Friday, January 11, 2013

Tiki Room


"Tiki Room"  70" x 54"

There was a bar called the "Tiki Room" where I grew up in Oregon.  I remember longing to go inside, but I was too young.  Once I became of age, the attraction had faded, and I never entered the place.  It's gone now.  But my childhood fantasy is still alive.  




I imagined it all beaded curtains,




Hula girls,




Tiki statues and surfer boys.





It's made with this "Crumbler" template, which I won in a drawing from Kathy.  She's making a really lovely quilt with the same template and her reproduction fabrics.   




I've been checking out my designs with the black and white function in iPhoto.  It helps me achieve light/dark balance and see where I've got "muddy" places that need to be corrected.  Really helpful!



30 comments:

Sharon said...

My neighbor has a "tiki lounge" it's only open in the summer and everyone that comes gets to sign their name inside! Love using B&W setting on my camera when putting lots of blocks on the wall, really keeps the value in check!

Ellie Q said...

Love this! Looks like a great way to use some fabrics that aren't necessarily your favorites and have them just pop as color!

sew.darn.quilt said...

This quilt looks so neat :)

P. said...

I adore this quilt! (I think I say that about everything here, but it's true). Are these vintage fabrics?

smazoochie said...

Love it!!! You & I must have stashes that were separated at birth!

Em said...

Love the quilt and its inspirational story

Rachaeldaisy said...

WooHoo, It's a Tiki Party!! The layout looks like Lava Lamps, so perfect for those fun fabrics. I love it, another fabulous quilt!!

giddy99 said...

Oh, I LOVE THIS! I've been hoarding Hawaiian, Surfer, and hibiscus prints, just WAITING for the right pattern!!! This is it. :)

regan said...

This is so great....with so much fun color! I love it!

Kathie said...

wow , very fun! so glad you had fun making it, the fabrics are just so you :) you never cease to amaze me with your fabrics!
LOL!!!!
Kathie

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Wiki-waki-weekee-waki-woo!! Cool!! :)

Judy

Selvage Quilter said...

Love it!

Miki Willa said...

Fantastic. I love the way you take ordinary fabrics and combine them into wonderful quilts.

Cathy said...

I agree with Miki Willa, your fabric combinations are so wonderful, your eye for colour and pattern are incredible. I adore this! xo

Helen in the UK said...

Love how the little hula girl and surfer crept in! Fun :)

Sharon said...

This is so great! Love all the color, and such a creative way to place the colors for a different effect with the tumbler pieces

Jackie said...

This brings to mind the song played at the Disney Tiki Room... now it will be in my head all day.... The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki room. Oh and the quilt is fabulous!

Julierose said...

Love your "Tiki Room" quilt. So fresh and cute!! Julierose

Mary Keasler said...

what a great quilt for a cool summer evening. love all those fabrics - recycled clothing?

sheila 77 said...

I like the way the fabrics blend in with each other and I like the way the fabric is repeated elsewhere.

Jane said...

It is fabulous!

Karen said...

I tried to win that ruler - it looked so cool. Your quilt is amazing!!

Nancy said...

Love this quilt! Thanks for the tip about the b&w image for value checking, too.

O'Quilts said...

Wonderful job

Kyle said...

Your quilt is fantastic with such a great collection of tropical fabrics.
Your style is so refreshing. It's a great inspiration for using the Crumbler.

Sharon said...

Wowzers! I love the way you used the color in this piece! And for some odd reason, this really reminds me Trader Vic's in Chicago! I was 19 when my aunt took me there. It must have been because of WWII and the South Pacific that there were so many Tiki Rooms across the U.S. then. I think you've captured the feel! Love it! You have such a way with fabric!

Barb said...

I'm over the moon for your quilt! it is so fun and new. Love the fabrics.
Can I pin it?
I'd love to make one of these the possibilities would be fun.
What a clever idea to check out designs in the B&W mode. I'm all about the contrast.

Heidi said...

love it, the colours and the story behind it :-)

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

Fantastic quilt! Great idea to check the balance with a black and white picture.

Michelle said...

Was that the place in Salem? Hubby and I went there once for dinner right before it closed down. I always loved the exterior of that place.