Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hope Valley Top Complete

I finished my Hope Valley quilt top last night! I'm very happy with it, although I can't say I'm sorry to be done piecing it. : )

This one started out as a sketch. I didn't have any particular fabric in mind at the time—I was just sketching. But I knew I wanted small-scale prints with very little white. Hope Valley jumped to mind immediately.

Next, I made a mock-up in Adobe Illustrator. I don't do mock-ups for all my quilts, but I knew this design would take some hard-core planning in order to pull it off, so no flying by the seat of my pants on this one! I like to use Illustrator for my mock-ups because you can import scans of your fabric and save them as pattern swatches in the color palette. Then you can easily fill any shape with that pattern—it will automatically repeat the pattern to fill any shape/size. It makes mocking up with prints easy, quick, and accurate.

Even with the mock-up, I kept making adjustments to the design as I pieced it. Most notably, I dumped the yellow/green inner squares. And that was after I sewed all the HSTs! (But before I squared them up, at least. And I'm sure those HSTs will make an appearance in something else.) There are a few other smaller differences between the mock-up and the finished top. I also went back and forth about the borders and sashing before finally settling on what you see here.

And I am so happy with how all of those seams came together! Finally my seams are starting to match up! As I finished piecing this last night, I thought back to when I started quilting and would get so frustrated because things just wouldn't line up. It's so nice to realize that all my failed attempts and all my practice are finally paying off. There are certainly places where this top could have come together better, but it is head-and-shoulders above where I was last year at this time. Now I just need to work on that quilting!

So of course, I'm planning to quilt this one myself—probably diagonal lines through all those little squares. Hopefully I can get to that after Thanksgiving.

Oh, I'm also adding this to Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday. And don't forget WIP Wednesday tomorrow—please join us with your WIPs!

42 comments:

Megan said...

What a beautiful quilt! I just love the colors!

A.J. Dub. said...

I love this! The design is fantastic and the colors are great. Will you be selling this? Or a tutorial maybe?

Carol said...

A wonderful quilt! Love the way you laid out your colors!

AllieKatMom said...

Its beautiful!!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Gorgeous! It looks so interesting and I love the fabrics. I'm super impressed.

Jennifer said...

This is awesome! I love Hope Valley and it is showcased so nicely here!

Jennifer :)

Leslie said...

this is amazing...it is almost mesmerizing to look at. beautiful

Elizabeth D. said...

I adore this! So gorgeous, beautiful fabrics, beautiful design. A tutorial would be pretty awesome, or a pattern...or a quilt-along in the new year? Just a thought ;)

sewfunbymonique said...

Love the design & colors! Great job! :)

QuiltyGirl said...

Wow, I love it!
Great piecing.

Becky said...

Wow! It's beautiful!! Well done!

Melanie said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the process of how you made this gorgeous quilt! So impressive! I can't wait to see the finished product!

felicity said...

That is one gorgeous quilt, Lee. If you published a pattern I bet tons of people would be interested.

Leila said...

Love, Love, Love it! The fabric is perfect and the pattern is beautiful. I agree with Felicity, people would totally buy the pattern.

I really like how the block goes off into the border. THAT is good piecing - by the time I get to my borders I just slap something solid on because it makes my head spin to figure out how to piece that long strip so everything matches up - and it doesn't match even when I figure it out. :)

Great job!

twin fibers said...

it's beautiful! I love it, it's such a great design and perfect for the Hope Valley fabrics! congrats!

Jennifer said...

very very cool. i love this design!

AnneMarie said...

Ohh Lee, your quilts seriously take my breath away sometimes...

A Girl said...

Beautiful! Love the sashing in the border. It adds a real unique design element to your quilt.

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

The piecing on this is incredible!

Thearica said...

Gorgeous quilt.. awesome work..Love the pattern!!!

ktquilts said...

Gorgeous quilt!! Great design!!

shequilts said...

It loooks great. I love that fabric line.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

simply gorgeous....love the pattern and colours

Amber said...

This is amazing! I absolutely love it! Perfect for Hope Valley too. A+

Brooke said...

This is incredible! It must have taken a lot of patience, but it really does look wonderful!

Kimberly White said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for talking about your process! So inspired!

CJ said...

Saw this on FLICKR and had to come to your blog for another view. This is really beautiful! Great job.

Quiltstory said...

Ah you are killing, me!! Love this, such a great design and the perfect fabric. I've dabbled a bit in Illistrator and would love to use it like you have, but I'm quite intimidated! :( Thanks for linking up, we'll see you next week!

Kristie said...

Love this, Lee, and thanks for tipping me off to Adobe Illustrator...though it may take me ages to figure that out! Love the design of your blog, so fresh! I am now your 100th follower :-)

jednoiglec said...

This top is wonderful!

Karey said...

Wow! I love this! Great job!

traceyjay said...

how did I miss this when you first posted... this quilt is magical!!! ♥ ♥

My Sweet Prairie said...

Look at all the triangles! Great piecing and great
design!

ayumills said...

This is one of the most beautiful quilts I've seen!!

Jeannette said...

I am in awe of this quilt, beautiful design very impressive!

Katie B. said...

I was just poking around your blog and came across this masterpiece! Are you kidding me?!? I love Hope Valley, and I've never seen it look so good!

teaginny said...

This would be a super hot pattern. Make it Sell it. I'll buy one!

Blue.Ridge.Girl said...

What a fabulous design, it shows off the beautiful fabrics and the fantastic layout! Hope you will put together a tutorial or a quilt-a-long. I am going to look into Adobe Illustrator...thanks for the tip!

Linda said...

the fabrics you chose really make the quilt! Love it!

suemac said...

I love Hope Valley. I am not brave enough to try to design something on my own yet. Great job.

donnaquilt said...

this is gorgeous! what a great pattern!

Kelly said...

I love this quilt and have pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

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