Sunday, November 22, 2009

Top #4... last but not least!

These are the fabrics for the last of The 4 Tops. Do you agree with me that this group has a distinctly masculine vibe? The piece in the center left has tiny dots on black... it had too much visual vibration and looked muddy, so that fabric was deleted. Also, it seemed to me that more red and black would be beneficial to add more dark notes.
Fortunately, I had some red and black checked fabric plus some black with gold dots that fit in. (It’s somewhat amazing to me that despite having a ton of fabric, very little of my stash melds with this group.) Below is the first “draft” of the arrangement. Do you see any issues with it so far?
Maybe the black and white photo will make it clearer what bothered me with this design... the various rectangles were merging together too much, especially the lighter tones. I wanted more separation in the values.
Below is what it looks like pieced together. I didn’t have quite enough regular cotton fabric, so had to sneak in a couple of pieces of flannel on the edges. No biggie.
It has been interesting to work with such large pieces of fabric with large motifs, compared to the little scraps with more subdued patterns I usually am assembling. Oops, just noticed a glitch in the final top... the large guitar piece got vertically flipped with the piece below it. Hmmm... do I care enough to rip them out and restitch them?!?!


Beena said...

I like how it finally looks pieced together in the last pic. Wouldn't change it, or rip anything out. And I agree...very masculine.

Scarlett Burroughs said...


Thanks so much for sharing your quilt top with us. I loved it so much I linked to it on my quilting blog at Craft Gossip.

Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip

Loreen Leedy said...

Thanks so much, Scarlett! Love your blog (which features quilting projects, fabrics, and books from all over the blogsphere.) To see all the current posts, go to

And thanks Beena, I was going to change around the guitar fabric, but now like it the way it is.

Diane J. Evans said...

Gosh, I just love that guitar fabric -- so Beatles-looking!

Leave it on the wall for a day or two and see if the reversed position really bothers you -- I agree: I hate to rip!