Panic

Some really good friends have asked me to be Godmother to their son Felix, this means a lot to me and Felix is absolutely scrumptious. I set myself the task of making a quilt. Fine, except, I have never made a quilt.

I started browsing books and confusing myself ages ago, I saw some lovely Kaffe Fassett designs but decided I didn't want to go to babyish. I really like these Swedish style designs from Asa Wettre's Old Swedish Quilts and feel fairly confident that my friends would like this sort of style too.












So, I gathered my fabrics ages ago, at the Festival of Quilts, and after much indecision eventually began cutting and piecing. I'm not happy, I love the faded red stripe, and the little sprig of red but the stripe just looks pink and the flower seems too girly now that I have pieced more than half of the quilt.


Late last night I decided to go back through my stash and came up with this.

Still doesn't seem right though, I don't like it nearly as much as the original and the red stripe still looks too pink, the spotty brown fabric just doesn't seem to be working either. Back to the drawing board I think. I suppose I had better start browsing some on-line fabrics, there is nothing available locally and as the christening takes place on 15th October, I am rather running short on time. Feeling fed up, perhaps quilting is not for me after all.

Comments

victoria said…
beautiful fabric choices, all! You'll do it--you have a beautiful eye for color...i'm sure whatever you create will be lovely and much appreciated!
Charity said…
They are all lovely fabrics, even if you're not happy with this layout. Perhaps give yourself a day free from it, and inspirations will strike? :0)
Ali said…
Eek - that is a tight deadline. If you want my twopennyworth, I love the first combination.

I can understand your worry that it's too girly, but perhaps one of your roles as godmother is to cultivate Felix's feminine side! And his future wife is bound to cherish it as an heirloom.

You're a good godmother already to take such care.
caroline said…
I love the fabrics and colours you have shown in your first photo. I don't think they look girly.

I wonder if getting all the stripes going the same way would help. I know it would a lot more painstaking but it may help it to flow. ie: the red stripe fabric to go in one direction and then the blue stripe to run at an angle to it and the blue/yellow/red to go at an angle to that. Rather than all stripes going all the same way. Boy that's complicated - I hope you understand what I mean. Of course that may be too prescriptive.

Sorry I'm not helping much am I?
Alice said…
I do like the first one but I think it might look great with some deeper "accent" pieces. Something to bring it all together and add some depth and contrast. But seriously, what do I know? I do think you will make it right in the end and, as Charity says, perhaps giving yourself a small break will help. Cripes, you're under pressure!
Alice said…
I've had another look and maybe a deep, muted mustard-y colour (like the stripes on one of them) or a deep red? Of course the colours may be kooky on my monitor.
marjorie said…
I actually liked the second picture you showed, it seemed to be better for a boy. I am sure that whatever you choose to do, it will be beautiful when made up.
marjorie said…
I also wanted to say that I liked the quilt on the tractor, with the colours laid out to look randomly scattered, rather than marching in rows. I love the border too. Perhaps you could try laying out your colours that way. Just a suggestion (from a non-quilter.)That way, the colour that is tending toward pink will be buffered by different colours around it.
No experience at quilting myself, but I'm thinking a possible solution will be to use the first combo (which is beautiful) and edge the quilt with something blue that draws the eye to the blues on the stripes?
Sabine said…
Hi Rebekka,
I am no quilter and you have a wonderful feeling for matching fabrics, so, I am sure it will be wonderful in the end.
If I look at the first photo from the book, then the whitish fabrics work as main color who keeps the rest of it together. The other fabrics are not allowed a domineering role, i.e. they do not form stripes of their own, they appear to be placed "at random" and there are much more than 4 fabrics altogether.
In your samples you have kind of 3 domineering colors and the eye doesn't exactly know which line to follow, but this can be intriguing. I love the first sample best, the second one is too muted, too still, too liveless for my liking.
Sabine said…
Forgot to add, I think you could use the greyish fabrics as main color.
kerrie said…
have you thought about adding some white squares into the mix as in the pic at the top of your entry? I think the colours are lovely together but the white might help space them out a bit and make them look more appealing to you?
Cherry Rolfe said…
I can understand your dilemma - its a shame about the tight deadline as part of the joy of quilting is in the playing with fabrics. i usually lay everything out on as big a surface as I can and jiggle till I like it (ooh err mrs!)The red stripe is very dominant. If you can get some other fabric that you love, it will all run smoothly and quickly I'm sure. Remember if you are machine piecing you can make long strips, match the intersections and pin, then woosh along on the machine! You can do it!
Johanne said…
You do have an eye for colour and form. I think you will do a realy good job.

Do you live any where near Cardiff? if yes, will you be going to the knitting and stitching show - they are still on the look out for volunteers for the relax and knit stand - you teach people to knit and entice them to play with yarns - look here for details www.ukhandkntting.com. Johanne
Lostcheerio said…
Yes, it's hard to make a quilt for a boy without using automatically boylike prints. I really love the striped fabric in these collections.
Wendy said…
I have to say I love them both and if you drape them over a tractor as in the photo it will look perfect for a boy.
Gunnels blog said…
I think the fabric will be lovely to a little quilt. I am a member of Åsa Wettres quiltingguild here in Gothenburg in Sweden: "Lapphexorna". When I was a young girl I was babysitter for Åsas oldest girl: Karin, So Åsa could sew her quilts alone!

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