Top of the Quilt (and the Morning!) to You

Here is the little art quilt I’ve been working on lately. This one is 9 3/4″ by 11 3/4″. I would love to get your knee-jerk reaction to this. Don’t be shy if you don’t like it, but if you could tell me what it is you don’t like, that’d be most helpful.Β Β  Or tell me what you do like, even better, lol!Β  πŸ˜€

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I have not “faced” it yet (added the trim that will bind it with the backing and batting to make the quilt sandwich), or quilted it together. I’ll be adding whimsical buttons and some handmade beads to the top and doing some fun hand quilting to finish it off. I see it in a funky beach house. How about you?

The next one I’m planning will have warm fall colors, with more subdued fabrics. But I really love the free-form feeling I get from this, both as a viewer and as the creator. I was inspired by Rayna Gillman’s book, “Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts”, which I highly recommend!

Happy Autumn Tuesday to my northern hemisphere friends today!Β Β  Peace.

100 thoughts on “Top of the Quilt (and the Morning!) to You

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Rebecca! Do you think it could work in an adult’s space, as well as a kid’s? Do you see this in a beach house? I was trying to bring a beach feel to this. Not sure I succeeded in that, but I guess it doesn’t really matter, huh? Thanks for your comment.

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      1. Yes, definitely for adults, wasted on the kids! πŸ˜‰ I think it would work very well in my beach house (if I had such a thing) – I really like the window echoes you’ve used. I’d just hang it on the wall somewhere it could be admired! πŸ™‚

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  1. It looks great, I don’t know how you have the time to fit all your creativity in!
    As Rebecca says the combination of colours work really well, the orange adds a great pop of colour 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharon! A friend mentioned that adding too much to it might make it too busy, and I thought that was a great point. May just add a few buttons along with the hand quilting and call it done. Next step will be deciding what to charge….This is small, but took surprisingly long to do. I do enjoy it, but still need to factor time to create in. πŸ™‚ I’m really glad you like this!

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    1. I’m so glad you like it! Yay! I’m always so happy when I post something I’m not sure about, and people really respond well to it. Made my morning! Thank you! I like the funkiness too. I used to be a precise piecing person and that will drive you crazy faster than almost anything else!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! I’m so glad that many people are seeing books in this piece. It was done totally abstractly, so they weren’t intended, but as you know, I’m a bookworm and so I really love it that people are seeing books. Thanks as always for your comment!

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    1. Thank you so much, Charlie! I’m so glad to get opinions on this piece from some men too! I’m really glad you like the colors and it was surprisingly hard (as in life sometimes) to find balance in this one, but I feel pretty good about that. I’m glad you noted this as well. Thanks again!! :)))

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  2. I love the funkiness and the colors. that all is great! my first reaction was that it didn’t seem balanced. It seems top heavy and especially at the top right. I feel like it needs some more at the bottom left, maybe in the sashing the house could spill out into the frame/sashing? The darker blue on the right frame merging with the same color of the square is cool…maybe that adds to the weight of the top and you could mirror that in a different way in the bottom left corner? just my first (non caffeinated thoughts!)

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Rachel, I really appreciate that, and will take those under advisement as I continue to work toward the finish! I struggled with the balance in this, but I felt like I achieved it, but I will take your comment and another look at the piece. Thank you!

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  3. Love your color scheme! So talented. Vic told me about your leaf collecting adventure. He is lucky he didn’t end up as roadkill. Ha. Can’t wait to see your fall colors for your autumn quilt.

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    1. Thanks, Nina! It’s funny, I got into painting/drawing because of an art quilt, and now I’m circling back. Interesting journey. I’m really glad you like this! I don’t want to add too much to it and make it too busy, so I have to be careful. We’ll see how it develops. Thanks for your comment!

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  4. Knee Jerk Reaction? JAW DROPPED OPEN – GASP ESCAPED! then I clicked on it and made it bigger and bigger and bigger – and LOVED IT MORE! I love every color – every shape – every detail. I would hang it proudly. It is so Laura-y! You are showing your style! You are making me want to quilt – and I have never considered it – oh boy – I don’t need another hobby on my plate – but there is always the fun to think there are so many new things left to explore when I grow bored of current hobbies – LOL! I am NOT joking Laura – I ADORE IT!

