Good for you! Keep it coming.

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  24. I love IT! How great it is. My husband has a great eye, but still can't get him to sketch or sew at the table, well sew anywhere. I will for sure be adding your site to my favs.

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  25. The quilt is so pretty and unique. I love the colors and how the red doesn't dominate the quilt even though there is a lot of red in it. It is very lovely.

    BTW You and your elbow are in my prayers for a quick and full recovery. And. . .

    You are so awesome!! Thanks for adding name/url. There are a lot of blogs I would comment to but they don't have that one line. I follow them anyway just as I have you for almost a year now. Thanks.

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  26. It's so good to have friends to quilt with! Hope you are recovering as well as you had hoped.

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  27. It looks awesome! I'm just making an Odyssea picnic quilt at the moment... great fabric line. Hope the surgery went well!

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  28. Hey John,

    Love it! This motivates me to do something with all the awesome squares I got from that swap. They're still hanging out in their bag, sadly.

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