Circa 2016

This is perhaps the happiest quilt I have ever created.  Thanks to the fine folks at Temecula Quilt Company for hosting this quiltalong.  (You can still get the pattern for a very reasonable price).

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The pace was challenging, 2-3 blocks a week, but they are so tiny and charming that it never felt like a chore.  Friday morning quickly became a favorite part of the week when I would get the new blocks and know I had a fun, small project for the weekend.

Scraps, of course.  Lots of small, bright and cheery scraps.

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And together they became a bright and cheery throw–about 50″ x 57″.

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The top will head off to the quilters soon, and I’ll share the finish when it is ready.

 

More On That Graduation Quilt

Yesterday I shared pictures of Young Son’s high school graduation quilt.  So many of you sent kind comments and questions that I felt to share more information.

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The pattern came from Joanne, a Canadian quilter who runs the Thread Head blog.  She graciously hosted one of the best quiltalongs EVER and still has the complete patterns and instructions available HERE.

NOTE:  This is a BIG quilt.  Her version finishes at 97″ square and mine is only slightly smaller.

The pieced border is nine-patches based on 1-1/2″ squares.  They finish at a charming 3″.

If you are interested, visit ThreadHead and look around.  You will be pleased at what you see and feel inspired to get sewing!

 

How Did You Celebrate?

Today, March 19, is Worldwide Quilting Day.  I hope you were able to celebrate in a very quilty way.

The weather was lovely and I had errands and chores, but on a beautiful spring day, who minds that?

While running errands I went to pick up some scraps that I had been offered.  Jackpot!  I didn’t want all the fabric in the two large bags and one box, but there was some that just suited me.

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Part of it was a pile of 30’s reproduction fabrics.  How perfect!  I was wanting to join in the Splendid Sampler series, but hadn’t felt inspired on fabric selection.  This is just what I needed.  So, part of my celebration today was starting a new project.  I plan to make two of each block that interests me.  I do not feel compelled to make all of the blocks, but by making two of the ones I do like, I am sure to end up with enough blocks for a fair sized quilt at the end.  It will be fun to find out.

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About 2 weeks ago I started a baby quilt for a fellow teacher and his wife.  Crayons!  All six crayons are created now and I am assembling the top.  That is worth celebrating! (No pattern, but there are similar ideas out there–just do a search for “crayon quilt.”)

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Friday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week because that is when the new blocks for Circa 2016 are released by Temecula Quilt Company.  Had to work on those, too.

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And, finally, a new leader-ender quilt since I have finished all my Hundred Patch blocks.  I call it Sweet Sixteen.  I don’t know how large this one will be either.  Probably until I am tired of it.  It is based on 2-inch squares and would require 125 blocks for a queen size finished.

So, I have celebrated in style!  Thanks for sharing in the joy of quilting with me.

 

Bits And Pieces

You haven’t heard from me because there isn’t much to show.

I am still piecing along on THAT Hundred Patch quilt.  I started a year ago in February.  This pile is 25 10×10 centers with borders.  Let’s see:  25 x 100 = 2500 (centers) , plus 25 x 4 = 100 (white borders), plus 52 x 25 = 1300 (outer pieced border).  The centers of the other 11 blocks are also finished so that adds 11 x 100 = 1100.  GRAND TOTAL: 5000.  So far.

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Hopefully this will be a finished top by late spring or early summer.

Next up is my participation in the current Temecula Quilt Company Quiltalong, Circa 2016.  Such wonderful squares of tiny-ness.  Each finishes at 2-1/4″.

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This week’s step is to create a medallion center out of these little blocks.  This is only step 4.  If you like tiny, or just want to give it a try, come quilt along.

Finally, an actual finish (Ta-dah!).  This soft book came already cut out in a hand-me-down pile. Now it is complete and ready for gifting.  It is in the present drawer awaiting a suitable season and recipient.

