Saturday, November 30, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Colors: Rainbow Saturday

Did you survive yesterday's crowds or did you just take the chicken way out and stay home and sew. I did! Saturday is for RAINBOW colors. I love to mix a lot of colors in my quilts.

Remember my Cookie Cutter Block of the Month series? Each of these 10" blocks is FREE. Come back tomorrow for the December block! Can you guess which one it is? You can find links to the various blocks on the right sidebar and also by using the search bar and typing in "Cookie Cutter."

Cookie Cutter Sampler of FREE 10" raw appliqué blocks
Yes, I really like BRIGHT colors. Here is a class sample for when I teach English Paper Piecing. This uses Fossil Ferns for those hexagons.
5 Block Hexagon Garden quilt
Here are those hexagons up close:

2" hexagons using Fossil Ferns
Here is that small Royal Star block that I made into a mug rug. This uses Fossil Ferns and black. Don't you love that rainbow striped binding?!

Royal Star block with triple sashing
And a quilt I made a few years ago with a very bright collection from Benartex. Lots of color here!

Bits of Color
98 Dancing Squares was in my first book. Also appeared in Quilt Magazine. Oldie, but still colorful.

98 Dancing Squares
I also remade it last year using the Uncorked Collection by Windham Fabrics. Still a riot of rainbow colors.

98 Dancing Squares using Uncorked by Windham Fabrics
Remember my Modern Vortex? Well, here it is in rainbow colors! (The directions for this variation are also included with the red two-color version.)

Modern Vortex in rainbow colors
The next quilt uses a collection of fabrics by Amanda Murphy called Free Motion Fantasy. I used my Circle of Geese pattern. Love this riot of color here!
Circle of Geese
You saw this a few months ago. Another collection by Amanda called Geo Pop. This is a variation of the traditional Seven Sisters.
Seven Sisters Variation using Geo Pop
I guess I should stop. This is my latest quilt called Sunburst. It is a traditional Trip Around the World using some little motifs in a Kaffe Fassett collection. It has since returned from the long arm quilter and it's ready for some binding. Very rainbow-y here.

Sunburst Trip Around the World
Well, that's it for the colors for now. Yes, I left out green. And purple. And yellow. But when I get bummed out for the lack of sunny days in November and December, I can find a lot of color and sunshine in my sewing room. Hope you enjoyed the week of colors!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Colors: Black Friday

Yes, it's Black Friday but I am NOT going shopping! That's for the brave and I'm such a chicken when it comes to crowds, packed parking lots, crazy people grabbing stuff off shelves. How in the world did we get from being thankful for what we have on Thursday (Thanksgiving) and then getting into a panic (and credit card debt) the next day because we want more stuff? I'm just saying . . .
Royal Star: 49" x 49"
Quilts with black in them. I have a lot of those. And in fact, my first book featured them: Bold, Black and Beautiful Quilts (2004, AQS). I won't be showing all of them here, but just a few. But my favorite still remains my Royal Star quilt. And it was the cover quilt (wonder why!). Rotary cut center 9 Patch with paper pieced corners.

You can make those star point "float" on the black by using triple sashing of black-color-black. Pretty cool, huh?

Royal Star single block mug rug
Then there's Ezekiel's Crown. A recent workshop I taught for many cities with the Sewing Expo. I should really make it a pattern online. Not hard (but it is paper piecing - you either love it or hate it.)

Ezekiel's Crown: 40" x 40"; 9" block
Then there's my Classic Amish Shadows, inspired by a vintage Amish quilt.

Classic Amish Shadows quilt: 52" x 63"
I shared Orange Crush yesterday and said there's a companion quilt using black. Here she is: Black Licorice. I sell this pattern with Orange Crush, along with the multi-sized acrylic template at my Etsy store. I haven't quilted it yet, but I love it with the red borders.

Black Licorice: 42" x 42"
Yes, you can see that I began to run out of one red fabric, so I found a similar red (the top and bottom center diamonds) and was able to finish my quilt! And, if you were in my workshop (or I happened to bring it to one of my trunk shows) I would turn it over and show you that I even pieced a few of those diamonds!

Now for another oldie. This is a Double Irish Chain incorporating some sewing machine embroidery motifs. Pink and black (yes, we covered pink on Wednesday).

Double Irish Chain: 31" x 31"
And another oldie quilt is my Carpenter's Wheel from the early 2000s. It was one of those stolen quilts. I'm sure it's hanging on the Giant Quilt Rack in the sky!

Carpenter's Wheel (paper pieced)
I wanted to see if I could recreate gingham using shades of the same fabric. I chose Bedrock by Windham and gave it a try. I went about it the long way - only after I finished the blocks did I realize there was a MUCH simpler approach. Here are the blocks and you can see the process steps here: Gingham Blocks

Gingham Blocks
And I added a little red and have the quilt top here. Click the link below the quilt for detailed steps on how to make this (FREE). There's a chart and lots of pics!

