Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Quilt applique

A little bit of applique happening here and there.  I'm working on the Winter Quilt - another Jan Patek pattern (although I would really say it is only very loosely a pattern - more a series of sketches, and one is missing, etc. etc.) from 1998.  I'm changing it here and there to make it more personal to our family.

I adore this folk arty style.  This is Kaela's block - with all the pink - and Shadow and Yumi (long gone) which she - we - adopted as kittens - that was so long ago.



 I made the alternate blocks before anything else, and now I don't like them - too strong.  Shouldn't they be "softer"?



My applique skills aren't advanced, but I sure love the process.



December rolls along... I hope you are all having a good month - we are almost giddy anticipating all our young adult kids being here for Christmas!

x
Cynthia

11 comments:

  1. What sweet applique blocks! I like the alternating blocks the way they are :) Such a nice contrast.

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  2. When I first saw the photo of those blocks together I loved it. Then I read your concern and studied it more and I still love them. They offer contrast but also balance with some of the darker colors in the appliqué blocks. Will you do more appliqué blocks with print background? They also nicely balance that effect, which I love.

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  3. I love these sweet applique blocks and especially that you're personalizing them for your own family. I think your choice for alternate blocks depends on what you want to stand out -- the applique blocks or the alternate blocks. To my eyes, the alternate blocks you have now catch my eye more than the applique blocks. It will be interesting to read what others see. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Cynthia.

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  4. I think the alternate blocks are fine ... and patterns are made to be changed and adapted. I don't think I have ever made a quilt and stuck to a pattern.

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  5. Your applique is wonderful! And I do like the sharp contrast of the green of the alternate block. I am curious about the green tape on the floor. Anticipating new furniture?? Quilt basting?? Wink! Have a very Merry Christmas with your family. Wishing you the best. Hope we can get together at NEQM this winter.

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  6. I love this quilt. Your applique is great. I too love the process of applique. Happy Holidays. Hugs

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  7. The alternate blocks make me think of grasslands between the appliqué. I think you'll like them once more is done.

    Wonder what other buried treasures you'll find!

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  8. I think the dark green chains create a nice framework for your applique!

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  9. Yay for getting your children home for the holidays! And your applique is simply wonderful looking. I love that folk art style too and Jan Patek is a master. Maybe you could try some Rit color remover on those blocks? If you don't leave the fabric in very long, the affect is very subtle.

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  10. I'm so happy for you thst your kiddos will be home for the holidays. I recognized Jan's style right away. I think your alternating blocks work fine especially if you continue to have some darker colors in the appliques.

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  11. I like your Jan Patek blocks. I am thinking the patterns are in the book "The Winter Book". Is there one missing from the book. I have some fabrics pulled for the quilt but have not started.

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