Saturday, January 2, 2016

Finally Fussy Cutting Allietare!

At the same time that I was writing my post for Week 5 of Bonnie Hunter's 2015 mystery quilt, Allietare, Bonnie went ahead and did the final reveal early! For the next few weeks you can see it here. I had already figured out that we would need some type of 4" square in the middle of all the blocks, and I had my heart set on some fancy piecing in there. So I was actually a little disappointed when I saw they would be plain 4" squares. But then I came to my senses! I realized that those big squares were the perfect opportunity to do the fussy cutting that I decided against in Week 3:


This was my chance to showcase all those larger prints from my collection of Kaffe Collective fabrics. So, first thing yesterday morning I hunted high and low through my stash for everything Kaffe and reddish.


Some things I knew I had, but were hard to find, and some things were a nice surprise. In Week 4 I was sighing over my last strip of red Kirman. Yesterday I found almost a yard more!


These red squares will be used in 20 of the Allietare blocks. When I finally rounded them all up, I had more than 20. Charms!



I laid out a couple of blocks to see how they will look. I think this combination will be too tempting to resist:


And, best for last:


It's like this quilt was designed for my stash. I am so amazed at how well it's all coming together! That first flash of inspiration to use my Kaffe fabrics, based on Bonnie's photo of the gold hotel walls, has totally paid off. I'm glad I listened to it!

Now I am loaded with fun things to do. Soon I'll get these 20 red blocks up on the design wall to find the best points for each middle. And I am still making the Week 4 "bowtie" units, after I had to take a rest that week. Only 8 sets are done -- 22 left! I really like the shape of those, and they go together well, so I will probably do that first.

We certainly won't be looking at a flimsy here on Monday. But, I'm going to stick with it until it's done!


16 comments:

  1. The Kaffe prints work a treat (as I have heard Kaffe himself remark). You are rich if you have a yard of Kirman. I love that one, too. Your blocks are really interesting with spots, letters, and Kaffe.

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  2. Oh, I just love your idea!! and I love fussy cutting fabrics to show off special images, it is like creating a frame for a beautiful picture!! thank you for showing this idea as I had not had time to start her quilt and Kaffe fabrics are just so gorgeous.
    Happy New Year and thank you!

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    1. Thank YOU, Melody! I'm happy to have inspired you too. Have a great new year!

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  3. I love the second block, it looks like a kaleidoscope.

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  4. Wow!!!!!!! My eyeballs are in LOVE with your fussy cutting. Too cool! I'm inspired to get going!--Thanks--Terry

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    1. Thanks so much, Terry! Inspired to do this quilt? I think it is a really great design this year, so definitely worth it. :D

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  5. I love what you are doing with these blocks! You idea for fussy cutting the center squares was truly inspired. This quilt is just going to be fabulous!

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  6. The bright squares look wonderful! Love when it works out that you already have the perfect fabric.:)

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  7. That 4" square was made for those prints. Although, I had to keep looking at the first square you posted. I thought that small square of fabric was a whole quilt you had just made with the applique! I couldn't figure out how it fit in with the mystery quilt. It's a wonderful piece.

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  8. the kaffe fabrics look great and will make wonderful centres for the blocks very eye catching

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  9. Fantastic! Your quilt will be stunning with those beautiful fabrics.

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  10. Great fabric, great ideas, great progress. Again, colour and design in harmony. I love the way you just keep at it, problem-solving your way through. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Jillian! It's a process, right? I'm thrilled with how this one is coming together. :D

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  11. Wow. You're fabrics are perfect for this quilt. It will be beautiful with the fussy cut reds.

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  12. The centre squares are great from kaffe´s fabrics. I´m looking forward the whole quilt.

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  13. I love your red squares - the blocks will be stunning. Isn't it satisfying when you find you have exactly the right fabric for something?

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