squares of Maze & Vale

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Apologies in advance for the back to back Maze & Vale posts, but man, I love Leslie’s prints! I collected her fabric panels and sample packs for quite a long time (years, maybe?) and while I often took them out and admired the lovely prints, I hadn’t used them in any quilts.

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One day I took them all out and decided it was time to use them all in one epic Maze & Vale quilt! I really loved how they all looked together, so I added in a few matching solids and a background color (Cotton Couture Soft White) that matched quite well with the M&V basecloth.

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I started making these blocks many months ago – very early this year, I think? – and as I type this now, I was trying to remember what the inspiration was, but I’m not sure I really had any when I started. I think my main thought was how well the Cotton Couture soft white matched with the background of many of the Maze & Vale prints, so I decided to just alternate the prints with the soft white. As I added rings, I realized it might be fun to add in little pieces of the solids where they matched the prints.

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I kept making blocks and sticking them up on the design wall. I still don’t think there was too much of a plan in my mind, but as the randomly sized blocks accumulated on the wall, I decided I really liked how they all looked together so I kept making blocks. At some point I realized that I was going to have a little trouble piecing in the background fabric while keeping the layout I had going, but I decided not to let that bother me.

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I think it was a good thing I was really excited about this project, because consequently the tedious job of piecing in all those little background pieces didn’t bother me – I was in such a hurry to see it all completed!

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Since the layout is random, and includes lots of differently sized blocks, there was a lot of measuring required, lots of inset seams, and a bunch of standing back, staring at the design wall and trying to figure out what to sew together next. Luckily I find that kind of sewing to be a fun challenge, and I felt pretty proud of myself when it was finally all sewn together!

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And, best of all, I absolutely love it! Leslie’s hand printed fabrics are so beautiful, and I’m so thrilled to have a quilt top that showcases so many of her fabulous designs. I have the perfect backing in mind, and now I need to figure out the right quilting. Ideas are welcome!

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Maze & Vale Converging Corners

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I quilted this wall hanging recently, and I think I love it. As I mentioned before, it was a bit of an experiment – I wasn’t sure how these low volume prints (all Maze & Vale hand printed fabrics) would look in my converging corners design, since you kind of need the prints in the corners to stand out to form the design, but as it turns out, you can still see the design and I love the way it looks with these softer prints.

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You can even see the design from afar!

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I quilted it with concentric circles again, though this time varied the spacing between the circles.

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I first quilted circles about an inch apart, then went back and filled in different sections. (It can be hard to know when to stop!)

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The backing and binding are both Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed in flax, which seemed to go well, and fit the feeling, of the lovely Maze & Vale hand printed fabrics.

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And all those lovely Maze & Vale snippets? I’ll never get tired of looking at them!

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Hazel – 1 year!

Hazel turned one last week, complete with a sunny weekend at the beach and chocolate cupcakes (she was a big fan!). I finally got a chance to take the final photos for my mosaics…mosaic646fdac96fca183d5f9d891120a5b85c302a0a0f
1 year of Hazel on quilts

 

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and one year of Max and Hazel in front of a quilt top. I’m so glad that I took the time to get a monthly photo because I think it’s such a fun look back, despite being a challenge at the time!

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