Monday, August 14, 2017

Remaining Neutral

Using colors from nature
 can be a way to help remain neutral
when choosing a color palette.

But when there's a rainbow of colors
surrounding us, it can be a challenge.

Last January I began working on the
BOM found on The Quilt Show
designed by the late Sue Garman.

I looked to the colors of the southwest,
the desert tones.

Starting with the center medallion

and adding each new border
month to month.

The most challenging
has been what I've called

 "geese flying in circles"

It was paper pieced and seemed
to take forever.
Wait, it did take forever!

On a recent trip to Santa Fe
I took my quilt top and
found a lovely adobe room
in which to photograph it.

It's not finished yet.
But the colors are definitely what I was striving for.

Last week I worked on the next border, pinwheels.

All those half square triangles were
trimmed and perfectly sized and
the borders  went together lickety split,
or as fast as you can sew a pinwheel border,
which isn't really very fast.

Two floater borders had to be figured out,
 sewn on and
then finally,
 those spinning pinwheels.
This is where I am today.

Next up,
more flying geese.
Not Running Man's favorite visiting yard bird!#@!

 I'll remain neutral
and continue on.

Until Next Time-


  1. Simply spectacular! The neutral shades are perfect for showcasing your beautiful piecing, and the entire top is simply gorgeous against the adobe backdrop! Would running man prefer Madame Turkey and her flock of eight wildlings that have occupied our hayfield and now gardens for the last couple weeks?!

  2. How Beautiful! The colors are perfect and I sure do take my hat off to you doing those flying geese arcs! It sure does add something special to the quilt. Well done!

  3. This is turning out so beautiful!! Peaceful to look at! Love the pictures in the adobe setting! Thanks for sharing -- I'll be anxious to see the completed quilt!

  4. Kyle me encantan estos colores naturales
    El espacio elegido para la fotografía ¡¡espectacular!!
    maravilloso edredón

  5. I can tell your visits to the southwest have made a huge impact - you certainly captured that subtle and soothing color palette. A beautiful work in progress and perfectly displayed against the adobe background. Isn't it wonderful how we can transfer places that have made an impression and put them into a quilt!

  6. Kyle, your quilt is amazing . . . I love how you take the time to use such small pieces . . . that is so much work, but makes for a gorgeous quilt in the end. You are an inspiration :)
    Happy Quilting!
    Connie :)

  7. Breathtaking! It is truly stunning in those soft neutrals. I can't even imagine attempting those "circling flying geese". Amazing!

  8. this is looking spectacular Kyle, great inspiration of a neutral pallate.

  9. Simply (not so, really) GORGEOUS! No need to say more! ---"Love"

  10. Stunning, as all your work is, Kyle.

  11. Oh Kyle your quilt is so breath taking beautiful. I love the colors. Hugs

  12. This pattern is certainly challenging but to make it in neutrals as well, must be interesting! Looks fantastic, you have achieved good contrast with this palette, and I look forward to seeing the last few borders. Glad I didnt have to make the curved flying geese, I am guessing precision was very important!

  13. Amazing! Who would have thought neutrals could look so good!

  14. This is super! Using all neutrals was an inspired choice; I find medallion quilts look overly busy if there are too many different colors. I look forward to seeing your progress.

  15. Your talent and skills are always an inspiration :) I "get" the neutrals but it is your piecing / sewing that always leaves me in awe :)

  16. Your photo shoot photo took my breath away!! Gorgeous! I love the geese flying in circles - they're beautiful :0)

  17. So beautifully understated in those Southwest sand and rock tones. Really striking.
    Oh, I have made circles of flying geese before (but not that many)--a dizzying experience. :)

  18. Wow, it is gorgeous! Technically so complicated and then the color palette. An admirable finish, congratulations!

  19. Amazing Kyle! Love your choice of fabric and color!
    A big hand of 👏

  20. Oh you chose a beautiful combo ! How awesome is your top Kyle !!
    Congratulations !!

  21. You do an excellent job of piecing, Kyle. Love the neutral tones. I never would have thought to take a quilt top on a trip to photograph. Clever gal!

  22. This a masterpiece in the making ! Absolutely gorgeous.

  23. So beautiful, Kyle! Your color choice is perfect and those flying geese are amazing!

  24. WOW your Neutral quilt is evolving into a Gorgeous quilt top!
    It's stunning, congratulations.

  25. I never imagined that quilt in neutrals but yours is really coming along beautifully. I bought the kit but won't start it until next year. It will be a HUGE challenge for me but I really wanted to learn how to paper piece and I really love that quilt.

  26. Your quilt top in the adobe room is simply stunning Kyle! How many different fabrics are you using in this quilt? Bravo!!!

  27. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! The neutrals in this quilt make it look almost like it's painted in sand or stone! Love it!

  28. Your neutral quilt is stunning! I just love it.
    Beautiful nature photos too!

  29. This is absolutely fabulous! Love the soft, neutrals so much. Great interpretation!

  30. I love this in neutrals what a great idea

  31. Beautiful palette! I bet it has been a fun challenge, both color-wise and stitching-wise!

  32. Omigosh, this is looking sooo good, Kyle! It really is elegant. And that photo on the bench is beautifully styled, too!

  33. Oh my goodness Kyle, you have interpreted this pattern beautifully; Sue would have been very happy with it.

  34. Your Sue Garmin quilt top is beautiful! I love how you've chosen your colors and also how you photographed it!

  35. I don't know how I missed this one--gorgeous!! Those curved geese look extremely challenging and perfect! I want to do an all neutral quilt someday too--love this one!