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Monday, October 27, 2014

Tropical Sunset for Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2014

Welcome to my entry into the

I call this quilt
Tropical Sunset

This year, Kona Cotton Solid fabric  by Robert Kaufman is celebrating 30 years
and have now reached 303 hues of solid colors.

I tend to use a little Kona in most of my quilts.

This quilt was made for the 
in January.

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Amanda Murphy's book
Color Essentials
which is full of information in color study and has great projects using Kona palettes.

The pattern is from this book and is called Color Burst.

I used Black Kona as the background.
In her book, Amanda Murphy talks about using "Poison Colors" - colors directly opposite on the color wheel to add interest and movement to a design.  I decided to take that advice and use orange as the binding color. 

The orange really fits with a sunset and added a little pop.
I quilted the main part with free motion flowers using Aurifil thread and wavy lines on the water (teal) part.
Amanda has an excellent tutorial for continuous bias binding on her blog. 
This was my first  bias binding, by the way.  Love.

A view of the back.


According to the calculations

(Circumference of a circle)

With a radius of 36"
this quilt is approximately 226" around, not counting all the bumps and indentations.

So here are the details:

Quilt size:  70" across 
 see above calculations :) 

Fabric:  Kona solids in Sunset palette

Quilting:  by me on my Janome domestic

Thank you, Amy of Amy's Creative Side
for this opportunity.

Be sure to visit Amy's blog and see all the quilty inspiration!

If you are looking for my post in the
Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop
it is HERE.

90 Degrees in October?

90 degrees in October?

Why yes it is.

That's why we are smiling.

That and we took a ride in the Viking this afternoon.

And watched the sun go down.
It was just beautiful.

I finished a couple of blocks for October in my Modern Block Party.

The queen of October is using these blocks to make a Patchwork Chevron Quilt.

Why is it, that every month I make these blocks I want to make the quilt?

These girls have great taste in pattern and colors.

The weatherman is saying this warm weather is going away.....
How sad.
I'll miss you warm weather.
Until we meet again.

P.S.  Don't forget to check out the blog hop going on over at Sew We Quilt.

Wicked Wendy has the complete schedule HERE for the Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Black Cat Crossing

Welcome to my stop in the
Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop
sponsored by

Everyone is welcome to visit.
It's really not haunted.

Except maybe this spider....

The black cat family is arriving to make this house a home.

Add a little furniture

and a house becomes a home

The fabric in the house and furniture is Maywood Studio Black Cat Crossing.

The house was made with a few modifications from McCall's pattern 8346 from the year 1982.

Thank you Madame Samm and Wendy for this wicked hop!

Please visit the other wicked blogs of the day and leave lots of wickedly wonderful comments:

Sorry for the short post.
The wedding last weekend ( see below) has me in overdrive...

Monday, October 20, 2014


The wedding was beautiful
she is so happy.

But, her mother is exhausted.
I'll be back with more details sooon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Joy from Sweden

Once in awhile a day comes along that just

I could give you a list of everything that went right today,
the best was this:

Photo courtesy of Hill Valley Quilter

I received an e-mail awhile back from Britt-Inger over at Hill Valley Quilter 
showing her version of my can-can dancer template
on a party purse.

Her quilt guild was having an exhibition and she made the purse as part of a challenge.

She showed it today on her blog (Click here to read all about it)
it really made my day.

I just love her little party purse.

It's so fun to see something I thought up in my head used by someone else so beautifully.

I think I like Britt-Inger's Can Can dancer best
I've made a few...

Thank you, Britt-Inger,
we may be across the globe from each other
but you were able to bring sunshine into my day.