Golden Paradise is one of two quilts I sent to #quiltsforca to be donated to the survivors of the California wildfires. The quilt blocks are from my first quilt support group – the quilting forum at Houzz (formerly GardenWeb). These were my birthday blocks from 2011. A birthday block group is a group of 13 quilters. Each quilter specifies what kind of block she’d like and the other 12 quilters make and send her one during her birthday month. Each quilter in the group gets to make 12 different blocks and in return, she gets 12 blocks from others in her choice or colors or theme.
I had asked for Buckeye Beauty in greens and golds. For some reason, I got 16 blocks – some quilters in my group sent more than one. I made 4 more blocks and made the top. After adding three borders, the top finished at 60″x 72″ – a very respectable lap quilt/throw size.
I quilted an overall feathery design – a kind of hooked feathers that require no travel stitching, and therefore went very fast. I quilted the entire top in one stretch. It took me about 3 hours including loading the quilt on the frame and 4 bobbin changes.
The backing fabric is from a suitcase full of fabric I got from my aunt Jaya. See story in my Storied Dresden post. The selvage says Falling Leaves by Alexander Henry 1994. My aunt regularly volunteers at a consignment store for the American Cancer Society. They receive a great many donations and one of them was a huge collection of fabric that belonged to a quilter who passed away unexpectedly. Her family donated her entire stash to the store. My aunt picked out a large box full of fabric of different vintages, different sizes for me.
I’m blown away by the symbolism in the quilt. It’s going to someone who probably lost everything in the fire in California. My birthday blocks came from one Australian, one Canadian, and quilters from eight different states. The backing came from a quilter in Michigan. I hope it brings hope and warmth to someone.
The second #quiltsforca is Bisection – see top and tutorial. I quilted large feathers going up and down the quilt.
Also, this month I will be part of the Black & White Blog Hop organized by Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks. The Blog hop runs Jan 21st-24th. Please come back to visit. This is a sneak peek of my finished quilt I will be sharing for the blog hop.The Blog hop runs Jan 21st-24th. Please come back to visit. This is a sneak peek of my finished quilt I will be sharing for the blog hop.
What are blocks from the past? Just an euphemism for UFOs – unfinished objects that have been long forgotten but have recently been put into a beautiful quilt. It’s also a reference to how my tastes in quilting have changed over the years. I have a number of UFOs that are based on more traditional blocks and traditional fabric that don’t appeal to me anymore. I’ve been taking them out and trying to finish them – sometimes as is but sometimes I try to change a few elements, add a wonky sashing or an off-grid layout. This quilt is one of them.
I’ve been part of an online quilting forum – formerly part of GardenWeb, but now part of Houzz.com – for many years. The wonderful quilters in the forum are responsible for almost everything I know about quilting but they are also responsible of most of my UFOs :-). The participation has dwindled over the years but I always find inspiration, suggestions and fresh new ideas in the group.
I won these blocks in a block lotto in 2009. Since then we went through a remodel and a move to a new home, and I had “lost” these blocks in the sewing room. The pattern is called hole in the barn door. The “hole” nicely frames various red floral prints. There were 20 blocks. I put them together 4×5 and added a border that echoes the “barn door” part of the block pattern.
I did an overall flowery, swirly design for the center and a swirl chain along the borders. I wanted the quilting to blend into the center flower fabric – so I used a red thread for quilting.
The quilt goes to my aunt, Kanaka. I was able to give it to her when I saw her last month on an unexpected trip to Chennai. My aunts were a big part of my childhood – each of them has influenced me and made me what I am today.
I’m super excited to host TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s finished Friday) this week. Please click on the link at the bottom of this post and share your finishes and WIPs.
I’d like to share my recent finish – Tutti-Frutti. Years ago I got a jelly roll of a batik line called Gelato by Timeless Treasures. My favorite ice cream flavor growing up was tutti-frutti. It has a light fruity flavor with bits of candied fruit called tutti-frutti. This fabric line of pinks and golds reminds me of tutti-frutti ice cream.
I made a small quilt for a mini quilt exchange some years ago but the rest of the jelly roll sat in a shoe box once again waiting for that perfect pattern to show up.
The perfect pattern was a non-pattern. I attached each 40″ strip to about 30″ strip of white background on both ends. I cut each the strip in half at with different lengths to give a random look. It took me for ever to work out the placement of the strips to get a random but balanced look that I was happy with.
For quilting, I tried out different border designs in each of the colored strips. In the background I went all out graffiti quilting with swirls and feathers and flowers and whatever I felt like.
TGIFF: Please link your finishes here.
This link will take you to another page with the linkup where you can add your link and see others’ links. My blog host (wordpress.com) does not allow embedded scripts, hence the external page that hosts the linkup.
Meet Rainbow Stars – made from a scrumptious fat quarter bundle of True Colors by Tula Pink. I was hoarding this bundle of fabric for many months, waiting for the the perfect pattern/idea to strike. This is also special because it is my first ever commissioned quilt. My college friend Rupa in Australia asked me to make a quilt for her friend. She looked over my quilts and a few on Pinterest and said she wanted something modern with bright colors.
I had just got myself a Tri-recs ruler and put it to work. Tri-recs makes it super easy to make isosceles triangles that fit into squares. They almost look like equilateral triangles but they are not – the base angle is about 63.5 degrees.
I simple laid them out to make interlocking stars, keeping like colors together. The top went together quite quickly.
I quilted three curvy lines inside each triangle and an echo line around the triangles. This left a nice hexagon inside each triangle. I had fun coming up with a different design for each hexagon.
I used some dot-to-dot designs to emphasize the hexagon in some or modify the hexagon in others.
I quilted some swirls and feathers and paisleys in the negative space on top and bottom.
Size: 60″ X 70″
Fabric: True Colors by Tula Pink, Kona cotton silver