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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Swinging 60's Chic

The second I saw the Carnaby Street fabrics (Pat Bravo, Art Gallery Fabrics) I knew that I wanted them.  The prints are 1960's Mod with a psychedelic vibe- London in the Swinging 60's!  (Is that the Austin Powers music I hear in my head...yeah baby!).  Although the whole daisies and peace signs hippie thing can be fun, I think this is a much more chic and sophisticated version of the 60's.  Check out the fabrics-



It took me awhile to decide what kind of quilt I wanted to make with such large scale, busy prints.  I eventually went with one of my favorite go-to patterns- Square in Square.  I felt like this would showcase the fabrics without cutting them too much, and without adding busy-ness (that's a word, right?) to an already busy quilt.  I also knew that the pattern I chose would have to fit the mod feel of the prints.

To cut the fabric, I used the Stack and Whack method found at Cluck Cluck Sew, but I modified so that my blocks finished at 9 inches.  If you haven't used this cutting method, I highly recommend it.  It's so simple!  Here are the blocks, all pressed and ready to go!




After that, the quilt top went together in a snap!  
I finally got a picture of the fabric in the sunshine and I think it really makes a difference in how the colors show up!




Now here comes a tricky part- finding the backing.  I'm off to the fabric store to search for a backing that is just right.  I have no idea what color family I'm looking for, I'll just have to see what grabs me.  Any suggestions?

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12 comments:

  1. Your quilt top looks gorgeous! I would pick the pink out from the quilt (as it's one of my favourite colours) and then see what your shop has. I'd trial lots of fabrics up against it!
    Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I think you're right. I'll just have to see what looks best with it!

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  2. What a great quilt top! I'd go with something dark for the back, like a midnight blue or so.

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    1. Thanks so much! I bet that would make the colors really stand out if it was the right shade.

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  3. Love this top! The fabrics are beautiful!

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  4. I love the scappy look of this quilt. There is so much interest and colour in it. Really nice work.

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment! I'm glad you like the fabrics as much as I do!

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  5. Love the quilt!! so cheerful looking!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it!

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  6. Gorgeous! I love the stack and whack method!
    I would back in aqua and bind in navy.
    Can't wait to see if finished!

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    1. Thanks!! I totally lucked out and found a tone on tone aqua chevron backing and did a "back over binding" with it. I was so excited to find chevrons, but not with white, since I thought it would be too busy and might compete too much with the front. It's all done and I'm linking to Finish it Up Friday tomorrow!!

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