This is the February project for the Little Quilts Sew Along here onThreadbias. I used a charm pack of Curio - an all time favorite I had been saving for a special project - which turned out to be this. It was a departure for me to do the tone on tone- seems like I have been trying to sharpen my skills in contrasting fabrics but these prints and this pattern just went together so well. With the current eye issues- I'm basically using only the right- seeing dark thread against dark has gotten much harder so I appliquéd the light hearts to the brown squares after an very unsuccessful attempt at it the other way round as shown in the book. That technique appears again however so it should be easier with some lighter color fabrics.
I really enjoyed the windmill blocks. Careful cutting meant I could get all my pairs from a charm pack - so this is an ideal pattern for your charm packs. I love charms for the ability to see a whole collection but they often sit on my shelf too long so it's great to have a pattern that works so well with them!
I loved quilting it. I used a thick perle cotton so as with my first January project, it wasn't easy to load a lot of stitches at a time but I did use a slightly bigger needle and could get about three. I'm hand quilting another piece right now with much lighter thread and I can get a lot more stitches on and get into a true rhythm but I think with crewel threads the hand sewing is closer to embroidery. I love both so it's all fun- and holding everything up to the right eye is really working out well - just have to remember to check for things skewing to one side from time to time
p.s I am going to do a line of quilting around the edge on the border but need more thread so - technically calling it done but will "update" it just a bit;)
This is a really fun pattern - just like the January project, the fabric possibilities are endless and doing something with high contrast or even a black and white version would be very interesting.
Totally love your version, Margaret!!!!
Really love this little mini...perfect fabrics!!
So sweet. Lovin the monochromatic pinwheels. They're like little surprises once your eyes move away from the stinkin cute hearts!
Terryt1955 Oh thank you Terry- what a great description- my first "stinkin' cute" I think ( could be wrong - I miss a lot) - I am honored!!!
Carolmarie thanks Carol - I am pretty in love with this too☺️- and I wasn't sure at first but the Curio really worked well.
I was thinking what a cute doll blanket this would make for your first granddaughter. That is,once you've grown tired of it on your wall and can part with it.
True well of course .... and actually that reminds me- we have an optional swap planned for the group summer into early fall
This is great! I love the low contrast windmill blocks in the pastels. Mine is almost done. I am struggling with the reverse appliqué (not my thing) but I'm pushing through. lol
Like everyone else, I love your use of tone on tone for the pinwheels. Your quilting shows them off but it also shows the hearts off more
This is lovely. I'm not yet sure if I'll be attempting this one. Need half hour with a cup of tea and the book to decide.
Wow, this mini looks awesome with the hand quilted elements ... ;))) Love it!
Not sure how I missed this one. It is sooooooooo cute. I think I might just have to hand quilt mine too since I love the look of yours.