End of the Rainbow

This was a scrap quilt made with leftovers from another quilt (that I have yet to get quilted haha). I was able to finish the binding in time to take some truly gorgeous photos with the cherry trees outside, and I love them.

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I’ve long admired the Irish Chain quilts I’ve seen; I’ve loved their simplicity. And so when I realized I had enough scraps for my very own Irish Chain quilt… I simply had to. I designed it on EQ7 first, and then cut out the pieces for it.


It was so much fun. I really wanted it scrappy, so instead of doing long strips and cutting pieces out that way I did it individual piece by piece. Took a lot longer this way but I’m happy with how it turned out. I did decide however to not go with a white border around it and just went with the Irish Chain

img_1708I got the backing from Joann’s with a coupon so the cost was quite reasonable, which made me happy since it was a scrappy quilt. However, this batik is so bright and colorful; I think it really goes well with the quilt overall. It makes it so happy! I love the colors of pink/orange/yellow together, so this was absolutely perfect for me.

 

The quilting is adorable little flowers and bees. It’s pretty simple, and the layout of the quilt means that quite a few bees and flowers are framed in the centers of the chain links.

While taking pictures it was quite windy, so in order to get the whole quilt I had to lay it out on the ground. It worked pretty well, actually, and I was able to get the whole quilt in. But I’m short, so it’s on an angle. Still, I love it!

Only a couple more days until the end of the week! Thank goodness!

365 Challenge – Week 9

Do you remember when I was shocked to be working with pieces as small as 1”? Now imagine how HAPPY I am when I get to do easy measurements like that.

I know I said I was going to go to a bi-monthly (every other week) post for the 365 Challenge quilt blocks, but I can’t. Besides, I’ve started doing a block a day instead of 7 on Fridays so they were ready for pictures and a blog post today.

Plus, this week I got to make the CENTER MEDALLION block, and I really wanted to show it off.

img_1752To make this center medallion block, I first drew it up using EQ7 and tried a BUNCH of different color combos to find one I liked. I finally settled on using pink, blue, and purple with some teal. My most recent quilt may have had a small influence on the colors.

Then I played around with which color went where. In total, the design alone took about an hour. Then, same night, I cut out all the pieces. That way, the next night when I went to piece them all together it went really quickly. This one took me the longest (which only makes sense since it was waaaaay bigger) but I like it the best out of all the ones I’ve made so far- which is a good thing, since it will be in the CENTER OF THE QUILT.

The center block was a doozy for one reason only; it required measurements to the 16th of an inch. So things like 3 5/16, or 1 15/16 of an inch… my rulers don’t even have that marked! I had to GUESS. Do you know how SCARY that is for a quilter? I DON’T ESTIMATE, PEOPLE.

But, surprisingly enough, it worked out just fine. (Somehow.) The pieces came together nicely, and even my points were pretty… well, on point.

Here’s the other blocks (including the center) for week 9. We’ve now done two whole months and have finished 63 blocks! (Crazy!)

Days 4 & 5 have the same colors because we used the scraps from day 4 for day 5. I love using up scraps, which is why I save most of them from this quilt for use in later blocks. I figure, since there are so many small pieces, that I’ll be able to use them later on!

If you’d like to join, it isn’t too late! Click here to go directly to the block instruction page!

I’m still trying to keep up with the Solstice Challenge, but between this 365 challenge and the fact that I need to make two baby quilts and a commission I’m finding that that is the project falling by the wayside, sadly. I’m only two weeks behind (HAH) so hopefully I can rectify that sometime soon!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Jeweled Mariposa Quilt

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One of the things I’ve really started to love doing is photographing my quilts in really pretty locations. And we have cherry trees right outside our apartment. This past week or so, due to the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having here, they have been in full, fantastic bloom. All week I’ve been telling my husband, “These would be so pretty to use as a backdrop to photograph quilts with!”

Luckily, I just recently got two back from the long arm quilter, and all I needed to do was bind them. But I was so tired Friday night that all I managed to do was cut the strips for binding and not much else.

Well, I woke up Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. and realized that at 9:45 there was supposed to be thunderstorms rolling through, and that they would probably strip the cherry trees of their gorgeous blossoms. So I spent the next two and a half hours binding the quilts, and got them done by 9:45 to take pictures of them out by the cherry trees! Unfortunately, it was pretty windy out, so sometimes we had to lay the quilts on the ground instead of holding them up. But I absolutely LOVE how the pictures turned out!

img_1684This quilt was a purchase during a stressful time. But the colors absolutely pulled at me. I love the jewel tones of purple, blue, and green. The main fabric (center panel) in the quilt is so gorgeous and soft I want to cuddle in this quilt and never get out again. I really enjoy the way the black background enhances the colors; really makes them “pop”.

Also, by the way, “Mariposa” means butterfly in Spanish.

This quilt was supposed to have black for the binding, but I had put the quilt top together up in Michigan over the holidays and accidentally left the binding strips up there. Luckily, I had bought enough backing to make binding strips from it, and I’m actually MUCH happier with it this way! It looks like another border; and I really think it works with the rest of the quilt.

I bought a TON of King Tut variegated thread to use for the quilting (which is, of course, butterflies), but because I didn’t know how much to buy I way overbought. Now I have 5.5 spools of unused King Tut variegated thread.

Oh well, guess I’ll have to make another jewel quilt! Darn.

Also, just LOOK at that backing fabric. Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!

See you soon!