Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pinwheels and 4-Patches, My Second!

This is the second "Pinwheels and 4-Patches" quilt  WIP.  It is simple, simple!!!  I LOVE those graphics!  These are my favorite colors (I call them "foresty") and I DO have a lot of them.  Blocks are 6 inch, finished.  These are bits and pieces in boxes under the bed, under the sewing table, in drawers, stacked in a corner, in plastic carryalls, etc.  I actually started this almost 3 years ago at a Retreat.  My colors are not arranged correctly - that's another project.  Inspiration was from http://www.quiltville.com/, and a Better Homes and Gardens book, and from another book, somewhere around here.   They all had good ideas, color suggestions, layout.

In this layout, every other row of pinwheels changes direction, and also every other row of the 4-patches rotates 90 degrees.  One row starts with a dark square of the 4-patch in the upper left corner,  but the next row it's a light square of the 4-patch.  I've seen this one done without the same layout of the 4-patches, and the design is just fine, but not the same.   The light corner of the 4-patch nestles up next to a light pinwheel part of adjoining blocks, and the dark corner of the 4-patch nestles into the dark portion of the adjoining pinwheel.  (It's easier to SEW them correctly than it is to write this correctly!)  8-)

Here is my previous version -- the one on our bed, in daily use.

See? it looks similar!  The above quilt is trimmed in green and browns.  This newer one will be trimmed in purple or blues, possibly, and will be smaller.  No idea about border yet.
The one above? I struggled with leaving those bright blue/turquoise pinwheels in the quilt, but THEY are the ones that give it some emergy.  (another one of those lessons!)

23 comments:

Jan said...

Wow, I love these! They are both so graphic with the very light, lights. They really make for sharp contrast & a great design. Guess I'll have to add this to the must-make list!

Angie said...

I love these, Elaine! I ooh and ahh over intricate quilts but my true LOVES are the simple quilts that are so stunning in their colors and simplicity.

julieQ said...

Elaine!! Just gorgeous girl! Ok, another one I must make...

Janet O. said...

Oh, Elaine, quit tempting me!! I love this pattern--I have that Better Homes book and I have seen Bonnie's version. Want to make one, but it would be FOR ME, so it never gets to the top of the list.
Wonderful color description. "Forresty". Them's my kinda colors! : )

SubeeSews said...

MAN OH MAN!!! I have always wanted to make one of these. And you are on your second one!!!!
This is one of the first patterns I printed off from Our Bonnie's site!
I love how the pinwheels disappear and make the block look on point!
XOXOOXXO Subee

Nancy said...

Simply gorgeous!

JCnNC said...

love this quilt and will now go looking for it. Thanks for sharing with us. Just gorgeous. Judy C

Frog Quilter said...

Beautiful!!!

Lise said...

wow..love it...all those colors come together so well..and the layout is awesome...great work Elaine...

Lurline said...

Amazing - love the pattern! must have been a lot of work!
Hugs - Lurline.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love this quilt!!!

Helen in the UK said...

Great colours! This pattern is on my 'one day' list after seeing the pattern on Bonnie Hunter's site.
Just realised that although I read your blog through Google reader, I wasn't shown as an offical 'follower'! I've corrected that :)

Lynn said...

Another beautiful quilt - love the secondary design when the blocks are places next to each other.

paulette said...

OHHHH MAN...I LOVE these quilts!! Just added this one to the Ol'Bucket list!!
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Vicki said...

love it. I am working on one as a leader and ender project. I have a bunch of 4 patches made.

Pokey said...

It is so cool how a quilt like this can come from any old scraps around and turn out so grand! I have so many of Bonnie's quilts dog-eared for doing. Good for you and your finish!
:-}pokey

Linda said...

I love these quilts! Probably my favorite scrap quilt. Your's are fantastic!

Lori said...

great looking quilts. Nope, not looking too closely--too much tempting Elaine!!

grammilou said...

The last time you made one of these and posted it, you inspired me and I started one. So far I have the 60" x 80" top finished and now have to do something for the sides of our queen-sized bed. I like my quilts BIG so there's a lot to sew yet!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Great 3 D effect! I'll put it on my to-do-list.
:)) Gabriele

Purple Pam said...

I like your new quilt. Very colorful. If you hadn't explained the layout, I might not have seen it clearly.

Beautiful owls, too, in your backyard.

Tanya said...

Oh, these are so beautiful!!! I'm so envious! You make so many lovely quilts all the time!

Michelle said...

How funny! I'm searching "images" of this quilt and one of them leads to your blog/quilt! I'm quickly falling in love with this design and plan to make one for my son! Thanks for the inspiration!