Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Color wheel quilt

This summer I am finishing things. I'm getting my pile of WIPs back under control.

Today I'm working on a color wheel quilt that I started in 2013. The pattern is from The Purl Bee.



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The fabric is all hand-dyed by me, with the help and supervision of Kristin of A Little Crispy. She was kind enough to give me a half-day crash-course in dying. I love the results! The piles of hand-dyed fabric are so beautiful that I had a really hard time cutting in to them.

I sewed these blocks together and then abandoned the project. I remember I was on the fence about how to quilt and bind it, and I wasn't thrilled with the curved seam on the center circle. I wanted to do some fancy free motion quilting on this, but my skills weren't there yet. They're still not. After re-examining this WIP, I decided to leave the slightly-wonky curved seams alone. I remember ripping and restitching the seams a bunch of times when I initially pieced the blocks, so it's probably as good as it's going to get. I decided on straight-line quilting with variegated thread. Simple and colorful. I love it!

I'm going to attempt a rainbow binding. I'm more than a little nervous about that because I have limited quantities of this fabric, and I hate having a lot of seams in my binding. Wish me luck!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Two finishes!

This week I managed to finish two quilts that have been in my WIP pile for far too long. The first is a lovely quilt from my do.Good Stitches circle from March of last year. Sigh. The blocks are reverse applique and they all looked so pretty and spring-y. I love how it turned out and it felt great to mail it off to Threading Hope yesterday.

Finished (and long overdue) do.Good Stitches quilt. Happy to be sending this off tomorrow to Threading Hope.

The second finish is a mini quilt using the Wild Olive Summer Stitching Club pattern that I bought back in 2013. Sigh. I used a mix of American Made Brand solids for the embroidered hexies, and hand quilted with DMC Pearl Cotton.



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I had some doubts about my color choices after I started embroidering, but I think the pink binding pulls everything together nicely. I'm happy to hang this up for summer!