After collecting purple fabric for several years, I had one UFO I was not pleased with in the color palette. When I saw the Lemon Star tutorial by Jenny, I loved it and thought I might be able to do it. So I just got started with whatever purple fabric I came across in my sewing closet. As I saw the fabrics coming together, I browsed MSQC and found the sashing, cornerstones, and border that brought it all together.
Another from my Mother’s stash that I really wondered what to make or even do with it. An idea I had meshed well with a friend’s proposed Magic 8 lesson for our quilting group. We gave each member two 8 inch squares and a specific HST block pattern. We asked them to use one cream or white neutral and then something that matched in a darker color. When all the blocks came in I was charged with assembly and quilting. Well, some of the blocks were small and a few others had hard to make it work colors. I disassembled them and remade them. Layout was pretty easy, I just scattered the darkest purples to give it balance. Then a bunch of borders later it was ready to be quilted. Because of all the thickness at the seams I knew the center could only be quilted with a meander. I put my feathered hook in the cream border and more meander in the outside border. This poor fabric actually made a pretty quilt! So, pull out that weird fabric in your stash and give it a chance.
I offered to make a quilt for my 11 year old grandniece. She picked out the pattern and the fabric. This is the first quilt I have done on a long arm machine with a pantograph. I love the way it turned out. My cat, who runs my quality control department, approves. The pattern is split pinwheels by Orange Dots Quilts. It is available at orangedotsquilts.etsy.com The pattern resulted in lots of extra half square triangles, so I made several pillows.
Update: I quilted with Wasatch design called Opus and finished hand bounding. This is Bonnie Hunter's "Blue Ridge Beauty" pattern that I'm making as a retirement gift for a friend. I named it Midnight Beauty. I used RJR Bare Essentials Deluxe fabric and Maywood Studios "In the Black" fat quarters. 76" x 92"
For my grandson's wedding quilt, Missouri Star Grand Adventures pattern seem to fit the bill. He enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities that the northwest has in great abundance. The quilt size 93” x 90” is a generous size. I selected the digital print Wildwood Way 10 inch layered precut Handpicked Exclusively for MSQC from RJR Studio. The background of light green/white small checked fabric called “Flourish” by Natalia and Kathleen of Piece-n-Quilt from Moda Fabrics. The 20 large blocks 15” x 18” allowed for the beautiful patterns of the fabric to shine. I also added complementary batiks from my stash collection. I embroidered and quilted northwest woodland scenes and designs and I incorporated one of the background blocks with the wedding couple's name and wedding date. Sewed matching pillowcases from the remaining fabrics.