Wrapping Up 2014

My recent quilting goal has been to finish up pieces I knew how I wanted to finish. Let’s leave the ones I’m at sea about for 2015. I just finished hand sewing the last of three bindings so I’m ready to show my progress, though I’ll talk about Kansas in another post.

First up is Dancing Stars which I’ve shown earlier. It’s from a paper piecing pattern by Amy Ellis. I had it quilted with an all over pattern and wool batting, which really pops the quilting.

Dancing_StarsThe binding matches the ash gray around the stars.

Dancing_Stars_labelI built the label into the back using a leftover block. One less pesky finishing detail. I even have a hanging sleeve sewn onto this one.

Jeweled Leaves is another geometric, paper pieced quilt. The binding is purple.

Jeweled_Leaves2

To play on the name, I sewed an amethyst “jewel” in the quilt’s center.

Jeweled_Leaves_detail

I decided to call these two quilts contemporary, as they don’t seem to fit into any other category. Sometimes it’s soothing to work with a block structure. Now, if I could only do work like Sue Benner’s Prairie/Wall #3: Autumn Bluestem which breathes new life into that structure.

PrairieWall3AutumnBluestem_Sue_Benner

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7 responses to “Wrapping Up 2014

  1. I forgot to add that the quilting on Jeweled Leaves is the icing on the cake – perfect, just perfect.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words. I forced myself to be disciplined with the color gradients on the leaves and I’m so glad I reined in my impulse to do improv. The quilting is my work around for lack of free motion skills.

  2. Both are beautiful quilts! I especially adore Jeweled Leaves because those colours make my heart sing. Love your style.

  3. I love both of your quilts. I also made a Dancing Stars quilt and really loved piecing that block.

    • Oh, I remember how much I loved your dancing stars quilt, with the gradient background. I was impressed you kept those pieces in the right order, so the gradient swept from light to dark.

  4. Patty

    Glad you are making progress on your finishes! It is a good feeling when a project is finally done!

    • You’re so right. Unfortunately, I’ve gone for the low hanging fruit and have left the ones that will require more effort for later. I don’t if I’m hoping for elves to magically finish those or for inspiration to strike.

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