Saturday, February 14, 2015

low volume detour

low volume detour

Usually when I start a project, I have a pretty clear idea of which way I'm headed. This quilt turned out entirely different from my initial concept, but I am in love with the end result!


I used a heart block pattern that I had saved from a book that was headed to the recycle bin years ago. "My Heart Belongs to the '30s", designed by Sandy Bonsib, out of a Mimi Dietrich book.



It finished at 6.25" after framing on pointI knew I wanted to use low volume backgrounds for the initial blocks, but I was going to use a contrasting color for the setting squares.


BLUE. This shade reminded me of my worn & loved Raggedy Ann doll from my youth. Perfect for a heart quilt, right? I felt the concept was golden, even making the drive to my LQS in Lexington to seek out a few more options. That should have been my first clue...after a HUGE stall, I realized I wasn't pleased with my choice. After considering purple, grey, and even orange(!) for possible setting squares, I had to accept that the blue wasn't going to happen. I have no photo evidence of those tryouts, and good thing, because some of the auditions were really bad. Awful, honestly!


Low volumes to the rescue!!! I know why this craze is all the rage right now. Genius. When I laid these out together, this was the green light I needed. The hearts just seemed so much more light and airy- like they were floating on the background.



And just like that- the top came together so quickly!



No custom quilting here. I chose a heart-themed pantograph from Digitech Designs, and got it quilted really fast. Love it.



It finished about 50"x60", which is a little smaller than I would have liked. It's bound with 2.5" double fold. I kept the binding low volume also, (shocker) because I felt like this particular one didn't need "framing."  The horse was already out of the barn on this adventure, anyway!

Happy Valentine's Day,
-Kamie


 


4 comments:

  1. No comments!!! I'd better be the first. I guess you've just started blogging? I like blogging because you can explain better what you've done than on IG. It's also easier to find posts about certain things - once you've got a lot of photos of IG it's hard to ever find the right one again.

    This heart quilt looks lovely - and your little helper adds a cute factor to everything. I'm just dipping my toes into the low volume craze at the moment. They haven't appealed to me at all in the past, but I'm now making some patters which require them. I've only collected about 5 so far and will just mix them up.

    I'm off to read your next post on la passacaglia now.

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  2. No comments!!! I'd better be the first. I guess you've just started blogging? I like blogging because you can explain better what you've done than on IG. It's also easier to find posts about certain things - once you've got a lot of photos of IG it's hard to ever find the right one again.

    This heart quilt looks lovely - and your little helper adds a cute factor to everything. I'm just dipping my toes into the low volume craze at the moment. They haven't appealed to me at all in the past, but I'm now making some patters which require them. I've only collected about 5 so far and will just mix them up.

    I'm off to read your next post on la passacaglia now.

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  3. Yes! New to the blog. It's as you said- IG is difficult when it gets too wordy. I love your la Passacaglia, and hope to see you start up again soon. The Kaffe fabrics are lovely!

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