Saturday, December 10, 2016

Love in Tunnels

Another finish for good!

Love in Tunnels

My friends in the Love circle, a charity quilting bee associated with do. Good Stitches, helped me make this colorful quilt.  10 months out of the year (we take June and December off) our circle works together to make a quilt to be donated to children through Wrap Them in Love.  We all make blocks and send them to the month's lead quilter.  This fall I led the group in making Tunnel blocks.

Love in Tunnels

I love the opportunity to share a creative vision with others and the fun of seeing their interpretation of that vision brought to life block by block.   As usual, the blocks my bee mates sent came together wonderfully!  Because we sew from our own stash, the fabrics used take on a sort of scrappy-fun feel that just can't be replicated when you sew alone.   I'm so happy with the tunnel block concept!  It created a watercolor sort of quilt with all those colors spreading and softening like water rippling on a pond.

Love in Tunnels

This morning South Carolina awakened to our first real frost.  There's ice on the ground mingling with the season's crop of fallen leaves.  We had such a long summer that even I am glad cold weather is finally here!

Love in Tunnels

You can just make out the quilting on the quilt back.  I chose to echo the tunnel seams with simple, straight lines.  Simple and durable.  The fun is in the fabrics and colors on this one!

Love in Tunnels

Bound in a red Denyse Schmidt stripe, with my staple zigzag stitch machine binding.

Now that I'm caught up on bee business I'm wide open to all those ideas that have been running around my head.  A quilt for baby.  A scrap quilt.  Our bed quilt.  A just-because snowflake quilt.  A new pin cushion!

Where to begin?



14 comments:

  1. Great quilt! I love how all the blocks look together although they are all made from different people.

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  2. This quilt is gorgeous! I just love the design.

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  3. This quilt makes my heart sing.

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  4. Love the quilt, how all the colors make it so happy. This will be a lucky child who will get the quilt. About which project start next: what about throwing a die? You number your ideas from one to five and start with the number from the die. When you throw a six it will be all the projects at the same time 😂. It makes me so happy to read your happy posts, Rachel.

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    1. Oh you have me smiling at the 6 projects at once option, haha! Tempting.

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  5. Love the echo quilting!
    So many ideas, the joy of a creative mind ;)

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  6. I don't know where to start with this quilt -- it's all sorts of awesome! I love the basic concept: It's conducive to busting through random scraps, and the play with volume is so fun. Plus, it's for a great cause.

    I wonder how the rippling watercolor effect would look if the tunnels had inconsistently sized layers. Would there be more movement? Hmmm ... I may need to explore that.

    I'm all for simple quilting that allows the piecing to take center stage. Did you take the quilt off your machine a lot (and bury a bunch of threads) or just quilt edge to edge?

    Love this finish so much! Congratulations to your whole team!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I think the more random layers would create more movement and interest. Go for it! I quilted from edge to edge, just allowing some of my lines to repeat over each other along the bottom of the tunnels.

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  7. I love this quilt. It's so perfect to use up scraps. It's amazing how many quilts your group finishes a year. A just because snowflake quilt sounds perfect for this time of year.

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  8. The fading out of the colors is wonderful. It is a lovely exercise in looking at values. I am pinning this to play around with as a way to become more adept in using colors and selecting fabrics. Thanks for sharing this!

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  9. This is an incredibly happy quilt!

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  10. I just love this quilt!! I echo all the wonderful comments and congratulate you on an amazing job!!

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