Hi there everyone and welcome to Persimon Dreams! This is my first time hosting the TGIFF link up and I’m so excited to have you joining me!
I’m not really a ‘pastel’ person and knew that I could add other Michael Miller couture solids into the quilt so I did a little shopping and found these …
I started by simply making just nine patches. I think this would have worked had this been a scrappy quilt but since I was limited to the solids I already had for the challenge (no time to do more shopping at this point) I felt that simple nine patches would be just too limiting. I then started making some other blocks that were based off a nine patch but included half square triangles or simply just strips. I like how this added some more dimension and interest to this piece.
I had enough fabric (barely) to make four ‘nine patch log cabin blocks’. Even though I’m not a traditional quilter I like to incorporate tradition into my quilts. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the center of each log cabin block is red.
Now that I had my four blocks together – it was time to decide on the orientation.
The pinwheel orientation had been in my head from the beginning …
I also thought this hour glass was pretty interesting.
A more traditional layout.
And probably my second favorite layout – I really like how the darker colors frame the lighter. BUT this was just too traditional for what I was going for.
I decided to stick with my initial inspiration and use the pinwheel layout.
I even pieced a back for this quilt! I had to use Michael Miller fabrics and since there is so much pastel on the front I didn’t want to use anything too dark or too patterned so it would show through to the front.
Luckily – my aunt and quilter – Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb – was able to squeeze me in for quilting so I could still meet the QuiltCon deadline of November 30th.
She did a really cool center pattern with swirls that radiate out from the center! Absolutely perfect for this piece!
I bound the quilt in the darker taupe. On two sides though I did add a thin red lip of fabric. I really like how it creates a bit of a shadow box effect. And now – let’s see the FINISHED quilt –
I had a lot of fun *sarcasm* photographing this quilt in the 13-degree weather and snow! Do you see the frost still on the fence!? I took these at 3 in the afternoon!
What do you think of my solution to the pastel challenge!?
And now it’s YOUR turn! Do you have a finish to show off this week?
Link up your post below – it’s best to link the URL for the individual post instead of your blog’s home URL. Also, it’s good etiquette to add the TGIFF button and/or a link in your post.
And it’s most fun of all when you visit some of the other participants’ pages and leave little comments for them!