Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter!

Happy Passover and Happy Spring Holiday!  Whatever you celebrate, I hope you have a good one.


Here's a little "cheater" cloth quilt I made a few years ago.  I just took a cute Debbie Mumm print that I only had a small scrap of and added some borders to it.  Quick, easy and fun and I do love me some bunnies!

It's been a while since my last post and I have very little to show for it.  I've hardly been in the quilt studio in the last two weeks.  I did get some Block Lotto blocks started, but they're not ready to show yet.



Here are some "liberated" Disappearing 4-Patches that I made for a friend's birthday gift last month.  The theme was pastels, so I decided to use some of the fabrics that she and I dyed/painted together for her gift.  The green in the blocks above was originally some hand-marbled fabric that I made, but I wasn't happy with it.  Too much white and not enough of the marbled greens, so I over-dyed it with green last year.  I think it's much improved now.  The blue is an over-dyed white-on-white fabric.


These 2 blocks were my first try and they're my favorites!  And they were a dumb mistake design opportunity.  I started with the pink/orange and blue/green fabrics and made a 4-patch.  (To see how to do this wonky 4-patch technique, go see the tutorial on the  Love Laugh Quilt blog here.  Thanks, Beth!)  Just as I was doing the wonky cutting, it dawned on me that I needed 2 4-patches that are alike to make this block wonky.  So, there I was with one wonky block that was not going to fit back together.  The problem was, I didn't have enough of those 2 fabrics to cut more patches from.  So, I had to improvise.  I found the purple and yellow fabrics and thought all the fabrics played nicely together, so I made another 4-patch.  I took the first block (remember, it was already sliced and diced) and layered it on top of the still-complete 2nd 4-patch and veeerrrry caaarefully cut along the "lines".  Then I shuffled and sewed it back together.  Ta Da!  It worked!

I am so pleased with how these blocks came out.  Those wonderful pastel colors remind me of Easter eggs and jelly beans!.  Now, I think I have to make a whole quilt of these with my large stack of hand-dyed fabrics that have been waiting for just the right project!  Oh goodie, another project to start!  

Happy quilting!

6 comments:

  1. They are very pretty...she will love it!

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  2. Beautiful fabric! Happy Easter, Sharon!

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  3. Well, I had to sit here and stare and re-read and stare some more. I think the blocks are wonderful...my favorite too. (the mistake, i mean design opportunity blocks) Wow.
    I have to remember this.

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  4. That's ok, we like you anyway, even if you 'lag' on your blogging and 'lag' on your sewing! HA!

    You are soooo brave to hand die, and they look great, especially in your 'mistake' blocks, how clever you figured out the 'fix'!!

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  5. Love your blocks. It's a fun pattern and perfect for your pretty hand dyed fabrics. Glad you were able to fix your oops. Your dyed fabric is very Eastery. Hope you had a good one.

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  6. I also like your first two blocks the best. Such pretty Easter colors! I've been thinking about a quilt to use up some of the batiks that have accumulated in my stash... this is a definite possibility!

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