Opal 2: framing

So, here’s where I’m up to.

In my stash there were oddments of grey and white Christmas fabrics. Now, I never use seasonal fabrics as a rule, but I bought them as a stack of eight FQs, having only seen the top spotty one clearly and the other patterns as little snippets on the edge of each folded fat quarter. At the time, I had visions of starting a grey and white quilt, but realising what the designs looked like, I abandoned it, using only bits and pieces where the cutting made the designs disappear. To me, those remainders are scraps, since I’ll never make anything from them, but they’re useful…

I think they work pretty well as the frames for the pastel scrappy blocks of Opal. The busy randomness of the scrappy blocks distracts from the Christmasy themes, and that particular shade of warm grey is muted enough not to distract too much from all the lovely colour.

Sandwiching each block and then quilting comes next. So, wiggly lines or cross-hatching? Wiggly lines make the quilt a bit stiffer, because the quilting’s denser. On the other hand, while cross-hatching is softer and less dense, it does need to be marked, but wiggly lines can be done freehand. Oh, the decisions. Still, there’s time.

Sandwiching will take a couple of days for cutting the backing and batting and then putting everything together. Must check I have enough 505 basting spray. How terrible to have to visit my LQS…

And for the joining strips/sashing, I’ll be using a black, dark grey and white splashy floral print left over from making the Lime & Soda porch curtain. It’s not a design I’ll want to use in a quilt, I think, but it will make a great narrow sashing for this quilt, or that’s what I’m thinking right now.

I may change my mind later!


47 thoughts on “Opal 2: framing

  1. It’s such a pain when we are forced to visit our local supply stores isn’t it – still, I know you’ll throw your shoulders back and march steadily on….. in ……… Someone has to! Enjoying what I’m seeing.

  2. The grey is perfect, light enough to highlight the colours without overwhelming them. I rather like the black and white flowers, although black/white doesn’t usually get my attention much. Nice when you can use up something you didn’t know what you were going to do with!

    • katechiconi says:

      That print was perfect for the curtain because of the scale. You’ll only see a half inch wide strip of it, so the big flowers won’t read, it’ll just look abstract.

  3. tialys says:

    The soft grey works really well and I had to zoom in quite a bit to spot the reindeer and Christmas trees. πŸŽ„

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Patchwork is great for patterns you would never use normally. Over 40 years ago I bought a big bale of fabric dirt cheap. It was all ends of rolls and pieces where the printing went wrong. There were slashes of background colour where the fabric had got twisted and folded going through the machine and others where it had been cut or torn during processing. Some of the designs were awful and probably just unsold stuff. I hand stitched large hexagonal and made a duvet cover which I couldn’t afford to buy. I think there are still a few tiny bits of that bale left in my studio!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s amazing how fabrics which are quite ugly in isolation can really enliven a quilt if used selectively in small quantities. Your fabric bale sounds like an amazing resource – and long lasting, too!

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    The colour of muted grey is perfect. I feel your pain at the shopping trip.

  6. Loving it … but that’s no surprise at all … 😍

  7. KerryCan says:

    Your projects are so varied–no getting bored or in a rut!

  8. Terri says:

    The greys make a very nice frame for your blocks and I think the green will give it a nice pop of color to separate them. Very pretty quilt.

    • katechiconi says:

      I wasn’t clear; it isn’t the green in the curtain, but the black and white print surrounding it that I have leftovers of, so the narrow sashing will be black/grey/white, then grey frames, then the colourful stuff. But I agree, it is going to be pretty!

      • Terri says:

        That will be pretty too. I went back to your post and saw the curtain again. You had a lot of pretty blocks and pretty fabrics in that curtain.

      • katechiconi says:

        That was the first F2F (Footsquare Freestyle) session, so I can only take credit for three of the blocks, the rest are all from other people! One of the benefits of that block swap: you get blocks you’d never have made yourself πŸ™‚

  9. Oh, that quilt is lovely. Those colors really appeal to me. Soft, subtle, soothing.

  10. Coming along so nicely. Clarify for me please, your framing each block with the grey and then the sashing to gather will be with something else? The reason I ask is I love the grey framing. Working on putting my T blocks together and using black and not happy may switch to this grey frame first and then something else for sashing. I love this look πŸ™‚ Sharon

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I’ll be sashing with that black and grey floral print. The pattern is large scale but will not really read at the narrow width I’ll be using it for. Rather than the black you’ve been thinking of, would dark navy, grey or green work instead. Sometimes all it needs is a bit of colour, as black can look a bit dead. I don’t know if you saw the ‘brights’ version of this quilt (https://wp.me/p3Wfbs-38A) for an example of framing with very dark blue and bright sashing?

  11. kathyreeves says:

    The gray is such a nice frame for the soft colors, and the Christmas prints don’t read as Christmas…great save for those fat quarters! Using that large print for joining or binding is an excellent idea. I think ai have some candidates in the drawer myself!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’ll work well for sashing and binding where it wouldn’t work at all used as a feature fabric. I’m glad the Christmas fabric doesn’t read too much; it feels noticeable to me, but then I’m up close and personal with it!

  12. magpiesue says:

    It’s looking good. Great use for those prints you were disappointed by. Does your wavy line quilting have to be so dense as to make the quilt stiff? Maybe make the lines a little further apart than you usually do? It’s lovely to be able to change our minds right up to the last minute isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

  13. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I think the grey looks really well with the other colours. I think it is really pretty with the soft colours of the blocks.

  14. Joanne S says:

    Like everyone above, the gray and white work very well setting off the multi colors of your quilt blocks. I am so impressed with how quickly you are able to complete such nice quilts.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve had the blocks sitting and waiting for half a year, so perhaps it’s not that quickly, but it does go nice and fast when I get my act in gear! The backing squares are cut, today I have to cut the batting, and then I can start sandwiching.

  15. Lannie says:

    Love it with the warm greys ~ it’s going to be beautiful!

  16. dezertsuz says:

    I like the gray with the pastels, Kate. Such a fun block, too!

  17. I didn’t notice anything Christmasy about the grey fabric. It just looks like nature prints. πŸ˜‰ And you saved it from the junk heap. Well done. I love the soft look of it all.

  18. Lynda says:

    I had forgotten how you’d framed and sewn your first quilt and couldn’t see in my mind what you were describing. Your link to nwpaintedlady refreshed my memory. This is going to be a lovely quilt with the dark sashing!

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