Sabine's City Lights

loisflanFebruary 26, 2012

Well, I still have to trim threads, label it and wash it, but here is my version of Cherri House's City Lights. The pattern called for pale and medium pastels to be used, but I couldn't find any pale enough to suit me. I wanted a very neutral palette, so I used off-whites, taupes, tans, greys and greens. This quilt is for my step-daughter, Sabine. Her home is very modern, so I hope this will please her. Thanks for looking.

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nannykins

Like it lots!!!
Theresa

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 11:59AM
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nanajayne

Perfect. Very well done and I know Sabine's going to love it. Congratulations. TFS

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 12:05PM
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toolgranny

I love it. I favor geometric modern designs and this is a gem. Thanks for showing us. Good job.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 12:15PM
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msmeow

Lois, it's great! Perfect for modern decor. I know your step daughter will love it!
Donna

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 1:04PM
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missflippins

A truly gorgeous, elegant quilt Lois! I'd have a hard time parting with such a beauty.

Best wishes - Corinne

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 1:58PM
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magothyrivergirl

I like it! The quilting is perfect. I borrowed this book from the library and this was the quilt I was attracted to. I may have to make it now! I think your colors are perfect. I really like the contemporary look.
She will love it.
Were you pleased with the machine sewn binding?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 2:25PM
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day2day

It's beautiful!
Are you ready to give it away?
It looks so much like it belongs there on the sofa by the fireplace.
You did such a great job.
TFS.

~Geraldine

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 2:32PM
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rosajoe_gw

It is gorgeous! very modern looking! When some of the younger ones around here say they don't like quilts I know they are thinking all quilts are made with traditional patterns.
Rosa

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 3:04PM
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loisflan

Marsha, I think the machine-sewn binding worked well on this quilt. I acutally sewed the binding to the back of the quilt, turned it over the edge and stitched it on the front. The black thread on the mostly black backing was very forgiving. I don't think I would have been very pleased with this technique for a multicolored binding/backing combination though. The line of stiching on the back does meander.

Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 3:25PM
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mary_c_gw

I like this quilt very much. Well done, very well done!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 3:44PM
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bev2009

My sister has a huge blank wall in her dining room. I suggested she make a quilt, but she said she didn't like country. I told her quilts come in all styles and I don't think she believed me. I'm sending her this link. This is so modern and "clean" looking. I really like it and think she will too. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 3:49PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Lois, Excellent choice for fabric and your quilting gives it another dimension. Great job!!!!

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 7:17PM
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luvtosharedivs

City Lights is such an appropriate name!
It reminds me immediately of a skyscraper.
Great job! I like the backing too.

I attach my binding the same way. I know exactly what you mean, by the meandering line on the back, but it doesn't show very much if you use matching thread on the back.

All your horizontal and vertical lines look perfectly straight! Is it sewn together in blocks, rows, or strips?

Julie

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 7:22PM
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calliope

Amazing use of fabric. I am not a contemporary quilt fan, but I'd change my mind for this one. I love it. It reminds me of the Shoji screens in Japan.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 8:28PM
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loisflan

Julie, you make three horizontal blocks of five black rectangles and three light ones for each row. Then you sew them together with the thin light rectangle between them. Then you sew the row to a thin horizontal black sashing strip. And so on, being careful to line up the rectangles vertically. Kind of boring, but then most quilts are at some point, I guess.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 11:51PM
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K8Orlando

Nothing boring about this quilt! Great contemporary design and super color choices. Love it! I'm bookmarking this one!

Kate

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 5:46AM
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luvtosharedivs

Thanks for your reply, Lois.
Construction sounds easy. If a quilt goes together fast and easy, with lots of different pastels to work with, it wouldn't be boring to me.

Again...nice job!

Julie

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 8:51AM
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vasu_texas

Lois,
That is a very lovely modern design. It is simple yet striking.
Vasu

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 9:56AM
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karpet

That turned out beautiful!
Karlene

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 9:58AM
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lola99

Very nice job! Your step-daughter should be very pleased.

What color thread did you use to quilt it? I'm guessing a light/neutral, but I don't see it showing up on the horizontal black strips - did you quilt straight down the quilt, or did you skip over the black horizontal lines?

Lola

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 9:18AM
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loisflan

Lola, I used black thread for the black and dark grey fabric and a neutral for the rest. You are right. In the light rectangles, I stopped and started for every black sashing I came to. A bit tedious, but I thought a light thread on the black sashing would ruin the look I was try to achieve.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 10:30PM
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lola99

Thank you for explaining what you did. I think you made the right choice. Lately I have been very focused on what color thread people choose to quilt with. I just ruined a beautiful quilt with a very bad choice of quilting (both the design and the color!).

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 9:28AM
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faintheart

Beautiful quilt, Lois! So peaceful and calming to look at. The quilting is perfect for this layout.

Dee

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 9:35AM
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magothyrivergirl

Lola - good eye! I agree the thread and quilting choice is very important - I tend to spend too much time and brain cells deciding. I change thread colors & type often within a quilt. Do you still dislike the outcome after you washed your quilt?

Lois - I agree with Lola - you made the right choice! I understand what you mean about 'boring'~ I find the repetition of sewing the same colors, and pieces together boring.....not the finished quilt. I tend to make mistakes when it is assembly-line, simple sewing :)

I still love your quilt!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 9:38AM
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loisflan

Marsha, the owner of one of my local quilt shops who does a ton of design and piecing herself, said that she uses only two colors of thread when piecing - light and dark - and that she uses the same color throughout the quilt, regardless of fabric color. I settled on three colors - black, grey and beige. I find that one of those works fine for everything I've done so far. The thread comes on a large spool and is finer than "regular" thread. She said it helps keep the seams scant and flat. I'm sorry I can't remember the name. I'm at the office. It sure helps keep my thread inventory down too.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 4:16PM
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magothyrivergirl

I don't generally change thread colors when piecing except for black and white piecing. I change colors & thread types when quilting the top, than I select the thread with great care.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 5:05PM
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