Life is beginning to get back to what passes for "normal" around here,
and I want to say a heartfelt THANKS to all of YOU!!!
Your outpouring of love and comfort and prayers
has meant the world to me, and I love you all!!!
|Sorry - it's a little blurry :(|
But it makes up for it with COLOR, right????
This is my NewFO Challenge project for February ......
Diamonds are Forever
I had the pleasure of taking part in a class given at our Music City Guild this past week and completed one large block, which looks like this.....
It is actually 4 small 6-inch string blocks put together into a larger 12-inch block. The string blocks started out like this....
These were so much fun, and I loved the play of these colors together so much, that I came home and put together a few more of these little string blocks so I could get that lovely diamond effect to begin shining through as each block was added to the sides of the first large block - YUM!!!
I can see that I seem to have some of my colors running together, but I don't think that will matter once the entire quilt is assembled. This quilt is from the below book by Virginia (Ginger) Baker & Barbara (Bobbie) Sanders - and these lovely ladies also taught the class :)
|Amazon Link HERE|
I love actually using my quilt books for a change LOL!!!
As you can see from the cover photo, the authors made their quilt with black as the neutral star points in the background, and civil war prints for the colorful strings. I've seen this quilt made with black and jewel colored fabrics - and let me tell you.... it was just simply FABULOUS!!!! However, I've done quite a lot of quilt projects lately using that color palette, so I really wanted to do something different.
My first decision had to be what I wanted to use for the background - the star points - and black was not allowed as an option. And then, what colors would be brought out to play with it? These are the fabrics I ended up with......
My first thought was to use the same fabric for the background star points throughout for continuity. But I am really short of large chunks of fabrics that would work as a neutral. See that lime solid in the upper left background? I had about 5 yards of that, which would have been plenty for the star points as well as a nice outer border. But lime? Wow!!! You all know I love color, but I had to be sure it was "beautiful" colorful, not "circus clowns" colorful LOL!!! I gave quite a lot of thought to whether I really wanted to use lime, but then I got the bright idea to use the print you see at the very top as a tool for pulling other colors to play with the lime. Of course, this was easy to do because they turned out to be some of my favorites! Fuscia! Violet! Blue! Aqua! Purple!
After I had it all together, I was disappointed to realize that the solid lime looked too tame with all that sparkle, kind of flat - which of course led to the choice of using lots of different limes to get variety and sparkle! Why should the strips be the only ones to shine, right?
Even after I had it all laid out though, I was still not quite sure it was going to work together okay. How could I be sure before I cut all that fabric and invested so much time and effort? I decided to tackle my EQ7 to see if I had progressed enough in my lessons to be able to draft this quilt and then try out some color plans before I did any cutting .....
.......... I think I did okay - what do you think?????
This is my favorite colorway!
I have to tell you - I am HOOKED!!!
EQ7 is serious FUN!!!
And all that power can go to a girl's head, you know what I mean?
Of course, I loved the next few, but the black background was not allowed ...... maybe someday?
So that is what is on my Design Wall today - in addition to my February Dinosaur UFO which is getting some serious work done to it in the next few days!
|Amish Beauties - center done and awaiting border treatments|
Most of the pieces are now appliqued down and I'm ready to make the half-square triangles for the border. Next will be the embroidery embellishments - my favorite part of these little quilts!!! Well, except for enjoying them once they are finished, of course :*)
I'm a little late, but linking up with Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching party anyway.
Come join in on the fun - link up your projects too!!!
Hope everyone has a lovely week! We are expecting gorgeous weather until the weekend, when it is supposed to turn cold again. But I'm not going to complain about that .... no indeed! I'm just thrilled that we've been given this current reprieve, and that SPRING is finally on it's way - woohoo!!!!
Hugs & Blessings!