It's February, WOW, what happened to January! I have noticed that the days are starting to get a little longer, just one of the many things I like about February, that and once you get into February, you're that much closer to March.
I'll be celebrating my 100th post this week. I spent the weekend tweaking my blog site. If you have a large computer screen, you can now enlarge my blog to fit your screen. As you pull the little corner of my blog, it
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out to fit whatever size you choose, big blog, little blog, it's up to you! I also started a Finished Quilts List. My goal is to blog about every quilt I've made, I think I'm only half way there. They were all mixed in with all the other labels in my Categories list, much easier for us to track now. That's a work in progess I hope to have finished soon. And finally, I added a list of quilts I plan to make in 2010. I've listed 9 projects, my goal is to make 12 tops a year, so I'm allowing myself 3 extra tops to add later. I'm guessing a challenge or class will come up to fill the other 3 spaces. If not, I've got a binder full of patterns just begging for my attention. I've already blogged about each project, selecting any project in the list will direct you to more detail.
Well I've blogged about all my 2010 projects except one, this one.
This is "Paprika".
The pattern is by Chloe Anderson and Colleen Reale of Toadusew Creative Concepts. It was in the January/February 2010 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. I didn't see it in that magazine because I let my subscription lapse with my November/December issue. Isn't that the way it always goes! Luckily for me, a vendor at "The Road to California" had this quilt on display with kits using the same fabric as used in the magazine. (this is the last little somethin' somethin' from the quilt show).
When it comes to this pattern, it's definitely all about the fabric. The fabric is from the 19th Century Reds collection by Windham Fabrics. This fabric has been out for awhile, but I missed it. Hancocks of Paducah and Fat Quarter Shop, the two online shops I rely on for my fabric updates, both carried it, but somehow it didn't catch my attention. You think just the name alone, 19th Century Reds, would have grabbed me. The two shops I mentioned earlier still have some of this fabric, Fat Quarter Shop is selling what they have at half off. Bonnie Blue Quilts still has all the fabrics to this family.
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This one is my favorite, someting about that touch of bright blue . . . .
Here's the blacks........
And these are the lights .......
These three fabrics are for the binding, I love this fabric, the background looks just like Cooper's hair!
Here's the backing . . . . .
The kit was all folded up and sold in this great project bag. I've since taken the fabric out and put it in a project box, so now I have that neat zipper bag all ready to hold something. What I don't know, but it's like buying fabric and getting the pouch for free!
I'm thinking about adding a containment border and that lovely red with the blue as an outer border. The reason I'm contemplating borders is that I'm afraid all those star points will get cut off when the binding is added. I'm thinking about using the beige stripe as the containment border, and mitering the corners. Something I've never done but love the looks of. But I'm a long way from having to make those kind of decisions, I probably won't start on this quilt until the fall.
I hope you can come back and visit my blog this week. I'll be blogging about my two most favorite finished quilts, expand a little on my "5 Quirky Things About Me" list and have a giveaway. I think it will be a fun week.