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    1. Jodi, this comment made my (cloudy, gray) morning! So much to do today, and when I saw this…..it just zipped up my energy level! πŸ˜€ You have such a flair and a sense of style that I admire and love, so I’m SO excited that you in particular liked it and wanted to see it close up! I love that “so Laura-y” phrase, lol! Oh, yes, you would be a wonderful quilter. Oh my goodness. Yes. I do think you’re a great painter, though, so you have lots to choose from in the art arena (not to mention the cards and photography!! oh and cooking arts!!!) Happy Tuesday, my friend. :))))

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  5. Wow!! This is wonderful! It reminds me of stacks of books inside a cozy cottage or someone’s home library. I can see it as being perfect on pretty much any book-lover’s wall! It’s suitable for all color schemes because it has at least a touch of pretty much all colors. Wonderful piece, Laura!

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    1. Yay, Teresa, so glad you think so, because I’m planning to put this one for sale in my Etsy shop (when it opens, hopefully in October). I really wasn’t thinking windows or books but lots of people are seeing books here, and I find that cool because I am a total bookworm and always have been. Really glad you like this!! πŸ˜€

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          1. Pricing’s always a difficult thing with handmade arts and crafts. I like to think there is an appreciative audience out there for a unique piece…finding that audience is the hardest part. I really understand, though, trying to sell fine art myself. πŸ™‚

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  6. I LOVE it! It is AWESOME Laura! YAY!!! I LoVe your colors and your design. It looks like windows to me! It is so FABULOUS! Can’t wait to see the finishing touches you add to it! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ¨πŸ’šπŸŒŸπŸŒ€πŸ’–

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    1. Jill, I am so glad you love this!!! You have such a wonderful color sense, and I know you are a quilter too, so :))))) I’m a bit concerned about adding too much to it, as I don’t want it to get too busy, but I have a few ideas in mind. Lots of people are seeing windows (and books) in this, which I find really cool. I can see them too, but they were unintended. Thanks again for your sweet comment, made my morning! πŸ˜€

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        1. You are so sweet, Jill! I will email you. I need to run an errand, and I’ll check back with you later. You are so cute – you could totally make something like this yourself, with all of your favorite colors, and make sure it matches! I take this as a huge compliment, my friend!

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  7. I like the asymmetrical and broken up grid. And of course your colors as always are great. It kind of reminds me of books for some reason…(that is definitely a good thing!) Oh! I see from your comment above, I’m not the first person to make that connection! (K)

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  8. Great style and colors! A little black & white would be a nice touch I think, on the bottom left. That’s just my penchant for wanting to add black & white to everything. Am looking forward to seeing your warm toned one as well.

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  9. Holy Cow… I really had to scroll down to add my comment. It’s W A Y better than the first or second “Crazy” Quilt I ever made is! Today Crazy Quilts are Free Form? I haven’t checked in on quilting in eons and look what happens…the name changed! Free Form does sound better than Crazy. πŸ™‚ !!!
    Your stitches look tight, the corners look amazing, and your color choices are perfect for the coast/beach! I can’t wait to see how it looks with the beads and do-dads.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! No, they’re still making crazy quilts, which are more heavy on traditional embroidery stitches and use lots of fabrics in addition to cotton. This is just a cool way of making art quilts, a cool technique that she teaches about here. There are tons of ways, but this one is speaking to me at the moment. Glad you like it!

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  10. Good luck quilting Laura. My wife and i began making a hexagonal pieces quilt out of Liberty of London materials as a shared hobby when we first married. Not finished yet, (42 years later) distractions along the way.

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  11. Wow, Laura, IΒ΄m absolutely impressed!!! I love the whole thing as it is! ItΒ΄s really all beautiful, the composition of fabrics, the colors, the patterns, and I love your idea of adding buttons and beeds… ItΒ΄s just a little sad that you can not frame it with buttons and beeds anymore – or, who knows?! This is such a wonderful piece of art it should be framed! LOVE it!!! ❀️

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    1. I’m so glad you like this, Ann, I was wondering what you’d think. I’m making another one now with warmer and more muted colors. Will be curious what you’ll think of that one. Hoping to sell these in my Etsy shop – although Jill has snatched this one up! Which was a huge compliment, and I love her for liking it so much! I love her sense of color and fun and really enjoy her artwork, so I’m so flattered. :)))) Really glad you like this!! I was happy with it! (Which is always nice lol)

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      1. Wow, youΒ΄re so lucky having a customer already!!! But actually itΒ΄s not just luck, as this quilt is really wonderful! And itΒ΄s really something special, at least I havenΒ΄t seen much like this before. CanΒ΄t wait to see the next one! πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

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        1. Definitely selling them – in fact, this one was already purchased! Jill told me she’d like it, which I was so flattered to hear! Yeah, I’d like to sell small watercolor paintings, wc bookmarks, and small quilts. That’s the plan at this point – do any of us know how these things can turn, but I’d really like to do it!

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