Greetings! I wasn’t sure I was going to make a “Trio of Doll Quilts” this year, but was inspired this week to start one – so I guess I am!! This one is made up of 3 1/2 inch “courthouse steps” variation of the log cabin squares. The setting is going to be 3 blocks across and 4 down (I think) and I have 6 of the 12 blocks done.
Each block requires 5 different green and red fabrics and 5 pink and yellow fabrics in addition to the fussy cut center. Each block has 21 pieces.
I’m using 60 different fabrics even though the blocks look very similar.
I love the secondary pinwheels that occur when the blocks are set up in opposite directions. You can see them if you squint!
Since my last post I made another bunch of palm leaf blocks so that I now have enough to set them 6 across and 7 down:
I took a break to ponder the size and try to determine how big I want this to be. I’ve decided it should be at least 8 blocks across and 10 down. These are 6 inch blocks so that would be 48 inches X 60 inches without a border; bigger with, which is my plan. Next step is to make the rest of the blocks to bring it to that size and then see what I think. I am also studying the blocks to see what kind of embellishment(s) might work well – not sure yet.
I’m loving the textures of the indigos and backgrounds:
I’m amazed at the versatility of the palm leaf block pattern. Look how I’ve used it in 2 other of my quilts and see how very different the block looks based on the colors used and the setting/placement of the blocks. Both these quilts have 6 inch blocks just like the Winter quilt:
My first “finish” of the year is the quilt I made with my granddaughter! I can’t believe it’s been waiting around for over a year for the quilting, but now is finally done.
Here’s the quilting done by long armer Linda Bevins, front and back:
I can’t wait to get a label on it and give it to Sveta!!! She picked out all the fabrics from my stash. I cut out the pieces. She arranged them on the design wall; I pinned the pieces together. She did all the sewing on my sewing machine! I just finished putting on the binding. We had a lot of fun together and I hope we get to do this again.
I was able to go back to the New England Quilt Museum a couple days ago with 2 of my friends. It was great to share my exhibit with them. I also finally had a chance to really look at the wonderful Japanese quilts on exhibit. I took pictures of 24 of the quilts and will share the first 4 with you today. Click on the pics to enlarge and enjoy the details!!!
Here are my friends Van and Sarah standing beside my quilt, Myriad:
I think this quilt was my favorite of the Japanese quilts. I just love everything about it. I love that it features circles and a tree – both favorite symbols of mine – and the hand quilting is amazing:
Make sure you read the artist statement on this one – how she loves fabric! This is gorgeous use of fabric!!:
I love how the quilting enhances the overall design on this one:
This is a beautiful traditional quilt with exquisite hand quilting and appliqué (and it’s hand pieced too!!!!):
Finally, isn’t this an absolutely gorgeous bouquet I got for Valentine’s Day?!!!!
My husband is the best!!!!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi