The Unveiling...

...of my latest quilt top.
Conversation, 60 x 60 inches, is the result of playing with Jess Wheelahan's Text/Type fabrics
I chose to make blocks of simple geomentic shapes to allow room for the kinetic energy of the fabrics. 

Just for fun I played around with different photo effects. 

Lighter and Brighter
Black and White - Dramatic!

Neutralising the neutrals.

Spot lit in the dark

Rusty Sepia tones of yesteryear

Upside down!

Here's a close up of the big triangle fabric. I'm a "put a bird on it" kinda gal so here's the bird of this quilt.

and I didn't want him to be lonely so I added a friend. 
My plan for quilting includes lots of big stitches adding more geometric shapes - circles in the squares, squares in the triangles and triangles in the circles.  I've got some tapestry yarns that I'm hoping will work as I'd like the stitches to be really bold and chunky. We'll see, I find these things have a way of evolving. 

Just a reminder - You can get Jess's fabulous screen printed Text/Type fabrics from Material Obsession. The red bird fabric came from there too but I'm not sure what it's called, doh!
The Unveiling...

42 comments

  1. Love it! So graphic and bold.:)

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  2. WOW! This is SO interesting! I love the addition of the bird prints and your stitching will add yet another dimension. Looking forward to the next instalment Rachael!

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  3. Oh boy, that is so awesome, I love it to bits. I think you're so creative and have some fantastic quilty ideas.

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  4. Wow Rachael. I think it has a big punch of mid century modern aesthetic to it. Fantastic use of that fabric.

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  5. what a fantastic design. I can't wait to see it all quilted!

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  6. Too good Rachael. Love the bird fabric. Mines ended up as a backing

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  7. Hi, Rachael, Your design worked really nicely with those fabrics, and what fabrics! Great way to start the new year...
    best, nadia

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  8. Your design is just right for these amazing fabrics - love it in the black and white too! Your quilting plans sound perfectly amazing.

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  9. You had a lot of fun there didn't you?! Love the addition of the birds and it is a beautiful rich red fabric.
    Hilda

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  10. I just love what you have done with those fabrics - simply gorgeous!!

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  11. WOW again Rachael. Nobody has visions of quilts like you. Your sew unique, somebody should be paying you big money to design quilts ! Adding the bird fabric was the perfect thing to do ! It will change again when you add your unique style of stitches...

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  12. Loved the different effects using photoshop?

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  13. Really fun and sorta wild, just as I imagine you to be!

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  14. What can I say but AMAZING! I expect to see this in a gallery or museum at some point!

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  15. SQUEEEEEE!! I love it! I knew I would - couldn't wait to see it and I'm not disappointed one bit. The bird fabric is perfect and really puts it right over the top. Nice!

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  16. Love it! You picked the perfect design for the fabric! You are the fabric whisperer!

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  17. The bold graphics of this quilt are great! It is such a powerful statement quilt--the kind that says "I'm not afraid to take some chances." I love it! Great job.

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  18. You have such a great eye for design. I think I'm jealous! Beautiful work!

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  19. Yea! You've made something completely original with simple blocks and the retro feel of this print. It's got very mid-century modern feel, which is a perfect way to showcase this print. Your work always dazzles me, and this is no exception!

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  20. Wow, you did have fun with all those shapes and then putting them all together!

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  21. I want! I think you have sold a lot of material for them with this quilt.

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  22. Gasp -- just beautiful! Eager to see how you'll quilt it.

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  23. wish I had just a portion of the talent you have to put together something so graphic in such a short amount of time. I love the sepia tones, being an autumn person.

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  24. You are so good at this, Rachael! You have a wonderful knack for making an asymmetrical quilt, but keeping it balanced. Perfect use of the fabric, too.

    I was expecting something more neutral, so this is an excellent surprise! I love the bird too. :D

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  25. My dear genius friend. It is time for you to publish a quilting book!!! Happy!

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  26. The supurlative quilt. Your gift is blooming .

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  27. Love the way you have made use of the prints, Rachael. Looking forward to seeing this quilted!

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  28. Just stunning Rachael and quilting with hose threads will give it a whole new look!

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  29. Wow-I could look at this for hours and not get bored. It's like a grown up version of I spy! Beautiful!

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  30. Fantastic Rachael! Did it take long to come up with a design or did the fabrics whisper sweet nothings in your ear? I think the tapestry thread will add a wonderful texture. It will be a quilt just begging to be touched.

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  31. Love it Rachael! It has a very mid century feel to it. So bold and graphic!

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  32. Wow! It feels like Brian Wildsmith meets Picasso's Guernica. There is just so much energy in there. I wonder if that comes from a restricted colour palette or the variety of geometrics...it is almost vibrating!

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  33. Look at how wonderful it has turned out. The shapes are so big and bold. Such a great choice for this fabric.
    I am looking forward to the quilting too, especially as I thought the last post was it.

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  34. Phenomenal! I love the contrast! I hope you got to re-stash that type fabric!

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  35. Yep - I knew it would be amazing!

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  36. so cool! It looks like a modern painting to me. The bird fabric is so awesome and adds a perfect touch. Can't wait to see your big stitches!
    Great New Year quilt!

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  37. Awesome quilt! Wow, you blow me away with your talent, Rachael! What a unique vision you have. This design works so well with this fabric, and it's very innovative! Great graphic appeal, and very mid-century mod too. I love the fun you had with Photoshop (or whatever you used to tweak the colors). Every version looks fab!

    Your quilting will make a big difference in this too. I can't wait to see how those threads will look with this!

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  38. I love how graphic it looks....and what a perfect name!

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  39. Wow this is stunning! It's so bold and alive. I love all the circles you included, it gives it real depth. The title is perfect too, you must be so pleased!

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  40. Wow Rachael, this is stunning! It looks like a piece of modern art. The different color photos are a fun effect and I like how you can really discern the shapes.

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