Monday, May 01, 2017

Clarissa is on the design wall

Here is block #11, fresh from the ironing board!
I cut into one of my brother's shirts to get that rich dark brown fabric. It was quite an emotional task to cut into the shirt, but I really do want to use these fabrics in quilts. Right now his shirts sit in a bag in the closet, and that's not what I want. So I took a deep breath and started cutting. 



Here are all 11 of the Clarissa blocks on the design wall.
It's totally intriguing to study the effect of value and how each block looks so different.
I know I say this every time I post a new block, but I LOVE this quilting project!!!

Total number of triangles in these 11 blocks is 1,584!

Linking up to Patchwork Times and Sew Fresh Quilts.

20 comments:

Plum Cox said...

Wow! What an amazing project - you are right, I had no idea that the value changes in those blocks would make them all look so different. Well done too for cutting into your brother's shirt. Much better to have the fabrics out and 'working' so that you can enjoy them and remember him. xx

Jo said...

I love all the colours. They work so well together...

The Cozy Quilter said...

I found sewing quilts with my FIL's shirts made me smile as I remembered happy times when he wore the shirts. The shirt quilts are treasured by our family. Your blocks look wonderful..I love how the colour placement changes the look of each block.

Quilting Babcia said...

This is going to be an amazing quilt. I just love the gray-blue and brown combinations.

Sarah said...

I totally understand why you love this quilt, it is gorgeous and it's nice to have a little bit of your brother in it to.

julieQ said...

I have some of my own dear brother's plaid shirts sitting in a trunk...deep breath, indeed. Lovely quilt there you are working on!!

Deanna W said...

Almost tempted to do this one. Good for you cutting into your brother's shirts. Hiding them away...nooooo, use a little in each quilt you make and he will always be around you.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

I can't get over how pretty this looks altogether. A work of art and with lovely sentiment as well.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

His shirt was the perfect color to match all the other blocks.

AnnieO said...

Your beloved brother would be happy his shirt is gracing a quilt project you love, I bet! Looks wonderful.

Cheryl@home stitching said...

Your Clarissa blocks are looking wonderful. The dark brown from your brothers' shirt was perfect.

Laura said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your brother!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I do like the colors! Looking good!

Janet O. said...

Good choice to use the shirt. I know how hard they are to cut into, but how wonderful to have them wrap you up in warmth and reminders of or loved ones! This was a great color to include in the quilt.
I get a little choked up on many occasions when I am using my Dad's shirts in quilts.

Cathy said...

And I still only have one Clarissa block made... Gosh, I love these!

Diane Harris said...

I made a quilt based on Clarissa's original years ago, too. I enjoyed every minute because each block is a new adventure. Yours is going to be gorgeous!

Puppilalla said...

It is an amazing project. And well done for having gathered the courage to cut into your brother's clothes.

Kate said...

Gorgeous blocks! Love the colors in each one. It's going to be a beautiful quilt when it is all done.

katie z. said...

Your blocks are amazing, and I'm glad you were able to add such meaningful fabric to it.

Kaja said...

I don't know how I've missed these blocks till now, but I'm so happy to have seen them now. I love them!