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I’m going to blame Shirley!
I went upstairs to piece a back for the Tessellating Pinwheels top that I finished before my trip and started eyeing potential fabrics for a log cabin quilt using my new die. After pulling a bunch of brown and green fabrics, I read Shirley’s comment and remembered that I had a bundle of black and white fat quarters.
I figured I could make 36 eight inch blocks from that bundle so pulled some reds to go with it and played a bit in EQ. I think this is where I’m going but I might change the layout – after all there are lots of choices with Log Cabin blocks.
I cut the first 8 blocks and got them sewn…. would have been quick if I hadn’t had to pick out a couple rounds when I wasn’t paying attention. To make my blocks scrappy, I cut 8 different B/W prints and 8 reds… more fabrics will be added in as I go.
After “shuffling” the stacks
The number Judy drew for June’s UFO is the only one on my list that is not a finished top but with the design wall occupied and an upcoming trip, I decided on a substitution for this month.
This is one of my Heartstrings quilts — and I love the colors but of course they’re not photographing as well as I’d like because it’s late. As usual, once it’s bound I’ll get a photo of it outside. Quilted with the pantograph Jilly by Keryn Emmerson.
Doesn’t the panto give it great texture?
I’ve mentioned before that I love simple scrap quilts. Another eBay quilt inspired this RWB Hourglass – of course I’ll make it scrappy when I eventually get around to it.
And in case you’re wondering why I’m spending so much time looking at quilts on eBay, Chesty’s allergies are giving him a fit and I’m having to spend time sitting with him to keep him from scratching himself to death. At least the cone stops the biting.
Another nice thing about having wireless here is that it allows me to look for ideas for new quilts. An antique quilt on eBay inspired this design. In Red and Blue it would make a great Quilt of Valor.
I don’t have a block encyclopedia here so I’m not sure what the name of this block is, I’ll have to look it up when I get home.
Those of you reading who have read my blog for a while may remember a couple years ago I won 2nd place in the Accuquilt Barn Quilt contest and had my design on their building for a little over a year. Well I’ve submitted another design which has made it into the top 100 and now I need your help to get into the top 20.
Will you PLEASE, PLEASE go vote for my design?! It’s number 20 and you can vote here:
You only have until April 18th and you can only vote once.
I think many of us have family or loved ones that have been touched by Alzheimer’s or dementia – my family has and in the past I’ve supported the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative with a couple purchases but I’ve never made a quilt to donate.
Having received a comment from Michele on one of my postcards and seeing the AAQI exhibit at the Mid Atlantic Quilt show, I’ve been thinking about doing a small quilt for them … Right now it’s just a drawing and I don’t know if I can actually execute it and donate it but I drew out an idea today. I’m going to try to use my interest in embroidery and fused appliqué that you’ve seen in my postcards in a larger piece the size of a Priority Quilt.
EDIT: OOPS, no spell check in my drawing program – I will hopefully spell STRENGTH right in the actual piece!!
Before starting … I need need to catch up a bit. Some quilts to be bound, piecing to finish up, and it’s time to get our tax stuff together for the accountant. UGH!
HeartStrings has a new project starting this month and going on through October that uses black centers with brights OR homespuns so what am I doing playing around in EQ?
Sandi posted a link on HeartStrings to this quilt that I absolutely fell in love with and knew I’d have to try and recreate….so I’m going to cheat a bit and work on recreating it with my black and brights. I’ll still try to get a HeartStrings top done with black and homespuns or at the very least some blocks to send in for group quilts but for now, here’s my EQ drawing. I’m not going to try and make this wonky because I intend to use my Accuquilt GO to cut the diamonds and strips.
I was playing a bit with the construction of the diamond blocks which you can see on the wall with this top of Mom’s that I’ve got up while I’m “thinking” about how I’m going to quilt it.
I’m also debating using a solid black versus a print because black solids seem to show so much lint and I want the quilt to be practical because it will be a donation quilt so I’m leaning toward the polka dot in this photo.
I had a couple questions about blocks on the design wall. This is going to be a double sashed 9 patch quilt and funny enough, it was one of the designs I was playing with in January 2010 when I decided to make the twisted 9 patch. What are the chances that I would end up piecing this one when I was finishing up the binding and quilting on the first one?
For those with questions, I wrote up some quick cutting instructions.