Monday, January 4, 2016

Urban Zoology Charm Quilt Top

Happy Monday!  Did you return to your normal routines today?  I did.  I have to say it was worse thinking about it on Sunday night than it actually was this morning.  It was nice to be out of the house and trying to remember what I was doing before Christmas mania kicked in.

Over the Christmas holiday I finished three small child quilt tops that I'll show you today and tomorrow.  They were all partially started in October and November with the idea that I would try to include them in the shop stall at Christmas markets, but I just did not finish them in time.  So, they sat in my sewing room as a pile of blocks that needed to be sewn into rows and then together.  Low hanging fruit for my Christmas break.


First up, I used an Urban Zoology charm pack from the shop (which has now sold out) mixed with Kona solids to make a charm quilt.  I split the charms in half (to 2.5x5 inch rectangles), framed them in Kona white, lime, red or peacock and then squared the blocks to 6 inches on all sides.  


The entire quilt is surrounded in Kona navy.  I have to say I am not convinced that border should stay on.  I was pretty happy with the unisex brightness of the quilt before I added the border, but after it looks quite dark and male-ish.  We'll see.


As usual, my glamorous photographic assistant was with Sunday while I snapped a few photos.  It is rough taking pictures this time of year - it is always sideways raining, windy and dark.  Sunday it was just overcast and slightly breezy, so you'll see most tops are not straight on the line, but it is the best I could do given the time of year.

 

Poor Molly hasn't been dry in weeks with our crazy weather.  She has been swimming in the floods a good bit, which makes her happy.  The bad thing is the garden is totally saturated, so even when she just goes out for a trot around the yard she's soaked.  Can you see the puddle that formed under me while I took photos of this top?  Crazy!  I was actually sinking the longer I stood still!


Thank goodness for awesome, waterproof boots, huh?



8 comments:

Kay said...

I love the happy, bright colours. I have to say that I didn't even notice the navy in the photo until I read about it in the post then I went back to look again. x

Tina said...

Same here... I didn't see the border at first. It does seem a bit dark, but maybe a bright, colourful binding would tie to all together?

Judith, Belfast said...

It's a cute quilt, I didn't see the border either! I totally know what you mean about the weather - the days have been so dark here! Roll on the spring! Jxo

Tomomi McElwee said...

It's a happy cute quilt. That navy disappeared for me too. That might be a hint. Our place is on the hill. The top of the garden is alright but the bottom is almost swamp.....

Sophie Belle Designs said...

Isn't the weather just awful. Love the quilt, I'd lose the navy border personally ;)

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's lovely! Not sure about the border, it depends what you're going to use for binding but I'd be inclined to take it off...

P.S. Looks like you and Molly might sink if you stay in one spot too long!

Ruth said...

Its a skinny border and a mad bright binding could look really good against it? I'm mithred from washin the floor - every time the dogs go in and out I get fian Basset paw prints and dainty little mini Jack Russell ones!

Betty said...

Love those beasties, all of them. That's probably why I love & bought them all!
I'd go with red or green to keep it unisex

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