Monday, December 29, 2014

Curry Favor

Have you ever dated someone who, you knew in your heart, was completely out of your league? 
I did.

Say hello to Curry Favor... 


When I saw this Fresh Connections quilt pattern, I knew that this would be a very challenging project for a newbie like me. But the design was so attractive, I was TEMPTED!!!

The pattern was FREE. It was DETAILED. And I was ready for the next challenge. ALMOST.

I was also nervous and therefore I proceeded with utmost caution. I agonized over the fabric choices. After mulling over several days, I decided to go with the following colors:


Fabric Strips, numbered!!!
1.    Carrot (CT)
2.    Maroon
3.    Apricot (CT)
4.    Brick (CT)
5.    Orangina (CT)
6.    Red (Kona)
7.    Curry (CT)
8.    Yellow
9.    Crimson (CT)
10.  Rosewood (CT)

Most of these solids, the white and the gorgeous autumn border fabric came from Connecting Threads (CT). 

I organized them (see picture above) and kept them organized like it was a religious thing. After they were cut to the specified sizes, I put them back on the design wall where they belonged. 
As I proceeded with the cutting instructions, I worried - What if I cut all the fabric and then the blocks don't come out correctly. Wait, may be I should make one block, first. Here is the first block.

First Block, untrimmed

Trimmed First Block

Wow! it looked so beautiful, I love this block. Completing this one block gave me the reassurance I was looking for. I cut up all the fabric and proceeded with gusto and caution (a lot of caution). 


Preparing the Corners
I cut several at a time
Assembly Line...


I did a little at a time. When I felt tired or sleepy, I stopped. I followed the instructions to a fault. 
According to the pattern, I pressed to the dark side. When it came to joining the blocks, the seams, pressed to one side was an obstacle. It would mean too much bulk towards the colored fabric and too little towards the white – causing the seam to slip resulting in offset seams.
I LOVE how this is coming together...
I had to fiddle with the seams, turning them this way and that as I tried to make them nest and gently coax the fabric to do my bidding. As a result there are a hundred turned seams in the back (good thing it is hidden). This is something I have accepted. 


Pinned...

Making seams match - By hook or by crook
Look at this picture above. I allowed the white fabric to fold a teensy bit to match the red seams. Yes, it is not an ideal situation. But it will be indistinguishable once it is quilted and washed.

If When I remake this pattern (in a different color way, most probably), I will press the seams open. Yes, I love how this pattern comes together. I am sure I will make it again. 
Piecing in Progress

In the end, it was totally worth it. I believe this experience gave me fresh appreciation for matching seams. I am sure I am now better (marginally at least) at following complex patterns and matching seams. 
Were my fears unfounded? 
No and yes. 
Because I was nervous, I paid attention to every step. And because of that added care things fell in place, almost. A little bit of apprehension is a good thing. 
Autumn Glow from Connecting Threads
 
The border fabric, Autumn Glow from Connecting Threads, is my absolute favorite.

The whole process of piecing the top seemed laborious as I held my breath while sewing and then heaved a sign of relief when I opened and pressed.


Spray Basting

It took a while to baste this beauty...

Quilting in process

Rolled sandwich to manage the bulk
I quilted with my favorite squiggly stitch on my JANOME, following (trying to follow) the lines of the pieced pattern and continuing to the end of the quilt sandwich. The backing is flannel and the quilting makes a zig-zag pattern on the solid brown.
Flannel Backing

I used a very bright orange to bind the quilt.
Bright Border, Eye-Popping Binding

Here are the good things about this pattern
1.    You have to make only one type of block - it is complicated, but it is only one. 
2.     There are only 12 blocks in the whole quilt (not 36, 48 or 92).
3.     Once you organize and cut the fabric (making sure it is organized), it goes together quickly.
4.     The directions are very good, with many helpful pictures.


Binding - Stitched to Back, Squiggly Stitched to the Front

There are two things that I would have added to the instructions.
1.     Press the seams open
2.     The size of each block is about 17”

If it included a way to make it larger, that would be priceless. Unlike most other quilts that are based on a square block, it is not just adding more blocks that would turn this into a queen size quilt. One would have to figure out exactly which four colors, the correct order and the placement to make the next block.

For the level of detailed instructions included, I am VERY surprised that it is a free pattern. Thank you Windham Fabrics and a very big thank you and hugs to you Jean Katherine Smith. Here are a few more pictures.

Border Makes it POP!!!


