Monday, January 25, 2016

Finished orange peels

  In September/October of last year, I began working on the orange peels block.  It was to be part of my Year of Florals....using traditional pattern translated into a colorwash effect using floral prints.  My original intent was to mix up the florals, but in the original layout, I realized that was not to be.









 Each layout produced that stronger colorwash effect.
  I finally gave up trying to be different and let the values and fabrics create the design that pleased my eye.












   This became the final setting for the orange peels....which I named Season's Glow.  Begun in the fall and finished in mid-winter, it seems to catch the light of the seasonal sun.




  I kept the quilting simple on this one because for me it is all about the fabrics and values.  Outlining the peels was done free hand---no rulers----so you may see some inconsistency.  That's okay by me.  The outer border was done in loose swirls....enough and not too much.





  The fabrics are a big assortment of florals from the stash closet.  No duplicates in the peels either!  Call me guilty of hoarding florals I love.   The border fabric is a soft mottled gray tonal print that was also used as background in some of the orange peel blocks.  I had enough of it on hand and liked the way it looked.






Season's  Glow:
Overall size is 55'' wide by 65'' long.










    Now to stitch down the hanging sleeve and I can call it done.  I took my time on this one....a plus for enjoyment.  Future enjoyment....the visual treat of the glow it has.

  Happy stitching.

15 comments:

  1. Очень красивый квилт. Сочетание просто идеальное.

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  2. So soft and sweet, I love this finished quilt! It absolutely glows.

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  3. Oh, I'm thinking that this quilt has got to be one of my favorites that you've made. It does glow & the softness of the look is so pleasing to my eye. It's a perfect quilt for someone who needs a quiet, peaceful time or just wants to feel surrounded by love. It's totally gorgeous!

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  4. This is really beautiful, and I think the free-hand work around the peels looks very organic which is just right for a quilt of florals, isn't it?

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  5. You hoard all the florals fabrics you want - expecially when they inspire you to create such beauty. Oh, this is just wonderful. Like Nicki said - it glows but has a softness that is so pleasing.

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  6. Sometimes you just have to let the quilt be what it needs to be, regardless of your original intention. The glow this radiates is so soft and lovely. You pulled it all together beautifully!

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  7. It is a charm quilt then.....the old meaning for charm: only one piece of each in the quilt....not the new meaning of charm: 5" squares. Maybe I've been around too long on this quilting scene but terminology for one person is totally different for another. Beautiful quilt by any name!!

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  8. Wow, that is beautiful, it looks like the sun is shining right on the center. I like Wanda's terminology for it too, it's charming.

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  9. It certainly does glow - a wonderful variety of fabrics you've used here and I like the border fabric, very soft.

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  10. Congrats on this beautiful finish. I especially love that last picture.

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  11. Very very pretty, all what I love.

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  12. That really is delicious and exquisitely feminine, really like the slightly more dense border quilting too.

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