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So, that’s all folks!  Hopefully soon there will be more to see.  And a tutorial. And…

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Show And Tell Phase 2

The Calico Rose Quiltalong was a success beyond my wildest dreams.  How do I know?  Because all of you keep telling me so by sharing your pictures of finished work and works in progress.  They are all so beautiful it makes me want to start another one!

Here is some inspiration…

Karlai has a beautiful color scheme and wonderful quilting, too.

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Charlene shared her top.  She had such a good time that she has convinced two friends to give it a try.  They are cutting and collecting 2″ squares.  YES!  Spread the quilting obsession…

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Julie worked her way to a beautiful finish and used some leftover squares to make matching pillow cases.  What a clever idea!  Around here I sometimes say there is no leftover fabric, just fabric that hasn’t been used yet!

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Emma has a finished top (currently seen doubling as window covering).  I like the pops of orange.

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Veronica did the large (7×7) size and says it fits her queen size bed perfectly.

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Thanks to all for sharing their lovely work.  If you have a quilt or an update, send it along!

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Show And Tell (So Far)

The Calico Rose Quiltalong has been a terrific success.  While I hope you have all enjoyed yourself, I am certain I have received the most benefit–It was a great push to take the time to write down this design idea.  Good motivation.

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Here is the finish–of this one.  The original LARGE Calico Rose is with the quilter and I’ll share it when it comes home.

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Possibly my favorite part of this quilt is the back:  CHICKENS!  I allowed this to set the colors for the front.  As wild as the colors might appear at first, there is a plan.

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As a finale, we have many versions and variations of Calico Rose to share.  As you may remember, the original quilt was based on 2″ squares and offered in three different sizes–SMALL (3×3 layout), MEDIUM (5×5 layout) and LARGE (7×7 layout).  Many readers were also interested in using 2-1/2″ squares as a foundation and have created MEDIUM (3×3) and LARGE (5×5) versions.

Following are some of the Calico Rose quilts created so far.  If I missed yours, I am sorry.  Please send along a reminder (and pictures) and I will add your creation as soon as possible.

Here we go!

Nora created this 3×3 version using 2-1/2″ squares.  She is working on a large one, too, but the borders aren’t quite finished yet.

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Judy also used 2-1/2″ squares and added an extra dimension with two different backgrounds. I like it!  She also plans a second quilt.

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Jennifer chose controlled scrappy for a dramatic version that is completely finished and, I believe, already with its new owner.

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Jennifer in PA (a DIFFERENT Jennifer) used 3″ squares (’cause that was what was in her stash) to create this 76″ Calico Rose–NICE!  It has been gifted to her friend Eileen, who loves purple.

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Lynn tried several new ideas–she made it MEDIUM wide and LARGE long (5×7) with a different, less lacy but very effective border.  That used a lot of her scraps. Eye catching!

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Lee Etta completed the center of a 5×5 and shared it with her scrap quilting club. Sounds like my kind of club. Sad that it meets in Missouri.

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Patricia just didn’t get quite enough from a LARGE and added additional borders to make it king size. You go girl!

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Rutigt shared her top–borders to go!

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Susan is still in progress–oh, those borders!

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Bonnie, too, is working on borders.  Sorry that there are SO many pieces, but it was all I could see when I looked at it. Plus, think of all those scraps you are using up.  YAY YOU!

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Several others are working away, but I don’t yet have pictures.  This includes Emma, Veronica, Charlene, and, possibly, YOU.  Don’t be discouraged.  It is OK.  This isn’t a race.  Everyone who finishes is a winner.  After all, you will have a finished quilt.  And, that is a pretty good prize.

Thanks to all for your kind words, support and sharing.  This was FUN!  Let’s do it again soon.

Calico Rose Updates?

Have you sent in an update on your Calico Rose quilt?

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Our first show and tell of finished tops (or as far as you are) will be next Monday, August 10.  I have heard from a lot of you and am preparing a post of scrappy loveliness.

This has been so much fun that I’ll have to dust off that design notebook and do it again!