Show your Stripes
Today is my day for the Show your Stripes blog hop hosted by Carla of Creatin in the Sticks I love the creativity of the themes Carla and Carol come up with for these blog hops, but I have to admit when Carla announced the theme of stripes I wasn't going to participate. I started sewing clothing when I was in 4h and I remember all the rules about trying to line stripes up perfectly...I'm not that kind of a sewist! I had actually just told my quilt shop owner not to let me buy stripes for one of the projects I was looking to make this spring (After creating for this hop I ended up buying the stripes!)
I have a couple older quilts I think were made by my Great-aunt and one of my Gram's good friends and guess what both have stripes; they don't match and I still love them, so if that's not justification for stripes what is?
After thinking about the stripe theme a while it hit me that I had a blue and browns stripe flannel and needed a super simple baby quilt for a young mother to be in my church. I was sure I also had a puppy print but when I looked for it I couldn't find it...no big deal I had enough of this rodeo fabric for a few projects, as I intended it for the back of a much larger quilt. This went together so easily.
Then I was working on another baby quilt and ran out of the fabric I thought I wanted for the binding. My local quilt shop was sold out and I didn't want to special order something I'd likely only need 1/4 yard of. I thought about it a while and ended up buying a remnant of stripes for the binding. I always love when I see striped bindings but I don't do it often myself-that may be changing.
Then I looked at some of my older quilts and what do you know I've not been avoiding stripes as much as I thought. The green one was made for our baby we lost. The purple I'm still undecided about because I wasn't thrilled with how it turned out. I have also used stripes for backings as long as it wasn't wider than width of fabric and could use just one piece.
I'm glad I decided to join in and realize I can do stripes because quilts aren't clothing (really, most of my purchased clothing doesn't match the rule I was held to anyhow!). Check out the other bloggers participating in the blog hop this week.
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Your quilts are fabulous! Stripes arent so bad, are they! :)ReplyDelete
I have to say that I have always shied away from stripes as well. Thank you for sharing your lovely projects.ReplyDelete
Thanks for showing us your beautiful quilts.ReplyDelete
I love the vintage quilts with wonky stripes - freedom of the quilter. We need to learn that there are no quilt police . Thank you for sharing all your lovely projects.ReplyDelete
Your quilts are beautiful. You may be unsure of the purple quilt but that one is my favorite.ReplyDelete
Your quilts are all lovely, and you found a love for stripes.ReplyDelete
Lovely group of quilts, and great ways to use stripes!ReplyDelete
Funny how you thought you were avoiding stripes and then all of a sudden you see them in quite a few quilts you’ve made. I too was always taught to match the stripes in clothing. It definitely was a challenge. But I have always loved stripes, so........ I notice also in readymade clothing that it is rare when stripes line up. Your small quilts are all a joy to see. I think it was lucky that you weren’t able to easily get another piece of the fabric you wanted and rediscovered the joy of stripes.ReplyDelete
Great setting for your pretty quilts. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Amazing quilts. Yes, many times in store-bought clothing I notice unmatched stripes and plaids, 'Guess they cut corners to save fabric cost. Yours look fabulous.ReplyDelete
It's funny how stripes just appear sometimes, even when we didn't see them at first. You are so right about stripes not matching in clothing. And yes, we do tend to hold ourselves to such a strict rule. I guess that tells us we are just way too critical of ourselves. I love all your fun quilts!ReplyDelete
So many sweet looking quilts with stripes! I avoided stripes in years past, but I love them in bindings. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thank you for showing your stripes! You've done a good job with them.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your striped quilts! Lovely!ReplyDelete
Love stripes, especially as bindings! Thanks for sharing your quilts with us.ReplyDelete
I think stripes are growing on you. Look at all these awesome quilts. Such pretty striped eye candy. Thank you for joining the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop!ReplyDelete
Great use of stripes in your quilts! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyDelete
So glad you joined. Stipes for binding always looks so great. And you were able to use stripes on so many projects. Great work.ReplyDelete
I hope you enjoyed your stripe experiment, Becky. Old and new, all of those projects are just great!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed seeing your projects. I tend to avoid stripes too but I agree with your findings about them and must use them more often. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Look at all those wonderful baby quilts. Stripes may be in your future from now on. They aren't as scary as you thought, right?ReplyDelete
Love your striped infused quilts. I do remember those classes where we had to match stipes and plaids and repeating designs. When I became a quilter I pretty much let those rules go because I had an instructor early on who told me to start making quilts for kids in need who don't care if corners match or patterns match. They just need a warm quilty hug. It changed my perspective entirely. My corners which still aren't perfect have gotten better over time and I found that if I like the colors and if they work that's good enough for me.ReplyDelete
Becky your quilts are so pretty and yes, stripes seem to pop in to our projects more than we think. Thank you for sharing your pretty quilts and the story behind the don’t use stripes theory. CarolReplyDelete
I usually only use stripes in bindings, but recently I made a baby quilt with pieced elephants--Two little elephants are done in a small turquoise stripe and they are following their mother who has dots! You ended up with lots of great stripes!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing these wonderful quilts.ReplyDelete