Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Laura's Traveling Quilt

This is the third quilt I've had the joy of working on in this Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts group.  This one is Laura's from Little and Lots, and when I got it it looked like this:

Jessica from Quilty Habit worked on it before sending it to me.

The very first thing I decided to do was add another line from the full quote:

“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.”

2.5" tall "Life is not a series of gig lamps"

I used the free color word patterns (rearranged a bit) from the Quilt Talk blog tour.  I really enjoyed making these words!  Then I decided to add a series of little stars to use as spaces between the words.

Those stars are a good stand in for gig lamps, right?

The next thing I decided to make was a New York Beauty block--I was pretty much looking for an excuse to use the pattern I'd just purchased from Better Off Thread.

New York Beauty block in progress.

It was a really fun block to make for this quilt because it is not the first color palette or color use I'd pick.  But I loved the idea of the geese to be a golden halo around the bright colors in the center.

And then as I was starting to piece all the blocks together I realized there was a space that an Anna Maria Horner feather would fit perfectly, so I made one of those too:

AMH Feather using colors from the rest of the quilt.

I pieced together almost all the blocks and will send this on to Ashley at Wasn't Quilt in a Day to add some more and finish the quilt top before sending it back to Laura!

'Luminous' is unattached, but everything else to pieced together. 

Here's a close up of the finished blocks I made:

Next time I make a New York Beauty it will be for me :-)

I made another wonky cross following Jessica's lead.

The next traveling quilt I get from this group will by MINE!  So excited to get it back!  I have so loved working on all these quilts and getting to know the other ladies better!  I can't wait to see all the quilts finished.

18 comments:

  1. You did an amazing job with this, Rene! I do love how the New York beauty block has a luminous halo - so perfect! :)

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  2. This is just so amazing!! You ladies know how to rock a travelling quilt - it is stunning :)

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  3. What a delightful quilt! I love working on traveling quilts--deciding what to echo and what to change. I especially like how you echoed the top halo with a difference. And I imagine it took a bit of patience, both to make the NY Beauty with flying geese and the letters. But the result is worth it.

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  4. OMG!! I think my heart leaped when I saw that pick with the whole thing! Just WOW. Thank you for doing such an AMAZING job! I hope I get to see this quilt in person again!!

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  5. Oh my, British lit. was not asset to my GPA. Great idea repurposing and rearranging the color words. I didn't realize how little they are until I saw them with the rest of the blocks. You added some nice elements to balance the top, and even managed to justify your pattern purchase.

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  6. Love all the little bits you added to the quilt...but the golden halo NYB is awesome! It totally needed a feather.

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  7. Oh, wow! I'm speechless! It's awesome. You girls are having way too much fun with this project!

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  8. Gorgeous work! Love the New York Beauty block! And the feather....I have got to make one!

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  9. Is there a pattern that you used for the AMH feather?

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  10. Wow, this quilt looks super interesting! Love the words and the New York Beauty block!

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  11. Wow this will be a treasured quilt, when it is finished - where does that quote come from?

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  12. All of these quilts are turning out so amazingly! I love love love what you added to this one, all the pieces fits so perfectly. I can't wait to see them all finished!!!

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  13. Amazing! It will be so exciting to get your quilt top back, I'm sure!

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  14. Wow, what a cool concept - Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts. I love what you have added, and I love the idea of a Quote Quilt. I have never thought about it until today, but I have already decided that I WILL definitely be making one for myself one day :)

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  15. Love your additions, they make the quilt sing!

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  16. That New York beauty block is a beauty!
    Ummm ... What is a gig lamp?

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  17. Wow this is fabulous. I love seeing these traveling quilts come together. Everyone's talents sing so harmoniously together.

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