Project Quilting Focus Through the Prism (June): Yellow Friendship Star

28 06 2015

june imageIt’s the second month of the color challenge Focus Through the Prism. The block is Friendship Star and I picked the yellow Cherrywood fabric.       There was another panel in my stash that was asking to be cut up, so I complied and made it the background. There isn’t a before picture, but here is what was remainingimage.

I also used some hand dyed vintage yellow fabrics from Debby Henning at Zebra Arts.

I sent my quilt off to Marcia Wachuta and it returned really fast looking AMAZING!!  I really like what she did with the stitching. image It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but she made the center physically pop out of the quilt surface. imageI’m a convert and will be sending many more quilts her way.       The idea behind the quilt design stemmed from the Friendship Star and thoughts of my friends:  different circles, some closer, some more distant, all unique, all colorful, always dynamic.

After adding a yellow and orange Suzy’s Magic Binding, this month’s project is complete!

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Project Quilting Focus Through the Prism (May): Blue Monkey Wrench

26 05 2015

AngledOver at Project Quilting, Kim came up with a brilliant off-season challenge called Focus Through the Prism and all she has to do is tag people on Facebook to get them to commit to actually complete  7 projects in 7 months. It’s crazy, really.

So here’s the challenge in a nutshell:

1. We each buy a pack of gorgeous hand-dyed rainbow (roygbiv) material from Cherrywood Fabrics
2. Every month Kim sends out a challenge for a block, we pick a color and make a 20″ square wall hanging within 30 days.

Easy, right?whole

My first month completed: Blue Monkey Wrench.

I started with this design, because well, I’m still on this paper pieced compass kick.

imageAfter picking the blue Cherrywood, and unpacking my stash from the move to a new house, I came across a panel called Aurora Borealis by Rosewood Organics for Frond Design Studios.image

Knowing that it looked impressive hanging at the quilt shop where it was purchased, but would never be more that a scrap of fabric in a drawer, I decided to make it the background for my compass.  The nice mix of blue hues won me over.

imageI also discovered a vibrant batik purchased at Stitcher’s Crossing that had to be used. In fact, I may try to fit it into each challimageenge.

The best part about this project has been seeing how everyone starts with the same basic instructions and pack of fabric and end up with such individual and creative interpretations.

The creations are posted here.

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