Thursday, 14 November 2019

Butterflies and flowers, done for now

It takes a while, but I get there in the end. I actually got to this point on Monday.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to go one round longer but the photos, which of course stretch things out, weren't at all helpful. Since we were in the middle of quite phenomenal rain, the washing line wasn't an option so I decided to hold out for better weather.
 Yesterday there was finally a day without a deluge so I nipped out and hung it up.  I didn't hang about though, since the grass was still soaking.
I think I'm stopping here, though am still not absolutely sure.

I am happy with the results of eking out my dark blue floral: in some places I just replaced it with one of the darkest blue shirtings and in others I used my tiniest scraps to piece squares that are partly dark blue and partly something else.  Most of these have ended up in the top right corner.  

In fact I am generally pretty happy with this (despite that tiny lingering doubt about the length).  It's not at all what I set out expecting to make but I love how it turned out.  In fact I'm wondering about doing something else along these lines.  

First though, I need to take a breath and get back to my sadly neglected quilting.

20 comments:

patty a. said...

It turned out wonderful! I like the randomness and the asymmetrical placement. Great job!

Libby in TN said...

I like it! Very Trip Around the World without being too "trippy."

Ann said...

A trip through the mist. I like how the diagonals come and go, how they fade out a bit more in the top right, and the different widths of the vertical pink lines. Making the diamonds off-centered was also a good decision. This is a lovely quilt that calls to be used. Congratulations.

Julierose said...

Just a lovely finish--I also love the blue-flowered fabric...great work on this,,I am singing "Open a new window, open a new door..." lol
Great work Hugs, Julierose

Janie said...

Very nice, I too like the relaxed design, suggesting Trip Around the World.
And the vertical pink strips add another design layer making it richer.
Stay dry!

Robin said...

You did it again. It kind of has a storyland feel to it. Like cuddling up with a child and reading fairytales together. Sweet quilt~

Mystic Quilter said...

How lovely to see your finish! I think the size is perfect, it doesn't really need more length. It's been a pleasure watching this evolve Kaja and I'm sure we'll all be watching to see if you follow up with another idea.

Quilter Kathy said...

This is lovely! My eyes enjoyed wandering with the pink vertical lines and the blue diagonal lines!

Sandy Panagos said...

I love how it turned out too. You're right, you always do get there in the end.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I find that I do some of my most "creative" work when I have limitations on fabric quantity -- forces me to use the stash in ways I might have thought of otherwise. You did a fabulous job with this one - Congratulations!!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

What a pretty quilt, Kaja! I knew I'd love it weeks ago, but you surpassed that. A gentle trip around the world but not to fast-paced. Sweet, but the dark blue grounds it. And just when I think I have the pattern, one of those pink stripes rains down another element. Goodness, I wish I had your intuition. Even when you struggle, you nail it.

Kim said...

I love the design you have come up with....it is fabulous. Love those little dark blue squares and the placement of the pink strips is inspired. All that playing has come up with a wonderful quilt. I cannot wait to see this pretty quilted.

Kathleen Kingsbury said...

It looks great! I especially like the placement of the vertical pink strips. My eye went to them immediately, each one. Love it all.
kakingsbury at verizon dot net

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A lovely quilt! I love your softer colours, and how it feels like something I've seen before, almost 'trip around the world' but not... very clever!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

What a wonderful piece this turned out to be, love the colours too.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

It looks lovely, Kaja! I love that there is a fluid feeling in the design you created. The size I think is absolutely perfect for your hand quilting.

-Soma

LA Paylor said...

I like your phrase it's not what I thought it would be but I love it. It's subtle in coloring but a study in line coming through in quiet colors.
LeeAnna

Mego said...

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. You are quite an artist!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Love it!

audrey said...

I really, really like the way this quilt turned out. The strippy bits and the subtle but very obvious design that shines through. Do you hand cut all your squares and then add bits to make them work or do you cut them all the same and then chop off pieces to add in the strips? I'm always intrigued by where you end up. So inspiring!:)