Monthly Archives: May 2015

Fallingwater – In Progress

Happy Sunday morning!  This morning, I’m sharing my new Fallingwater quilt top.  And yes, I’ve borrowed the name from the very famous Frank Lloyd Wright home, also called Fallingwater.  Every time I look at this quilt it’s the only name that comes to mind, so I’m sticking with it!

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Due to my lack of photography skills, the coloring in this quilt is slightly off.  The lighter part is kind of an aqua blue color, but in the photos it looks awfully gray.  When I finish quilting it and photograph it then, hopefully I can get that fixed.  But in the meantime I wanted to share what I have.

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This quilt is made with the River Mist collection from Studio E.  I’ve had the fabrics in my stash for over a year and the idea to use them, specifically the blue prints, finally struck.

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I also mixed in some of the new Lotta Jansdotter prints from the collection she did with Jo-Ann’s.  I’m such a huge Lotta fan that I had to have them.  I love the prints and the colors work perfectly mixed with River Mist, but I have to say the fabric is quite thin.  I was a little surprised by that because normally when Jo-Ann’s offers a collection with a designer, the fabrics are much better quality than its lower-cost fabrics.  For example, I always pick up the Denyse Schmidt collections that arrive at Jo-Ann’s because I’m such a fan of Denyse as well, and I’ve never had a quality problem with her fabrics.  So fair warning if you plan to buy the Lotta Jansdotter collection from Jo-Ann’s.  Nonetheless, I still love the prints.

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The design for his quilt was largely determined by the fabrics.  I had more of the lighter color fabrics so they got more real estate in the quilt.  However, I wanted to do something more than a simple patchwork design, so I tried to make it interesting with the block layout.

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I added another little twist that’s hard to see in the pictures, but the blocks in the lower right corner and upper right corner are scrappy blocks.  Again, it adds a little more interest and also uses all of the fabric.  No scrap left behind!

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Side note about the pictures’ location: I took these pictures at the Boathouse in Prospect Park.  If you ever make it to Brooklyn, I highly recommend a swing through Prospect Park.  Yes, Central Park is beautiful and amazing and a wonderful place to go if you visit New York.  But those of us here in Brooklyn know we have our own gem of green space in Prospect Park, and the area around the Boathouse is especially magical.

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Next up I have to finish the back and quilt it.  I have a few scraps left that I’ll be sure to use in some kind of scrappy quilt back that I make for this.  I also have some larger solid Kona Cotton blues that I might try and use.  I’m not quite sure what direction I’ll go with that yet, but stay tuned.