July 02, 2020

TGIFF - Rock On!

Welcome to TGIFF! I almost accidentally missed my day to host and the start of my month to manage TGIFF...oops! It's so hard to keep track of the days of the week, let alone which month we're in, these days, I find. Nevertheless, here we are at the beginning of July and I have two finished quilt tops to share today 😊 

Before I get to those, though, I want to mention that there are a lot of weeks open for hosting TGIFF during the rest of the year. We'd love to have you sign up to host, which you can do here. Don't worry if you've never hosted before! Anja, Laura or I (whoever is managing the month your date falls in) will be more than happy to help you get it all figured out AND it's actually a very simple process. So go sign up, then come on back here.

Okay, so these two quilt tops are on their way to becoming teacher gifts for two guys who have put a lot of time and energy into encouraging the musical talents of the students at our school. Both have been a huge influence on Aiden and I decided a couple of years ago that when he graduated, they would get quilts. I had intended for them to be finished for the end of school, but since school ended suddenly back in March, that certainly didn't happen. The goal now is just to get them finished sometime over the summer.

Let me just say that I know I'm breaking every quilt blogger photography rule with these pictures. I completely forgot about needing them until today, when it is pouring down rain, so there's zero chance of getting good outdoor light. So, taped up in the family room it is. Better to have photographic proof that they're actually finished quilt tops, even if that proof isn't as pretty as it could be. At least that's what I'm telling myself. Trust me, they're nicer than they look here and there will be good pictures with proper lighting when they're finished quilts!
Rock Concert quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com
The pattern is Rock Concert, by On Williams Street. It requires 6 prints - one each in red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple. I chose to go scrappy, but I stuck with those same colours. 
Rock Concert quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com
The guitar itself is paper pieced and on the templates it says what colour should go in each section, so I just followed instructions. If the A1 section said red, I used a red; if it said yellow, I used a yellow. Instead of just one of each colour, though, there's an abundance of different shades and prints for all six colours. It was a lot of fun raiding my scraps! The result is that the two guitars look very much alike, without being completely identical. Here they are, side-by-side, so you can see what I mean.
Rock Concert quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com
I love how vibrant and fun they both are!

Now I need to figure out how I'm going to quilt them. The background will be getting an all-over design of some sort, possibly music notes if I feel comfortable trying to quilt those after some sketching. I haven't decided, though, if the all-over design will continue over the guitars or if they'll get a different treatment. If they do get something different (and that's how I'm leaning right now), I have no idea what it should be. Suggestions would be most appreciated!

That's it for me, which means now it's your turn! Link up your finishes and go visit some of the other links to see what your fellow quilters have finished recently. And don't forget to sign up to host 😊

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9 comments:

  1. What an awesome gift. What about quilting groupings of 5 horizontal lines in the background, like music staffs, and then you could quilt in notes within the lines? That might be too much work. As for the guitars themselves, I'd be tempted to go with a wood grain motif myself.

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  2. They look amazing! Have fun quilting them.

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  3. Super fun quilts!!! They must be super teachers! I love the idea of musical notes in the background. On the guitars, I would simply outline/SID everything and add some details with stitching.

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  4. Teachers are so lucky these days! Great job on the guitars. I'm sure the teachers are going to be surprised and delighted!

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  5. They turned out great! Good luck with the quilting. I totally understand about not knowing what day of the week is....the days just blend....

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  6. It is a great finish. What a lucky teacher to receive this....the time passes by in the oddest ways right now. I'll get a few more Friday's on my hosting list.

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  7. What a fun quilt and the quilting will really bring it to life. I signed up for one more TGIFF, but if you are in a pinch some month let me know.

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  8. Such fun quilts to make! I sure like the scrappiness of them, and that you could use-up your colorful pieces. I agree about the quilting - one pattern for the background and another for the guitar. A large diagonal grid as background could mimic the concept of guitar strings. For the guitar itself... how about: on the neck, quilt horizontal lines like frets; on the body quilt lines that mimic each patch, having the directions change. Or quilt linear snail trails. You know what I mean? Lines that follow the shape, turning and working into the center of the shape. I'm probably not explaining myself well, but maybe my mumblings will trigger something that works for you.

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  9. So wonderful to see these two all done and ready for quilting. You did a beautiful job. I did several music motifs by FMQ on a quilt I made for my uncle a few years ago, who was a conductor and composer (and painter, and poet and author and playwright, and even wrote a couple episodes for Coronation Street...insanely talented man). Any-who, I'll send you the link to my post, as they were quick and fun to do. They will love these, no matter what you do, and whatever you decide, with your skills, it will be fabulous. :-)

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