You know how much I love Hexagons and I am a massive strip piecer.
Combine the two and that tells you about my quilt show n tell for today. I made this quilt from a pattern from Sandy Klop of American Jane. Here is the info from Sandy’s website describing the pattern.
Merry-Go-Round Pattern #(AJP205)
Round and round they go, but no curves or Y seams. Jumbo hexagons are like flowers in Gramma’s garden. Finished size 67” x 72”
It is no secret that I am also a dotaholic so this binding was done using a variety of mini pindots.
I try and stick with a theme for my quilt backs for an entire year. I thought this would make it easy to date the quilt. So this quilt was made during the year of the dot. One problem, I forgot to log what year that was. I will do a bit of research once I have all my quilts documented so I can clarify the following:
The year of the dot ( this may actually be two years)
The year of the plaid
The year of the DOG (remember the fabric that wouldnt sell?)
The year(S) of the pieced backs, etc.
Sandy’s quilt used two jelly rolls from the same collection.
started with one jelly roll,
didn’t get the quilt finished,
ran out of the fabric (yes this even happens to me)
decided to complete the quilt using the next American Jane collection.
I think this made me one block short so I improvised by making one block that has all different sections. It is my favorite block in the quilt as shown above.
I jumped on Sandy’s website to reference the Merry Go Round pattern number and look what I found!!! More stripped pieced hexagon projects to add to my list!
Geez Louise, Does she ever sleep?
photo courtesy of American Jane
Assorted Flavors (AJP286)
Life savers and fruit flavors found in mother’s purse are the best ever when you have to wait. This quilt is eye candy wherever it goes.
Finished size 72” x 69”
This quilt was made using American Jane Pin Dots by Moda.
photo courtesy of American Jane
Flying Circles (AJP294)
Cart wheels, spinning tops, ferris wheels and polka dots all spell fun!
Finished size 72” x 90”
This quilt was made using American Jane Pin Dot, Fairy Tale Friends, Pezzy Print, plus Moda Bella Solids, and Essential Dots.
photo courtesy of American Jane
I love the name of this pattern.
This is a block I have been waiting to do. You need 3 groups of fabrics, light (plaid), medium (florals), and darks (pin dots). Making this quilt is way more fun than a camp lanyard, so why not make a Y-Knot.
I do not always give my quilts names but this one is an exception.
It’s name is
It did not earn it’s name because of any bumps or scrapes that occured during the quilting process. It earned its name because of the colors… Black and Blue.
I know that is lame but I am easily amused.
I made this quilt 14-18 years ago. I was the buyer for a local quilt store. I felt personally responsible for when a fabric was not selling. This was the case for the striped border and the toile backing. I bought enough fabric for a backing and decided to give the fabric a home plus ensure my job security. I knew the stripe would make a perfect border. I started diving into my stash and cutting strips from all
my black, blue and white fabrics.
Can you imagine this was PRE- Jelly Roll days? You might as well call it Pre-historic.
Once I had a big pile of strips I knew exactly what I was going to make.
As you will see with many of my quilts, I don’t make them for any certain room or to match that perfect bed emsemble. I make them becasue I enjoy the process and like playing with color.
The log Cabin block is one of my all time favorite blocks and the pineapple block certainly falls in my top ten. I used the Pineapple Ruler by Possibilities which makes the process so much better.
Shazam, I mitered the striped border to meet so nicely in all the corners until I got to corner 4. Corner 4 is shown in the first picture. My motto, if it doesn’t match…. piece another block and throw it in the corner.
It is amazing how many of the fabrics look brand new and just a few have faded over time.
I love my large plaid binding cut on the bias. This was over 15 years ago. I was such a rebel or a trendsetter, not quite sure which one. No comments please!
Now I am to the picture with the backing fabric that
would not sell.
Talk about trendsetters.
This fabric was way before it’s time.
We couldn’t give it away then.
The funny story is that I hung this quilt up in the store to teach a pineapple class and guess
what fabric every one wanted.
We couldn’t get any more.
I guess that is one of those things that never changes.
Thanks for listening to me carry on about quilt # 2 in my Quilt Roll.
As I take pictures of the quilts in the stack from this post, I will do a blog post about them.
This is mainly to document the quilts since I was not good about doing this in the past.
If my feeble memory will allow, I will include any info I can about the pattern, fabric line and quilter.
This is actually one of the very few quilts that I have made using hand applique. A variety of designers had brushed cottons in their lines such a Brannock and Patek, Brackman and Thompson and more.
The quilt was made from brushed wovens that have the look of flannel but are the weight of a regular cotton. This made the applique very easy and for a rookie appliquer like myself the plaids also made the stitches disappear. The majority of the quilt was made from the scraps in the cutting room at moda. When the cap sets and made for the sale reps there are a couple of 4 1/2″ strips left over. A few of us would split up the scraps, oops I mean treasures and add them to our stash. This quilt even has a few pieces of fabrics that were
never actually put into production.
We call those BAD STRIKE OFFS.
How can a fabric be bad?
Sometimes there are just so many choices from the mill for the designer to choose from.
I am glad it is not my job to eliminate the fabrics. They seem like orphans to me. I collect them and someday will have a quilt that none of the fabric ever existed. Is that an oxymoron? …..make a quilt from fabric that never existed?
The back of this quilt is a polka dot. I usually pick a theme for my backings for the entire year. I didn’t finish this quilt top in time to use a plaid on the back. I would have needed to complete the quilt top about 2 years earlier, so it spilled over into the year of the dot backings (approx 2009-2010)
Here is a closeup of the quilting and my WONDERFUL, INVISIBLE APPLIQUE stitches.