is to finish this quilt… and I did it!
I made hundreds of triangles from my orange scrap basket while a snow bird last winter. (I have no idea where the yellow ones are now!!)
Well, I used a fair number of them up making this quilt. I made it as part of the Quilts at the Creek 2017 challenge: a red and white quilt to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Funny how you barely notice the orange!
I love the way I worked the corners, but I can tell you there were many times I had to remove blocks to get it right. I used the Marti Michell templates C19 & C 20 for the tricky(54-40 or fight blocks), and especially love how the red “circles” really pop. Of course I still need to think about what I want on the back, and what kind of quilting it needs, but right now I just want to stare at it- SO pleased with it!
If you want to see it live and in person (and finished!) you will have to visit Quilts at the Creek 2017.
This is what it looked like 2 weeks ago..
And here it is as of today.. about 1/4 of the way through.
I like the look of circles that is created. The orange triangles are pieced from my orange stash binge. I have way too many of these, this quilt won’t make much of a dent. Each block is 3.5″, so each large circle is about 21″. I need to think about:
- how big I want this quilt to be
- what I want in the centre of the orange triangles. I am thinking of the QSTs with blue and orange as holding that spot for something really spectacular
- border or no border? I don’t usually put them on my quilts, but this one might look even better with a border
Thank goodness for Marti Michell templates for creating the trickier blocks! Stay tuned for progress on this quilt!
One week before my son’s wedding, and I would be hosting the wedding rehearsal dinner for out-of-town guests and the wedding party- a total of 48 people. Menu has been planned and organized, but there is still a ton to do.
Outside, there be would be hanging about a hundred paper lanterns in various shades..
So of course I decided I need to make a table runner to match the colour theme of the evening- blues and greens. The pattern is based on one I saw on Quilting Arts website. Luckily my sister arrived a few days early to help, so she sewed the binding on for me- NOT my favourite part. But we got it done, and it looked great. The colours went beautifully with the napkin holders and napkins I had purchased. In the plastic cups on the buffet are plastic utensils.
All went well at the dinner, and the wedding was wonderful. So beautifully organized by the bride and groom- so thrilled to have a daughter at last!
I am busy on yet another One-Block Wonder quilt. I just love playing with those shapes… I hope to have this quilt finished and on display at the Quilts at the Creek outdoor quilt show this summer, August 10th & 11th 2013. (note: I am the writer of that blog too!). Below is the starting fabric. This is quite different from the kind of fabric usually used in this kind of quilt, mostly because there are only a few colours in it, but I do love paisleys!
Here is a typical block- I love the patterns that form.
..but I don’t really like the way they work when I put them together…..
So, back to the drawing board.. this is what happens when you another set of triangles to a hexagon block.. interesting!
What next? Here are some ideas I’m playing with right now……
And this is my favourite as of now…
And here are a group of them..first layout. Once again, the stars don’t seem to “shine” when grouped too closely together.
And my favourite layout right now.. a sprinkling of stars on a white background. I think it makes the stars really POP.