Monday, April 6, 2015

Purple Pinwheel Quilt

At February's modern quilt guild meeting I was the winner of block lotto! Each month we make quilt blocks and bring them to our meeting where a winner is chosen randomly. The winner gets to take all of the blocks home to make something amazing!

January colors were shades of purple with a little bit of pink thrown in. There were two pinwheel block variations which added a fun little twist. We did a modern pinwheel

and traditional pinwheel

The blocks were fairly large and there were a good 20 or so. The simple thing to do would have been to just put them together but I wasn't feeling that... and I wasn't planning on a great big quilt. I decided to deconstruct the traditional pinwheels by trimming them from 11.5 inch blocks to 6 inch blocks. With the extra fabrics I put together 6 inch improv blocks and then laid them out haphazardly with the larger modern pinwheels. One of my goals this year was to make a quilt with differently sized blocks; this was just the ticket!

I loved that this project forced me to do things I wouldn't normally think of!!  Like use purple for instance, like a lot of purple! I decided early on that this quilt was going into my own collection. Since our living room is yellow with purple accents this was going to need a little bit of yellow... with my massive mustard crush lately my selected shade of yellow can't be much of a surprise!

I managed to get snails, mushrooms, flowers and birds into the backing! A pieced backing of course!

The quilting was done with my walking foot in a random wavy pattern in light orchid aurifil thread. It took quilt awhile to do but I do love how it looks in the end. Can't wait to see what it looks like all washed and crinkly.

It didn't seem right to leave the front a mustard free zone so I selected a mustard colored thread to attach the solid purple binding!  Just right!

This finished out to be a small lap size quilt, around 40x45. I'm planning to take it to our next guild meeting later this week and then we can use it!

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  1. Love the quilting - it gives such movement and flow to the quilt!

  2. Love how creative you've been with the blocks! The improv pieces are perfect settings for the pinwheels! Very eye catching. Well done!

  3. I absolutely adore your quilt. The varied sizes of the blocks, adding in the imrpov blocks, it just draws the eye. Love!

  4. I love how you used those big blocks! It is so pretty!

  5. What a fun crazy purple quilt! Lots to look at, and the quilting adds a nice windy movement.

  6. I love how you repurposed the small pinwheel blocks. You have inspired me! You did a great job. It's beautiful.

  7. What a fun idea! I love what you have created, well done!

  8. Wow, so creative to deconstruct those pinwheels!
    It tunred out beautiful!!!
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