Thursday, February 3, 2011

February - latin (februum) - Purification

Mother Nature certainly 'Purified' the beginning of February with blanketing most of the US and Canada with white. Our long country lane is starting to look like a tunnel. The time spent shoveling, tending snow machinery, and re-plenishing wood piles has taken some time away from sewing.

Love Nest Quilt Contest at Gen X Quilters
I decided to enter my 'Morceaox de Bleu' (bits of blue). It was partially shown on my header for a while. Here she is in full view. A full size quilt (for the old rope bed) that was part of a design test that I put a twist on. This is my first large quilt, first quilt with a lot of white, and first play at design. And my first machine quilted piece - It was machine quilted by Sue Reed (my local longarmer).

Blogger's BlockaPalooza - These are my first blocks for the quilt-along. I'm using Moda's Butter Cup line - my selection from Cotton Charms Quilts. Thank you Kelly Guy, she got that bundle before Moda even had it in their shop. I love the entire collection, but splitting this with my daughter. So chose the linen green and apricot, saving her the yellow and blue.

SQUARED UP
I had a lot of comments about the purple plate - wow. How the simplest item can draw inspiration - but that color was a POP.

This is my new square inspiration. This is the time we browse those seed and nursery catalogs that are pouring into our mail box (US). With all this snow I am dreaming of green and flowers. I want to have some raised beds this year. A mix of flowers and vegies. Hmm, squares of squares of color - lots of potential.


I suddenly remembered I had an 'odd' charm pack of florals - it must have been in one of the scrap bags donated to me. Not a full charm pack and they really don't match each other. But how simple to just piece those pre-cut squares into a top - like planting a raised bed garden.

The top certainly wasn't large enough in itself, so needed some borders. I wanted to keep to the look of the planted garden. A lot of new quilters (even some of us old ones) have trouble with color selection. I found this lovely Kaufman floral in my 'backing' stash that would meld the whole piece and decided it would be my backing and binding. Using those color dots - yes they are there to assist you in selecting coordinating colors - I tried finding fabrics with similar color dots. Made it so much easier to select my borders - the medium green and the apricotty tan. That piece has a floral on a trellis - perfect to go with the flower bed. If I hadn't had interuptions, this would have been a completed quilt in a day.

What will be your inspiration? Turn to the simplest of forms - the square - and see what your creative side can grow.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

13 comments:

  1. Your garden picture makes me yearn for spring. We're going to try more vertical growing this year hoping that it will making weeding a little easier.

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  2. Your 'Morceaox de Bleu' quilt is beautiful!! My garden has lots of green in it right now - unfortunately that green is made up of winter weeds. I just can't bring myself to go out and pull them when it is cold.
    Isn't fun to make a quick quilt like you did with the 'odd' charm pack? You did a wonderful job of matching the backing to the front.

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  3. Your love nest quilt is wonderful! It actually inspired me to add more white in my quilts (the baby french braid) and I have another planned.

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  4. Congratulations on all those "firsts"!! As a beginner quilter I celebrate every first for me! Although I certainly take a lot longer to make something...and even longer to get it finished.
    I love the Garden colors in the bottom quilt, feels like spring.

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  5. Oh Sharon - I just love those blocks you're making with Buttercup - so cute!! I love your Love Nest quilt too! Always so many pretty things to see here!!!

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  6. Your block-a-palooza blocks are great. I notice that since I have been quilting I see block and quilt patterns everywhere.

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  7. Great quilt with a lot of firsts! Turned out wonderful!

    Thanks for entering it in the Love Nest Quilt Contest and best of luck!

    AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

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  8. Nursery catalogues remind me of Norway. When they landed in the mail box, it was just like spring was there already! Lovely quilts!

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  9. Always loved to look at your lovely 'Morceaox de Bleu' quilt, Sharon.
    Funny, but I can't pass up an opportunity to take a second look at a quilt made up entirely of squares with maybe a border or two or not. Simple, yet much rides on square size, colors and arrangement ... even when fabrics are chosen randomly. I think the classic quilt design is a quilt made up entirely of squares.

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  10. I love your Morceaux de Bleu. Just beautiful.

    I tend to use ready made patterns, rather than making up my own designs. There is so much inspiration in blogland and I tend to find that my quilts are inspired by what I see on various blogs. I seem to be drawn to my fav colours all the time. but am trying to branch out and buy fabrics that I wouldn't normally buy.

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  11. Congrats on all those firsts ...they all are looking good.

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  12. Oh, Sharon, that garden picture started me drooling for the spring and the garden!!! Although we have NO snow here in southern Utah!! And I love your eclectic garden charm quilt!!! Kris

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  13. What great inspiration for a quilt. I like it. I always use those little color dots, although sometimes I stray just a little bit.

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