Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Oops - Brinton Hall!


About a year ago several quilters in blogland made a start on Brinton Hall by Leigh Latimore, a contemporary adaptation of a historical British quilt. I left comments all over the place that more or less said, "I love this, but I will just admire yours. I have too many EPP projects already!"

A couple of years ago I stopped buying new magazines, just to reduce the temptation of starting new projects. But this spring I felt I could afford to look around a bit. I bought Quiltmania 110, mainly because I was interested to see the finale of Colmar, the mystery quilt by La Fée Pirouette:


I have been following the work of Nathalie Méance and La Fée for a while -- my L'Herbier is stalled but not forgotten -- and I was so impressed with Colmar. It is a very interesting combination of embroidery, applique, trapunto and quilting. I wanted to know how she did it, so I splurged and bought the whole series. You know, as a reference for my own future work.

Part of that series included Quiltmania issues 107 and 108...


...which include the complete set of instructions for Brinton Hall:


Oh nooo! Worse still, the description in the magazine calls it "an extraordinary combination of reproduction fabrics and the lavish prints of Kaffe Fassett." [italics mine]

  • Lavish prints by Kaffe Fassett? Check.
  • Large range of beigey backgrounds? Check.
  • Solid teal background fabric? Well, I have some blue that will be nice there.
  • 1" hexagon papers? Yes, I even have those.
So, I can make the whole 92" quilt from stash. I made this medallion first...


...and that worked pretty well. Now there are three:


The sun washes them out in this photo -- they are really saturated and intense. I am interested to see how the dark beige background will work with them. The background will be leftover strips of backing from my scrap box:


And I also pulled out every scrap of Kaffe Collective fabric that was in there, ironed it, and made hexies:


It's time consuming, but it feels like a worthy project for all these rare and discontinued fabrics.

So, that's been my big distraction for June! My sewing table is loaded down with projects, and I'm hoping I can clear it off long enough to work on the second round of my Gwennie medallion. To be accurate, it will be my second attempt at the second round of the Gwennie medallion. The song and dance continues...

14 comments:

  1. You are making this completely out of stash? Good for you! Eventually I'll have to start a project like that, considering all the stash I have. So are you appliquéing the hexies to the large center? I love the teal fabric.

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  2. What a great new project! I love the idea of making a reproduction quilt, especially when you can make it all from your stash. It's going to be an amazing quilt.

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    1. Thank you! I am starting out true to the pattern, but I cannot guarantee that I will finish that way! The pattern maker Leigh Latimore added a little Kaffe to hers, and I expect that mine will have quite a bit more. :D

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  3. this project will help deplete your stash so relaxing hand stitching have fun doing it, it was meant for you to do it as it popped up in the magazine

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    1. You are probably right, Margaret. Time to stop resisting and just get on with it! Thanks as always!

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  4. A project after my own heart - beautiful fabrics, using what you have, a sense of history - and drawing on your impeccable colour sense. What more could you ask? Best of luck in progressing it.

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    1. Thanks very much, Jillian! The first two rounds are pretty easy, but the last round has a lot of tricky things in it, so that is definitely when luck will be required. But right now, I think I will run with it for a while!

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  5. It's funny how certain quilts are just meant to part of our lives. You're off to a colorful start. Have fun!

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  6. Oh No! I have some Kaffe fabrics and beigy backgrounds and a whole pack of 1 inch hexie papers I bought many years ago!!! I even have a few yards of a reproduction blue!!!!
    I stopped buying quilt magazines a long time ago for the same reason.

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  7. Totally FABULOUS! Can you tell that I like it? :) How cool that you will be using your special "collection" er stash for the project. I too stopped magazine subscriptions for the same reasons. . .but, recently started up again. . .on a dreary day it is nice to be sucked in to a bright, colorful FINISHED project.--Terry

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    1. Thank you, Terry! I admit that I am not usually thinking of a finish when I look at quilts in magazines. Maybe a different perspective would move more of my projects along!

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  8. You just took stash-busting to a whole new level. Love what you have started here.

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  9. There are a few Brinton Hall quilts being worked on and I love seeing their progress. I'm sure you will enjoy the journey too. Happy Stitching.

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    1. Thanks, Jocelyn! It's been the one I keep thinking about recently. Hopefully progress will ensue!

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