Gingham Quilt
An oldie but goodie quilt is my Folded Hexagons quilt with dragonflies in the border. I shared how to make these Folded Hexagons in some other blog post in the past; the green strips are gros grain ribbon! I am teaching these Folded Hexagons in an upcoming set of workshops for the Sewing Expo in 2020.

Folded Hexagons and Dragonflies
How about some jeweled hearts on black? This quilt was made by my dear friend Jan Jolly when I was living in Atlanta. It appeared in my first book (Bold, Black and Beautiful). The hearts are precut and I think we ordered them from the Keepsake catalog. That was back in the early 2000s!

Jeweled Hearts on Black
And a quilt I made using Lakehouse fabrics when I was an editor for Quilt Magazine. The block is King's Crown and it creates a secondary design when it's set block to block.

Lakehouse King's Crown
Spinning Waterwheels is a remake of a green quilt that appeared in my 3rd book. I used a lot of different black and white prints and threw in a few reds. My class sample is still a top, but here is a picture from one of my students!

Spinning Waterwheels (paper pieced)
OK. I'm ready to stop with just one more group of pics. These use Paula Nadelstern's kaleidoscope fabrics (Benartex). First, some large Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks using 2" hexagons.

Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks
And the beginning of my Winter Solstice block. I shared it last year and I've since quilted it. I'm so anxious for the days to start getting longer, aren't you? 

Winter Solstice block center

We have a few more weeks of losing the daylight and then we begin adding a minute each day. My husband thinks I'm nuts because I look forward to December 21!

So, now that you've seen all these quilts, you really don't want to go shopping on Black Friday, do you? I know you want to go sew and that is a comfortable thing to do on the day after Thanksgiving.

Tomorrow, another color. Not telling you which one!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Colors: Orange Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates this American holiday. I know I have many international followers and you are probably aware of this special day. It's about family and food and reflecting on all we are thankful for.

I'm thankful for being able to play with color. I'm not too excited about browns and oranges, but I did find that I've dabbled in those colors. Here are a few from that Gee's Bend collection. Housetop 4 Block was one of the first I interpreted for Windham Fabrics with the permission of the Gee's Bend Collective. You can see a few more pics of these (and the original quilt) by clicking that Etsy link.

Housetop 4 Block Quilt: 57" x 65"
Gotta love that orange in there, boldly playing with the red and yellow as though it belongs (and it does!)

Next is a quilt I designed and taught several times. This uses a large, 12-1/2" height Dresden ruler (with an 18 degree angle). I call this Orange Crush. It is NOT paper pieced and there is very minimal waste when trimming the pieced wedges (ie, about 1/2").

Orange Crush: 30" block, 41" x 41" quilt
This pattern is available in hard copy only and comes with the 12-1/2" wedge ruler AND a second pattern made using the ruler (Black Licorice). You'll have to wait for tomorrow (BLACK Friday) to see Black Licorice! Or you can take a peek at my Etsy store by clicking that link. I'm just saying . . .

12-1/2" Vortex Ruler (with markings every 1/2"). 18 degree angle
The pattern is multi-page (10), with several in color (so the cutting makes sense!). Check it out in my Etsy store.

How about this orange print elephant? He (or it could be a she, right?) is still just a cutout, but I do have plans.

Orange elephant
And one more orange appliqué: a Hawaiian inspired block. This is a variation of the vintage Mountain Mist Friendship Plume. And, yes, it is the same fabric as that elephant!

Friendship Plume Pillow: 16" block; 20" flanged pillow
OK. So much for orange. Orange you happy about that? Tomorrow is Black Friday (a shopping day) here in the USA. I bet you can't guess the color I'm featuring then.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Colors: Pink Wednesday

I think there are some of you who do NOT want to see pink quilts! There are people who hate pink, or at least would never think of making a pink quilt. I realized a few weeks ago when looking through my closet of finished quilts for a gift that I had a LOT of pink quilts! And this person was not too keen on pink. What's with that? (So, I gave her one of those red quilts featured on Monday.)

Greek Key Log Cabin: 47" x 50"
Can you believe I used so much pink? Light pink for the block backgrounds, pink inner border, and that large pink floral for the border? Pink binding and a pink backing. Holy pink cow!

Here's my Big Block Palm quilt which uses 10" Hosannah blocks, paper pieced in one section. It is a workshop I teach a few times a year. It's hard to offer as a pdf/digital pattern unless you have access to a large format printer. (And if you do and want to purchase this, let me know).

Big Block Palm Quilt: 56" x 56"
When I take this on the road, I give my audience a warning: If you don't like pink, close your eyes RIGHT NOW! Yes, this is a LOT of pink. But aren't those glorious, scrappy palms?

10" paper pieced Palm/Hosannah Block
And one more. Gotta love that pink!

Another 10" paper pieced block
Romantic Butterflies has been seen here before. It's pink plus green. Made many years ago and appeared in an early issue of Appliqué Quilts (2007). I gave the FREE pattern for the single Butterfly block back in August as part of my Cookie Cutter BOM series. Go check it out.

