Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Color It Red - My Turn

It's My Turn!


I am excited to be a part of this Hop! Thanks for all the organizing Carol, and for inviting me to join you. 

Be sure to check out all of today's participants and their wonderful creations. The list, with links, is at the bottom of my post. 

I started with these fabrics and had high hopes for a wonderfully fun quilt. The plan was to have at least one square from each of my red stash fabrics in this quilt so I could use the finished project as both my blog hop quilt and my inventory quilt


Sadly, this is the status of that project - packed up and put into time out until I can get it to play nice and look like the quilt that's in my head. 😒


When I packed up this quilt on Feb. 5th, I realized that I had scramble to come up with a project to show for this hop and that I can always figure out what to do for my inventory quilt later. So I went with Plan B - finish a UFO! I had already made this fun top, but had not quilted it.


I put it up on the design wall, trying to decide how I wanted to quilt it and it didn't take long to decide that simple straight line quilting was the answer. 


I quilted a line straight through the middle of each the 1" strips and am very happy with that choice. 

The next question was on how to bind this. I was going to go "safe" and simply use scraps of red, but my husband Jack was not thrilled with that idea. He wanted a completely different (and stark) color, so I started pulling fabric. When I pulled out this blue, he said he liked it, but it wasn't quite right. When I suggested the red flange, we knew we had a winner!


If you've read my blog much, you know that I love to take pictures of quilts from an angle. So here they are.  :-)


I hung the quilt on the shop to get pictures and left it up, knowing that Lynn and family would be stopping by. I thought it would be fun for the kids to see it.


It took a little organization, but Ty got the kids ready for a picture.



They like the quilt and I love this picture!


Of course I couldn't just finish the Love quilt and call it done for this hop!

I still wanted to make this project as an inventory quilt, so I got to thinking about what I wanted to do. In the mean time, the clock was ticking. Inspiration struck when I saw a Modern Fans quilt by Suzy Quilts

I went back to my stash and cut a rectangle of each my reds (I had to cut a few duplicates), and started playing around. 


I auditioned quite a few options for the solid colored blocks and was thrilled to find this aqua in my stash. I think it's perfect!

Here are the obligatory side views...



Simple quilting works for me.







And of course I need a picture from the back.


Did you see the little touch of red on the bottom right side?


I wanted to add something special to the binding. I like it!

I put my label on the back, at the same spot. 


Taking quilt pictures is always "interesting" for me, especially in the cold weather. I always struggle to find a place to hang the quilts, especially to change up the background. About a year ago, I stumbled upon a blog post (I can't remember the blog though, which makes me sad!) about taking fun quilt pictures. I was surprised to read that she uses Scotch Rough Surface painters tape. I skeptically tried it and was pleasantly surprised.


It is especially wonderful when it's not too cold; but it works great most of the time. I think it looks kind of funny though. :-)  


Check out the rest of today's bloggers. They have some awesome projects to share.

February 19th
Everyone Deserves a Quilt - This is ME! :-)

31 comments:

Bonnie said...

I love your love quilt. Would you tell me where to find the pattern?

Rebecca Smith said...

I also love the love quilt! I’m so glad you shared your painters tape advice. I may have to use that for a few of my quilts. Mostly I’ve been going to a park or somewhere scenic.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your projects are all amazing, especially the Love quilt! Thanks for the great tape tip too.

Carol said...

I LOVE your projects! The love quilt is fabulous and the picture with the grandkids--well, how can you beat that?! Glad for the painters' tape tip--I'll try it. Thanks for sharing!

Carol S. said...

Oh my gosh, those are two beautiful red finishes and such a treasure to get the grandkids to pose in front of the LOVE quilt...so adorable! Your fans look incredible in those fabrics and with that little red piece behind your tag. Love it! I had to smile at putting your quilt in time out because I had to do the same thing on one of my red projects. Sometimes they just want to argue with us and that's not acceptable! LOL Thanks for sharing your two sweet red projects!

Stitchin At Home said...

Love both your finishes! The inventory quilt is beautiful with it's simple quilting!

kupton52 said...

I just love your "LOVE" quilt...and while I generally am not big fan of modern quilts I do very much like your modern fans. (I love the name of your blog---and I wholeheartedly agree!)

Quilter Kathy said...

LOVE the love quilt and such an adorable photo with the kids!

Jan Snell said...

Wowza! Two finishes and one time out. You are truly remarkable. Thanks for the inspiration.

Leah said...

Nice finishes! The Love Quilt is fantastic and I love your circle one. The reds in it look fabulous and each one has the perfect accent colors.

Vasudha said...

I can't believe you finished two projects. Both of them are just gorgeous. Love the binding on the Love quilt.

tubakk said...

So much fun going on here. The LOVE quilt is perfect for this hop and this month.

Calicojoan said...

Well, you sure showed that misbehaving quilt just who was boss! The behaving quilts got center stage and well deserved! I love your "LOVE" quilt the 1" strip background is really cool! Inventory quilts...I think I like that better than stash busting! LOL!! Great post.

tink's mom said...

Love the LOVE quilt and the models that have been included in the shot. The term inventory quilt is a wonderful description for a quilt. All of your red is wonderful.

Marian said...

Gosh I love both quilts, the quilting ideas on both are truly wonderful and really give the projects such great visibilty to the pattern. I like simple quilting also, and thank you for the tepe suggestion.

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOVE your Love Quilt AND that (revised) Inventory quilt, too!! Treasure that sweet photo with the grands. SEW cute!

Sharon said...

I love your love quilt! And the inventory quilt is great with the red & turquoise. Thanks for sharing!

Karrin Hurd said...

Great quilts, the Love quilt is adorable. Cute picture with the kids!

Cynthia's Creating Ark said...

Well done. I especially love your modern fan quilt. Plus a great tip on hanging quilts for pictures with the Scotch tape I will have to try it out.

LJ said...

What gorgeousness. I am 'in love' with your love quilt. The flange is just perfect. Thanks for the tip on the rough-surfaces painters' tape.

Farm Quilter said...

Beautiful quilts, but the picture with the littles stole my heart!!

Theresa said...

Love your Love quilt. So precious to get a pic of your kiddos with the Love quilt.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Awww, that pic is so precious with the kids!! Great quilt projects. I love them both.

Karen's Korner said...

Lovely quilts and gorgeous photo of the kiddies.

BarefootThunder said...

perfect photo op with the grands!!!
great love quilt, and the fans are fabulous. thanks for sharing.

Charlene McCain said...

What's not to love about this quilt! Everything about it is perfect, from the quilting to the border. Your inventory quilt is lovely, too. Thank you for the tip on the Scotch tape.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

LOL I hate it when I have to put a quilt in timeout. Yay for UFOs that can be a back up project, and love the final quilt. Thanks for the tip with the tape.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Both projects are super! I'm a straight line quilting lover - great texture. Simple is super on this circles quilt to let the design do the talking.

Susan said...

Love, simply and beautifully.

dq said...

I love that you like to take photos from unusual angles! It makes your blog very attractive and interesting!

YOur little Love quilt that is no longer a UFO is adorable! I am sorry to hear that you had some issues with your first idea, but the colors you pulled are richly gorgeous!

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