Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Friday!

The flimsy is done! Man, old Mr. Murphy visited a LOT during the making of this quilt top!! Besides the issues I had discussed in my previous two posts, I starched and ironed my sashing fabric, put it on the cutting table to cut and guess what?  It had shrunk by FOUR inches!!! FOUR. . . I was squeaking by with what I had but I thought I was going to be able to make this entire quilt top from my stash. . . umm, not meant to be.  So I had to go shopping ;)  

I will say that there are not many points in this quilt. . . most of the points at the edges of the blocks are . . . well. . . hmmm. . . nonexistent is a good word lol.  It's my first attempt at double pinwheels and I decided there is a lot going on with the fabric in this quilt.  It's not really going to matter.  And I don't think the recipient will notice. . . unless she reads this post. LOL  I'll do a comprehensive write up when I finish quilting it.  I need to finish my next top before I start quilting so it might be a bit before that happens.  Here it is!

Just LOVE how these materials play together!

Chopped the top off this one, it was windy, I was snapping away furiously!

Close up of top half

And bottom half

Any suggestions for how to quilt this top are very welcome! This top has not spoken to me at all.  Not one peep.  Didn't even mumble a word about thread color! Although I'm thinking maybe a variegated pink. . . or maybe just white what about yellow. . .  I have never done quilting with white before. . . can you believe that?? I love the look.  Maybe this shall be the first. And maybe this baby will talk to me from the design wall as I work on these:

Sorry about the shadow, literally trying to snap pictures before they blew away!!

Thought maybe the colors would show better at and angle.  I don't think there is a good way to get the yumminess of these Oakshotts in a picture!
These are SOOOO much fun to make!!! I am totally improving it at this point.  I really really hope I have enough fabric. . . Maybe I will take pictures as I make the next couple so you can see how easy they are to make :) They are 12 1/2" tall.  My original plan was to make all of them with solid centers and outside logs with the print between.  As I was piecing these, I thought "self, why don't you alternate the triangles solid outside, print outside?" OK that made sense in my head, now that I have typed it I'm not sure. . . LOL What do you think? Alternate triangles or keep with the current theme of solid on the outside? So many decisions! I have a lot of these babies to make so I'll keep making the solid theme until I see which way you guys vote! 

Almost forgot! I got my Oakshott Cotton at Contemporary Cloth.  I have looked everywhere (US) for Oakshotts.  Contemporary Cloth definitely has the BEST selection.  They have fat eighth bundles, fat quarter bundles AND yardage! AND the customer service cannot be beat!  I ordered and had an email issue (my email bounced theirs).  When I emailed them the response was pretty much immediate.  All was good.  BUT, not long after Sondra (owner) herself emailed me, apologized (even though there really was nothing for her to apologize about) and thanked me for my patience.  Seriously, I'm sure she has other things going on, this was not a big deal but she took the time out of her day to send me an email.  I think that is pretty extraordinary!  I have had experiences with many online fabric shops.  Some good/great service, some reallly really bad.  I'm rating Contemporary Cloth in the EXCELLENT category :) And no, I am receiving nothing for this, I just think it is important to rave about getting good service.  And seriously, you are not going to find a bigger selection of Oakshotts from a state side online shop, I've searched high and low :)

I'm off to make more triangles! In the mean time, I am linking up with Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday, Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get WHOOP WHOOP!, and Lindsey over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio for Fabric Frenzy Friday.  If you are here from there, welcome! If you have any thoughts on quilting the first top or how to proceed with the triangles, please share your ideas! If you haven't been to these linky parties, check them all out for a HUGE dose of inspiration and join the fun!! :)

Until next time, keep on quilting!

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  1. Your double pin-wheels look great from here. When you've quilted it it will be super.
    I love the fabrics you're using in the triangles. I'm not good at imagining how things will turn out, so I would cut one triangle patch using the other fabric arrangement, and lay it out between these two and see how it looks. I wouldn't sew it yet, just try the match by laying the pieces out.

  2. That pink sashing really makes those blocks sing together, uniting them beautifully. I think I'd usually put different 'squares' on the corners if it had shrunk 4 whole inches, but what a great excuse to go shopping!

  3. I love the differently sizes centers of your triangles- I think I'd stick with all solid. They're gorgeous!

  4. I love the pink sashing, it really makes the blocks pop. I think a varigated pink would look wonderful

  5. I love the colors in your double pin wheels - so bright and happy. I always struggle with the quilting aspect. I almost always quilt with white or grey. Your triangles are wonderful as well.

  6. I am in love with the pink sashing! You don't see that very often and it just makes your pinwheels pop.

  7. I love the pinwheels. Just recently finished my own pinwheel quilt and just love seeing others for more ideas.

    Richard and Tanya Quilts
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  8. Unless you are entering a quilt in a show who cares about points. You know what they say, If you can't see the problem from atop a galloping horse, it's not a problem. I love how colorful your projects are. No matter what quilt pattern you choose, the quilt will be lovely.

  9. Hello QM,

    Fabulous colours in all your pictures. It really is impossible to get a picture that shows how wonderful Oakshott cottons are, but I can imagine them...

    Love, Muv

  10. Hi from South Carolina! I am still making my way through the party blogs at the GYB party and it is going to take me a while because of time constraints. I really enjoyed my visit to your blog today and wanted to tell you that I think your quilts are wonderful. It is hard to say which are the prettiest, as they are all beautiful! I am a wife, mother and grandmother who has many interests, as you will see if you can find a moment or two to visit my blog. I so hope that you will! I have signed up to be your newest follower!

  11. Loving your pinwheels quilt! Such fun colors! :) Looking forward to seeing your progress on those fun triangles!

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
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