RSC15, week 37

A COLOR SHOW

This week I have had orange on the brain.  My pinwheel quilt has been taking all my sewing time.  I constructed two more new rows.  The first was simple, just a row of charm blocks from my stash to complement the pinwheel rows.  The second was a bear to construct.  I wanted to challenge myself by doing a chevron design.  I chose a MSQC technique, using a binding tool to make a Friendship Braid.  I cut down on the length of the pieces so the row would be about six inches wide.  There was a lot of ripping after attaching some pieces in the wrong direction.  Here are the two new rows with some white spacer strips.

This is just a trial placement.  When I laid more of it out on my kitchen floor I realized it will be bigger than I thought, because I laid out only two of the four pinwheel strips.  I took these photos of some of the rows and I was thrilled.  It’s too bad these pics cannot convey the brilliant colors.

 Rather than picking it all up off the floor to make dinner, I called a couple of friends in my building to come quickly and see it.  Both of them said, “Wow” and as we all crowded in the hallway they were happy they came.  One had just gotten home from a day at Quilt Expo, fighting the crowds, and she bragged about the buys she had made, which made it worthwhile going.  I was just as happy that I had stayed home and had my own little show.

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RSC15 week 35

AN INDIGO SENDOFF

Five Saturdays this month seemed like a lot of indigo, but we met the challenge each in our own way!  First are my balloon blocks, which I really do like for the richness they give to the mix of colors, as in the samples below.

The butterfly quilt is waiting to be pinned and quilted.  I’m so happy with the way this D9P turned out.  No deadline for this one.  
There are two other tops which are in the planning stages and a Project Linus girl quilt due in October.  They don’t involve indigo, so they can wait for another day.
However, the one I am so excited about right now involves the HST 3-inch blocks, which I received from Summer of Easy Quilter by winning her giveaway recently.  The package arrived with more than 90 blocks in bright aqua, greens and red-orange, balanced with a dark blue print, indigo of course.
 I quickly decided to make pinwheel blocks, simple and one of my favorites.  Also, I was able to make more blocks with this four patch design.  They went together quickly and I finished four rows of five pinwheels each plus spacers, about 42 inches wide.
The overall plan I am working on is a row by row arrangement using jelly roll strips and charms.  We’ll see what happens from there.  Here is one layout idea that I had.  By the way, I love the little pinwheels that occur in the centers, because of the way Summer trimmed her flippy corners off.  Thanks again, Summer!

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