Friday Inspiration

I have had this stack of color wheel fabrics for a couple years, with the intention of making the color wheel project in the Last Minute Patchwork Gifts book by Joelle Hoverson. After seeing a few other people blog about that endeavor, I decided it was a bigger project than I had time for. So I continued to savor this pretty stack.

The first Dresden Plate block I made as part of the Sew,Mama,Sew quilting month gave me the idea to make this mini color wheel, using Elizabeth’s pattern.  It’s not quite finished yet because I still have to quilt it, but I love it! It was so fun arranging and re-arranging the fabrics so they lined up as close as possible to my actual color wheel. I can’t wait to hang it on the wall in my sewing room for inspiration.

I still have so much fabric left for more color wheel projects, since my dresden plate only used a tiny piece of 20 colors.

Spring has come early here, so our crab apple tree is in full bloom one month ahead of normal. It always reminds me of a giant flower, and it smells oh so good!

I am loving all the beautiful tulips blooming throughout our yard.

These blushing sunshine tulips are my all time favorites.

Enjoy your weekend, my friends, whether you plan to do some sewing, gardening, or visiting the market (three of my personal favorites).

Patchwork Progress

Remember a couple weeks ago when I asked for opinions on which patchwork arrangement you liked best for my sew-along project for Sew,Mama,Sew’s quilting month? The tally came out to this:

The simple triangles pattern received 11 votes.

The zig-zag pattern received 7 votes.

The diamond pattern received 4 votes.

The hourglass pattern received 3 votes.

When it came time for me to make a decision, I liked all of these patterns because they show the variety of patterns you can make with simple half-square triangles. Since I am going to make these blocks into placemats, I made one of each!

I continued with the sew-along, so the next block was a Spiderweb. I have never made a spiderweb block, but it was definitely on my list to try. It was an easy block to put together, kinda like the stringpieced blocks, which I really love making. It was magical to watch the white star shapes emerge in the centers as I lined up the pieced triangles.

The most recent block was a Dresden Plate, another patern I have always wanted to make. OMG, I adore this one!

I’m not sure which block will be next, but this is the last week for the sew-along, so I’m happy I was able to stay caught up. I can just imagine how cool this set is going to look on our table for summer.