“Peace In Color”

A.k.a. the MIL Quilt. Since it was for my mom-in-law, I asked my husband to help brainstorm names. He took one look and said, “Peace In Color.”

#LotusQuilt

#LotusQuilt

A few of you have already seen it, as I shared the finished top last month. (I also posted progress here, and fabric purchase here.) I added some white to the back to lighten things up a bit. Also those Jane Dixon poppies are awesome (you can still get some here), but the white of the background was just too bright to work on the quilt front.

"Peace in Color" back.

“Peace in Color” back.

The Laura Gunn “Daylilies” and “Tile Mosaic” fabrics had been lurking in my stash for a few years, waiting for the perfect project. And even though they lean more toward aqua than the “deep teal” my MIL requested, they provided just the right jumping-off point for me in terms of color. This was not a combination I would have been comfortable creating on my own.

Then I set about finding some deep teal fabrics to coordinate, which led me to one of the Moda Bella solids (sorry I can’t remember which one!) and more Laura Gunn (Painter’s Canvas in teal). Several of the reds came from my stash, and more came from various Christmas fabric collections–it seemed when I was shopping that they had the best “true” reds. One of my favorites is this crane print from Kona Bay Fabrics circa 2008:

Due to the large scale of the design, many cranes were decapitated during the making of this quilt.

Due to the large scale of the design, many cranes were decapitated during the making of this quilt.

And my unexpected favorite block came from a random Asian-inspired fat quarter. There was no selvedge, but I’m going to guess it lived in my stash at least as long as the cranes did before finding a home. I love the way the ombre stripes radiate out from the center.

I think it would be fun to make another #LotusQuilt that intentionally uses stripes as part of the design. This was a complete accident.

I think it would be fun to make another #LotusQuilt that intentionally uses stripes as part of the design. This was a complete accident.

I selected a floral (pansy?) pantograph stitched in aqua thread. I was too lazy This quilt was too big for me to wrestle it through my machine. 😉

Once the binding was on, I took it downtown to a mini arts park here in Vancouver (the original Vancouver, not the cool one) and photographed it around the shoulders of a statue called Winged Woman. I felt the statue represents some of the qualities I see in my mom-in-law, plus it coordinates with the quilt.

Sadly, some jerk decided she needed metallic-marker alien eyes on her face. I disagree.

Sadly, some jerk decided she needed metallic-marker alien eyes on her face. I disagree.

011 007 009Then I packaged it up and sent it off to my MIL for her birthday. She cried tears of joy when she opened it. That made me happy. Not the tears part. The joy part.025Quilt Stats: 70 x 90 inches; from the pattern “Lotus” by Julie Herman/Jaybird Quilts; completed August 2014.

Notes for next time: 1) I’d like to play more with stripes and color placement to emphasize different aspects of this pattern. 2) Consider starching fabrics before cutting–especially the large jewel shapes, as the bias edges can get a bit wavy as you work with them. (I’m probably too lazy to actually do this, but I want to at least remind myself to think about it.) 3) When assembling the rows, start from one side and add one triangle block at a time. On this first go, I chain pieced two blocks at a time, then stitched those to create sections of four blocks, etc. It meant that my last seam for the row was in the middle, combining two long chunks like this:002It was a bit awkward to work with long pieces that angled off in different directions, and I think it contributed to the stretching of the bias edges I mentioned above. This would be even more exaggerated with the queen/king size.

I do highly recommend this pattern and the HexNMore rulers it’s based on. The combination of straightforward written instructions and clear illustrations make it super easy to be successful, even if you’re like me and you only read the directions if the pictures don’t make sense.  😉

Linking up to TGIFF, hosted this week by Ms. Midge. Her Metro Twist finish is so pretty!tgiff-button-blog

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This is what 49 QAYG blocks look like all in one stack.

