The winter scrap project from 2019-2020. For several years, I have endeavored to do a large quilt from scraps during the winter months. It's my way of trudging through January and February, then waiting out March for spring. With bright colors and batiks, it's hard to throw away the smaller scraps! So I used 1" black sashing and just built blocks in an assembly line. No hurry, it was a joy to work on. I just tried to keep the colors balanced as the blocks grew. Originally, I planned to make the whole quilt one large block. Again, it was just too much. Dividing it with wider black sashing helped settle it down--easier on the eye. That is, the eye can take in one section at a time without being overwhelmed about where to look. This quilt went to a lovely and loving home--always the absolute best outcome!
For as long as I have known my brother-in-law Jerry, every home he has moved into, he has done at least some remodeling so I thought a Carpenter's Star would be a perfect pattern. When I asked what colors he would like, he told me serene and peaceful. Well, since serene and peaceful are feelings, not colors, that made picking out fabrics a bit of a challenge. I found this beautiful batik that had jelly fish and another that looked like turtle shells and what is more serene and peaceful then turtles and jellies? So here is my brother-in-law's serene and peaceful quilt!
I bought the pattern from Jenny. I quilted it using a pantograph on a long arm machine. I like the was the hummingbirds on the back look like they are flying through gusts of wind. I intend to gift it to a friend who just celebrated her 80th.
So what do you when you plan to make a quilt which calls for 45 degree triangles and you almost finish cutting fabric only to realize that you have been using a 60 degree ruler? You make lemonade. With equilateral triangles it was easy to put the them together in a zigzag pattern. I like the way it turned out even if it was not what I had planned. I quilted it using a pantograph on a long arm. My brother grabbed it!