Sunday, July 01, 2012

RED, Owls, Friendship Stars

RED is done, washed, blocked, and folded and put away.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  For the last scrappy border, I quilted a separate design in each chunk - for interest and practice.  Some of the designs are not good for entire quilts but I still like to use them, here and there -- good practice for me.  Some worked well, some not so great - oh well.  It gives the viewer something to look closer at (whoops, dangling preposition ...)  The triangles were kept in one consistent configuration.

For the record, this pattern is called Jewel Box, Buckeye Beauty, Blue Ridge Beauty and a few more.  It is among the easiest designs, can be used in a great variety of ways, producing remarkabley different end product.  Even now, I'm thinking it would be wonderful in blue!  It's about 65" x 75".


For Lori, in South Dakota, who asked about what fabrics I used.  I can't say I used anything specific, but do notice most of the reds are small scale, and the lights are creams and whites, some with bits of color in them.  This truly was scrappy - I didn't buy anything for the top.  A couple of the reds do NOT "go" but again, they are what gives the quilt character.


 And, once again, here is one of the screech owls.  I happened to be under one of them when it "erped" up a pellet.  Yes, I was the lucky victim.  We were fearful that the neighborhood fireworks would scare them off, but nope, they are still here.  (It seems that Kodak does not "fix" owl red eye - must be something about their eyes different than human eyes.  LOL) 

Here are some friendship stars our local quilt group is making for a quilt for RSVP, Retired Senior Volunteer Program.  The small bit of fabric in upper right is our focus fabric.  It was GREAT for a focus fabric but no longer looks good as a border.  I think we are making 120, 6 inch blocks, all scrappy. 

18 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

What a stunning red-and-white quilt! Wowzers! Congratulations on such a stellar finish!!!

I'm glad your little owls haven't been scared away... too cute!

Vic in NH said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! "Red" is beautiful; I love it! You did a super job on every part of this quilt; designing, piecing, fabric selection, and quilting. Be very proud!

Also, the little friendship stars are so intriguing. But I think you are right that you might need to audition a different border choice. Maybe pick up a French blue?

Nancy said...

RED is gorgeous! Take a well-deserved bow.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Red is indeed beautiful. I've made a couple quilts in that pattern and you're right, they always turn out great. As a matter of fact, one is STILL waiting to be quilted.

The red eyes give your owl a certain unique look. :)

Ariane said...

Love your quilt. It's gorgeous!!

cityquilter grace said...

oh yeah, i love that scrappy red. for some reason i am now obsessed with red fabrics..

Ruth said...

The quilt is lovely! I have never made that pattern, but it looks like it would be fun to make. your picture didn't enlarge for me and I wasn't able to see the quilting in the borders, but I would like to. I'm always interested in seeing how you quilt things - it gives me ideas.

Janet O. said...

Red is absolutely gorgeous. I am so impressed with you ability to see projects through to the very end. Your quilting looks beautiful to me. I wish I could come watch you quilt for a few hours.
Oh, those red eyes make the owl look very sinister.
Fun star blocks.

Utili said...

Oh der würde mir auch super gut gefallen, rot ist eine meiner Lieblingsfarben.
Das Quilting gefällt mir besonders gut.

Liebe Grüße
Uta

Lynn said...

What a good idea to quilt a different pattern in each of the red border fabrics. I might just have to do that in my Scrapaholic quilt from Bonnie Kucera's class....if I ever get started on it that is.

Helen in the UK said...

Great looking finish - congrats :)

Angie said...

It really is a gorgeous quilt, Elaine. :) And I love seeing pictures of your Owls. I would soooo love to see one up close and personal. Happy 4th of July

LynCC said...

Oh! I love your red & white quilt! I definitely have a red & white as a must-make for my personal collection.

M and M plus 3 said...

This is one pattern I have always loved and hope someday to do one myself. Now I do have enough blues to make one from scraps. Something to think about for myself as a leaders and enders. Good to see your owls stayed not being frightened.

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt and I always love that pattern! That is wonderful that the fireworks didn't scare off the owls, they are so neat!

Cyn ;-) said...

"Red" is fantabulous! Thanks for posting this link [from QuiltvilleGrp] so we could all see it. Love how you did the border. Congrats on a beautiful finish!

Nann said...

At first I thought of rubies.
Then I realized you're Cornhuskers.

Katie said...

I just thought I'd come and stalk your blog for awhile. You make some beautiful quilts! I FMQ on a Janome as well. . except mine's not as fancy as yours ;c) <3