|Ready To Sew... Maybe|
|Tabby Road Collection FQs|
|See How My Red and Navy "Solids" Have Subtle Plus Signs On Them?|
As my design wall was filling up with these bright, happy triangles, I was getting so excited -- this top should sew up fast, and won't it be fun to quilt on the longarm machine?! And yet, misgivings began to creep in.
|"I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me"|
|Tula Pink - Tabby Road - Cat Eyes - Strawberry Cooler|
I hear Rockwell and Michael Jackson singing "Somebody's Watching Me" in my head and it's giving me the creeps!
Clearly there are too many eyeballs on this quilt, and some of them have to go. The Tabby Mountain pattern uses all but two of the 25 prints in the Tabby Road collection, and for some reason the designer chose to use all four colorways of the creepy eyeball print and only three of the four colorways of the Disco Kitty print, which is my favorite.
|Disco Kitties! Love!!!|
So instead of starting to sew my rows together, I've been digging through my stash and auditioning possible fabrics that I could swap out for the remaining Cat Eyes. When all of the fabrics in a quilt are from the same fabric collection and you want to just replace a few of them, it's a lot trickier than coordinating fabrics for a scrappy quilt where all of the fabrics are very different. For this quilt, I need my replacement prints to be the right colors in the right shades, but I also think that the prints need to have the same level of detail and the same "feel" as the prints in the Tabby Road collection, and I need to balance the visual weight of the new print with the mix of prints already on the wall. You know, scale, value, big floral type versus geometric, stripe, or dot... The other consideration, now that I'm no longer following directions and I'm back in charge of artistic direction, is that I don't have any little girls in my life right now and I don't want this quilt to look too juvenile. We want to have fun with our bold, brightly colored kitties, but not Romper Room fun, if you know what I mean.
|Tabby Road Fur Ball Fabric in Strawberry Tangerine|
|Kaffe Fassett Collective, Roman Glass and Paperweight Prints|
I've got a dress rehearsal this afternoon for Monday's VOX Martin Luther King, Jr. concert, singing at three church services at Christ Providence tomorrow morning so I probably won't be back in my studio again until Sunday afternoon. I'll see how I feel about it then.
Well, it's now nearly 1 PM, my dress rehearsal starts in an hour, and as my husband pointed out to me, I'm not dressed yet. Which means this blog post has finally reached
THE ENDPS: I'm linking up a day late with all my favorite Friday linky parties:
- · Finish It Up Friday at www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com
- · Whoop Whoop Fridays at www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com
- · Finished Or Not Friday at http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/
love those Kaffe prints you show and I usually don't care for his and I find them to bright and too big of prints for me. Your quilt is looking great
You are getting close to a quilt top. Happy finishing!!!
Loved reading that you are back in charge of the artistic direction! Those Kaffe prints have my vote - they will look great in your beautiful quilt.
So funny - too many eyeballs on this quilt!
I am segueing from nearly all thrifted fabric to some precut prematched retail material and sometimes a theme can be overdone.
Ha! Ha! Your post reminds me of another song by the Temptations. Just My Imagination. :D The thing that caught your eye originally was the colors, was it not? Did the eyes bother you when you first saw this quilt? No, because you were viewing it as a whole and not as individual pieces. Just ignore the eyes, knowing that their colors are going to make the whole thing work. Once you get it together, it's the entire presentation that you're going to love! You could always turn the fabric sideways and then the shapes are more like Christmas decorations instead of eyes and you would still have the colors. Just a thought! :)
Ha ha you have gotten yourself down a rabbit whole this fabric ok but now this fabric has to change and so on
I suggest you sew 7-8 pineapple blocks and think about it
When you start sewing it how about doing a pineapple seam at the beginning and end of each triangle seam?
Yes I want to see the completion of all the pineapple blocks plus a few extra so when you do the lay out you can throw out a few.....to be used as pillows or shams or other decor
I love it! I get the thing about the eyes-and like the cats best also. But I'd keep the big red dots. This will be a cool quilt!
with my first ipad i used a big piece of velcro to attach it to the wall behind my sewing machine. it worked!
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