|The Orange and Pink Wonky Cross Quilt! Lake Erie seemed calm after dropping about 7 feet of snow!|
|Some of the 84 inches of snow which landed at our home over a two day stretch!|
The recent record lake effect snow storm in Buffalo provided me an opportunity to finish my most recent project, an orange and pink wonky cross quilt for my sister. I had asked each of my sisters to send me the answers to the following questions - what are your favorite colors, and do you prefer modern or traditional. The first to respond said orange, with hot pink, and modern.
I started pulling fabric from orange, pink and tangerine bundles I had purchased from Marmalade Fabrics, and adding others from my stash.
I started making the wonky cross blocks, getting better at placing the fabric as I was going along.
I used little thread catchers at the end and the beginning of each piece. I had seen this tip on another blog (and can't recall where!). This saves all of the rethreading that I otherwise seem to do when starting and stopping a piece.
Because the strips differed in size, the end blocks were not uniformly sized. Once the block was completed, I trimmed each to a 6 1/2 inch square. This ended up making the construction of the finished quilt so much easier and uniform!
Once I had the pieces on my design wall, I noticed that I needed some more dark fabrics for contrast. I pulled some black Kona cotton, and also some dark purple solids to provide a bit more punch. I also added white Kona strips as well.
|Blocks with no black or white strips|
|I like the energy this quilt has.|
I wasn't sure what I was going to do to quilt this. I initially planned to do the same curvy quilting I tried on my Turquoise Triangle Quilt , with plans to use both pink and orange Aurifil thread. I started with straight lines every 3 inches and a curvy line in between. Then I decided to do loops instead, and just use the orange thread. I figured the front of the quilt was busy enough!
|The backing shows the finished quilting pattern pretty well.|
|The quilting shows up pretty well in the sun on the front of the quilt.|
|My trusty quilt holder showing off the back of the quilt. I found this fabulous fabric in the red tag section at Joanne's.|
|Another view, with a mound of plowed snow in the back.|
We were housebound for 5 days, but luckily had heat and lights, so sewing could be done. This was a very cheerful project to work on! I finished some other projects as well, and will post about them soon. In the meantime, getting ready for the holidays!