Monday, May 6, 2013

Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat meets an Irish blessing

And if that's not the most unusual blog header I've ever written, I don't know what is!

Back in January, Victoria over at 15 Minutes Play put out a Tea Towel Challenge.

I bought this tea towel, which spend the next 4 months sitting in my studio, gazing woefully at me.

My husband's family is Irish, and I've always liked this blessing, and I had the vague notion of creating made fabric in various shades of green and thens sewing Drunkard's Path blocks that would frame the tea towel and represent the rolling hills of Ireland.

I got this far and it just wasn't working for me.

I think I may have been "greened out" after the Emerald Challenge. I was also struggling with adding brown and green so close to the brown and green border on the towel itself. 

So I decided to go bright instead. I pulled solids and wanna-be solids and (loosely) grouped them in warm and cool color combos.

I tried to do some wavy piecing of some of the strips--something I always admire and can't quite seem to make happen myself.

Building the border:

And more:

And more:

 I had planned on an inner brown border, but again it was too close to the border on the tea towel, so I created a tiny pieced border first out of the scraps from the outer border.
Seeing these tiny bright scraps chain pieced together just made me happy!

And the result:

Now you understand the title of this blog post--it's very bright and technicolor-y!

I am unsure about quilting this one--specifically the tea towel part, as it's a bit loose and stretchy, and I don't want to distract from the words. I'd welcome any suggestions!


  1. I like your solution. I love how the brights pop it up and pick up on some of the brights in the picture. Good job! I have no idea about the quilting. I am not good at these things, as you know. I will be as interested as you in what the advice from others is and to see what you do!

  2. Wow! That really does pop with color. I love it. What a great idea. As for the quilting, I think I'd do a straight line. Maybe lines under the words, then lines going a different way in the border. Just a thought. I'm sure you will come up with the perfect solution.

  3. I kept thinking, no, no, no, you need to stay with the green and brown! I digress, you are right, I love your border the way you did it!

  4. It looks really, really good, you clever girl! Great design work. I really like that blessing too.