Sunday, May 29, 2011

Just a little something I threw together

Last Sunday a few members of the Society of Sexy Sewing Sisters got together at Quilty Pam's house to work on our individual interpretation of a quilt shown on Fons & Porter.  QP has the DVD so I don't know how long ago this particular episode was filmed so I can't give real credit to F&P.  The quilt is based on an Ohio Star with a 6" center block and then doubling the size of the block on each successive piecing.  Each quilter created something entirely different in color, type of fabric, etc.  A couple of years ago when Fabric Mart bought out a quilt shop in Europe, I purchased crazy amounts of Moda fabric at $2 and then $1 a yard.  I picked up a toile, small print and large graphic print from a black and white collection by Sentimental Studios.  I had no idea what I was going to do with the fabric.  When I saw the big star quilt that QP made, I thought it would be perfect in those fabrics.  Others in our group were not as enthusiastic about using the prints with a red for my "neutral" but I bravely soldiered on.  This is the result

This is "use what ya got" photography...I threw the quilt top over the fence and just hoped it would not slide down before I took the photo!  Sure would have looked better if I had ironed it first and done a better job of draping on bottom!
Here's the center block

I fussy cut the center square but the points we just cut willy nilly.
I also cut the toile in the second round particularly and lined up my blocks so the there is a definite top and bottom to the quilt.  I wanted there to be some continuity in the toile so that you could see the pattern.
I love the red tonal.  It is from Bella Notte by Three Sisters for Moda.  I am a picky about points and I was really pleased that the points on this one are really very nice.  I was also amazed that it remained square in each round.  I have no idea how I am going to quilt it but do know it will be on the long arm.  It is a bit larger than I like to quilt on my Janome.  This was a very fast, very "no brainer" kind of quilt top.  It is one of those quilts you can throw together in a group and still manage to talk, eat and catch up on each other's lives.  Because my heart and soul are not sewn into this quilt top, it will be a Christmas gift.  If it turns out the recipient is not "quilt worthy" it won't hurt my feelings too badly!

Quilty sister, Julie, and I went back to Burkholder's yesterday.  I picked up the rest of the red tonal bolt because I love the color and also found some fabric to make a purse that all the women in our group are going to make.  I chose fabric that is very retro - think "1969 Haight-Ashbury hippie dippy love child".  I love the fabric.  It may lead to an entire upheaval of my wardrobe.  Next thing you know I will stop shaving my legs, make 10 or 12 maxi dresses, throw on a pair of flip flops and bake a batch of brownies...

8 comments:

  1. Love your quilt, and if the recipient isn't quilt worthy, then I guess it's their loss. I too, love the combination,but I LOVE the red!!!! You followed your heart,and look at how beautiful it turned out!

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  2. Oh my you make me laugh. Love child indeed!!!!

    The quilt is lovely... one of these days I'm going to have to venture east and meet the sexy sisters.... what a fun group!

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  3. What a fun quilt.....love the stocking on the mantel.

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  4. I think the red works beautofully for your neutral. The finished result speaks for itself.

    So long as it's just normal butter in those brownies you;re making as part of your new found love child phase it's all good.

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  5. what kind of brownies...heeeee

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  6. I love it Suzan! great job.

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  7. Love the quilt.

    "Next thing you know I will stop shaving my legs, make 10 or 12 maxi dresses, throw on a pair of flip flops and bake a batch of brownies..."

    Welcome to my world. Did I just share too much?
    The brownies this weekend were good...

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  8. I like this quilt quite a bit, Suzan. And you can bring some of those special brownies to White Oak in October!!!

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