Thursday, January 8, 2015
Scrap Quilts, Spring Issue 2015
The first quilt is one that I made while watching the winter olympics. I can't help but cheering for Team USA so I pulled out all of my red, white and blue scraps and started flipping through books of old blocks. I thought one called 'ice crystals' sounded appropriate, but I wanted to watch the events while sewing so I just made a ton of half-square-triangles and arranged them into four blocks. I used additional half-square-triangles for the borders. I really like the result and had so much fun with it.
See there's my picture...proof that I made it! Hahahaha It is still a thrill, no matter how many times it happens. And my daughter still wants to know why she doesn't get photo credit! Love that kid! LOL
The other quilt is one that was inspired by the colors of October. We have the brightest blue skies and rich orange colors in the trees. I used strips and cut and sewed and played. I really challenged myself with the setting on this quilt. I have always LOVED old quilts that have an assymetrical setting, or one that just 'stops' instead of completing the repeat. So I chose to do that with this quilt.
I can't describe how hard it was for me to have that last row of blocks just end in the middle of the repeat! I'm sure there are plenty of people who wouldn't find it hard at all, but it was so challenging for me. It would have been so easy to just make one more row, or to leave one row off and add the blocks to the back of the quilt. But once I set a challenge for myself, I can be pretty stubborn. Just ask my husband!
I am thrilled with the photography and presentation that the magazine chose. I am also honored to be included with some other amazingly talented quilters and their work. It is so humbling to me to see my work in the same pages as some of my quilting idols!
Be sure to look for this magazine on the newstands soon, you won't be disappointed!
Enjoy every stitch!