Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A New WiP

Sometime last year, probably in the late summer, I bought the Fall 2015 issue of  "Easy Quilts."

I bought it because of a specific pattern that was included in this issue, but when I got the magazine home and was reading through it, look what I found!

"Nighttime Blossoms" is a quilt pattern by my friend, Cynthia Brunz at Quilting is More Fun than Housework. Right away, I knew I needed to keep this one in mind to make someday.  

Now, I am a s-l-o-w quilter.  I don't finish a lot of big quilts in a year.  That's why small projects like table runners and wall hangings work well for me.  Also why I have loved participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year, where I just make a few blocks each month in a certain colorway.  Someday these will be a completed quilt!  But this week, I decided I was ready to make some progress on my version of Nighttime Blossoms.

I definitely wanted to make a quilt that had a gray background.  Also, last fall, I purchased a bunch of fat quarters of Amanda Jean Nyberg's new fabric line, Good Neighbors from Connecting Threads.

I decided that some of these fat quarters would be perfect for this quilt.  So... after making one trial block back in the winter, I decided this was the week to get going on this quilt.

I'm using the teal, pink, and lime green prints from the Good Neighbors line, plus a Gray solid also from Connecting Threads, and a pretty tone on tone white.

Since cutting is not my favorite part of the quilting process (second only to basting the layers together), I've been cutting some and then sewing some, and I have 4 blocks made so far.  The blocks are big, 16 inches finished, so the whole quilt only takes 16 blocks.  I love how Cynthia takes something very simple - 

and turns it into a really neat, larger pattern.  The big blocks go together very quickly!

It's fun to see the secondary patterns that are created!

And look at all of these little leftover triangles that I'm ending up with!  A scrappy quilter ought to be able to do something with them!

Now, if I just got going, finished all the cutting, and did a bunch of chain piecing... by the end of this next week, I'd have a finished flimsy!  Maybe I will!

Linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework to see lots more quilty inspiration!


Cathy said...

Oh, who knew that was a "simple" block! I really like the looks of that one and I love quilts with a secondary pattern.

And I don't like cutting or pin basting either!

Libby in TN said...

I agree with Cathy, looks more complex than it is. You've chosen a nice color palette, too, so stick with it, Diann

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Hey, I recognize that pattern :)

You know I love your fabric choices. This quilt is going to be fun when it is finished. It really does sew up quickly. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

gayle said...

It's going to be wonderful! I'm a big fan of secondary patterns, too.
I sort of like the cutting - it's the sewing the blocks together to make the top that makes me start the foot-dragging...

Kate said...

Very fun blocks! I hate cutting too, sewing is so much more fun.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

This is looking amazing, love the 2ndary pattern! And your colour combo is fresh & pretty! Enjoy & keep sewing!