Saturday, January 24, 2015

Peppermint Pinwheels - No Ugly Flowers Block 1

I have started on a project I've named

No Ugly Flowers 

using Sujata's Peppermint Pinwheels design
from her Cultural Fusion Quilts book.

I posted about this first block on my blog today
as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

CLICK HERE to read that post.

Looking forward to making more of these!!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Playing with Toran Blocks

I think I have a favorite ... or two ... or three ...
How about you?
Is there one arrangement that you really like?

One thing for sure is that I need to make some more
and then perhaps I will decide!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


My top is sewn together and I'm happy with it!
There are a few changes from the last post.
Let the quilting begin!

Thank you for the comments last time.
I did audition several borders but in the end decided
not to add another element ...and 
even pared down what I thought would be included.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Forty Shades of Green

 My husband was born in a small fishing village, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland.  He was the eighth child of 10...eight boys and two girls.  I met him in graduate school after he immigrated to South  Florida.  Once married with two children, our lives enjoyed years of Irish music, Irish  dancing and Irish culture.
 Himself is a musician gifted with bringing people together.
 I made this quilt to celebrate my Irish man.
The Disappearing Nine-patch was perfect in order to get the color blends that I wanted.
    Antique quilts with pieced names on the back are some of my favorite..So, Muldoon it was..adding to the Irish celebration.
Our daughter's championship Irish dance dress...made with me..her mother:)
Cultural Fusions..So far so good on this blog...Indian, Swedish and Irish:)  I hope to see more.
Finally I have been able to order the book.

So-oooooo Much Fun

Before I make more string blocks,
I need to start sewing the curves in these blocks together.
Then I can experiment with them & decide
where I want to go with this.
So many possibilities!
So much fun ... really fun!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rail Fence

I thought I would post the pictures of the cover quilt and few other versions of Rail Fence block. For the cover quilt I chose to experiment with different color combinations. As you can see there is no rhyme or reason for these colors to be together but are harmonious because of the value and contrast.

Quilt made by LeeAnn of Nifty Quilts. She used the same blocks and made the Hopscotch quilt. She also made the piano keys borders using the Rail Fence blocks.

When you look at close up of these blocks, you can see all the whimsical variations.

The bag

Whirly Gig in progress

The possibilities are so much fun.. I always want to make another one and see what those slight curves work into a new quilt.

Have you tried making a quilt with these blocks yet? I know you wouldn't want to stop at just one!

Experiment - Try something new, it may surprise you.