Nancy Vincent‘s quilts are always works of art with great use of color. She shared photos of several of them recently, including works in progress with very engaging batiks, but this one is captivating. It is her own original design and she calls it “Fire and Ice”. One could look at it for a long time, enjoying how the background fabrics flow in color and pattern. It is just beautiful. Thank you, Nancy, for your posts and letting our readers see how an original design can be so unique and lovely.
Tama Blough‘s quilt is radiant, especially when viewed from a distance. This is what Tama says about it,
“Ijust finished this commission top – it’s for a man of Chinese descent who is heavily into yoga and visits India frequently, and is also a mathematician/scientist. The quilt is for his little niece for her birthday. Had to have elephants, cats, and math (I just used number fabric).”
It’s such a pleasing composition and it’s been popular with our readers. Thanks, Tama, for sharing it with our quilting community. We’re sure the little niece will be very happy with it!
One of the nice things about social media is that we share ideas as well as inspiration and concrete help on projects. Several of the great members of our 24 Blocks community on Facebook have been especially helpful to new quilters. Barbara Gibson posted this photo of a project idea. She writes,
“Sincesome of you seem to be interested in smaller quilts that help build ourskills…here’s an idea some of you might like. These are two different sized dresden plates. The larger one is 38 inches and fits a large table, top of piano,etc. It takes 5 fat quarters, because the “blades” of the plates are cut at 18 inches, and each fat quarter gets you four of them. The smaller one is just right for putting on the backof an upholstered chair to protect it. They are quilted differently so I can try out how the difference affects the look of the finished product. Build your skills with small projects that are useful when youare done….:>))“
Several readers “seconded” her idea. Mary suggested small projects like placemats, table runners, table toppers that not only make for good gifts but also are opportunities to experiment and be creative. She also mentioned a friend who practices freemotion techniques on small rectangles and them turns them into doll quilts.
We at 24 Blocks would just like to thank all of you who share your ideas and experience!
We’ve had a good number of very nice and moving quilts and wall hangings posted that were made from the ties of beloved men in families. Most were made as tributes or as memory quilts. These, done by Amy Hans, are especially nice because of the scale and how she has grouped the colors. She’s used them in a “Dresden Plate” pattern with a rosette in the center, making them look like medallions. The corners of the blocks are also from tie material. Amy made them for a friend from the ties of her father. It’s an idea many of us may want to utilize. Thank you, Amy, for sharing it with our readers.
We’d like to end tonight with a beauty made by Rita Green. The colors evoke a sunset and the heart, of course, love. Rita was good enough, too, to share her pattern source and information on the process she used. She writes,
“Thiswas my first time doing a Bargello quilt. As long as you are watchful when sewing the strips, it goes together fairly fast. I hand quilted itby cross hatching.”
In response to a question from a reader about the pattern she said that she got it at a quilt shop but believes it is available through The Art of the Quilt and that it is design #110. It is a beautiful and restful quilt and a good one to think about making as the sun begins to set….
Thanks to everyone for sharing photos and descriptions their quilting projects with others. Quilting has always brought people together. Now we also do it virtually!