Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Whole Lotta Love and All That Jazz.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!! We had a wonderful day of eating delicious food and simply being happy. One of my favourite treats from Santa has been some quality time in my sewing room over the last couple of days.

I started playing with these half square triangles back in August. As usual I was side tracked by other projects and they were pushed to one side.
I pulled them out recently and started putting the little squares on my design wall. I stood back and looked and wondered how it would look if the blocks were mixed up a bit.... Hmmm.. A few cups of tea later and I decided I enjoyed them better with the triangles pointing in all directions. Somehow it suits the electricity of the fabrics and I like the secondary patterns that appear and then disappear as you focus on another group of triangles.
So I kept going with the concept and have ended up with a top 77 x 84inches. Its really hard to capture the colours. Hopefully I'll have more luck in natural light outside when it's finished. I'm planning to quilt this myself, using good old stitch in the ditch.
Gbf popped in to my sewing room to have a cup of tea with me and of course the conversation centered around my quilt top. We thought that if the quilt was music it had gone from being pop to modern jazz. Great minds think alike when we both thought it looked like Ornette Coleman's music. My favourite piece of music by him is called Dancing in your Head so that is what I'm calling this quilt.

One top finished and another started...

The seed was planted last week when Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom showed previews of her next range. Amazing rich colours, fabulous glamorous patterns. It's perfectly called Crazy Love!!! Immediately I thought of using the fabrics to make a LOVE quilt with crazy piecing. Inspired by a few LOVE quilts Here, Here and Here. The catch is Crazy Love isn't being released until March next year. Too impatient to wait I grabbed some fabrics and have come up with this.

To give you an idea of scale each letter is 26inches high. I'll finish it off with patchy cream and neutral fabrics and make it up to queen size. It'll make the perfect wedding quilt for some friends who are getting married this year. When Crazy Love is released I'll use it to make a similar quilt for myself , or who knows what idea I'll come up with by then.

If you're wondering if there is a song to go with this quilt? Yes! There's a beautiful song by Van Morrison called Crazy Love. My favourite line is "The heavens open every time she smiles". How romantic is that! :)

30 comments:

regan said...

Rachael.....Dancing in your Head is FABULOUS! I love all those amazing colors.....wow! Your eye doesn't want to sit still....but just keep moving over it.....I love it!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Rachael..I love it...there are all sorts of patterns going everywhere, just fabulous...and a beautiful song...Van Morrison, one of my favourites...My fave album would have to be 'Inarticulate Speech of the Heart"...I just love it!!! Keep enjoying being in your room...and here's a Christmas Cheers for you...

I'm playing Crazy Love whilst doing this...

Mary said...

Love the final version of Dancing...and Van Morrisons Crazy Love!

Sally said...

love the half square triangles!!

Patchwork and Play said...

Great minds indeed think alike! I'm thinking of doing a quilt called "Jazz Hands"!!! I love your latest creation!! The colour is amazing! And I have the Ray Charles/Van Morrison version of "Crazy Love!" Your LOVE quilt kind of matches my LOVE hoop!!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

That splash of colour just made myu day! Love how you changed it up for the better. I really like the Crazy Love one too, those letters must be huge! Van Morrison....say no more, that line is one of my favourites as well :-)

Mandalin said...

You ARE my quilting twin!! A post will be up soon!

Janet said...

HST are such a versatile little unit and your top ended up so great, I love what you did! The love quilt will be fabulous as a wedding gift. Glad you've had such a lot of stitching fun and a lovely Chrissy day.

Marg said...

WOW Rachael, I love what you have done with the HST's it's absolutely stunning. Perfect name for it too.
I love Crazy Love too, a perfect wedding gift.
You are on fire with your ideas, you go girl!

Lindi said...

Love what you have done! Ordinary becomes extrordinary. :)

Mary said...

Thank you for the Van Morrison this morning....LOVE Van Morrison....CRAZY LOVE!!! Both quilts are Brilliant...Dancing In Your Head is wonderful. Amazing what twirling some blocks around can do??? And your Crazy Love is a fantabulous idea! What a lucky couple to be getting this quilt. I can't wait to see them both come to life. You are off to a great start for 2012 Rachael!!!

Ann Marie said...

Love having this quilt dancing in my head today! What a happy start to my morning.

Shelley said...

I just love your pink triangles quilt Dancing in Your Head! So much going on, but with a little symmetry here and there to pull it all together. Beautiful! And the LOVE quilt... perfect for a wedding gift :) Love them both!!!

Quiltbenaco said...

I tuoi lavori mi sorprendono sempre!
Ciao

Heather said...

I love the quilt with the pink triangles. You are right the random setting is so much better, such a happy quilt.

Melissa P said...

I'm so happy that Santa gave you all that time to play because the results are incredible! The Summersault HSTs took on new life when placed randomly. Hard to believe they could become any more lively but they certainly did. Great job!

And more paper piecing inspiration! Wow!

Nifty Quilts said...

"Dancing In Your Head" is fabulous!! I looked at it for a long time, totally entertained by how the designs come closer and then retreat. The colors are so happy and playful too. We wouldn't want to get too serious, now. Would we?!

I'm loving your "Crazy Love" start too. It'll be fun to see your progress.

You are so inspiring!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Oh my gosh you have been busy girl! I am so itching to getting back into the sewing room.
Love your Dancing In Your Head and your Crazy Love quilts!!!The colors make me happy.
Did you know in Philadelphia there is a place called Love Park and that LOVE sculpture is in that park!!!??

Suzee said...

I love that quilt!I like it all mixed up like that. I'm a big Van Morrison fan myself!

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Ooooooh, gorgeous Rachael!!!! Just imagine what we could achieve if we didn't have to go back to work!! I love the bold colours and prints!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I love the Dancing in you head quilt! Totally stunning! Can't wait to see it quilted. Great colours :)

melissa said...

Wow what a dazzling vibrant quilt! Love how you come up with the names for your creations! LOVE the Love quilt it will make such an awesome wedding present!
Cant wait for some Crazy Love! Happy New Year Rach!

x

Katy Cameron said...

Wow, you have been busy! Love both of your new creations :o)

Terry said...

Ditto all the above comments.
So much fun just turning around and doing summersalts. Glad you are having so much fun playing.

Sewhappy said...

I love the red background on dancing in your head, it just adds to the movement, the pattern is so perfect as it does seem to keep you moving. Crazy love quilt is great too, keep us all up to date with how it is coming on, I love the O.

Sasha said...

I love your new quilt Rachael! It's so colorful!! It makes me happy just to look at it!! I hope you have a Happy New Year!!

Sew Surprising said...

Dancing In Your Head is a perfect name for that quilt. Just shows music inspires continually, and continually inspires. Just beautiful.

Karen said...

What a super fun time you have had being creative. Those traiangles are just fabulous! I am hoping to have a go at making some words this year. Yours look great. All that pieced goodness.

Tonya Ricucci said...

loving your LOVE!!!! fantastic! and yes, Crazy Love is a beautiful song. woohoo!

Stacey said...

Wow, luving this quilt, the pink is fabulous!

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