Friday, October 17, 2008

Quilt making is such fun. The combination of creativity mixed with some puzzle solving skill, brings about a finished piece that is useful and decorative, filled with warmth and love. Here's a look at the Amish Pinwheel top.I have been anticipating making this quilt for so many months now. The fabrics have been sitting in a basket near my sewing machine since January, waiting for the time to be just right to become a quilt. The dimensions are 67" x 87", just slightly smaller but with a few more blocks than the inspiration quilt. I put in one block of mix and match pieces, like the original - perhaps the 'humility block.' For my own humility there is one block with the pinwheel spinning backwards.
In the inspiration photo, the quilting pattern is easy to see. My plan is to do a similar but slightly simpler design. Armed with the book, Quilting With Style, and hands on learning from my summer class with Joe Cunningham, I drafted myself a little feathered wreath pattern for the black setting blocks. The pinwheels have a simple cross-hatch design. Off into the future when I get to the borders, I'll need to work out a feathered vine. I spent a very happy afternoon and evening quilting the first two blocks.
Now that the top is together, my little basket on the sewing table looks empty and perhaps a bit sad. The best remedy for that would be to buy more fabric. Look what came home from the quilt shop this week.
Fat quarters from Linda Brannock's new line of fabric, Miss Jump's Scrapbag. I don't know yet what they will become, but they will make a wonderful quilt when the time is right.

33 comments:

Leanne said...

Wow the quilt is stunning. I love it!

And thanks for link to new material - will look out for it here in NZ

Love Leanne

paula, the quilter said...

I am SO glad I sent that card along in the package. Look what you have done with it! Way to go!!!

Milah said...

The black fabric and red border really makes those pinwheels pop!
Stunning!

Paula said...

Beautiful quilt....as always!ytuwhq

Yvonne said...

It's gorgeous....I love it! Like that new material too. :)

Quilt Hollow said...

It's a gorgeous quilt. Well done!

Sherry said...

I love the quilt! I just bought a jelly roll & some charm packs of Miss Jump's Scrapbag. Not sure yet what I'm going to make with them either but I really like that new line. I bet you'll come up with a beautiful creation with your FQs. Have a great week-end!

~Bren~ said...

WOW! What a spectacular quilt! It really is stunning. I love the colors!
The new fabrics look yummy!!!! I think I will check out that line!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your making me so jealous! I have no time for quilting, and I always love your stuff! Plus spending is on hold - did I tell you Holly got engaged so I can add wedding to expenses!

Catherine said...

That is gorgeous! What a great top. The new fabrics are yummy.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

The quilt is wonderful. Can't wait to see the quilted photo finish. Love the new little fabrics in your basket.

Stephanie D. said...

Libby, are you machine quilting or hand quilting?

Can't wait to see what you do with the new fabric--nice mix of colors!

kjquilts said...

Love this quilt! I can't wait to see it with your machine quilting. The designs you have planned sound perfectly suited to this quilt. Good Luck!

Marilyn R said...

What a beautiful quilt! Can't wait to see it when you have done the hand quilting on it! The new fabrics look great too!

Kathie said...

oh your quilt is just so beautiful. The fabric choices you have made were perfect for this quilt.
I have always loved this quilt too and have been inspired to make it as well....someday.
Can't wait to see your quilting on this...
please keep sharing pictures of it.
and yes I need to buy that fabric line too!

Carol said...

Libby your quilt is just wonderful! Love the new Linda Brannock fabric...I have the print bundle but I must order the plaids...love 'em!

Screen Door said...

I'm so glad to hear about you collecting for that "quilt wish". I love the quilt. I do LOTS of quilt wishing. The new fabrics are stunning. If you didn't live in 'sunny Cal' I would tell you they could be spring time to get you through a dreary winter. You know the plaids are my favorite.

Cara said...

OMG!!! I love that quilt! Can't wait to see the quilting up close! Great job!

Petra said...

There is something special about them Amish quilts...historic and a certain feeling... don´t know...but you made a wonderful job on yours...good luck with the quilting...an dsome nice shopping too...that fabric pack is on my wish list...but out of money now... ;o)

Stina said...

Libby...if you wonder who Petra is...thats me inlogged with my daughters profile...Hmmm...kids messing up with my computer...Just wanted you to know... ;o)

Sue R said...

Hi Libby, I found your blog from StephanieD's. First time I saw an Amish quilt like this with the pinwheels, and I'd have to say I love your colors better than the original. It's stunning. Lovely collection of fabrics you picked up for your next project too!

Julia said...

Beautiful, Libby! I love Amish quilts, the solid colors against black are just stunning. Perfect hand quilting project. Do you use a thimble and if so, what kind?

Lucy said...

Wow, Libby this is beautiful!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Stunning.....

Shasta said...

What a great quilt. And a beautiful fabric purchase is a wonderful way to cure yourself of the empty basket syndrome.

Judy said...

Oh they do look yummy!

Love the Amish reproduction, I've got my little stash, though nothing planned as yet. probably more to collect at this years shows before it gets a plan of action.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

What a great quilt. And love your new fabrics.

Jane Ann said...

Gosh, Libby, it's a stunner.

Guðrún said...

The quilt is gorgeous as everything you do.

yellowfarmhouse said...

That quilt is sooo pretty - I'm always drawn to pinwheel quilts maybe it's the movement they seem to have - yours is a winner - great job. I just got some of that fabric and I LOVE IT. Now the question is can I cut it up, LOL.

Hugs - karen

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I LOVE it!! And, in true "where's Waldo?" fashion, I hunted and hunted until I found the humility pinwheel! I adore the Miss Jump line, you'll turn it into something AMAZING, no doubt.

Linda_J said...

That turned out wonderfully, Libby! The stack of new fabrics will go well in your next one project

I am not so sure that I spot one pinwheel whirling the opposite direction but nothing wrong with that.

I find that that I don't have to deliberately make a mistake to have a humility block but I do hope I spot the mistake before it is stuck in the middle of the quilt top, LOL.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

ewwww love the new fabrics!!

Your Quilt turned out just lovely, but then your quilts are always so pretty Libby :O)...

Yep on the puzzle solving, I have spent well I am not even going to admit how long this afternoon trying to figure out the assembly of one applique block ROFL... I know amazing but well I did LOL...