Framed flowers – blocks from the past

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. 



Linking to all the usual linky parties:
Main Crush Monday @ Cookingup Quilts
Freemotion by the river
Midweek Makers
Let’s Bee Social

Tutti-Frutti & TGIFF

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.

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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.

DSCN9218I 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.IMG_1102

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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.

Rainbow Stars

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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.

IMG_1065I 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.

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I quilted some swirls and feathers and paisleys in the negative space on top and bottom.

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Size: 60″ X 70″
Fabric: True Colors by Tula Pink, Kona cotton silver

Linking to all the usual linky parties:
Friday:
Can I get a whoop whoop
Finished or not Friday
TGIFF @ DevotedQuilter
Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom quilts

Monday:
Main Crush Monday @ Cookingup Quilts
Tuesday:
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the river
Wednesday:
Midween Makers @ QuiltFabrication

Wedding bells

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This quilt is a major milestone in my free-motion quilting journey. The quilting is inspired by this Angela Walters video where she quilts a bear quilt for Tula Pink. She does a variety of  dense designs for the background, some medium-scale wavy lines for the bears and some large feathers going in and out behind the bear blocks.

small_IMG_0791I quilted simple wavy lines in the colored diamonds, some tight border designs in the area between the diamonds and a few large feathers to the right and the bottom in the wide negative space.

I already blogged about the quilt top here where I called it stalactites. I’m renaming it to wedding bells. It reminds me of beautiful, festive Indian weddings with colorful and fragrant flower garlands decorating the hall, and men and women milling around in colorful Indian attire.

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This is my second entry to The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative side. My first entry is Magic Triangles.

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Linking Blogger’s quilt festival and all the usual linky parties.
Main Crush Monday
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the river
Midweek Makers
Let’s Bee Social

Needle and Thread Thursday
Can I get a whoop whoop
TGIFF hosted this week by What a Hoot
Finished or not Friday
Friday Fotofun @ PoweredByQuilting