It's Friday again, and you know what that means - it's time to get our whoop whoop on! I know for some of you, this pretty spring weather has kept you outdoors so you may not have a finish - but remember, we whoop whoop for progress, too! So show us what you've been working on no matter what stage it's at!
This has been an odd week at my house, as we prepared for our daughter and son-in-law to head to China to finalize the adoption of Nathanael, our adorable 3-year old grandson! I've spent a good bit of time getting ready to host our granddaughters four days a week (the other grandparents have them over the weekend) and, since Wednesday, playing chauffeur for school and all of their other activities. Wednesday was a dry run/test, but Thursday was accomplished without my daughter as near as her phone to help me remember which way to turn! (As of 6:30 Thursday morning, they were en-route to Beijing, China!) So - before the week started, I managed to finish the new quilt for Emmy's bed! And here it is...
What? You can't tell what it looks like from that? OK, try this...
Spring in middle Tennessee means one of two things most of the time - wind, or rain. Very seldom do we have a perfect-for-picture-taking day of sunshine and no wind - so we take what we can get!
Here's a pretty shot of the flimsy with the light shining through it!
This pattern was originally a smaller block, designed to be paper-pieced. Well, me and paper-piecing do not get along well - for some reason I just cannot wrap my mind around it! And I wanted larger blocks for a quilt this size, so I redrafted the block, increasing the size. Then I cut templates for all four pieces from an old cutting mat I had hanging around. That worked great! Piecing was done in the traditional style, very carefully so as not to stretch all the bias edges in this block. But it all worked out well - the blocks went together easily!
Here's a close-up of the finished front! The fabrics are all from the Etched line by Hawthorne Threads - they print their own label fabrics in house and they are just beautiful! I've got lots of leftovers so expect to see them turning up in other quilts in the near future.
And here's the back - the multicolored print is a very pretty Cloud 9 organic cotton print that is available at JoAnn's, and the print on the left is something I found to coordinate with it, as there wasn't enough fabric on the bolt to make the whole back from the multicolored print. They go nicely together and this shot shows off the organic wavy straight line quilting I used for this quilt - to evoke the thought of wind blowing the pennants strung across the front of the quilt!
And here's how the two quilts look together in Emmy and Nathanael's bedroom. (Because they are both 3 and are both deaf as posts with their cochlear implant processors off, it makes sense for them to room together for a while. If one wakes up in the night, it won't necessarily wake the other one up, and only one room has to be fitted out to deal with their needs.) I love the way the two quilts look together - not the same, but using the same colors - Nathanael's in the stronger saturated tones, Emmy's mixed with a lot of white which makes them more feminine looking - and the same basic shape, the triangle. The background fabric on both quilts is Kona Snow.
Here's Emmy's little corner of the world...
And here's Nathanael's! All ready for when he comes to his forever home at the beginning of May!!
Can I get a whoop whoop??
I've had a lot of great feedback on the pattern for Emmy's quilt, so I'll probably try to draft a tutorial for it in the next few days (while I still remember how I did it!) If you think this is something you'd be interested in, let me know in a comment below!
And now it's your turn!
What's got you whooping this week?
What's making you dance the happy dance?
Tell us - we want to dance right along with you -
because it's always more fun to dance with friends!
It doesn't have to be a finish - just whatever's
making you happy this week.
The party stays open until Sunday midnight -
Hope to see you there!
PS - be sure to check out the new Fabrics N Quilts website - and also Shannon's blog, as there is a blog hop to celebrate the new site and multiple chances to win some great prizes over the next three weeks! And if you go to the quilt show at Paducah next week, be sure to stop by Shannon's booth (#4503, under the Big Bubble, April 22-25). She's got a special little freebie for you if you tell her I sent you! Take a selfie with her for an extra entry in my own portion of the blog hop, too! (Coming May 1st...)