Interlocking Squares Design - Pure Genius


Love these warm colors!!!

Pattern Detail
This is my 16th finish of 2014. My dear friend Jake helped me pick the name, Curry Favor.
Labelled!!!

Curry Favor - My 16th Quilt of 2014


What started apprehensively and cautiously ended successfully and beautifully. Yes, Curry Favor is my best work so far. 
Is there a quilt pattern that you have been eyeing and wondering - Can I make this? Is it too hard? Please share your thoughts. I love hearing from you!!!

31 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful! I am a fan of the colors, the joy of matched seam success, and your fresh fun writing style.

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  2. Thanks for your very detailed review of the pattern, and thanks especially for addressing what direction to press your seams. It makes such a beautiful quilt.

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  3. Preeti, this is AWESOME!! The colors you chose are perfect! Your attention to the details definitely show! I looked at the pattern - I may have said no thanks! LOL You review is great and the pattern will go on my list. . . which is so long now I'm not sure where to even start on it ;)

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  4. A stunning quilt, Preeti! It shows what we can do if we challenge ourselves. Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
    Beth

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  5. That is awesome Preeti! Just as beautiful as you. Yes, I press seam open in EVERYTHING. Sone people believe it weakens the integrity of the quilt and do not believe in it but it lays flatter and quilts better. I love live live those colors, though you know I would nit have used white as a background.
    Alternatively, you COULD turn thus pattern 45 degrees and look at it differently and it would piece together in straight lines. You could then sketch on graph Paper and add your extra blocks and colors.
    Another way to simply make it bigger us to add X amount of inches (or partial inches) to each cut piece then the blocks would finish larger hence s larger overall quilt.
    Anytime I see an "on point" quilt, I rotate it 45 degrees to see the real pattern. Try it and you will see the pattern as less complicated. Hugs my friend!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful. You have a gift for being able to pick the perfect coordinating colors.

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  7. looks great! i like the quilting too. congrats!

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  8. wow that is gorgeous, great job!!

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  9. Your met your challenge and conquered it with glowing success! Fabulous job!

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  10. This quilt is so impressive! You did a great job. Congrats on the detailed finish. I love making simple quilts myself.

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  11. Just perfect quilt; love it!
    Happy New Year!

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  12. Wow that looks great! Love the colors too.

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  13. This is a beauty Preeti! Glad it well so well for you and turned out so great. Happy new year!

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  14. This is awesome! I can't believe you are a newbie, and if you were, you certainly aren't anymore. Have a happy new year!

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  15. What a wonderful finish and a great way to end the year, Preeti. You did an amazing job. Love the quilting. Looking forward to what is to come in 2015! Happy New Year!

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  16. Wow! Wonderful quilt, Preeti - love your colors and its name. :) The pressing game - open, to the side, let them flip . . . different approaches work better at different times, I've found. Pressing open does get you a flat top, BUT it's horrible if you're going to want to quilt any stitch-in-the ditch. Squiggly quilting like this one is fine with it, though, and all-over free quilting is perfect with it, too. Back to this quilt - you did a really terrific job. :D

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  17. Amazing!!! I love your fabrics and color choises. So pretty!!!!

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  18. Last year I made a pattern on EQ7 that used this same block. I have yet to try and make it though I really want too this year. As the block needs to be sewn in a Circe to give the weave pattern it scares me. I am glad to see your quilt as I really think I should give it a try and not be afraid.

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  19. Beautiful quilts! Absolutely awesome :-)

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  20. I found your blog! Gorgeous! I'd be like you, following the directions VERY carefully :) Your color choices are spot on -- and the name you gave the quilt is perfect.

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  21. what a gorgeous quilt! Thanks for linking up.

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  22. That looks amazing! I love the colors.

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  23. You did a fantastic job. It is gorgeous.

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  24. Fantastic Job!!! Congratulation son working on such a difficult pattern!!!
    Esther

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  25. Gorgeous colors! You did an amazing job...each point looks perfect! I love it!

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  26. love it!! fantastic job and I am so going to find this pattern, thanks for the information!!

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  27. Oh definitely not out of your league Preeti! You met this challenge beautifully - I love this quilt!

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  28. You are so fun to read only found your blog because of a comment on msqc forum on masculine quilts. I have been in bed with the flu and you have really made my day. Love your quilts and the story that goes withr each one.

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  29. Well, you did a great job - Curry isn't out of your league, after all (and BTW's NO ONE IS OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE!)

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