Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cornucopia Thanksgiving Quilt

One of my more recent sewing projects was a small wall quilt I sewed for Thanksgiving .Here is the pattern set against some pieces from my fabric stash.

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Now for the full effect of my fabric stash from which I agonized over color and scale selection. I redid several applique pieces in different colors as I truly agonized. I struggled over the proper balance of light, medium, and dark, as well as scale of pattern for texture. It's truly a learning process.

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This was the focus fabric I chose for the border, from which I hoped to pull colors to complement the total look.

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The focus fabric of colorful leaves against the burgundy background I chose for the outer border. I thought I mix of a new graphic, the orange plaid, would be a great inner border. Then the soft orange buds against cream would be the background for the more colorful cornucopia.

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This is an example of how I plaid with applique fabric options. Which piece would make the best pumpkin, to complement the focus fabric? I love both and started with the one on the left, but it seemed too bright and was lost and yet a bit glaring. The one on the right is what I finally settled on, since it seemed to flow the best in the way of a complementary hue. 

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Well for all that agonizing, I still didn't get the overall look I was going for, namely for the corn. This is definitely a learning process.

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It's not yet finished. I still need to quilt the background but Thanksgiving was coming and I was so discouraged with this with many other pressing details of life that I needed to attend to, that I buried this in the bottom of my fabric closet. That didn't settle too well with my husband who loves all things autumn, so he rescued the quilt to display in his office. Now that I'm looking at it again, I'm thinking the background quilting with hand embellishments might go on my "to do" list.