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Spring *sigh*

After a breif moment of warm sun and spring, we’ve retreated back into cold, gray and rainy 5 inches of snow forecast *sigh* At least my pillow looks like spring.

 

Modern patchwork pillow in Dream On fabric

Bee-mates may recognize the design: it’s a variation on one of the blocks my bee is trying out, while I polish them for prime time.

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One of my (many, many) ideas I considered for my month of my bee was to make square in square blocks, destined for some sort of floating non-grid layout like Ashley’s (Film in the Fridge) Greenfield Hill Quilt I ended up going in a different direction for the bee – but here are some of the quilts I looked to for inspiration.

1. denyse schmidt greenfield hill quilt top, 2. animal sherbet squares quilt, 3. Squares Front, 4. Pink and Brown square quilt, 5. { bento box quilt }, 6. strawberries & champagne baby quilt, 7. Pretty square quilt, 8. Lemon Squares Front, 9. Red and Aqua Square in a Square Quilt, 10. Georgia’s Quilt, 11. Hadley’s Quilt Front, 12. hip to be square 3, 13. what a bunch of squares14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available

 

 

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I have a stack of other projects demanding my attention, but I’m busily sewing spiral blocks instead.  I’ve got a good stack now, and even though the (full size)  quilt will be far bigger than my design wall, I’ve stuck some of the the blocks up there, pretty much just so that I can admire them.

quilt in progress: modern yellow/pink spiral pattern

I just love this quilt.

 

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New potholders

These new potholders have been gracing my kitchen for the last week or so. I won’t show you the potholders these replaced: suffice it to say they were commercial potholders that were merely good-enough when they were new, and they were far from new.

modern blue gray handmade potholder

I first pulled this stack of fabric back in early December when I was playing around without a clear goal.

modern handmade potholders

But, coincidentally, the blue is a perfect match for my kitchen, so I started cutting and sewing strips, and quilting lots of diagonal lines.

handmade quilted potholders - blue and gray stripes

The combination kind of looks like a cold rain to me, but I like it anyways.

modern handmade potholders

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Winter weather…

I gave a sneak peak a couple of weeks ago, when this project was all but finished, then wandered off and forgot to show you all the final results. Sorry!

I don’t know about where you are, but around here, we’ve had snow, after snow, after snow. So, I keep picking out the blue-gray palettes of the world right now, and find myself ending alot of emails “Stay warm!”

The scarf pattern is inspired by the (in my opinion) brilliant scarf print from Aneela Hoey’s Sherbert Pips

 

Lots of straightline quilting: In addition to intheditch rows, and more just outside the ditch along the body of the scarves, I used it to emphasize the fringe and to add extra stripes.

This is my second recent quilt all in solids – but the stripe-y binding and especially the rick-rack print backing make me happy. :)

modern quilted blue gray tablerunner

I think the table runner was a trial run; as I was sewing, I’ve been thinking of a version as a tree-skirt (or maybe just a small quilt), with snowball blocks, and green and white and ash.

In the mean time, I’ll be putting one of these in my shop

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It’s not how it’s supposed to work, but I liked the scrappy project so much that I finished it before the original project.

handmade coasters - modern quilting aqua

 

These little aqua rectangles are the ends of some strip piecing that were too short for the squares I needed.  A few extra strips, some borders, some quilting – and a set of coasters I really like.

 

modern turquoise coasters quilted

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This is the inside of the front of an quilted pillow Christmas present.  I was trimming in up before I add the backing, and couldn’t resist a few pictures of the rows of quilting on the plain cotton

handmade pillow progress: straightline quilting

 

Concentric squares of quilting are kind of a pain on larger projects, but still one of my favorite things.

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handmade gift pillow - concentric squares straightline quilting

 

I’ll post pictures of the front as soon as I get the pillow finished, and photos taken (tricky, lately, with so little sunlight) I gave away the quilt that this pillow goes with, before I could get a picture of it, so this time I’m determined.

 


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