Hye Soo’s Quilt (II)

I’ve been having a blast working on Hye Soo’s quilt. I finally got all the fabric I needed, and could get started on it. After all the washing and ironing, I cut all the fabric up into strips and squares and then got down to the sewing and more ironing.

Cut up my strips – LOVE my yellow IKEA bins!
Squares for the centers of my blocks…
Stacked up all the pieces for each block
Sewing first two peices together…
2 levels of 4″ block done
String of sewn pieces
Finished 4" block

Yesterday I worked on the 3″ squares, and got all 78 done… Somehow I made 3 extras… so hey there is that 2nd quilt calling to me again. –Don’t look too closely… I can see some mistakes in there. But I’m of the belief that mistakes in any artwork are the best parts.

At least that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. OK, Hye Soo, I’ll put the mistake blocks in my 2nd quilt.

81 3″ blocks:

81 3-inch blocks

All stacked up:

Stacks of 3-inchers

I hope you had as much fun reading about my progress as I had making all these. I’ve been dreaming of fabric squares in my sleep! {:-D

3-inch and 4-inch blocks

Hye Soo’s Quilt (I)

I’m working on this quilt for my niece, Hye Soo. I can’t wait to finish it!

“Jewel Squares” Quilt by Kaffe Fassett / Liza Prior Lucy

For the quilt design, Hye Soo picked this Kaffe Fassett design I showed her. I’m really happy she chose this one, because I love love love this particular design. You can see it in his book,  Glorious Patchwork. I believe the pattern for it is there…

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m fairly new to this modern world of quilting, and when I started perusing the quilt-store quality fabrics online, about 2 years ago, I kept seeing Kaffe’s collections and was mesmerized by his use of color and the way his designs almost explode in your face. Well, that’s MY way of putting it. And I love it!

Then this past summer I googled “Kaffe Fassett quilts” and immediately saw this orange one. This was when I was first excited to learn that there were quilts out there that weren’t the traditional repeats of triangles and squares. I love all the wonky quilts out there, and this one is purely inspiring.

OK, here is the color palette, she chose the one on the left:

Basically, as you can see, the main colors are brown, green and yellow, with blue accents, or teal-ish/aqua-ish accents. Hye Soo chose the teal/aqua accents. Yoo hoo! I liked that one best too. (I’m actually using aquas/teals and light blues.)

Hye Soo’s Quilt — II >>

Wonky Scrappy Circles (I)

Since being bitten by the quilt-bug last summer, I’ve spent a lot of time perusing so many great blogs out there! Oh, Fransson! and Film in the Fridge being two of my favorites. I’ve learned so much from these sites plus many others! I also like to do google image searches just to see what is out there and see what inspiration I get. Well, I came across this pattern by Emily Cier at Carolina Patchworks and fell in love. I was going to buy the pattern, but being me, I decided to try and tackle how to put my own variation together, and figure out how to do it on my own.  I added an extra small scrappy circle, and my technique is different than hers so I’m hoping it’s ok that I’m posting how I did it here.  But please, if you are not as crazy as me, please buy her pattern, and check out all her other amazing patterns! She is an amazing talent.

Anywhoo, I kept procrastinating starting this quilt. I’ve had the fabric that I planned for it for months… so I realized I was SCARED to get started. My first quilt! (I did start a simple 4-square quilt top in 8th grade… but never finished it and it got lost in a move years ago, so well, that doesn’t count.) So I’ve girded up my loins, and I got started and vowed that I am going to make a set of 4 blocks every day. Now that I’ve started, I’m sooo excited. I’m loving it, and my own wonky way of guessing how to put it all together is actually working! Wahoo!

OK, here are some pictures to show you all what I’ve done so far.

I can’t wait to see how this shapes up as I add the other blocks. This is so fun!