Anyone in the mood for a virtual trunk show? I thought I would participate in Whims and Fancies Trunk Full of Quilts event, there are some wonderful prizes just for participating. You can participate too, even if you don’t have a blog, just link a Flickr album with your quilts. So, here are a few of my original designs just for fun. First up, the Scrap Dance series has gained momentum over the past couple of years, starting with the original Scrap Dance. It didn’t even have a name until halfway through the mystery challenge! One day it just occurred to me that my eye couldn’t stop moving over the quilt, it seemed like dancing.
Then, the second one, Tango, was the mystery for last year. This name came to me in the design process as the block turns and dances back and forth across the quilt. And now I had a series.
So, continuing with that theme, my bag pattern is the Charleston. Those swinging beads just reminded me of the flapper dresses of the 20s.
Then I had the idea for a really fast quilt with a lot of setting ideas. Of course, it was a Scrap Dance too, and I called it Quickstep. I like taking pictures of quilts on the veranda, can you tell? This one is an easy pattern using strips, and I created 14 setting designs for the simple block. These patterns are available on My Patterns page, along with a few others, some free.
You’ll find three free patterns on Moda Bake Shop, just click on the sidebar for those patterns. I recently showed a quickie bag using leftover jelly roll strips from one of those projects. Jelly Roll Market Bag.
One thing I feel is important is showing my mistakes and how I deal with them. I think it is important to have fun and not worry that everything isn’t perfect. Sometimes I really mess up, and fixing those problems can sometimes mean a lot of work. Like this quilt that I completely took apart after it was done, and re-quilted it. You can see those posts on my Fixing Problems page, see the top of the blog.
I do quilt alongs quite often, mainly fast projects like this Christmas Table Runner from last year…
and Autumn Jubilee in October was a month of projects using two blocks.
Coming up this week will be a quilt along for the next Scrap Dance pattern, Waltz. It is easy as 1-2-3, and has a circular secondary design. Come quilt along! You can get started by cutting some 2-1/2-inch and 3-inch squares of scraps and background fabrics. I’ll have the particulars on Wednesday.
I have categories for other subjects too, as this blog is a bit of a lot of things, along with quilting. If you enjoy cooking and tablescapes, stamping and crafting, wool applique and reading good books, come follow along. Thanks for reading!