Square Pegs Quilt

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you know that I make a couple of quilts for charity each year.  I just finished a quilt for a group that I am part of called do. Good Stitches which is organized by Rachel at Stitched in Color.  There are several groups and each group is made up of 10-12 quilters that stitch blocks and/or assemble and finish the quilt.  I am a quilter at this time which means that I am also responsible for coming up with the design and colors for that month.

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For my month, I decided to use the Square Pegs pattern available at Moda Bake Shop.  I asked the stitchers in my group to use their scraps and make blocks in melon colors.  Think watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew.  And boy did they deliver.  It’s so bright and fun.  And will be a great quilt for the women that benefit from the makeovers done by Enchanted Makeovers, the charity it is going to.

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I quilted it with organic stacked half-moon shapes.  The blocks are 13″ square.  And because I asked our stitchers to make it scrappy, I had to refigure the instructions for assembly, but it was an easy pattern to figure out.

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It snowed this past weekend and the snow made the perfect background for this bright quilt.  It was 8 degrees when we were outside taking the pictures.  Just a little cold so I didn’t take many pictures, but thankfully I didn’t need to.  Today, 5 days later, it’s 70 degrees.  Gotta love NC weather!

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Three Dimensions of Happiness

Yippee!  I finished a quilt this week.  This makes 3 so far this year, which has got to be a world record!  (At least for me it is)  Meet “Three Dimensions of Happiness” — my honeyman named it!

Last October, our quilt guild decided to participate in the Riley Blake challenge sponsored by The Modern Quilt Guild.  We each received 6 fat-eighths of fabric.  The rules are that you could make anything, but it had to be quilted, and you could add other solids and other Riley Blake fabric.  I had been working on a design for a baby quilt and decide to use the fabrics from this challenge for that.

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I get ideas from the strangest places — sometimes I see patterns in nature, furniture,  architecture, or sometimes I dream patterns.  Much to the embarrassment of my husband (hey, what are wives for?), I often stop and take pictures of carpet, fixtures, ceiling beams, silos, or whatever catches my eye.  I am loving the modern technology that allows me to have a camera in my cell phone!  But, because of this, I have many more ideas than I have time to make.

So one evening Iast fall, I was watching an episode of Hawaii Five-O and there was a piece of art work on the wall in one of the scenes that I loved.  It was simple and modern and I thought it would make a good quilt.  Once I had the center made, I thought it needed a border and dreamed that a alternating white/colored border would look good.  So I just sewed some strips together, none of which were the same length, and then sewed them around without caring much where the colored pieces fell.  And… I don’t love it.  I think it may look better on a larger quilt, but I don’t love it here.  So, I’ll likely redesign the border a bit before finalizing the pattern.

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I decided to quilt it in a spiral and I LUV how it looks.  But, I promise you, it is more difficult than it looks — especially in the center.   In fact, it just about killed me.  Well, not physically, but mentally.  Once I had 4-5 rounds done, it got much easier, but the center part was hard on my home machine.  And it pushed the fabric a lot since I kept sewing in the same direction.  I should have either pinned it more or used a spray adhesive.  Next time I’ll know and it will likely be less noticeable once I wash it and everything shrinks a little.

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The binding is not part of the fabric that I got for the challenge, but it is a Riley Blake print called Shuffle.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.