A Celebration of Color: Pinwheels

The International Quilt Festival is having a quilt contest debuting at the April 2018 quilt show called The Celebration of Color. There are three categories-traditional, modern and art. I entered a quilt last year in the modern category and it made the cut. IQF also chose to have the exhibit on display at the Houston show last November which was an honor. This time around I was inspired by a traditional New York Beauty block. I found a new book recently by accident on Pinterest called "New York Beauties & Flying Geese" by Carl Hentsch. I loved the combo of New York Beauty blocks and curved flying geese. The version I selected used 32 different colors which excited me because I love scrappy quilts and I was again feeding my OCD for color order and the color wheel!! I used fabrics from my stash which were not used from some other quilt I never made plus I added some of the new Alison Glass Chroma fabrics!! They are so lovely!!  This is paper piecing and one must psych up for the mess of the paper removal! The curved flying geese blocks ended up small and pinning and matching two sizes of flying geese on a curve proved to be a challenge. Each block was 20" and the rules state the minimum size is 48." I added a 6.5" border of white background fabric and each border got a simple New York beauty block using a rainbow of colors to repeat the motion of color. It is 51.5" square.  I added a multi colored print for the centers and I also used it for the binding. It has circles which repeated the circles in the New York Beauty blocks. I titled the quilt "Pinwheels" because when they blow in the wind they are round, colorful and have movement just like the blocks in this quilt!!

The International Quilt Festival is having a quilt contest debuting at the April 2018 quilt show called The Celebration of Color. There are three categories-traditional, modern and art. I entered a quilt last year in the modern category and it made the cut. IQF also chose to have the exhibit on display at the Houston show last November which was an honor. This time around I was inspired by a traditional New York Beauty block. I found a new book recently by accident on Pinterest called "New York Beauties & Flying Geese" by Carl Hentsch. I loved the combo of New York Beauty blocks and curved flying geese. The version I selected used 32 different colors which excited me because I love scrappy quilts and I was again feeding my OCD for color order and the color wheel!! I used fabrics from my stash which were not used from some other quilt I never made plus I added some of the new Alison Glass Chroma fabrics!! They are so lovely!!

This is paper piecing and one must psych up for the mess of the paper removal! The curved flying geese blocks ended up small and pinning and matching two sizes of flying geese on a curve proved to be a challenge. Each block was 20" and the rules state the minimum size is 48." I added a 6.5" border of white background fabric and each border got a simple New York beauty block using a rainbow of colors to repeat the motion of color. It is 51.5" square.  I added a multi colored print for the centers and I also used it for the binding. It has circles which repeated the circles in the New York Beauty blocks. I titled the quilt "Pinwheels" because when they blow in the wind they are round, colorful and have movement just like the blocks in this quilt!!

The quilt was quilted with only white thread. I quilted "the Hell out of it" and used 8 bobbins just to quilt it!!  I used a lot of diagonal and radiating lines to quilt the blocks. I added a repeat of the corner New York Beauty blocks in the centers of the outer borders with quilting only then filled in the rest of the borders with a variegated striped effect with stitching. which gave nice texture when the light bounced off of the quilt and created shadows!!  I tacked a small crocheted "thingie" which was rainbow colored to the center of the quilt to repeat the color order and bring the four circle blocks together.  The contest is due January 11. 2018 and I have been frantically sewing and quilting on this project between applying for teaching jobs at two major quilt shows, working like crazy in the hair salon in December and doing all the normal Christmas preparations I usually do each year. But it is finished and now I wait until Feb. 2. 2018 to see if it is accepted.

The quilt was quilted with only white thread. I quilted "the Hell out of it" and used 8 bobbins just to quilt it!!  I used a lot of diagonal and radiating lines to quilt the blocks. I added a repeat of the corner New York Beauty blocks in the centers of the outer borders with quilting only then filled in the rest of the borders with a variegated striped effect with stitching. which gave nice texture when the light bounced off of the quilt and created shadows!!

I tacked a small crocheted "thingie" which was rainbow colored to the center of the quilt to repeat the color order and bring the four circle blocks together.

The contest is due January 11. 2018 and I have been frantically sewing and quilting on this project between applying for teaching jobs at two major quilt shows, working like crazy in the hair salon in December and doing all the normal Christmas preparations I usually do each year. But it is finished and now I wait until Feb. 2. 2018 to see if it is accepted.

Going Traditional; International Quilt Festival-Chicago


I signed up at Pine Street Quilts in Marinette WI for a 12 month long block-of-the-month called Fair and Square. 12 people sign up and each month each person chooses 4 coordinating fat eighths and the 11 other people make the block for that person.This is my third and last Fair and Square because some people have a different idea of what a 12' block should be sized and the pressing isn't always very good. 6 of the 12 blocks couldn't be used so I decided to make 6 of my own using star blocks from http://www.nancyrinkdesigns.com/. Nancy has a FREE BOM which can be downloaded and I made 6 star blocks using red backgrounds. I added this fun grass green print with yellows and red/orange dragonflys to connect the blocks and add a border. I will quilt the quilt with green thread.
I attended the International Quilt Festival in Chicago last Friday and Saturday. It was so fun to see what quilters are creating nationally, be able to purchase more goodies and visit with new and not so new friends. I was visually overloaded!! And I,like many other quilters from MI, MN, and WI, are sad to see the show move to Cincinnati OH-too far to travel.