Friday, June 25, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday #33

Another Friday, and I'm on another plane...this time to Montana!  
Before I left, I took these pictures of the quilt top I worked on at the retreat.


I wanted to bring a simple, stress free project to the retreat, because I wasn't sure if I would be able to focus with all the artistic talent surrounding me ;-)



Remember, before the retreat my new friend Julie was thoughtful and brought me a huge stack of six inch white squares, six inch squares of gorgeous prints, border fabric and a pattern she knew I liked?  Well, it was the perfect project for the retreat!  Thank you Julie!  I wish I had taken more pictures of the process because it was great to discover each fabric as I went along.  


You can see some of the fabrics here.  Look at those cute cars!  And the Kaffe!  There is even a Montana fabric!  The blocks were fun to make.  I just stacked up several white squares on top of several print squares, cut at a wonky angle, separated the two piles, moved the whites on the right to the bottom of the stack under the prints,  and sewed the left fabric to the right fabric and squared each block.



I finished everything at the retreat except for attaching the last two rows.  My flight wasn't until the next day, so that night at the hotel I pulled out the machine and completed the top.  The sewing area left much to be desired, but it served its purpose ;-)  Luckily the hotel had an iron.  After it was finished, I spread it out on the white bedspread, and it looked fabulous!  



Can  you see the spiraling pattern in this picture?  I still would like to add a wide white border, but that will have to wait until I get back to Florida.  I'm undecided about whether to follow the pattern or not regarding the border.  I may just stick with a wide white border and do the binding in the center square fabric rather than the wonky center square fabric/white border.  



Here's another picture.  I just love the way it turned out!
Don't forget to see all the Friday finishes at Amy's place.

Have an amazing weekend!!!!

Edited to add:  Several people have asked and commented on the pattern for this quilt.  I worked from a picture, but the pattern is an original from Kathy of Material Obsession.  If you click the pattern link above, it will take you directly to the link for ordering the kit.

27 comments:

  1. Love the spiral design! Thanks also for showing how you did it! Have fun in Montana.

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  2. I love the spiral! I have always set those blocks as wonky pinwheels...thanks for the different perspective!

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  3. I love how this turned out! You worked so hard on this one so it's wonderful to see it all pieced together. Well done!

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  4. That is so striking! I love all the different fabrics!

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  5. Great quilt! Nice effect with the spiral.

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  6. Hey Rene", Cute quilt but even better are the memories it carries. Have a great in Montana and happy quilting, my friend!

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  7. I LOVE this!! The great prints, the wonky cutting, the spiral--the whole enchilada!

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  8. it's a beauty! i'm so glad i got to watch it take shape. i'm definitely adding this to my to do list!

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  9. Found you through Amanda Jean.
    Love this quilt. Just love it. I'll be adding it to my Favourites.

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  10. Gorgeous quilt. That seems a great project for a weekend away. Nothing too intricate to stuff up because you are busy chatting and just enjoying being with other likeminded crafters.

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  11. What a fun design and scrappy to boot! You just can't get any better than that. :-)

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  12. I love this quilt! I love how the layout echoes antique quilts with totally modern blocks! Terrific! Thanks for explaining how you did it...this is one wonky quilt I think I might try.

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  13. What a dazzling quilt! I LOVE it!

    Karen

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  14. I am in the mood to make something like this. Are all the wonky cuts identical or similar? Do you use a pattern or just basically freehand it?

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  15. This is a darling quilt. Love the contrast of assorted prints with the crisp white. White is really IN now. Thanks for sharing this quilt with us.

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  16. One of my favorites today! Great Job.

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  17. Sounds like you had a blast! I love the spiral look! I like how the brights look against the white.

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  18. Wow what an awesome quilt, can you share how many squares you started with and any helpful hints or tips when making this quilt. What is the best thing to do once you have cut your squares, a bit confused as to how to place them in a pile and then sew. Help.

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  19. Rene! I love this! It reminds me of a buzz saw! It looks like an improv whirlygiggle without the whirly giggle. Very nice work!

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  20. Rene this is so beautiful and awesome! All those colors against the white make it feel fresh. Can't wait to see it all quilted. Have fun in Montana!!

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  21. Love it!!! Looks like it was a fun one!!

    Blessings,

    KT

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  23. Very cool, Rene!! I'll have to add this to my list of quilts to do!!

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  24. I don't sew but I am thinking of starting. I L-O-V-E the fabrics in this!
    Congrats on your Versatile Blogger award over at More Than a Mom. That's how I came to find you.

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  25. Wow! This is stunning Rene!

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  26. Thank you for the edit. I was wondering about the pattern, too! It looks great!

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