The block on top was made using an orphan flower from my Radiant Orchid challenge quilt, Rainy Day Garden. And no, I haven't finished that one, either.  ;)

The block on top was made using an orphan flower from my Radiant Orchid challenge quilt, Rainy Day Garden. And no, I haven’t finished that one, either. 😉

I finally boxed them all up and sent them off to Alison for her Soy Amado project. Yes, I am very late in doing so. Something strange was happening in the interwebs and my comments were not showing up on her blog for a long time. By the time I succeeded in contacting her, she had already reached her project goal. In spite of that, she agreed to take them. I don’t know if they’ll end up as Soy Amado quilts, or if she’ll utilize them for another group in need, but I’m excited to see what other blocks they get combined with. They should arrive on Alison’s “Little Island” today or perhaps early next week. So you’ll have to keep an eye on her blog for the “real” finishes.

Since I hadn’t photographed them earlier, here are some of the last few blocks I quilted to complete the stack:

I didn't want to let this one get girly, so I kept the quilting simple. It ended up reminding me of Tron lines, though.  :D

I didn’t want to let this one get girly, so I kept the quilting simple. It ended up reminding me of Tron lines, though. 😀

To quilt this block, I attempted to imitate the design from the Quill fabric (part of Valori Wells' collection) in the center.

To quilt this block, I attempted to imitate the design from the Quill fabric (part of Valori Wells’ collection) in the center.

The quilting shows up better on the backs of these two: spirals practice and Leah Day's Heart Confetti. I'm not generally a heart kind of girl, but I really like the way this turned out AND it was super easy.

The quilting shows up better on the backs of these two: spirals practice and Leah Day’s Heart Confetti. I’m not generally a heart kind of girl, but I really like the texture this design created AND it was super easy.

I also finished adding borders to my VOWIP. I decided that my aunt would like it better this way. So the top is now done and I am piecing the back.001

That’s it this week, but I’m sooooo close to finishes on two other quilts. I hope to have at least one of those to share next week. Linking up to TGIFF, hosted this week at Quilt Matters.tgiff-button-blog

Delay

I must confess these were added to my stash sometime in late June, but haven’t had time to photograph them until now. I succumbed to another of those dangerous emails that tell me what a great customer I am and here’s a coupon for my next purchase and it’s even valid on sale merchandise. They know I’m a sucker.

First up, some loveliness from Valori Wells‘ Quill and Blueprint Basics lines. I love these collections so much. If I could justify it I’d buy a whole bolt of most of them. I’m still waiting for the fall colors to be made available so that I can finish what I started at Portland SewDown, but these make me happy for now.

Top to bottom: Gratitude in Olive Leaf, Blueprint Basics Sun Kissed, Gratitude in Fig, Blueprint Basics Grappa, Salsa, and Iron.

Top to bottom: Gratitude in Olive Leaf, Blueprint Basics Sun Kissed, Gratitude in Fig, Blueprint Basics Grappa, Salsa, and Iron.

Next, I scored some of the “Out to Sea” line by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller fabrics. I’d used the Nautical Map print in blue to back a quilt I made in July of last year and loved it, but what sealed the deal here was the Find the Narwhal print pictured last. Irresistible! I currently have three (!!!) co-workers who are considering adding to their families, so these will get made into something for the first one to have a girl.019 020 021 022 023

Finally I selected some of the prints from the Mod Geek line by Sarah Johnston, last year’s Fabric8 winner on Spoonflower. (This link is for this year’s win–so beautiful!) I don’t know why it took me so long to buy these. They speak to the science nerd in me. 🙂

Left to right: Atoms Green, Neutron Zig Zag Grey, and Stripe Dark Grey. They are all from the Atmosphere colorway, and are sitting on Eyeglasses in Grey. There is also a Retro colorway which is blues and oranges.

Left to right: Atoms Green, Neutron Zig Zag Grey, and Stripe Dark Grey. They are all from the Atmosphere colorway, and are sitting on Eyeglasses in Grey. There is also a Retro colorway which is blues and oranges.

Ultimately this last little stack will be combined with an Alexander Henry print I bought ages ago and have been waiting for the right fabrics to pair it with. I want to make a quilt based on this sentiment.  🙂

Future-ella.

Future-ella.

Happy stashing! I’m linking to Molli’s Sunday Stash par-tay. See you there!molli_sparkles_sunday_stash_button