Wednesday, 28 August 2013

WIP Wednesday - Full Moon Lagoon improv quilt

I haven't linked up with Lee for a long time - but I have a true work in progress at the moment so I thought I would this week :o)

The idea for this quilt has been percolating in my brain for a few months. I fell completely head over heels in love with Full Moon Lagoon by Mo Bedell after seeing this quilt made by the brilliant Julianna earlier this year. So last week, I started cutting the the panels up and putting them up on my design wall - with the darkest value prints in the bottom corner, moving up to the lightest prints in the top corner.



Then I pulled a stack of coordinating prints from my stash, and started making improv log cabin blocks around the panel prints. When I was choosing the prints I tried to keep the value fairly consistent - although I did add in a bit of variety value-wise in the purples (mostly because I didn't have a whole lot of really deep purple on hand.)


I have made the magenta blocks as well - and taken all the other bits off my design wall as I'm fast running out of space. I've snuck in a few pieces of Mendocino (by Heather Ross) as the colours and prints work absolutely perfectly with Full Moon lagoon. I think this is going to end up being an absolutely gigantic quilt - I need a much bigger design wall for this kind of piecing. Apparently making a bigger design wall and putting it in the hallway outside my little sewing room is completely out of the question ;o)


The plan at this stage is to add a fairly narrow row of orange prints above the magenta, followed by the greens. I am really enjoying putting these blocks together - and it's going to be quite a challenge working out how to put them all together. A lovely change from the precision required in the last couple of big quilts I've made ;o)

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

xx Jess

26 comments:

ChristaQuilts said...

Wow - this is going to be stinkin' awesome!! I got some of that fabric for my daughter because she is obsessed with seashorses right now.

What a clever idea! I'll have to show it to her - she's 10 and wants to make her own quilt from it :-)

Beth said...

That is beautiful! What a great idea. Actually, I have a very similar but not similar at all WIP right now too. I'm also using the full moon lagoon panel in pieces but in a very different way. I'll have to send you a pic.

Vicki said...

How fun is this one? The colors are great. Can't wait for the finish!!

Ella said...

I love the colors of this line. They are some of my favorite combos ever. Lovely work!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Ooh, pretty! The different purple values makes it look like the seahorses are floating in the cool, dark depths :)

anyadahab said...

This looks beautiful. I love how organic it looks.

amy said...

Ooooooh, amazing!! I'm a sucker for a good ombre :)

Heather D. said...

Looks amazing. Love the seahorses!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Love love love! This is going to be such a stunning quilt! Can't wait to see how it progresses!

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Great idea! I can't wait to see more progress photos!

Leanne said...

I love where this is going.The improv is looking great with those cute fabrics.

snips said...

This is just gorgeous! I can not wait to see more! Love it!

KelQuiltz said...

I LOVE what you are doing with this!!! and how you have taken the inspiration and leaped to your own creation! can't wait to see it all together!!

Newbie Jen said...

Gorgeous! You are so brilliant, I just love everything you put together.

Katy Cameron said...

Wow, not a real, live, actual WIP?! Love where this is going :o)

Kelly said...

It's gonna be another stunner quilt - love it!

Laura said...

It's looking fantastic Jess :)

sarahquilts.com said...

Gorgeous! I hope you stick with the fade up effect.

Anne said...

Like the effect so far . . . I think it will be quite nice.

Willit Neverend said...

I have a feeling this is going to turn out amazing.

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

oh gosh, its going to be awesome

Renee said...

I love these fabrics, but couldn't justify buying any of them! It is fun to see what others are doing with them though--your quilt is going to be so great!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love how it's coming together without the typical rows of blocks look. Totally fun! Stopping by through the WIP Wednesday linky party. Have a great week!

MsMidge said...

This is going to look sensational!

CitricSugar said...

This is going to be really fun! Although... now I have the theme song from Octonauts stuck in my head. If you've never seen it, it's a cartoon team of explorers that go around meeting sea creatures. I've watch it with my nephew. The seahorse episode was pretty cute. :-)

Rachaeldaisy said...

Improv piecing is the best fun!! I love the sweet fabrics you are using and the way you are playing with your colour placement. This is going to be such a gorgeous quilt!!