Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hope Valley Wonky Squares

I fell in love with the colours and patterns in Denise Schmidt's Hope Valley line.  There's 8 coordinating fabrics and they come in three colour ways.  Fiesta is in orange and pinks, New Day in blues and grays and Piney Woods in yellow and green.
 I bought  half yards of the Fiesta and Piney Woods groups on Etsy.  Inspired by this set of quilts from Film in the Fridge, Here are my versions.
The orange and plum reminds me of the Tibetan monks that live in exile in India.  The little squares sort of represent prayer flags that you see tied on string hung between posts or rock piles in windy places in the mountains there.  It makes me want to visit India again! 
Diana Vreeland (editor of Vogue in the '60s) once said, "Pink is the navy blue of India."  I guess that means if you want to be conservative and not stand out in India, wear pink.
The Piny Woods colour way one has less going on for the background and ended up a lot bigger than the other.  I found the perfect colour for the background at Spool of Thread in Vancouver.  This is where the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild meets on the third Thursday of the month.  They amazed us by buying the ENTIRE range of Kona solids!!  Every single colour that Kona has!!!  That's over 200 bolts of the most amazing range of colours.  It's so great to be able to walk into a store with a finished block and find just the right shade for the sashing or backing.
I ran out of the light green at the bottom left, so I pieced some little rectangles to fill in the empty spaces.  The blocks are quite big, were really randomly pieced and are all different sizes.  I just added the mid green around them in different widths to get them to even out so they would go together.  Then I ran a thin olive frame around outside to give them a boundary.  I didn't do a lot of planning, but I did try to balance the squares and the layout.

These are only tops so far.  I'll have to make backs for them and get them quilted. 


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