Pinwheel Construction

So many of you asked after the pattern for the pinwheel quilt.

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Just to lead you further into temptation, here is the finished top.  Nine blocks resized to 12″ each.  The original pattern is based on 16″ blocks and can be found HERE: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/wall-quilts/warm-breeze

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The resize wasn’t too hard.  Just as a hint, the small squares start out at 2″ each.

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I hope you will enjoy making one of your own.  This one should be a finished quilt in a week or so and I’ll share the final product then.

A Few Small Things

My current projects are a few baby quilts, part of the several I am making for my mother to have on hand.

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Here is a finished top, based on 4″ squares.

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And the back, to make the colors make more sense–I think it has a vintige-y, outdoors-y feeling.

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Here is the second one, or, rather, two of the nine blocks.

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They are part of this stack of pieces, intended to go with the backing of tools and construction equipment.

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And there are these little pieces of leftovers I am going to do something with.  Later on.

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And finally this one, which is just a pile of scraps and ideas at the moment, but it will involve cars when it is finished.

Baby quilts are fun because they are quick and low risk.  Even if you don’t find that you love an idea, it is easy to push towards a finish knowing that you won’t have to suffer very long.  And, sometimes, you discover something you really love and can do again later on a larger scale.

I hope to have all of these small things finished by the end of the month, at least to the flimsy stage.

 

Irish Stars QuiltAlong: QUESTION

When do you buy your backing fabric?

Sometimes my answer is:  “First.”  I will find a fabric and design a quilt around it.

Often, particularly with larger quilts, the answer is:  “Last.”  Usually this happens when I take a complete quilt top shopping with me.

This time, though, the answer is:  “When the perfect thing comes along.”  Over the weekend I innocently wandered into my local quilt shop to get some fabric to sash the Christmas quilt (with all the fabric I have it is still possible not to have the right one) and this fabric jumped out of the clearance section and begged me to take it home.

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So I did.

It is beautiful and perfect and waiting for me to get the Irish Stars quilt finished.  It will have a long wait.  Probably a year.

How are your chain blocks coming?  I really will have the star block tutorial posted soon.  Several things have come up and I am verifying measurements for the different base size blocks.  I’d really like to get it right the first time. Thanks for being patient.

 

Jolly Times

In between everything else, my Jolly Christmas quilt has been progressing.

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All the blocks are complete and sashing is next.

Then borders. Five of them.  I think.

Have you noticed that lately I am building quilts with alternating blocks and multiple borders?  Hmm…another stage in the evolution of this quilter.

Why Kaffe?

I have never sewn with Kaffe before.  Those who read my blog often are possibly wondering what happened.

Well, remember that we are redecorating.

Husband picked out throw rugs, curtains and a duvet set for winter.  This is not a picture of the actual rugs, but a similar one–ours have a strong chevron pattern, but close to the same color scheme.  “I like color,” he said.  Who knew?  After all, I have only been married to the man for 22 years.

My mother believes that my quilting has had an influence on him and slowly but surely drawn/pushed/led him in this direction.

Anyway, with all that luscious color, Kaffe fabric seemed appropriate, with some solids and white to give stability and organization.  All of this was scraps gradually accumulated from gifted bags over the years. I had sorted them with the vague idea of doing something someday.

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All blocks are complete–assembly follows.  And border decisions.

ps–The tutorial for the Irish Star blocks will be posted early next week.  This Kaffe quilt (known as O-Kaffe) has distracted me from verifying the measurements on the different size blocks.  I will have them done soon.  Promise.

 

A Small Herd

My cousin and his wife are expecting, and my mother asked me to make them a special quilt:  COWS!

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It is a small herd, but I love it.

If you want to make a special quilt, but not so many fiddly blocks, consider this quilt.  The ideas was inspired by Deedee and her quilt of valor HERE:   https://deedeequilts.blogspot.com/2017/07/quilts-for-vets-of-wayne-county-tn-part.html

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The cow block is a pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts and can be purchased HERE: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SewFreshQuilts

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The rest is 3-1/2″ squares.  The finished top measures 36″x37″.

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That makes three baby quilts that are finished tops and need to be quilted.  I really need to get myself together and get that done.  Babies grow fast.