Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Call Me Crazy...

Call me crazy, but I adore that Amish quilt that's on the screen on my computer, (you can see another photo here...) and I finally gave in and decided to make a mini version to have and to hold. I tried matching the colors on the computer, and obviously the orange that came with the others is too yellow. The quilt really needs RED, but I have red in my stash, so I think I'll be all set. 

Unlike my pal Valerie Levy, I am NOT a Kona acolyte, and have precious few solids. Solids do not sing to me. Instead, they generally groan. I find them flat and boring.

Yeah, I know. They work best when you have hundreds from which to choose, and I do not have the patience for hundreds. Don't bother correcting me, or cajoling me, or trying to convince me. I ain't going there.

I don't know how big my version of this quilt will be (certainly under 40" square) and I sure as hell don't know where I'll hang it, but this quilt has spoken to me for years and finally I am going to have one I can look at without having to remember which book it's in.

The original is in wool and is quilted in black thread, and I'll have mine quilted in black thread too.

I think.

Haven't got there yet.

Isn't life fun?


Marei said...

I'm not a solids fan either. Love to look at them but don't really enjoy trying to fit them into my work. I'll leave that up to others. Good luck with your mini Amish quilt. Looking forward to seeing if it does, in fact, get quilted in black.

Quiltdivajulie said...

With you on the solids . . . having lived in Amish country, I can share first hand that their wool quilts are marvelously textural and rich.

I am certain you can re-create your beloved quilt image . . . and I've no doubt you will find just exactly the right place to hang it!

Gypsy Quilter said...

I am indeed a collector of solids. And have found through the years it's important to get the colors when and where I see them. However, I use a a wide value range of 20-200 colors in my quilts and the only way to manage that is through years of collecting. For the square in a square you'll be enjoying, or others in your future, a nice range of fabric can be found at Mary Jo's of Gastonia, Hancocks of Paducah, or even the Bella range at Happy Sewing!

Fran said...

I'm sure there weren't many reds to choose from when the quilt was made!

Sunny Slope Farm said...

I love solids and have a goodly supply of color shades in my stash! I am looking forward to the finished result of this new project.

Anonymous said...


Valerie Levy said...

In 20 years of quilt making I wasn't EVER a lover of solids...but the Kona Nerd Colony is alive and well in my sweet little Maritime Modern guild and they've sunk their wretched little suggestive claws into me.... resistance proved futile, I was assimilated into the cult. And now, I too am a Kona Nerd. My stack of precious solids is rapidly rising like the Atlantic tide on a storm surge.
I. Need. Help.