Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sunflowers


Sherrie recently sent me this photo of her beautiful wall hanging based on my Sunflower block, made for a friend's birthday. She enlarged the pattern to 43 x 26", and says "I love using paper quilting patterns. It makes the job so much easier!"

I love Sherrie's choice of colors, and the simplicity of the white background and borders really makes the sunflowers pop and glow. The inversion of the smaller leaf on the center block adds just a little unexpected twist - as does Mother Nature every day, every where. Lovely work, Sherrie - thanks for sharing!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Oh Baby Oh!

Who can resist sharing a photo of a sweet baby lying peacefully on a quilt? Certainly not the quilter who created it! (The quilt I mean, not baby Hailey, who was created by friends of mine :-) )


It's the first quilt I've finished in quite some time now. The cheerful, bright fabric came from Moda's Oh Cherry Oh! line, a pre-cut "Turnovers" triangles pack. It's now out of print, as I learned recently when trying to find enough fabric for the border and backing. But E-beth Designs over on Etsy had the wonderful aqua zigzag print, which then inspired the zig-zag quilting. A quick, easy project that couldn't be simpler or cuter!

My shiny new Ikea pizza wheel made marking the quilting lines a breeze. With a 24" ruler, I just ran the pizza wheel where I wanted to quilt. This produces a nice straight crease that lasts long enough for quilting, with no need to mess with masking tape or worry about washing out marking pen/pencil.