Wednesday, 9 October 2013

WIP Wednesday

The lovely Jess from The Elven Garden is co-hosting a Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along, to make this stunning quilt designed by Jen Kingwell.  I don't usually participate in Quilt Alongs, but this quilt was really tempting me and when my local friends said they were thinking about making it too I knew I had to play along!

Photo from Amitie Textiles website

I think this quilt will be great for working on the accuracy of my piecing.  The whole quilt is only 61" square so you can probably work out that there are a lot of tiny pieces in there!

Midnight at the Oasis - fabric pull 

While I love the fabrics used in the original quilt, I decided to take things in a different direction (I can never resist putting my own spin on a quilt even when I'm using someone else's pattern).  I pulled a large number of autumn coloured prints from my stash for this quilt, and where Jen has used black and grey fabrics I intend to use a variety of cream and beige fabrics.

Midnight at the Oasis - fabric pull

This colour scheme could end up looking kind of traditional, but I'm hoping that the fact that my fabrics are sort of bright autumn colours, and the pops of aqua/teal I'm including, will keep my quilt fresh.

Midnight at the Oasis progress

This is where I'm up to right now.  Instead of needle turned appliqué as the pattern calls for, I'm intending to secure most of my appliquéd pieces with handworked blanket stitch.  I've never done this much handwork on a quilt before but I think it should be something nice to do on the couch and to take along to stitch group and guild meetings.  In this picture the circles and orange peels are just stuck down with fusible webbing - I'm still to sew a single stitch!

So, have you been tempted by any of the quilt alongs happening out there at the moment?

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28 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh this is going to turn out great

sarahquilts.com said...

Beautiful work! This is going to be an exciting one.

Sheryl said...

I can't wait to see how this turns out. Having some handwork for when I'm zoning out at night is probably one of my favourite things ever - hopefully you find it just as rewarding

Fiesta said...

Adrianne, I too have been admiring this quilt but I am intimidated by the center piece. Do you know if it is paper pieced? Also do you know of n affordable source for the pattern?

Julie said...

This is going to look stunning - can't wait to see it all together. Handwork is lovely and relaxing to do too when you feel the need for a little bit of sewing.

sharpie said...

Ah Adrianna how are you already this far! Gorgeous ;)

sharpie said...

Wow, my fingers had a mind of their own when they renamed you ;) Sorry Adrianne!

DeborahGun said...

It is going to be gorgeous - and a challenge :-)

Kelly Young said...

WOW! that's a gorgeous quilt, and a gorgeous fabric pull for yours!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Megan said...

I nearly bought that pattern a while ago, but was daunted by the appliqué in it. Love your colour choices - I'll definitely enjoy watching this come together from the sidelines!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Very, nearly, almost tempted by this one! I've been using a lovely Kaffe Fassett fabric called "Kaffe Fassett for Rowan: #GP116 Line Dance". It's a lovely bright Autumn colour and I think it would really work with your fabric selection for this quilt.

Patchwork and Play said...

I love what you have planned here, Adrianne! And putting your own interpretation on a pattern is very liberating and creative! This is going to be gorgeous!

dutchcomfort said...

Very tempted by this quilt, that’s why I bought the pattern some months ago. I jump on the quilt-a-long bandwagon too often and I want to focus on my Penny Sampler quilt now, but maybe I’ll give in in the end!
Love your colour choice!

Nat at Made in Home said...

It is going to be amazing! I am going to love following you all on this one - but too many small pieces for me, Maybe one day..

Frances said...

Looks like a lovely medallion pattern - good for you adding your own spin!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

It's such a great pattern and your fabric choices are great! Looking forward to seeing this one progress :)

Cheryl said...

That is going to be a stunning quilt, I love your fabric and color choices.

Leanne said...

I wish I had the time for this one, I will enjoy watching you make it.

Carla said...

Your blocks look lovely! The fabrics you pulled somewhat resemble the quilt, but then again there is so much in there how could it not. I have the pattern in a magazine. Didn't realize the quilt along had started. It will be amazing

Kim M said...

Yours is looking great so far. Even though I definitely didn't need to start another project right now, I was totally tempted by Christa's Modern Trees quilt along (http://christaquiltsblog.com/2013/09/11/christas-quilt-along-7-0-modern-trees-intro-and-schedule/) and convinced myself to join the fun!

wombatquilts.com said...

I have been dying to do a Medallion quilt and 61 blocks makes it seem so doable... though applique makes me hesitate. Your blocks, as always, are beautiful.

jeifner said...

Those colors are beautiful. I joined in the One Block Wonder QAL with quilterinthecloset.

Chez Roo said...

I love love love your colour scheme (even more than the original), this will be stunning!

Cille said...

I'm going to make it to. It's a fantastic quilt. My track record of QAL are pretty bad though. Love your fabric choices :)

Flying Blind... said...

Ok so I spotted this post earlier, and now I have pulled all the fabric already! I am going to be blaming you when I am stitching 1000 1" squares!!!

Jennie said...

That is a quilt with a lot of pieces! I love the fabrics you pulled and it will look stunning!

Susan Owenby said...

That one should keep you busy for a while! It will be well worth it though. Lovely stuff. :)

Anne said...

I saw this quilt in Quiltmania magazine a couple of months ago and love it. I'm very curious to see your version!