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!
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 :-)
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.
How fun is this one? The colors are great. Can't wait for the finish!!
I love the colors of this line. They are some of my favorite combos ever. Lovely work!
Ooh, pretty! The different purple values makes it look like the seahorses are floating in the cool, dark depths :)
This looks beautiful. I love how organic it looks.
Ooooooh, amazing!! I'm a sucker for a good ombre :)
Looks amazing. Love the seahorses!
Love love love! This is going to be such a stunning quilt! Can't wait to see how it progresses!
Great idea! I can't wait to see more progress photos!
I love where this is going.The improv is looking great with those cute fabrics.
This is just gorgeous! I can not wait to see more! Love it!
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!!
Gorgeous! You are so brilliant, I just love everything you put together.
Wow, not a real, live, actual WIP?! Love where this is going :o)
It's gonna be another stunner quilt - love it!
It's looking fantastic Jess :)
Gorgeous! I hope you stick with the fade up effect.
Like the effect so far . . . I think it will be quite nice.
I have a feeling this is going to turn out amazing.
oh gosh, its going to be awesome
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!
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!
This is going to look sensational!
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. :-)
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!!
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