Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Perennial Pinwheels

A final finish for the I Love Color! Book of the Month selection for February, Perennial Pinwheels.

Made in a baby quilt size, this is just a small portion of a larger pattern. 

And what a fun quilt - love those pinwheels! They have certainly brightened a dreary winter. Now for some closeups of these pretties. 

First the pinwheels, or as I see them, flowers.

Those in the blocks are surrounded by a flange (here the dark orange), making me opt for no background quilting in that area. I like the resulting puff!

Center pinwheels (or flowers) were treated with the same fill as those in the squares, with added straight lines in the background. 

I could have gone crazy with a fill here, but then the pinwheels wouldn't stand out, and the fill on the print background would have to change. As it is, I think I managed to make all three areas work together nicely. It's all about contrast.

Can't forget the backside, on green flannel,

with a closeup.

Now for my favorite picture, one that shows the texture in the print background squares.

A perfect fill for this quilt, with all that yummy texture! 

So cheers to a successful day! That 'do not disturb' sign worked wonders - guess I'll have to use it more often!

Have a great day!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Studio Update

An update today as to what's happening with my projects, as there are many!

On the to-do list are:
1) Quilting Perennial Pinwheels,

the pattern from the Book of the Month selection, I Love Color!

2) Make and stitch down labels for these four quilts,

as they are moving on to their forever homes. Teddy is staying though!

3) Continue progress on the RSC2017 aqua scraps. 
I decided to tackle the diamond pieces first, and have trimmed them to all the same size,

and will stitch together the remaining half diamond pieces (see the pile middle right, picture below)

to have plenty of blocks. You don't know how thrilled I will be to have these out of the scrap bin!

4) Also have another purple project in the works, one that's using up equilateral triangles.

5) As for the remaining scraps, I think I have decided on one, or maybe two blocks that can be used with all colors this year. That idea still exists in my head!

6) And continuing to work on blocks for the strawberry wall hanging.

Don't I wish I had more hours in the day! I'll post another update on Wednesday with Midweek Makers - until then, I'm hanging out the "DO NOT DISTURB" sign!

Happy Quilting everyone!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Purple Passionflower

Here's #3 of the purple RSC17 quilts, Purple Passionflower!

Purple Passionflower quilts

These blocks are just like the ones for Violet Riot, though just a bit smaller. The scraps strips were getting shorter and narrower, therefore the blocks ended up at 9 1/2". With added sashing of 2 1/2" strips, the quilt is still a good size, measuring in at 36 1/2" square.

This quilt is quieter than Violet Riot due to the sweet flower print in the sashing.

Purple Passionflower blocks

Always amazes me how different fabrics, whether by print or color, can change the whole feel of a quilt.

Because of those sweet flowers, I used a new panto, Passionfruit. Aren't those flowers and swirls pretty?

Purple Passionflower quilting

And the back of a purple checked flannel works perfectly with the front.

Purple Passionflower back

Oh so sweet! Another great RSC17 finish, along with Purple and Pink, and Violet Riot. Is that purple scrap bin empty? Heck no! What's left are all the small or weird pieces.

I'm attempting to dream up a block that uses these pieces, one that can be made in all the other colors over the rest of the year. Then I'll have a true Rainbow Scrap Quilt!

Have a great weekend quilting!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Midweek Makers #60

Lots to see here at Midweek Makers - it's a scrappy kind of week, as everyone seems to be in a scrappy mood!

My pinwheels are now bigger blocks for the Perennial Pinwheel quilt,

with those in the center ready to be sewn together, and the framed ones on the edges ready for their bigger, scrappy frames. Almost there!

Others who are feeling scrappy include:

Karen's Scrappy Stars at Quilts Etc


Maggie's Leader Ender project at Making a Lather


Leeanna's hexi-star at Not Afraid of Color


Joanne's RSC butterfly at Canuck Quilter Designs


Jenn's undersea quilt at A Quarter Inch from the Edge


JoEllen's pink quilt at JoEllen Quilts


Nancy's Buckeye Beauty at Joy for Grace


Miaismine's scrappy project at Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer.


Great work of all those scraps!

What's your sewing project this week? Link any new post that has to do with sewing, as we love to see what your fabric projects are! Have a great time at the party!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Favorite Tool

Here's my newest, favorite tool!

These awesome clamps! The keys are there to show their tiny size, disguising their power!

For the last few years, I've taken a lot of quilt pictures while they lay on the grass. Well, as we all know, the quilt ends up in a trapezoid shape, distorted big-time.

Wanting to shoot them in a hanging position, for a time I used a line and clothespins to secure the quilts. But problems arise when the quilt is big and heavy.

So one day, while wondering around Harbor Freight Tools, I noticed the clamps. Small enough to not be too noticeable, but opening wide enough (1"+) to secure a quilt to a fence. Perfect!

And inexpensive too - 79 cents. Yep, my new favorite tool!

If your looking for a way to hang quilts outside for pictures, try these out - they work great!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 2017 Book of the Month Progress Report

Even though I feel like I've been drowning in scraps over the last couple weeks, I haven't forgotten about the second quilt for the Book of the Month, I Love Color!

In January, I made Sitka Rose.

Sitka Rose quilt

This time, I chose the pattern 

for two reasons: I could raid the scrap bin to make the frames,

and make a cheery quilt with bright pinwheels to chase away the winter gloom.

I'm making a small portion of the original quilt, and will probably have to add a border to make it a suitable baby quilt size. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Will keep you updated!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Violet Riot - RSC17 #2

January RSC17 purple finish #2, Violet Riot!

Violet Riot

This quilt is just so purple, and has a ton of playfulness due to the yellow stripe in the sashing!

Violet Riot closeup

Isn't that fun?

These blocks started with a peach/plum unit from a leftover strip set, which were basically kept centered. Then strips that fit a needed size where continually added, somewhat in a log cabin style. The smallest of the nine blocks measured approximately 11" unfinished, so some had to be trimmed just a bit, for uniformity. With the addition of a 1" sashing, the quilt's final size is 35" square, another good size for a baby quilt.

Quilting on this one is another favorite panto, Bluster, with a fun plum floral flannel on the back.

Violet Riot back

Truly adds to the Violet Riot on the front, and another great RSC17 purple finish! Purple and Pink was the first, and the third quilt will be revealed next week. Inspired to dig into your scraps yet?

Have a great day quilting!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Midweek Makers #59

Time to show off at Midweek Makers! Come share your projects!

As for me, I've got the other two RSC17 quilts ready for quilting,

and the bag of aqua scraps, for February, sorted.

I've dreaded opening this bag, as there are a ton of diamonds and odd triangle shapes in this bunch. Inspiration has yet to strike, and (gasp!) I may decide to sacrifice parts of these pieces to the circular file, for peace of mind. We'll see.

Speaking of inspiration, did everyone check out the beautiful quilt by Barb at Mountain Quilt Works?


She participated in a challenge, Tuned into Texture, finding inspiration from the wild. If you haven't already, check out her 'wild' pictures, and the details of this quilt. Truly an amazing, inspirational quilt! Fantastic job, Barb - be sure to grab a 'Featured' button!
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