Thursday, March 18, 2010

I Love Me Some Gwen and Freddy

I've been using Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran's new Collaborate Again quilt design book. I had a hard time choosing the first one I wanted to try and finally chose the Spider Web design. Here is a close up of one of the blocks...look how nice the banana fabric plays with all those dotty polka dots. All of the blocks measure 20".


I showed some of these blocks on my design board on my previous post.....well, here it is all sewn up together. If I decide to leave it like this and just bind it....it will measure 60" x 60"-ish. Mr. Brown Dirt has told me MORE than once..."I don't like square quilts"....."can't you make it more oblong than that?" So....he got me to thinking.....I may add a type of border at the top and just the bottom.....I'm thinking some 'spikes'.....???? maybe ????


I started out wanting to use some of my fruits fabric Mr. Brown Dirt bought me a couple of Christmases ago into every block....see here....love those blueberries.........well, I didn't manage to get fruit in all of the blocks.


Oh LOOK......some of my new Kaffe Fassett jumped in there........Heavenly!!!


I think this is probable my favorite block!!! Look Nanette....CHERRIES!!! It really just came to life when I added the B/W batik half squares to the corners. Thank you GAIL...this is some of the fabrics you sent me....Perfect for this block!!!
I really loved this quilt design. I don't know if you noticed or not but I have 3 different style blocks in this quilt. If you follow the instructions in the book...ALL of your blocks will look like my third photo with the blueberries....BUT....the blocks in their sample quilt in the book looks like my first and last photos....sort of like a buzz saw effect. SO.....if you make this quilt and follow their instructions your quilt is not going to look like Gwen's photo in the book. I played around with my template and came up with three different blocks. At one point I was going to make three different quilts using all the same block types.....but in the end I said "NAH"...I'll just throw them all in together. I think it turned out ok.....I.LIKE.........And I LOVE this book!!!

38 comments:

  1. I love your blocks! Such fun fabrics!

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  2. Wow! My favorite is the banana block...no, the cherries...no, absolutely the one on the bottom right with that cool green and purple. Yep, that's it for sure!
    Love it :-)

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  3. Woohoo!!! I love the spider webs! Are they difficult debcause they sure do look like it?....oh yeah, love the cherry fabric also...:0)

    Say "hi" to Goober!

    XOXO

    And about the border---I also like the border idea....one on top and one on the bottom.

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  4. I think a spikey border top and bottom would be great! I like the variety of blocks too. At first glance you don't even see that.

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  5. Ack!! How can you have a favorite!! I just love them all. What ever you decide on for the border, you just can't go wrong. But remember to e-mail for the address to send it to when you finished.... LOL!!

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  6. I love spider web quilts...this makes me want to get mine finished! A spiked border on 2 sides would look great on this quilt!

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  7. Love the blocks - the fruit really sparkles.

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  8. Belinda, they look great! I keep forgetting that I have that ruler and I should make these.

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  9. Wow, it's so fun, I love spiderweb blocks but have yet to try it. I'll enjoy yours in the meantime.

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  10. Oh wow, love the colors, so bright and fun, especially the pink one in the top row. I love thier books!!!

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  11. love the random use of food prints. what a fun quilt!

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  12. Well Mizz Belinda! You've been and done it again. This is just wonderful!

    I like the idea of the spiked border too.

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  13. fabulous! I love them all mixed together like that too. wonderful job.

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  14. AWwwwwwwwwwwwww everyone has said all that I wanted to say! ;( Supercalefragiltic!! I guess no one has said that!!! Wonderful accomplishment, truly a great one. I think GOOBER has had a good influence!! ;) Love it!! Gail

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  15. What fun happy blocks!!! The fabric you are using is great for this quilt!!

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  16. WOW!!! I really love this quilt! Very very fun!

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  17. LOVE IT -- LOVE IT -- LOVE IT!!! This is one of my favorite blocks, but hey, I gotta loosen up and go a little wild! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. It's a kitchen soup quilt--everything all thrown together into one yummy pot! I love it. Freddy Moran is supposed to speak at a local quilt guild next month...

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  19. Thank you for showing us thee - they are fabulous!!!!!
    Hugs, Jas
    PS How lucky is Annie O getting to meet with Freddy...

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  20. I love your blocks. I just got back late last night from my week with Gwen and Freddy. It was fabulous!!

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  21. I love these squares so much..those cherries and banannas too funny

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  22. OH man I love those blocks! I especially love that center one!

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  23. Cute blocks! They really brighten my day! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Wow, these are great spider web blocks! Freddy and Gwen would like them, I think. Thanks for the heads-up about the pattern. I like the buzz-saw effect, so I might make a note in my book on that page to watch for that.

    I think a spikey border would be great. And I agree with Mr. Brown Dirt....a square quilt isn't much good to use, cuz I'm not square! hee hee!

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  25. it's totally fabulous Belinda! thanks for pointing out the difference in the blocks and I agree, they look wonderful all together. I need to go put that book on my amazon list right.now!

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  26. these blocks are so happy and fun!
    Gwen is the best --

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  27. Love it! All the different colors seem to blend together ~ Beautiful!
    I gotta get me that book!

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  28. Wow, this are great blocks"love ,love your fabrics!

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  29. Love them, and the fruit fabric is so neat in the blocks.
    I have one of Gwen's books which I like a lot.

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  30. Mr. Brown-Dirt always makes me laugh. These blocks are wonderful. I really love them. The fabrics are perfect.

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  31. I love the book too. You are making Gwen and Freddy proud!

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  32. Very colourful. I can see it working in blacks and white too for a spiderweb Halloween look.

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  33. I love the look this quilt is going and you changing the blocks makes them pop out more. Can't wait to see it finished.

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  34. What a beautiful quilt. I really love quilts...now I own only 2 and I do not know how to...but I think quilting is such an amazing art form. One of my good friends is an avid quilter. I really hope to learn some day...it is definitely on my to do list. Thanks for coming by 504 Main. New follower!
    Holly

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  35. I love this! What wonderful fabrics. I am just waiting for my Collaborate Again book to arrive from Amazon ;-)

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  36. Hi There,

    it's all your fault!
    Since I've read yout post here, I was doomed to think of you and take my collaborate again book out the shelve, get more inspirated, cut and sew lots of fabric.
    And now I'm very pleased with your action and my work, cause I've finally finished a little miracle, too.
    http://hohlart.blogspot.com/2010/05/was-gibts-neues-aus-der-werkstatt.html

    So Dear Belinda, lots of virtual hugs and thanks for your inspirational kick in my bud ;)

    Take care
    Tine

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  37. Hi Belinda!
    THIS is very pretty I like it!
    And I´m stunned of your blog! It´s great!! You sewing such wonderful things!!
    Tine is my friend, yes. I got to know her on a art-market in November 2009. She´s great and the things she sew too :)
    Thank you for the comments on my blog!

    Nice greets from Germany!

    Josephine

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