Sunday, March 22, 2020

Pneuma - A New Top



 Pneuma
  1. (the vital spirit, soul, or creative force of a person)

It's a top!
74 x 87

It all started with a box of low volume strings and...


...with a few string heart blocks I made a few years ago.  My original intent was to make a whole quilt of String Hearts but then I decided I did not like the process. 

I had a  c. 1890 string quilt in my vintage inspiration journal. I decided those heart blocks would be a nice center row for this quilt and so I set about making my version. 



The Hourglass and HST rows were cut from low volume pieces from the 3.5 inch scrap bin and some were cut from scrap chunks. 
  Sometimes making a quilt from actual scraps and strings is a lot of work...far more work than just cutting up yardage. Taming long unevenly cut strings with strings...mostly backing trimmings...is not often an easy task.  But I did enjoy the process. 


 Pnuema is now ready for quilting...someday. 

Now I'm ready for something bright and wild. 

No...I did not empty my box of low volume strings AND I now have a big shoe box of low volume crumbs and short strings.  What to do...what to do...hmmmm...


30 comments:

maggie fellow said...

that is a wonderful quilt

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a fabulous quilt and I absolutely LOVE the name!!!

Frédérique said...

Sweet quilt top, I love the colors!

Jayne said...

Wow! That most certainly was a lot of work...but so worth it. It's beautiful. I hope it gets quilted sooner rather than later, I'd love to see what that will look like. Have fun with the 'bright and wild' side of quilting next!

Frog Quilter said...

Looks like you might make another string quilt. They are very addicting.

Julierose said...

What a beautiful and soft looking quilt--great make!! hugs, from afar Julierose;)))

Jeanne said...

Wonderful quilt and wonderful name!

Nikki said...

What a great looking improv, lo volume quilt!

Quilting Babcia said...

Love this top, it's a great setting. You're so right about dealing with scraps and wonky cutoffs. They're very time consuming but they sure do produce really interesting quilts.

cspoonquilt said...

Fabulous quilt top. It does take time and energy and it may be a bit frustrating to look at the before and after of your scrap box, but you have a Great quilt Top to remind yourself of the adventure!! cheers!

Cats and Calico said...

This is one of my favorites you've made. And that's saying a lot.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Nice job on creating a modern version of that antique quilt!! I know you will have some BIG fun with the little leftovers, too.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love seeing your inspiration for this one - I think you nailed it! So pretty with all the soft colors, plus some bright pops here and there.

---"Love" said...

You never cease to amaze me! ---"Love"

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Another beautiful scrap quilt. This one is so soft and peaceful. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A really lovely quilt! And a great way to use up some of those LV scraps.

mangozz said...

Very cute and very pretty! The hearts are so sweet and I love piano key borders. This would make a great summer quilt or throw for cool evenings.

Laura said...

Soft, sweet, and a whole lot of work! I look forward to the someday quilting! :)

beth s said...

Your quilts are always amazing. This one is no different. Thanks for all our inspiration.

Louise said...

Sounds like you've gotten the "soft and pretty" out of your system for a little while! This one is quite lovely :)

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Oh I think it's so terrific! Great interpretation of your inspiration quilt and the hearts really work in it.

Pamela Arbour said...

I always enjoy seeing your interpretation of the inspiration quilt! Always a step above the inspiration!

Quilter Kathy said...

That is a fantastic quilt! I can't believe how much I love it when it is so low volume!
It sure is a lot of work making a quilt like this and I can appreciate all the hours that went into the construction and designing... amazing!
I am also struck by the ways in which the quilt is similar to and yet different from the source of inspiration...fascinating!

Ann said...

Such a good point about the extra time required when using scraps and strings. I'm glad you found a place to use those hearts. They look lovely, but since you don't enjoy making them, it's better to get them all out of the way. As always, you have such an immense stash. Good for you for using it first. And using it so well.

MissPat said...

What a wonderful interpretation of your inspiration quilt and what a lot of work. I know some quilters consider string and crumb blocks to be mindless sewing, but I don't. I'm trying to think of other ways to interpret the vintage quilt. I don't have nearly enough low volume strings to do one.
We are finally home, stuck inside, and now it's snowing. Ugh. Time to get sewing, I guess.
Pat

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

oh my!! that is so awesome!! Love the inspiration behind it - but I really like your version!!!

gayle said...

Wow! Chinese coins meets hearts and hourglasses! Fantastic quilt!
And welcome back to the Bright Side - can't wait to see what you do next!

audrey said...

This is such a sweet, sweet quilt. Love the scrappy, crazy vibe all done in soft pastels. This one is a Home run Cathy!!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Truly special quilt! Love the low volume. Thanks for sharing.

Carol E. said...

Pneuma is gorgeous!