Friday, October 13, 2017

Splash of Color Quilt Along

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!

Splash Quilt Along @ Busy Hands Quilts
Have a wonderful day!
Thomas approves of this message and encourages snuggling into a cozy blanket or quilt as we move into colder weather.