Monday, February 1, 2010

Paprika . . . . . . .

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
s t r e t c h e s
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.

So here's the lovely reds .......

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.


  1. OMGosh! I have the Paprika quilt pattern sitting here staring at me! lol...I'm going to make it also!
    You have such a nice blog. Iam tryin to get the hang of blogging....
    Anyhoo, I was rootin for the Saints, then you said the Colts are from Indiana...Oh my, all my relatives are there, now I have to change sides! lol...
    Take care,

  2. Wow, Thelma, I love that fabric line. I may have to buy some and join you in the Paprika quilt. It's fabulous! Do you think FQs of all the fabrics would be sufficient? I need to find the F&P issue and have a look.

  3. I think the containment border is a good idea. Especially since you love that fabric you want to use for a border. A nice wider outer border is such a great way to show off a fav fabric.
    The blog looks great.

  4. Oh, I'm excited about Paprika - that's a beautiful quilt. You're going to thoroughly enjoy that project. I love reading about all your quilts - this is why I strongly believe that every quilt tells a story.

  5. That's a beautiful quilt, Paprika. I love the fabrics in your kit. It will be fun to see it come together!

  6. Thelma, the Paprika Quilt is beautiful, the fabrics are absolutely gorgeous. Now, I'm in a bit of a Sclero flare up and spending a lot of time laying in bed so just incase I don't get back this week, I wanted to say "Congratulations" on your 100th post. Your blog is so great! So many wonderful quilts helpful tips and pictures. I love your posts that give us those little glimpses into your world and look forward to checking in on it every single day that I am able. THANK YOU for brightening so many of my days !!!

  7. Thelma,
    Your Paprika quilt will be beautiful, of course you will have it cut and sewn before the end of the week if not before. LOL :)
    Congratulations on your 100th post this week!

  8. I really like your blog redesign. It's not too different that what you had before which I liked. Great organization of your categories and lists. I am also looking forward to hearing more about your "quirky" things list. Congratulations on your upcoming 100th post!

  9. I soooooooo wished I new how to quilt. Someday....someday I will learn.....Puttin' it on my bucket list!

  10. Did you check all your Road purchases with the Boyscouts so you wouldn't have to carry all those bags that I know you must have had. You bought some great stuff!

  11. I can't wait to hear the story about David Letterman's mother's pie!

  12. WOWSER! That is just the most awesome quilt. If I had been at Road I would have bought that kit in a minute. I just love it!

  13. I've been wanting to make that quilt!!Thanks for the fabric info!


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