A Maze & Vale converging corners quilt top

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The other day, while avoiding all those quilts that need quilting, I thought it’d be a good idea to put these little scraps of Maze & Vale fabrics to use. I’ve collected these lovely hand printed fabrics for a long time now, and recently made a large quilt top out of them (I haven’t had a chance to show it here yet – was hoping to get it in a magazine, but no luck!).

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Anyway, I had lots of little pieces left over and I’ve had it in my head for a while now that I wanted to see how my converging corners quilt would look made up out of lower volume prints. I love how this pattern looks with bold and bright prints (this one is still a favorite), but I thought it might be interesting to see how it might look if there was only a hint of the pattern (I also thought it might be a disaster – I’m happy that I ended up loving the look!)

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This pattern is not necessarily a super quick one – there are lots of seams and piecing together small pieces of fabrics, which can get a bit tedious. Since I only had a small amount of fabrics left, I opted for smaller 8″ blocks to make up this 30″ square wall hanging.

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I’m really happy with how it turned out. You can actually see the pattern quite well from afar, but I might like the up close look even more – all those special little hand printed pieces!

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progress, or lack thereof…

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I wish I could say there’s been some progress here, but really… um, no. I made up all these blocks, put them up on the wall, and have been staring at them ever since. I’ve auditioned a bunch of background fabrics, but nothing seems quite right. All along I’ve been thinking of an Essex yarn dyed, but so far I haven’t found the perfect one. I’ve also considered a low volume/barely a print, but again, haven’t found quite the right one.

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I got a lot of great suggestions on Instagram yesterday, so maybe I’ll finally figure something out? I’m still open to ideas, so do leave a comment if you have an idea for a great background fabric!

(oh, and yes, these do remind me of nautical flags, though that wasn’t actually my inspiration. If I ever get this one made up into a quilt top I’ll fill you in on my original inspiration!)

All solids shown here are Hawthorne Hues.
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all signs point…

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It was inevitable. With extra Cotton + Steel prints sitting on my sewing table, I could only resist so long before cutting them up for a second quilt. This time I paired many of Alexia’s Hatbox prints along with many of the C+S basics and a print or two from Melody’s Mustang and Rashida’s Moonlit lines (I love how all these collections mix and match!)

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I decided to go for something a little faster this time (faster than my previous Cotton+Steel quilt, that is) – I love triangles (though I don’t really love sewing them together!), and thought it would be fun to play around with something other than an equilateral triangle. I wanted a pointier triangle, so drew up this isosceles triangle.

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My inspiration for this one was from products from Ferm Living. I’d seen many of their fun products that feature triangles, and in my mind, I remembered them as being pointy triangles with a lot of white space that allowed the colors to really shine. I made this quilt without looking back at their products – thinking it was better to go with what I remembered I liked of their design rather than being influenced by having just seen their products. When I looked back at them just now to link, I like that my memory of their design wasn’t quite exact – I think it gives the feel of their design without being a replica.

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I’m really pleased with how this one came out (for a while I was worried that my hand drawn triangles would come together in a crazy mess that would never line up correctly!) I love these colors together, especially since navy isn’t a color I typically use in quilts.

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I’ve really had fun playing around with these great new prints – July will certainly be a fun fabric month! Tiger cats? Who can resist?!

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