Good morning! I have decided to join in the SPLASH of Color Quilt Along
with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts
and I hope you will join in too! The rules are quite relaxed, pick out some black and white fabric, a color (or 26 in my case) and any quilt design you would like. Then link up pictures of your progress every two weeks at Busy Hands Quilts
. You can click on Myra's blog name to visit her site and get more information.
|I was really lucky to receive Jackie Kunkel's book Splash of Color as a prize for a FMQ quilt along in 2015. The first quilt that really caught my attention was Star Bright, the 7th quilt in the book. I especially love the "alternate" version using the darker background fabrics. I started collection 1/2 yard pieces as John and I travelled around and this year realized I have enough to make a nice scrappy quilt. Then this quilt along popped up and I decided it is meant to be! I had also been collecting a bunch of brilliant colors for another quilt idea, but decided they will work better for this. Some changes I am making to the pattern include reversing the color placement, thus all the blues in my pile, they will be the outer border of stars. I am also not going to paper piece this, first I didn't want to make all those copies, and second I want this to fit our king size bed and the pattern currently finishes at 88 inches. I did a test run that you will see below and my blocks will finish at 7.5 inches, meaning my quilt will be 105 inches square! I am also contemplating making the squares between the star rows into 4-patches, but will wait until I have finished the stars to make that decision final. There are a lot of stars to make first and I may not want the additional work afterwards LOL!|
|So a new thing in my life (literally as of a week ago) is this phone. My father forced me to upgrade to a smart phone when he found he could not send me a smiley face. The first app I added was Instagram, so I am going to attempt to post occasional photos on there between our linkups for the quilt along. My IG name is @pamperedpettit if you would like to see other photos. I do like the ability to take the grayscale photos easily with this phone, that is a great tool for me. And I had a lot of fun assigning funny ringtones to my family.|
|Here is my practice block, it's not terribly accurate color-wise as to what the stars in the quilt will look like, but the size and construction was what I was after. The blocks in the book finish at 6 inches and as I mentioned before this block finishes at 7.5 inches. I'm pretty excited about this and am starting to understand the allure of scrappy quilts, I am pretty smitten with this block right now.|
I hope you will feel inspired to join in too, the first linkup needs to be added before October 17, so don't take 3 weeks to make this decision like I did HAHAHA!
Have a wonderful day!
|Thomas approves of this message and encourages snuggling into a cozy blanket or quilt as we move into colder weather.|