RSC17 week 26

GRAND FINALE

My,Kaffe Fassett summer quilt is finally finished except for the binding.  My friend, Sue Vollbrecht of Quillted Memories, did the long arm Quilting and gave it to me at our Monona Quilters meeting on Monday.

Sue used Dream cotton batting, nice and cool for summer.  She used red thread for both sides, which shows well on the back.  I chose a loose swirl pattern.  

For the 16-inch blocks I used all pre-cuts and each required only five seams.  The best part was choosing the fabrics for each block.   Here is a right side up view, showing the charm  squares in yellow.  
As soon as I attach about ten miles of red binding I will love sleeping under it with sweet dreams of more Quilts.  I wish the same for all of you.
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RSC17 week 17

TWO TOPS DONE

TOP ONE:  I finished piecing my Summer quilt and showed it at the Monona Quilters meeting on Monday.  Some of the folks there had never seen a Kaffe Fassett quilt before.  It is 82 X 90 inches, so the entire top could not be in the photo, but everyone got an eyeful.

On Tuesday my friend Sue came over to pick it up and help me choose a quilting design.  I chose one with open circular swirls including some leaves and feathers.  The backing is light blue and white, so that should show the quilting very well. It should be finished by the end of May.  
TOP TWO:  I had some free time this week and wanted to work on a UFO.  I found my RSC16 16-patch blocks, which had been pieced with some added blocks to make 16.  That was last November.  But it was too small for a small child quilt. It needed 6 inches added all around to make it about 44 inches square.  

When I dug into the hidden areas of my stash I discovered a fleece blanket and some coordinating fabric. Monkeys and bananas, a combination only a child or a quilter could love.

There was enough fabric to do four side pieces of 6 inches, but not the corners.  What better corners than some 9-patch blocks! I whipped the whole thing together in no time.

Wow!  Another super bright flimsy waiting to be backed and finished for Project Linus.  I was even in time on Thursday to link up a post with Ad Hoc Improv Quilts for Kaya at Sew Slowly.  It really was improvised, not at all planned ahead.  
I hope you all had a good stitching week and know that this month of multicolored fabrics was a fun 
learning experience, as it was for me.  Thank you, Angela.
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RSC17 week 15

A COLORFUL WEEK
Lots going on this week and good news!  I saw the first flowers in our garden today, hyacinths of different colors, lovely and sweet smelling.  It’s about time. 
I did not accomplish much stitching this week, but did get my Folded Box for April done.  I was not sure I would get the 3-D effect using three colors of multicolored fabric.  The darkest is a lovely forest green with tiny colored blossoms, but it looks black in the photo.  I’m not showing the first photo which had one of the geese blocks headed the wrong way.  Late night ripping and repairing was needed.

The really special highlight of my week was Thursday evening, when Beth and Sarah came to help lay out my 30 Kaffe Fassett blocks.  Sarah did the crawling on the floor and Beth took the excellent photos.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT !

Since each block is 16 inches and there is an  additional outer border of a gorgeous red print to add, it comes to about 80 X 96 inches.  Today I started by piecing two rows, checking them against the photo to be sure of the pleacement.  Can’t wait to get it to my friend to have it quilted.  
TO ALL MY DEAR BLOGGER FRIENDS,

Thanks once again for your friendship, which means so much to me.
Wishing all of you a lovely springtime.
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RSC17 week 14

MULTICOLOR FUN AND CHALLENGE

What a change this month.  It’s not as simple as I thought to work out a good piece using multicolored fabrics.  First of all, I can’t do a crayon this month.  All the wax colors would mush together into muddy brown, not very exciting.  
My project for this week was two Geese Migration blocks.  But how do you make them noticeably different?  My solution was grouping them by dark and strong versus lighter and paler.  The starting point was a dark midnight blue with dull gold dots.  That made the sky for the first group of geese, and strong, bright color mixes were easy to find.

As you can see, within that range I was able to grade the geese from light to dark.
The daylight block was trickier.  I finally chose a sandy beach fabric for the triangles.  Apparently the geese decided to take a break and relax in the sun.  Here the squares are softer also.
I had a busy week otherwise, so all that I got done was my Summer quilt blocks 21 and 22.  It’s getting more difficult to find combinations I haven’t used before.  That’s where photo records come in handy.  But Kaffe Fassett hasn’t let me down yet.  

We still have very few flowers in bloom, so I’m happy to be working with all these fun multis.  Can’t wait to see what all of you have come up with this week.
Wishing all of you a lovely springtime.
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RSC17 week 11

I HATE RED!!

It sounds crazy to say that and it’s really about the values of red compared to other colors.  I wanted to do another Folded Box block for March to go with the others.

See the strong contrast here that gives it a 3-D effect?  You can do that with lots of colors, but not with red.  On this color chart sample you see instantly that all the other colors have a range from light to dark, but look at red.  Blah, nada, only ONE value.  

So I can’t make a Folded Box this month.  I will have to substitute the pink one I made last year as a sample, which turned out very well.  That’s the end of my rant about red.
  I did make two red Geese Migration blocks, one using more rosy red to get some variety.

SUMMER QUILT
I’m making great progress on these blocks, have18 out of 30 finished.  Some folks said they would like to see more of them at once, so here is a selection.  The blocks are super simple with only five seams in the 12.5 inch block.  Most blocks have red/orange/lavender to join up for sashing and the outer ones will have a gorgeous red print for the entire border.

 

I love these Kaffe Fassett fabrics and can’t wait to use it on my own bed.  Perhaps it will be so bright I won’t be able to get to sleep!  
Happy Quilt Appreciation Day to all of you.  I hope we all are able to enjoy spring very soon.  We have lots of birds, but no flowers yet.  
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