August 30, 2022: August Monthly Mini – “Whirlwind”; and Book recommendations

Greetings dear readers! Every year my quilt guild has a “Challenge” contest. The “challenge” is issued in January and our August meeting is devoted to displaying the quilts anonymously. Members vote for their favorites and prizes are awarded. This year’s challenge was “The Magic of Geometry” and we were to choose a geometric shape and make a quilt featuring that shape with a perimeter no larger than 104 inches. Any fabrics, techniques, and styles could be used. I knew whatever I chose to do could double as my August mini. Without further ado, here is my entry:

My shape was, of course, a triangle- every piece in the quilt is a triangle except for the center square of each block.

I struggled for a while figuring out what to do, but finally was inspired by one of the blocks in this book:

My chosen block design is a foundation paper pieced log cabin variation made with triangles. The blocks are 7 inches and the quilt is 21 inches square. Since the block had a modern feel to it, I decided to challenge myself to make the whole quilt with a modern vibe.

All fabrics came from my stash and I had a grand time choosing the colors for each block and gradations from dark to light from the center outward. When I had trouble choosing a color for the center, I decided to use all the colors of the rainbow and I liked a little extra focus on the center with the black background there instead of the gray:

I found the perfect backing on my trip to Maine last month at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply in Belfast – see those triangles!😊:

The quilting is a combination of machine (with the walking foot) in all the gray areas and hand quilting in all the colored areas:

Because of the way the blocks seem to “spin” and because the “spin” doesn’t orient from the same place in each block the way they are placed, there’s a lot of “movement” in the quilt, thus the name, “Whirlwind.” Guess what – My quilt was one of the winners!! I won a $50.00 gift certificate to one of my favorite shops, Quilted Threads!! I didn’t have an opportunity to photograph the other entries, but these will all be displayed at our quilt show in October so I’ll share them with you then.

Nann, at the blog “With Strings Attached” is a retired librarian and recently recommended this book and I second that recommendation – I loved it!

The story of 2 eighty year old women who have been lifelong friends is captivating and beautifully written. What a pleasure! I am also perusing my bookcases and making myself either read or get rid of books that have been there unread for years 😊. This one came out 20 years ago and I finally read it and enjoyed it!:

The insight into some of Chinese culture and the flashbacks to what was going on in China a hundred years ago were interesting and the storytelling is very good. I recommend it!

And look at these books that I’m starting to study:

Yes! Al and I are starting to plan our first international trip since Covid! It’s happening next spring (May) so plenty of time to plan and we’re going with our dear Canadian friends, Paul and Lee. So exciting! The anticipation is something that will help get me through the coming winter 😊.

Be sure to check out Wendy’s blog, The Constant Quilter, (link in right column of this blog), for all the August minis!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

19 thoughts on “August 30, 2022: August Monthly Mini – “Whirlwind”; and Book recommendations

  1. Carla August 30, 2022 / 12:37 pm

    Wow! Whirlwind is fabulous! Congratulations on your well-deserved award. 😊

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you Carla!

  2. Kyle August 30, 2022 / 12:49 pm

    Whirlwind has me swept away! The color gradation is fabulous and and the movement is incredible. Using the same background has each colorful swirl spinning. When you said it was a challenge, I knew you had a winner.

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:23 pm

      Thanks Kyle! It was fun to challenge myself to do something a little different!

  3. marissthequilter August 30, 2022 / 2:36 pm

    It’s no surprise that your quilt won first prize. Congratulations on creating this perfectly precise, bright mini quilt. And enjoy spending that voucher.
    It is wonderful to be able to travel again. Enjoy planning your trip.

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you Mariss! I was happy to be one of the winners, but we have a great guild and it was a good competition so I was not at all sure how the quilt would be received.

  4. Marie Tymrak August 30, 2022 / 3:09 pm

    What a treat to have both a completely new quilt design and it’s back story and your credible book recommendations. Thank you. Just a suggestion: if you haven’t read the “Outlander” novels by Diana Gabaldon, give the first one a read before traveling to Scotland.

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks Marie! I will definitely check out the Outlander series.

  5. Cindy August 31, 2022 / 3:13 pm

    Your challenge piece is wonderful! I enjoyed seeing it in person at the guild meeting and did not guess that it was yours! I’m always happy to learn about your design process and your close-up photographs inspire. Enjoy your well-earned shopping spree at Quilted Threads! Also, thanks for your book recommendations – I have a friend who I’ve known since kindergarten and think I will propose we read Fellowship Point together.

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much Cindy! It was fun to try something modern. I’m definitely looking forward to shopping with the gift certificate!😊

  6. Nancy August 31, 2022 / 4:20 pm

    Whirlwinds is such a bright, fun quilt. I like the progression from shade to tint in each block.

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you Nancy!

  7. audrey August 31, 2022 / 7:11 pm

    Love the color placement in your Log Cabin blocks! Really beautiful little quilt.:) Congrats on the winning!

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you Audrey! It was a delight working with these colors on a gray background.

  8. Wendy C. Reed August 31, 2022 / 7:26 pm

    What a fabulous mini! You are so adventurous. I love the color and movement, and the backing is perfect! Congratulations on your win. I’m sure you will find something delightful to spend it on! Thank you for your sweet note this week as well. I am feeling somewhat better and am truly looking forward to surgery and getting back to my new normal. Enjoy the day.

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks so much Wendy! Glad to hear your feeling better and please keep me in the loop for when your surgery happens. Cherish each day!

  9. barbvedder September 1, 2022 / 11:36 am

    Wow! Your modern little quilt is terrific. I love the colors and the neutral grey. Your quilting choices elevated it also. Little wonder it won first prize. Congratulations. to you.
    Thanks for the book recommends. I did read Amy’s book and remember liking it very much.
    Returning to travel is so exciting

    • gladiporsche September 1, 2022 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you, Barb! I enjoyed your lovely modern mini too!

  10. Nann September 5, 2022 / 11:56 am

    What a great response to a good challenge theme. Lovely whirling colors. So glad you enjoyed FP, and good for you for finding some old-but-still good reading right there on the shelves. (The literary equivalent to shopping one’s stash.) What fun to be planning a trip.

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