Saturday, June 13, 2015

A paper-pieced pretty

I offered to test a pattern for Sunshine in the Attic, she designed a Christmas Star Stained Glass block and I just loved how it looked.  Since I had just received my reward from Connecting Threads' drawing on Facebook (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!) I was inspired to use some of the sea-themed batiks.  This is the fabric I received:
 

Isn't it gorgeous!?  This is their new line called Batik Paradise and I'm impressed.  The batik fabric is not as stiff as some others I've worked with from my local quilt shops, but I like the quality just as well.  And love the designs!  I feel very fortunate to have received this beautiful collection.  The funny part was I had just ordered the following stash builder from them the day I found out I had won:
 
This is for my sister's quilt, I needed to boost my red, white, and blue stash and this was the perfect way to do it.  I shall have to get started on the cutting so I can use it as a leader-ender project for now.  The idea is to have it finished by next May & her 25th birthday.
 
Anyway!  Here is the block and some pictures of playing with the layout of the center:
 
I have decided to name my block Sea Glass, I feel it is fitting with the sea-themed fabric and stained glass idea.  And I'm trying to decided if I want to go ahead and make a full quilt with this or just a wall hanging that can act as an indoor window... decisions decisions!  I'll ask John.
 
 




 
This was great fun to play with, and I look forward to seeing the color-ways the other pattern testers go with!  I may need to try this with actual Christmas colors and see how I like it.  And now seeing the red, white, and blue next to the pattern intrigues me as well, hmmmm...
 
Alright, let's get out there and play with color combinations!
 
~Brandy


4 comments:

Mary said...

I heard Bonnie read your Comment and show your Block on QuiltCAm today. Good Job! I like the R W & B's.

Sheri said...

Your Sea Glass block is wonderful! The batiks are perfect for getting the stained glass look! Its fun to see your other layouts too!

Kitty Pearl said...

Really does look like sea glass! Awesome project:)

Mdm Samm said...

this is so striking..I love stain glass looks...