Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I've got Tickled Red out at my house to help me celebrate Valentine's Day.  



I'm so glad I started making these smaller quilts for my tables and couches, and it makes me wonder what took me so long.    Last year I made this one for Valentine's Day, Hat Trick for Easter, and the year before I created a design for the 4th of July.  Maybe I can make something for Fall and Thanksgiving this year.  There are so many patterns available now for this size of quilt and they are perfect for holiday themed fabric or playing around with some fabric that's outside your comfort zone.  Tickled Red was made from a Little Bites pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, there are 6 other Little Bites patterns currently available that call for small amounts of fabric and finish at around 24 inches .  (click here)

Tickled Red is Lifetime Quilt Number 101, click here if you need more details.

And speaking of working with fabric outside your comfort zone, I've started on Playground from the Material Obsession 2 book by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.



This was one of my To Do's for 2014.  I picked this pattern because I think it will be a good quilt to help me work with and get used to more modern fabric.  I want to make sure I have a good feel for working with the larger prints and bright colors before I start my modern Gypsy Kisses project.

For Playground I'm going with an assortment of lines by Denyse Schmidt.



And here are half the pieced center blocks.  I'm supposed to be alternating the lights and darks.  I have to admit to not being overly wild about this project, because it is just that, wild.  But a friend reminded me that I picked this pattern because I liked it, and that I would probably like my project once it was finished.  It's definitely a change of pace!



These blocks finish at 14 inches.  The pattern has 5 rows of 4 blocks.  I like my quilts to finish a little smaller than this one, which is 78" x 91",  so I'm going with 4 rows of 4 blocks.  I'm using the Easy Angle to make my half square triangle units.


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18 comments:

  1. Love your latest project. I'm a recent convert to more "wild" quilts after being a traditionalist for years. Sure is fun!

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  2. Happy Valentines Day and good to see you on the blog. Sure is a bright, lively new project you are working on and yes...."wild" top. Love the pattern and can't wait to see where you go with this....looking good!

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  3. The pattern 'Gypsy Wife' is on my to-do list also! Are you planning a quilt-a-long for it? Have you chosen your fabric for it yet? I am considering using 'Daydreams' by Kate Spain and adding in some solids to supplement.

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  4. Love your new project and fabrics. They sure will make a fun springy quilt! Anne

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  5. You are having WAY too much fun!! Love your projects!!
    P

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  6. Love red quilts and LOVE LOVE LOVE pinwheel quilts--therefore I love both of yours. Can't wait to see your Playground finished.

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  7. I just adore all your red quilts and this one on the table has put a big smile on my face. Happy Valentine's Day, XOXO

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  8. Happy Valentines Day Thelma !

    You are braver then me..... I just can not get into these brighter fabrics that are out there now. Still love my French General fabric ;-)

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  9. I see you are having fun with the fussy cut centers also - looks like you are off to a great start. Decided on when you will start Toulouse? I did buy my paper pattern after all, just waiting for it show up in my mailbox! Jennifer - seamscrazyquilts.com

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  10. wow your right that is going to be bright and wild and beautiful no doubt

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  11. Love this pattern and even more so in the fabrics you chose! Going to be a beautiful quilt! Happy Valentines Day!

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  12. you're going to love working with the modern prints!

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  13. You will love it when it's done... enjoy!

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  14. Playground looks interesting. For my taste, it needs some green! I love the primary colors shown in the finished sample. I love your blog entries, Thelma. You are inspiring.

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  15. I love your red table runner.... I am like you...what is taking me so long to make some for my tables? I dont' know! I do know I need to start!

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  16. I had it in the back of my mind that I needed hearts for Valentine's Day but your star table runner changed my mind! Thanks for the inspiration. Also, your "modern" quilt will be gorgeous when finished.

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