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Mid-Century Modern Blocks Quilt

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The idea for this quilt was sparked by a visit to an interesting store in Philadelphia called the Resource Exchange. Among innumerable odd items for sale, they had a large selection of small square samplers of upholstery fabrics. We brought home an array of blocks that all had one thing in common; they had designs reminiscent of Mid-Century Modern fabrics. Somehow, this made them all fit together in our minds despite the wide variety of color combinations. They were moved around and about on a design board many times until we realized that the perfect arrangement would be a 'Mid Century' one, reminiscent of the negative-space block walls of that era, which served as decorative privacy screens in outdoor (and sometimes indoor) spaces. Thus a quilt featuring negative space was born. The original fabric blocks were not all the exact same size, and had to be trimmed a bit to remove the thick spots of adhesive from corners where the cardboard labels had been affixed. They were then individually quilted and machine sewn together column by column. We were dissatisfied with the unfinished look of the 'block wall' at that point and realized that what we needed was 'mortar'. So we cut dozens of short vertical strips of mortar from gray (what else) fleece and used fusible webbing to attach them. Finally, we finished off the piece with long horizontal strips of the same gray fleece, which effectively finished the edges all the way around. Five smaller upholstery square blocks were created and sewn across the top to serve as tabs for the wood hanger, which is Tulip Poplar stained gray to match the gray of the fleece mortar.

This piece measures 57" long by 32" wide.
The idea for this quilt was sparked by a visit to an interesting store in Philadelphia called the Resource Exchange. Among innumerable odd items for sale, they had a large selection of small square samplers of upholstery fabrics. We brought home an array of blocks that all had one thing in common; they had designs reminiscent of Mid-Century Modern fabrics. Somehow, this made them all fit together in our minds despite the wide variety of color combinations. They were moved around and about on a design board many times until we realized that the perfect arrangement would be a 'Mid Century' one, reminiscent of the negative-space block walls of that era, which served as decorative privacy screens in outdoor (and sometimes indoor) spaces. Thus a quilt featuring negative space was born. The original fabric blocks were not all the exact same size, and had to be trimmed a bit to remove the thick spots of adhesive from corners where the cardboard labels had been affixed. They were then individually quilted and machine sewn together column by column. We were dissatisfied with the unfinished look of the 'block wall' at that point and realized that what we needed was 'mortar'. So we cut dozens of short vertical strips of mortar from gray (what else) fleece and used fusible webbing to attach them. Finally, we finished off the piece with long horizontal strips of the same gray fleece, which effectively finished the edges all the way around. Five smaller upholstery square blocks were created and sewn across the top to serve as tabs for the wood hanger, which is Tulip Poplar stained gray to match the gray of the fleece mortar.

This piece measures 57" long by 32" wide.

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5 out of 5 stars
(8)
Reviewed by Donald Knapp
5 out of 5 stars
Nov 25, 2017
More beautiful than can be captured in pictures. If you're on the fence about purchasing something.. go for it. You will never see these creations anywhere else. Well worth it.
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Reviewed by Donald Knapp
5 out of 5 stars
Nov 25, 2017
Beautifully made, very unique... as always. Thank you for the extra efforts on the shipping! Great shop. Highly recommend.
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Reviewed by meyer7121
4 out of 5 stars
May 15, 2017
Beautiful custom item. Amazing craftsmanship with the exception of the cloth inserts. Still love the shop and the owners. Thanks team Puffball!
Anahata

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Mid-Century Modern Blocks Quilt

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  • Handmade item
  • Material: Fabric
  • Feedback: 8 reviews
  • Favorited by: 2 people
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