Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Amish Variations

When I decided to recreate my favorite Amish quilt, I didn't think I do more with it, but once I got the fabrics home I couldn't help but compare the solids I had selected to the existing fabrics in my stash.

I thought, "Gee, wouldn't it be fun to push that idea around. How far could I go?"  Making a version with blenders would be one idea. Here is part of it. Actually, I think it's a snoozefest (translation: boring.) I don't have enough of the green fabric on the bottom to go all the way around. If I decide to finish it, I'd have to go fabric shopping.

Here's a batik version. I haven't sewn this up together yet. I decided to make these all the same size because, what the heck, I had the fabric and it was easier than recreating a new set of dimensions. I don't really consider this version particularly successful - the batiks are all too busy. In the real world I would use fabrics of different scales of pattern. Still though, it's a fun variation on the original.

I almost didn't make this one, but I'm really glad I did because I like it a lot. I'm not thrilled with the green here, but I was trying to find something that was a value match to the original. It's a tough green to find, and I wanted something with a largish scale. Still though, I count this as a success.

There's one other version in the works. It came about when I saw fabrics in my stash I thought might work. I'm really pleased I tried it, because I think it works. I'll have to go shopping for the green, but oh gee darn, how tough is that? This one just goes to show that sometimes the stuff out of left field is a lot more interesting than anything obvious. (Which is sort of obvious, really, because the obvious is usually dull as dishwater.)

*All these photos will enlarge when clicked, and then supersize when clicked again.


Quiltdivajulie said...

I adore the batik version - it can come live with me if it fails the cut in NH ... And do keep going with that last one!

Just Ducky said...

Like the bottom one.

Anonymous said...

I've got 5 pieces of silk in these colors on their way to me. I'm going to use all the same colors and just mix up the order of the pieces. I blame you.