I wanted to share more of my quilt designs with you today. I just completed number 30 and still going strong. I still plan to continue creating until the deadline in April. If you missed part 1 check it out here.
The challenge is to create a quilt block and turn it into a quilt. Here are some new designs that I have.
This is block #11 designed on Valentine’s Day – a mermaid tail. It is similar in design to the yin/yang from inspiration from a book called Some Birds. The author and illustrator is Matt Spink. All of the artwork in this book is fun and whimsical with deep rich colors and I LOVE IT! Imagine an ocean floor with animals, plants, rocks and this mermaid, all in similar fashion. It would be stunning! I just need to design the rest. Possibly an improve style on the rest and this mermaid. So fun!
I shared blocks #15a, b and c in part 1. This is how I saw the block as a quilt. It is a dandelion with the word in cursive in a pale, possibly sparkly blue. The entire scene would be in white and tone on tones in shades of white, maybe even fluffy batting? There would be a field of dandelions (the small ones in the bottom of the wall hanging) and have a blue border. That is how I see this block and design.
Block #18 both a and b is on the left. I was thinking of a variety of circles in rainbow colors and I started here. I really did not like the coloring on #18b! It made me think of a nuclear symbol. When I was ready to create the design on the quilt I wanted saturated colors with a variety of blocks under the same concept – quarter circles. I love a black background with deep, rich colors. They really POP! I could only come up with five blocks but started thinking about how great it would be to have block #18f (the sixth one) be done with FMQ as the star. It could be on white or black but I left it white here. I was thinking of each of the blocks to be 18″ square so the wall hanging or table runner would be 36″ x 54″.
I started this design after looking through a blog hop that featured Foundations, a new fabric line from Sassafras Lane with Windham Fabrics. The fabric is a gorgeous rainbow with fun designs in white. I was thinking of a rainbow quilt and this little block came to me. I wanted it to be a full or queen size quilt with lots of FMQ designs that possibly repeats the design a bit. It is #19 and designed on 2/17/18.
When I go to church I am often asking people if I can take a photo of their skirt, tie, or something else. (Sometimes I do not ask and just take a photo on the sly, shh, don’t tell.) I see patterns or inspiration in all kinds of places! This mandala came from the design from Valerie’s skirt in church but I used deep, rainbow colors instead of the neutrals on the skirt. I also saw it in a 60″x60″ size. I am not sure about the black half circle edges. I may want them in white and the background in black. I would play around with it when/if I make it to see which is more dramatic. I do love the center though, it is perfect! This is #20 from 2/18/18
Sharon, another person in church, has a dark pink, quilted jacket that she wears to church. She hung it over the back of her chair during our women’s meeting time. I have seen it many times and never been inspired. However, this day the light was hitting it just right. Each diamond was lit up in the same way: the center had a line and was the lightest shade, the bottom was dark and the top was a medium shade. It was breathtaking! So when I should have been listening I was sketching this design – only it was not breathtaking here. I did take a photo of the jacket. Also, I drew flying geese shapes and needed diamonds. FMQ to duplicate the design waould be a natural addition here too! Block #21 on 2/18/18.
That is the next installment of my design process. More to come at a later date – stay tuned!