Welcome to the Minis Blog Tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics
I am happy to be a part of this mini quilt blog tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics. Being given beautiful fabric and asked to create a quilt is one of my favorite activities. My take aways from this project are:
»»»A reminder of why I enjoy Art Gallery Fabrics
»»»Challenging myself with a new quilt block
If you have not had the opportunity to sew with Art Gallery Fabrics, I would encourage you to get some and treat yourself. Art Gallery Fabrics have a distinct feel to them, very soft with a gentle drape. As a member of the tour, I received a bundle of fabrics from Pat Bravo’s new lines Essential II and Dare. I chose to use five of the fabrics to make my mini quilt:
If I had to use one word to describe my 5 fabrics together it would be eclectic. At first glance, I was not sure they would work, but I like the end result. I named my quilt Daring Edge because of the Dare fabrics and all blade edges from the different pinwheels. A favorite aesthetic details about the quilt is the Hula Hoops in Azure background around the perimeter and how it reminds me of water.
For inspiration in creating the quilt block, I used the book 1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon. Using the Double Pinwheel III block as a starting point, I resized it from her original and modified the block to tailor it to my fabrics. I like a challenge and enjoy learning with every quilt I make. My big lesson with this quilt was in creating half-square rectangles. Online tutorials helped, but I had a lot of testing with scrap fabrics to get the size just right. And learning how to mark and line them up was a bit of a lesson in math, but now that I understand it, I’m looking forward to future quilts with this versatile and interesting technique.
Being a part of this tour has been enjoyable. The other quilters involved are so talented and creative and I enjoy seeing all of their beautiful creations using the Dare and Essentials II fabrics. If you would like to see their work and get some inspiration for yourself, check out Pat Bravo’s Blog and the following links:
Lesley Storts (That’s ME!)
Ellen Ault – May 5
Michelle Bartholomew – May 5
Kate Basti – May 6
Kate Lyons – May 6
Cindy Guch – May 9
Lucy – May 9
Marija Vujcic – May 10
Isabel Kelly – May 10
Samantha Green – May 11
Tara Curtis – May 11
Samantha Dorn – May 12
Maja Wlusek – May 12
Jemima Flendt – May 13
Kerry Smith – May 13
Creative inspiration can be found at the Essentials II Lookbook and the Dare LookBook. If you happen to be in Columbus, Ohio, you can stop by one of my favorite local quilting stores, Sew To Speak, and check out their beautiful selection from various Art Gallery Fabric designers.
Daring Edge Quilt Specs:
20″ x 20″
4 blocks total
56 pieces in each block
224 total pieces
5 fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Essentials II and Dare collection
Quilt Back in Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Icy Mint
Aurifil Thread 2600 (a light silvery grey) used for piecing and quilting
Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎
May 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm
Wow – love your mini!! Very dramatic!! Are those salt cellars that you have made into pin cushions? What a great idea
May 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm
Thanks! And yes, those are salt cellars. I’m going to be doing a giveaway on Instagram and the winner will get one. I will post about it later today.
May 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm
I love your mini. I like the long blades of the center pinwheel.
May 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm
Thanks! I like those long blades too. It’s what really made me like the 4 blocks put together.
May 5, 2016 at 5:25 pm
wow your mini is fabulous. i love the pincushions also. thanks for sharing
May 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm
May 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm
BEAUTIFUL PROJECTS! THANK YOU!
May 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm
Thank you Linda!
May 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm
Lovely. So dynamic and full of movement. A great job. And those little pincushions are to die for.
May 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm
Thanks Brenda! That is a high compliment to me because I really like that aspect of a quilt. And the pincushions are just fun!
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