Brenda Riddle brings us Gentleman's Fancy this week. Click the gray bar to be taken to her blog to see her lovely fabrics and designs!
Gentleman's Fancy has numerous angles, which is always lots of fun for color play. I can think of it like petals of a flower or have one dark and one light on the flying geese units to make more of a spinning/pinwheel look. Number 4 just draws you in to that dark center. And the last row plays with switching it up in the triangle corners to get a diagonal look or one that looks like a mouth open with teeth and tongue to me!
I usually don't sew blocks that I divide corner to corner first then sew on a side. I seem to be a little challenged when I do this with getting my corners lined up. This is probably one of my more wonky blocks but since it is the SECOND time I made it...I figured I'd live with the imperfections.
That's right...second time. The first time I made my orange block in a 9" size. Hmmmm. My orange row is all 4.5" sized blocks. So I thought, I'll just use it in the 9" row. Nope, those are pink/red/cranberry. So making the block again was the answer. Here's my duo:
Sherri McConnell brings us STAR PATCH for block #22 for Moda Blockheads. Visit Sherri's blog for the pattern and see all her wonderful tips and quilts.
The little 9-patch center can be a cute little checkerboards, a cross, radiating center. Corners look interesting in background white or carrying color out to the points. Emphasize the star points or the corners. I love the options on this block.
Another 9" block for the red/pink row with a little orange in the center to tie in with the orange row next to it. Painted Meadoww paisley makes the star points with fuchsia corner points.
I like combining the soft pinks with those stronger cranberry and fuchsia colors. A little print, a little Thatched and some Solana in the center.
Baubles, ornaments, pretty shiny things that twirl and spin...hello week 21 with "Shiny Bauble" from Janet Clare! Some paper piecing helps to make the top and bottom angles. Get the pattern through Janet.
I just played a little with the bauble this week and tried different colors for corners of interior blocks or making them the color of the top and bottom. Maybe a dark light combo like the last ones to look like a shadow is cast.
Red row for me with a 9" block. I went for scrappy happy energetic reds.
Will you make holiday ornaments? Or a court jester's playful object? Or colorful kid's top? Have fun with Shiny Bauble. We are nearing the end...keep on sewing!
Table runners are such fun projects to do. I love the smaller scale of the project and doing things that have a seasonal feeling or specific color theme. When I heard Doug Leko was releasing his Tabletastic 3 book, I knew it was a good time to have a little fun with my upcoming Pansy's Posies fabric in rich purples.
With large florals, I often like some larger panels in quilts to show them off. I felt like this Mansfield runner did exactly that by having the larger rectangle spaces and sections divided almost like windows and window panes. I played around with placement on the smaller blocks by mixing them but decided I liked the order of two similar fabrics together. This runner finishes at 17 x 49".
The pantograph I used to longarm this runner is called "Groove" and is from Jess Zeigler at Longarm League. I love the gentle curves and retro-modern feel this texture has. I kept my binding the same color as the sashings since they already seemed to have a structured feel to the whole piece.
The fabric I used is Pansy's Posies which should be shipping in Oct/Nov 2022. The sashings are made from Bella Solids Prune. This pattern went together easily and was fun to make. It was just hard to pick which one of all the great designs from Doug's book to make. And speaking of Doug's book...he has some to give away! So if you would like to enter to win a free copy of Tabletastic 3, head over to my instagram page https://www.instagram.com/robinpickens/ and enter on my post. I'll be randomly selecting a winner by Wednesday, August 10th.
Check your local quilt shop for Tabletastic 3 by Doug Leko!
"Stop Go" from Stacy Iest Hsu for this week's Moda Blockheads. This block feels so playful and fun. I love the little extra squares in the middle of some of the stop signs. Switching up some of the corner colors starts to make some star-like corners or checkerboard QuarterSquare Triangles where they meet. Play with colors in rows or make all the color play about the little corners with a random mix of party colors.
My block this week is for my large pink/red row. Those squares are a great place for using a scrappy mix of pinks from Abby Rose, Dandi Annie, and Painted Meadow. Since my theme is garden inspired, little yellow centers felt like the centers of flowers.
Need the pattern? Visit Stacy's blog:
Or visit the Moda PDF page here:
Here is the plan so far! I've been making my blocks and might rearrange once I see them together but this is probably pretty close to the arrangement. Have a fabulous week with sewing fun!
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