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A Brand New Plan

So I have completely scrapped my original plan for the Three Generations quilt.

I made some of the alternating blocks (as shown in my digital “sketch” in this post). Somehow those blocks were both too plain, and took away too much of the focus away from the vintage pinwheel blocks. I’m not sure how it was possible to do both at once, but leave it to me to come up with something that doesn’t work in any respect. : )

(In retrospect, I think my mistake was that I got lazy and only scanned in one of my grandma’s original blocks for my digital design plan. As a result, my “sketch” didn’t accurately reflect the colorfulness of the real quilt.)

This is a special project, so I want it to be right. And the star of the show has to be the curved pinwheel blocks, especially the original five that my grandma hand-pieced all those years ago. So once I decided to scrap my original plan, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to better showcase those blocks. I also did some looking around online, and eventually came across this quilt from Red Pepper Quilts:

Pinwheel Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

Now, those whirlygigs really pop. So, with this quilt as my inspiration, I decided to frame out all my pinwheels in the same blue retro print I bought for the back of this quilt, and then sash it all in some sort of neutral, probably beige. (I love the putty color used on the Red Pepper quilt, but my mom and grandma aren’t big fans of anything even close to gray.) Then I’m going to fill it out with a pieced border or two to make the whole thing queen-size, so that my grandma can use it on her bed if she wants.

Of course, the new design plan calls for more pinwheel blocks, so I spent my weekend making eight more colorful curved pinwheels. Now the big push is on to finish this top—I’ve set myself a deadline on this one, and I’m determined to meet it!

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Knocking Out Blocks

Got some work done today on my Fat Quarterly Quilt Along blocks. I’m really liking the solid colors I chose (there will also be blocks with printed centers and solid on the outside). I’m not really planning anything out. Whatever feels right at the moment becomes a block, and I’ll just have to wait and see how it comes together in the end!

And these little guys are piecing up at lightning speed! I just might catch up after all.

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Single Girl Shapes Up

She’s shaping up!

Yes, all my quarter-blocks are sewn. I laid out the entire quilt on my dining room floor. (It’s the only room in my house with enough floor space—and that’s only after moving the table way off to the side.) I’m now in the process of sewing it together.

I have to say, laying out all of those quarter-blocks was one of the most satisfying moments I’ve experienced in quilting. This project came together exactly the way I had envisioned it. Plus, it’s king-size, and I’ve never done anything even close to this big before. To see a project this huge come together in its finished form made me feel like I’m really accomplishing something.

Also remarkable: The fact that I haven’t gotten sick of looking at the darn thing by now. Usually, by the time I get to this stage, fatigue has set in on the colors, prints, pattern, etc. But this makes two projects in a row that I have not been tired of by the time I’m done piecing. Makes me think my design decisions are finally on the right track.

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My Single Girl

Oh, how I love Denyse Schmidt’s Single Girl. I’ve been wanting to make this quilt for ages. I literally wanted to make it before I even knew how to sew. In fact, DS quilts are what originally made me want to learn how to sew. Single Girl is everything I love about modern quilting: Bold, geometric, scrappy, yet minimalistic. I’m going to employ a phrase graphic designers love to use to describe their work: It pops.

And now I’m finally making one of my own. But like most things in my life, there’s no part-way on this. I couldn’t just piece together a little baby Single Girl. I had to go and make it king-size.

Well, if I’m gonna make this dramatic design that I’ve been admiring for so long, I might as well do it up right. Right? This puppy’s going on my own bed. That means it has to be king-size. That means I have to make twenty of the Single Girl rings. Twenty.

And since I can’t spend more than an hour or two a day sewing, it’s been sloooowwwww going. It took me at least three weeks just to draw out and cut all the pieces. Now, for the past two months, I’ve been piecing the quarter-blocks. Piecing in the background feels like it’s taking forever.

But it’s getting there. Just five more of the outer background pieces, and it’s done. I can’t wait to piece together the quarter rings and see the complete top. And my thoughts have now turned to the back. A plan for that is definitely coming together in my head.