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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Colorful Tuesday


This is one of the fastest quilts I have ever made! As I was cleaning up the other day I found all these flying geese blocks that I made a few months ago. There weren't enough to make them into anything but I did not want to lose them to the pile of UFOs. Finished size is 36 x 36.


I went through my leftover, extra, and mistaken blocks that I save and found some that went with the flying geese blocks. I didn't spend much time putting it together and found that the first composition was very pleasing to my eye. So I stopped and did not fiddle with it any longer.



I was ruthless and cut where necessary for all the pieces to fit as you can see at the bottom of the flying geese block. This was an exercise in joyful sewing, not precision piecing.



Sometimes things are just meant to be. I had 4 blocks to use for the corners that were perfect. Not the perfect size but the perfect piece. I made them work for me.



The only primping I did was to make sure the hot colors were spread out. I did not want them all in the same corner, other than that it was very spontaneous.
The quilting is simple various width straight lines. It feels contemporary and makes the quilt very flat which I like in a wall hanging.



I love the black and white striped binding, to me it works perfectly and defines the chaos. I did glue baste it down and love that technique. In this picture it hasn't been sewn yet. It will be super easy to do later today, no pins or clips to get the threads caught on.
My first large finish of 2015!



My vintage glasses are hard at work and are exactly what I needed. Now I have room in my drawer next to my machine for things I use all the time when sewing.
 The honey bear holds broken needles and pins.

Kelly

23 comments:

  1. Your black and white binding is very 'Freddy Moran'! I always enjoy your colorful quilting and today especially. The improv. style is very fun and relaxed. Very inspiring.:)

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  2. What a lovely bright and happy quilt! Sometimes the spontaneous things in life are the best!

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  3. The casual approach sure works for you.... at least this time! Love the colors - such a bright cheery quilt. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
    Hugs

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  4. Joyful sewing and such a joyful finish! I think this is the perfect example of what can happen when we just 'go for it' and trust our gut instinct! I love this mini! Pinning now.....

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  5. Wow, you have/had some great orphan blocks! Your "leftovers" quilt is so cute! And what a lovely shot of color on a grey winter's day. Love the b&w striped binding!

    Your new/old juice glasses look like a cute idea to hold your tools and things. You're so clever!

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  6. Oh Wowsers! This is my kind of quilt, Kelly...LOVE!! I have a stash of orphans also....hmmm!! That striped binding is just perfect with the bright blocks...great choice.

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  7. Kelly, what a wonderful, colorful quilt. So great that you repurposed all those blocks. I love the that you chopped off and made your pieces work. Makes me smile just looking at it.

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  8. That really is joyful sewing. I love your free spirit. Which even shows up in your use of your new glasses

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  9. What a wonderful little quilt!

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  10. Fantastic use of lost and lonely blocks. This has turned into a very happy quilt. Great idea.
    The glasses have worked well with all your sewing bits and pieces. Colourful and practical.

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  11. Don't love when things work so well with each other? You piece is adorable and the black is the perfect touch.

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  12. Great Finish - wow it is so fun and has great graphic movement.
    Love that b&w binding, just perfect. Isn't that glue basting the binding the bomb? I love it too!!

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  13. Joyful sewing! Perfect. My favorite part is the binding, exactly what this Joyful Quilt needed.

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  14. Fun! Now I see the dots...double fun!,

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  15. Don't you just love it when you take scraps and come out with such a wonderful quilt!!! How much fun is that and it is spectacular!!

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  16. A total success, such a happy quilt!

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  17. I just love this! What a fabulous finish! And it must feel great to use up those bits instead of adding them to the scrap bin.

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  18. This quilt makes me happy...now off the antique store to find vintage glasses!!!

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  19. This is the cutest quilt I've seen in a long time! I love, love, love it!

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  20. This is such a bright joyous quilt. Good on you for getting those blocks out and using them.

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  21. Gorgeous quilt Kelly! And the glasses look fabulous with all your bits and bobs in them.

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  22. Love this! What a wonderful antidote to a cold and grey winter's day. Thank you!!!

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  23. Super finish. Your quilts are always so bright and cheery. Love the black and white binding and what a great use for the little honey bear.

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