Hi Quilting Friends,
Welcome to the “Wonderful World of Color” blog hop, hosted by our friend Joan from MooseStash Quilting! We’re excited to share our very colorful project with you, and to see the rest of the “eye candy” that the other bloggers will post this week.
Sharon here. I’m the science teacher, and I believe that our ability to sense color is fascinating! This video explains how our eyes and brain work together and help us see our wonderful world of color!
Susan made this lovely colorful scrappy sampler quilt for our 2021 “Stash-Bustin’ Scrappy Sampler” sew along project. It may look familiar if you’ve visited us in the past year or so. Susan used ALL of the colors from her collection of batik fabrics to create a very colorful sampler quilt.
Of course, Susan being Susan, creating a pretty pieced quilt top wasn’t quite challenging enough. Read more about how she took her colorful batik sampler quilt from pretty to fabulous in the next paragraphs!
Susan here. My sampler quilt top wasn’t big enough for the guest bed, and so I added borders to make it the size that I wanted. I have always admired pieced quilts that include multiple pieced borders, but had never made one. I decided to challenge myself to add several different pieced borders to my “Scrappy Sampler”. Here’s my finished quilt top, with SO many wonderful colors-
I decided that each border would need to stand on its own, so I used a deep purple batik to create a narrow solid frame between successive pieced borders. These small borders also stabilize the quilt top.
My first pieced border is made with hundreds of flying geese, set on their edges and arranged in the colors of the rainbow. (I decided that I didn’t want to count how many geese I made while piecing the borders, since bailing out after adding the first border was an option!) It took a VERY LONG time to trim all of the pieced flying goose units to the right size, but the finished border turned out well, and it was definitely worth the trouble.
My second pieced border features pieced flowers and leaves, using a modification of our “Pinwheel Posey Parade” design, from the 2020 “Garden Party Row Along” . I used a variety of colors to make the flowers (no two are identical), but the leaves and stems are all from the same fabric.
My third pieced border is made from hundreds more flying geese (as if the first flying geese border wasn’t enough), arranged in order of the color spectrum and oriented to fly toward the outer edge of the quilt.
My final pieced border is made with side-to-side flying goose units in bold pink and purple to match the other solid borders. It really wasn’t difficult to create this combination of pieced borders, and I’m a professional flying geese maker by now!
I’m gearing up to quilt this beauty, as soon as I’m feeling confident that Rosie, my Gammill quilting machine, and I are working well together. Rosie is new to the team, and we’re still learning how to cooperate with one another. I’m really excited to have Rosie help me finish my project, and I promise to share it here when I’ve finished.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! We hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing Susan’s lovely quilt, with its “Wonderful World of Color”. Drop a line in the comments; we’d love to hear from you! Keep reading to find the list of participating bloggers for today.
Susan & Sharon
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