Monday, May 6, 2013

TTC: Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat meets an Irish blessing

And if that's not the most unusual blog header I've ever written, I don't know what is!

My tea towel has been patiently waiting for me to bump it to the top of the project to-do list.

My husband's family is Irish, and I've always liked this blessing, and I had the vague notion of creating made fabric in various shades of green and thens sewing Drunkard's Path blocks that would frame the tea towel and represent the rolling hills of Ireland. 

I got this far and it just wasn't working for me.

I think I may have been "greened out" after an emerald challenge quilt I did a couple months ago I was also struggling with adding brown and green so close to the brown and green border on the towel itself. 

So I decided to go bright instead. I pulled solids and wanna-be solids and (loosely) grouped them in warm and cool color combos.

I tried to do some wavy piecing of some of the strips--something I always admire and can't quite seem to make happen myself.

Building the border:

And more:

And more:

 I had planned on an inner brown border, but again it was too close to the border on the tea towel, so I created a tiny pieced border first out of the scraps from the outer border.
Seeing these tiny bright scraps chain pieced together just made me happy!

And the result:

Now you understand the title of this blog post--it's very bright and technicolor-y!

As far as something new--the wavy piecing was my none-too-successful attempt--need to try that again.  I haven't made fabric with just solids before, and I really like the graphic look that creates. I also liked the freedom of sewing random chunks of made fabric together (in the past I've mostly made blocks and then joined those). 
I am unsure about quilting this one--specifically the tea towel part, as it's a bit loose and stretchy, and I don't want to distract from the words. I'd welcome any suggestions! 
Looking forward to finishing this and hanging it in my house!


Sewing In CT said...

That was a great decision to go bold and colorful! Yours is so lively now - it really draws out the other colors nicely. you could tie the quilt. little bitty bits of yarn, like upholstery carefully placed.

Chris said...

Love how this turned out! Sort of Joseph-y, also looks a bit like Kente cloth too? No matter, it is vibrant and exciting and it makes you happy! If your towel is stretchy, either baste heavily, or maybe use basting spray adnesive, and I would quilt between the lines of text, and keep the amount of quilting consistent throughout the piece. Keep the quilting lines simple, let the piece speak for itself. Enjoy!

Paulette said...

Your decision to scrap Plan A in favor of technicolor Plan B was brilliant! Love the small colored border next to the tea towel. The outer made fabric border reminds me of a variety of roads or paths.

Willa said...

I love the bold colors! Great job! Preservering is a wonderful quality you have!

Kate said...

Love all the brights, it's a great contrast for the tea towel. Lots of "wow" factor for sure.

HelenMarie said...

Love the results!

You could quilt it with just straight lines across between the rows of writing.

Unknown said...

Fabulous! I love the words in the tea towel and the zingy colours. It's going to look great as a wall hanging.

SeeLifeMarvels said...

Love, love, love this!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Love the solids! Well done!!! a perfect finish!!!

fiberchick said...

LOVE it!!!

Joy Manoleros said...

I LOVE this! The added colors make it so happy! So glad to know I'm not the only one still working on my tea towel. :D

electricdunce said...

It looks fabulous, the colors are delightful !

Glen QuiltSwissy said...

Do I ever love this! Great job girlfriend!

JoAnne in southern California said...

Beautiful! I am Irish and I was christened "Josephine" so I say fantastic job and wonderful title. Thank you for showing us how you came to use those colors, I love it!

the girlfriend gap said...

I am amazed every time with your lovely creations. It stretches my creativity:) I have this Irish blessing in a cross stitch kit. Makes me want to get it out and do something with it. Thanks for sharing the process. Janita