I spent a few minutes playing with the “Joyful Noise” blocks and it didn’t take long for me to decide I want to make a quilt with a different arrangement of blocks from Spring Sonata. I also decided quickly that I didn’t want to just have 25 blocks as a central medallion:
I tried arranging the blocks in groups of 4, each block oriented as though heading out from the center:
Then I turned each group of 4 on-point:
I like this orientation! I have happily continued to make more blocks:
I have enough different Japanese fabrics of this type to make many, more blocks without repeats. I can see that eventually I will need to decide if I want to add sashing between the blocks of 4. Also, there may be a few more block arrangements I will look at before making a final decision, but, in the meantime, I can continue to make these “addictive” blocks!
I am moving forward on the next “Sweet Journeys” applique block (see last post for picture). I chose fabrics, cut out flowers and leaves (with either freezer paper or Sulky stabilizer on top for the needle turn method) and have started to applique the vines onto the background:
Here are some more pictures of quilts that I liked from the World Quilt Show.
This first quilt has exquisite hand quilting. Andrea Stracke has had wonderful quilts at this show in previous years and I look forward to seeing her work in person. She has an excellent web site with great pictures of her many quilts (mostly whole cloth) with fabulous hand quilting (Click on pictures for closeups of details!).
Next is an amazing pictorial quilt by Marilyn Belford. She has previously also made quilts of scenes from mythology and has become well known for her excellent pictorial work. The sea monster’s scales, in particular, are incredible!
Linda Steele is known for her machine made crazy quilts – incredible details!
There were 2 other Japanese quilts that were interesting. I like the fact that the first one is a very modern art quilt but completely hand done:
I like the effect of the black stitching in the blocks.
The next one is a very interesting evocation of the landscape of Monument Valley in the American southwest:
Very nice thread work:
The last quilt I’m showing today is a very simple one, however I really like the graphic nature of the final result and the color choices really made the quilt interesting. I think I would like to try making something like this and experimenting with color use and placement:
Here are pictures from the Loire Valley in France. Many of these pictures focus on decoration and decorative design which was everywhere!! Lots of quilting inspiration!
We stayed in the town of Amboise as a base our last 3 days in France and visited 3 of the major chateaus in the area. First, a picture of the Amboise chateau in the town and the accordianist who played in the town square during the dinner hour (the square was filled with places to dine outdoors!) – he was really really good!
Some shots of Aizy le Rideau, a beautiful chateau on the water:
Some patterns/designs seen inside:
A carved design:
The next set of pictures is of Chateau Villandry. It is known for its incredible garden – the place employs 10 full time gardeners!
An interesting floor design inside:
One of the ceilings:
One of the rooms contained a grand piano. Al asked if he could play it and they said “yes”! He played some French music for about 5 minutes and got a round of applause from other visitors to the chateau! It was one of the highlights of the trip for him.
Thank you for visiting!