Romantic Butterflies: 38" x 40"
Now for a scrappy quilt using all those extra strips and strings left over from other projects. This is my String Pieced Scrap Quilt (oh, such an original name!). Stitched about 15 years ago and since gifted to a relative who was recovering from an appendectomy.

String Pieced Scrap Buster Quilt: 49" x 59"
I am making more blocks! You really can't help it if you do a lot of sewing like me and these scrap piles keep growing and growing! Yes, these are rectangles and they are pieced on paper.

8 String Pieced Scrap Buster blocks
OK. That's enough of the pink quilts I can think of. I may have to do this again with even more quilts next year. But, hey, we're not done. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have another color to feature. Hope to see you then!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Colors: Blue Tuesday

Tuesday blues? Not sad, for sure. I already showed you my red Vortex. Here's my class sample in blue. It's just the quilt center. Each of those four units are 10". You need four units to make a complete Dresden Plate. Do I have this in other colors? Wait and see!

Blue Vortex center: 20" x 20"
Here's a turquoise quilt I shared in the past few months. Again, made with some Blank Quilting fabrics from several years ago. It's a strippy quilt that I called Seminole Steps. This also uses 2-1/2" strips - honest! I shared this as a  FREE pattern. Here it is again!

Seminole Strippy Quilt
Now for the scrappy quilts. These are from my Gee's Bend set of patterns. The first is the Work Clothes quilt, perfect for those faded blue jeans you've been hoarding.

Work Clothes quilt by Loretta Pettway
And my interpretation:

Work Clothes Denim: 46" x 60"
And another favorite that uses blues and denim, rightly called Housetop Denim!

Housetop Denim: 51" x 62"
And here's the original by Rita Pettway:
Original Housetop Denim by Rita Pettway

OK. Just one more. This is my Kaffe Fassett rendition of Baby Blocks. NO y-seams; all rotary cut diamonds and triangles. That's a lot of blue, don't you think?

My Diamonds Have the Blues
Let's see some of those blue diamonds, shall we? I actually cut SO MANY diamonds that I had enough for another quilt!

4" diamonds
This second quilt is part of the Diamonds with the Blues above. It is 59" x 60". Again, no y-seams.

Floating Diamonds (unquilted)
OK. I thought of two more quilts that feature blue. Do you remember the Memory Bouquet quilt? The remake of the vintage quilt with lots of flowers? The only way I was able to do this quilt was with the generous help of my wonderful guild in Atlanta in the early 2000s.

Memory Bouquet Quilt: 63" x 63"
And just a taste of blue for your table. This is my Double Star Table Topper. No y-seams. All patches are rotary cut.

Blue Double Star: 18" x 21"
I think I should stop. I hope you got a good taste of the blues today - no sadness here. See you on Wednesday for . . . You'll have to wait and see what color I reveal.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Colors: Red Monday

I do not like Black Friday, but I totally understand the hype. I stay FAR AWAY from any stores on the day after Thanksgiving (called "Black Friday" here in the USA).

I thought I would feature a color a day this week (all quilt related, of course) and maybe, maybe, end with black on Friday.

Let's start with Red Monday. We all have fire in our bellies on Monday, right? (Yeah, right!)

Modern Vortex, a variation on the Dresden Plate
You've seen this before: it's my Modern Vortex quilt. Red and White, inspired by a vintage quilt from the early 20th century.

Vintage Vortex quilt
And let's see a few from my last book. Here is "Seeing Red Again." The 15"blocks are paper pieced for a 38" x 38" quilt. The center circles are interfaced and appliquéd on. Yes, I did set in those curved backgrounds!

Seeing Red Again

And one more from my book which I called Red Mango Tango. I took four paper pieced blocks and arranged the units in such a way that one quarter of each block was turned 180 degrees. Do that four times and it creates the illusion of a fifth block in the center. Clever, huh? The blocks are 16", with a 45" x 45" center.

Red Mango Tango
And one more (though certainly not the last one in my 30 year career): Red Hot Flash. This was a free pattern done for Blank Quilting Fabrics several years ago. It uses 2-1/2" strips of various reds. You may be able to find the free pattern online (search for "Red Hot Flash").

Red Hot Flash: 59" x 70"
Then there's my Christmas quilt which I call Facets of Color Christmas Tree. Simple circles (interfaced) arranged into a holiday tree. I love this one so much it's been hanging in my foyer since LAST Christmas!

Facets of Color Holiday Tree: 34" x 39"
And one last one (are you still with me?). This was a pattern I wrote for Creative Grids rulers several years ago. It's a simple variation of a Log Cabin called Greek Key. I named it Red Hot Logs. There is a pink variation included in the pattern (which I will share later this week).

Red Hot Logs: 42" x 50"
So, Monday is for red in our quilts. I am probably safe to assume you've made a red quilt here and there, right? Not sure what my color will be tomorrow. Just come on back and see!