Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt

Making neutral quilts is not my favourite thing to make. I generally love working with colour - the more, the brighter, the better! Working without what I perceive as colour is not easy, but I have grown to appreciate the quiet restfulness of neutrals.

Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt

Some blocks to try out
I've been wanting to make a quilt from Make Modern Magazine for a while now. When I saw the Epic Bow Tie Quilt by Jen Van Orman on the cover of the latest Make Modern (Issue 22, May-June 2018), I knew that I was going to make something from that pattern.

At first I considered making a runner, but since I have a neutral quilt to make, I wondered how effective this pattern would be in neutrals. At the very least, I knew that it would be different!


Make Modern Magazine, Issue 22
The pattern is quite simple, which is always what I look for 😊. It's really a take on a snowball block, which I find fascinating for some reason. It may be the act of creating something that looks like a circle but isn't.

It took me a while to decide, but I think that a beige background with the circles in medium to dark browns and taupe will make for a lighter looking quilt.

Since people love neutral quilts, I've been accumulating these for a while. I find it fascinating that there are so many different beige prints out there.

Something else that I like about this pattern is that I don't have to cut up all the fabric at once. That is a definite bonus!

Here it is so far.
The first few blocks of the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt 
This quilt is really coming along well and is perfect for when some relatively mindless stitching is all I can handle.
I'm really liking it so far!
What I learned
  • This quilt really suits my quilt making process - cut a few fabrics, make a few blocks, try them out and repeat.
  • This process often brings about surprises because as I cut up different fabrics, the look of the quilt changes.
  • The light background should also be more fun to FMQ since I can mark it without effort, if that's what I decide to do. I remembered that lesson from my last neutral quilt.

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Great News! I was featured on the Clever Chameleon. Make sure that you visit Dione's blog. She's doing some great stuff with colour!....and even appreciates neutrals 😊.

10 comments:

  1. I love seeing this quilt in a different colorway. I also gravitate to brights but can appreciate well-done neutrals such as your.

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    1. Hi Joanne, personally I would also rather be doing this quilt in some funky colours but it's nice to find a pattern and try to do something different without changing the pattern. I also have a whole bunch of lighter browns, so that will end up changing the look at bit.

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  2. I think it is really fantastic in neutrals! So elegant!

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    1. Thanks Zafira. I also find that neutral quilts are elegant :-)

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  3. cute! This is so fun with such a cute block! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks Sherry. I was intrigued since it didn't look like a bowtie block. Thanks for hosting :-)

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  4. This is going to be a beautiful quilt! I love bright colorful quilts but I also make quite a few that are neutrals too.

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    1. Thanks Connie. It sure is much more peaceful than bright colours. I can handle a neutral quilt once in a while.

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  5. Despite my reputation as a colour girl, I actually also love neutral quilts, especially in modern patterns. This is going to be stunning in its own way.

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    1. Thanks Dione. I'm very much a colour girl but neutrals do have their charm. I just can't make too many of them.

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