Today is the day, as I told you I would Blog about my projects for our ‘Kim and Jo’ book, Simple Friendships II.
I’ve said before, I don’t design on the computer, I use my design wall and play with blocks, audition fabrics, then determine which choice, and proceed. I also take pictures with my iPhone, so I can look at the possibilities, the camera sees things differently, than I do. I find it very helpful in decision making.
First Project – Churn Dash block used in my ‘Sparkle’ quilt
I selected the palette from ‘Jo’s Shirtings’ for my quilt. Shirtings backgrounds with the soft reds, charcoal, and medium light browns were selected from various lines, old and new.
The picture below shows the blocks on my design wall, partially atop a medium light brown print from ‘Jo’s Shirtings’. Seemed a wee bland on the light brown. How to problem solve – don’t toss the light brown, how about cutting some strips from the charcoal check, then what . . . try a stair step concept alternating the charcoal check and the medium light brown print, add the soft red cornerstones, and then I loved it!
Traditional with a fresh take? Sounds good to me.
Now to sew to make rows and assemble the top while on the design wall. I know many of you make stacks and sew from stacks, I don’t do that. There are always options and choices, no right or wrong. This is what I do, and am not changing now, seems to work for me. <g>
Next up – ‘Yesterday’ quilt, Ohio Star block
I wanted to make this quilt to use during Christmas Season, I think I would like to use it over the cupboard door in the dining room. A quilt I love to use at Christmas does not have to be red and green. Just pretty and the red is perfect at Christmas in our 90 year old home, furnished with antiques mostly from PA and OH, and good reproduction furniture also from PA, OH, VA and New England. That is also another story of 20 years of collecting.
The border fabric is close to 20 years old, an early Baum print. The gorgeous red print setting fabric is from ‘New Hope’ – love, love, love that line. The Ohio Star blocks are from assorted fabrics old and new, my goal was to have the feel of an antique quilt with vintage charm.
Here is a close up of the corner of the quilt.
Picture from our book:
Harvest Home quilt is next
The ‘Hearth & Home’ block is used in my ‘Harvest Home’ quilt.
This quilt was made to be used on our harvest table. I have Polish Pottery dishes and also some reproduction redware dishes, I felt no border was needed.
and of course with Yellowware pottery, as shown in our book.
Pretty versatile small quilt treasure.
Gaggle of Geese quilt.
Love the block, now what to do? Played on the wall of course to see what happened with turning the blocks.
Across the top is four blocks with the larger dark triangles pointing toward the center, three blocks across. I continued with that concept into the center row. Bottom row started playing with the blocks turning the dark corners toward the center.
There was something about the light triangles coming together that bothered me (probably a Jo thing), so ended up going with the bottom arrangement.
Here is my quilt top sewn together. Decided I didn’t want a border for this one, the lights and darks are balanced and a border skewed that for me. I went with the no border option.
That is four of my seven projects this afternoon.
Will blog about the remaining three projects soon. Enjoy your weekend!
Warm Wishes from snowy Nebraska!