I finished the Jumble Starburst quilt top about a week ago. It wore me out. I’ve had a nice break and am feeling like I’m ready to hit my sewing room again. My plan is that I will dig in on the borders for the original starburst quilt tomorrow night.
It’s on my cutting table and ready to go.
Just take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous Kaffe Fassett design and color way.
GAH!!! So luscious!
As far as new projects go, I’ve been thinking about one particular quilt for a few months. This quilt was made by Barb who is @beeschip1 on Instagram. You can check her out on Instagram here. I’ve shared photos of Barb’s Frankenbags on my blog. She also makes some really beautiful and beautifully made quilts. You should definitely take a minute to check out her creations on Instagram.
She made this beauty on the Wensleydale pattern from Jen Kingwell’s Quilt Recipes book. It’s basically a rectangle in a rectangle.
I just love this quilt. All those gorgeous blues with pops of color. Here’s another view of the full quilt.
Isn’t it funny how certain quilts will just stay with you. I’ve thought of this quilt often and find myself going back to Barb’s instagram page every now and again to look at her photos.
I love the way the dark and light values of the blues play together. Here’s a bit of a close up.
Barb paper pieced these blocks. And that would be how I would do them too. But that’s not the only way to make them.
Barb recommended to me several months ago that tracing paper makes great paper piecing templates. I purchased some the paper but have never gotten around to using it. I will use for these blocks when I get around to making them.
I have more fabric than I need, but I don’t have a breadth of fabric. I have a decent collection of KFC fabrics. I have a modest collection of Australian Aboriginal fabrics. And I have a collection of batiks. There are a few other things in my stash but they don’t amount to much.
So as I thought about what to use for the blues on my quilt, my mind went to my batiks. So I dug out my bin of blue batiks to see what I have. I purchased some indigo batiks a few years ago with a specific plan in mind but never got around to making it.
There are one or two light or medium toned indigos in there, but I’m really missing lighter value options. So I stopped at a quilt store in Vancouver, WA, yesterday after Rico’s herding lesson. It’s a pretty little store called Fiddlesticks. They alway have a lovely collection of batiks and the owner is really friendly. I haven’t been there for awhile and it was fun to drop in.
I bought a few batiks while I was there. Most of these are intended for this rectangle quilt. Some of them were in my shopping bag just because they’re really pretty.
In looking closely at Barb’s quilt, you can see that there is a lot of variety of blues in there… with pops of other colors here and there.
My plan is to use Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics in the center rectangles. I might throw in some Aboriginal fabrics just to keep it really eclectic.
I’ll probably give myself a little time to think about these blue fabrics before I dig in. Just what I need… another project!
While I was at the fabric store I noticed she had this pattern.
It’s complete with all the paper piecing templates you need to construct this small quilt.
I’ve been wanting to make a wall hanging from this pattern for quite a few years. I’ve found the pattern for sale on the internet but never pulled the trigger on buying it. So I decided to support my local store and had her ring it up. My plan is to make this from lovely KFC fabrics.
My friend Karin, who taught me how to paper piece a few years ago, made this one for her sewing room.
Isn’t that wonderful!!! Her’s is around 60×60 inches. My pattern is for a 30×30 inch version, which will be sufficient for my small sewing room. This will be a nice challenge for me but I think I have the skills to pull it off.
Didn’t do much of anything too exciting this weekend. Saturday was a gorgeous and mostly sunny day. You can tell it’s warm from those tongues!
That was our late afternoon walk and it was over 60 degrees! The boys also got a nice field run after Rico’s herding lesson.
After a late breakfast and a lovely walk this morning I headed off for a few hours of pickleball. I’m tired tonight and not ready for the work week.