Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wintry Mint

Even with its asymmetric sashing and highly varied block sizes, the Penny Sampler still is at heart a sampler quilt.   So... part of the fun of making so many different blocks is thinking about how one might like to use them in other projects!  This winter I've decided to take one of my favorite blocks from the Penny Sampler, the snowflake, and make a wintry baby quilt.

Wintry Mint

My palette is calm, cool and serene.  The quilt will be mostly a pale, wintry mint with flashes of white, silver and gold.  The "silver and gold" concept was totally inspired by Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  You know how the snowman glides around singing "silver and gold, silver and gold"?  Well, since I've had very little actual snow in my life, apparently I connect snow mainly with movies?  Hmm.

Wintry Mint

Fat Quarter Shop has a wealth of lovely mint fabrics at the moment!  Each will make two snowflake block backgrounds, so here are plenty of options for a baby quilt.  From top left:  Raindrop Metallic Pistachio Precipitation, Calico Days Mint Week Days, Garden Dreamer Reflection Triangular, Hello Bear Cotton Sigh Firefly, Aunt Grace Green Blossom Vine, Blueberry Park Pond Sprouting Row, Kona Aloe, North Woods Icicle Crystal, Kona Ice Frappe and Birds of Liberty Aloe Daisy Bouquet.

Wintry Mint

And for the snowflakes themselves I'll use Kona white and two metallics by Cotton & Steel:  Netorioius in Cloud and Netorious in Goldilocks.  I'm glad to have an excuse to sew with silver and gold metallics.  They shine so prettily!

Wintry Mint

I made my first block in the rainy Precipitation print on a rare South Carolina snow day.  Fitting.  I've resized the block to finish about 10" with a thin background fabric border.  The half square triangles finish just 1.75".

On my first few blocks, I made HST's using the popular 2-block batch method that starts with squares.  In the quilting ruler round-up, I had mentioned I don't use my Fons & Porter Half & Quarter ruler because I prefer the batch method for HST.   Debbie commented that when she uses the ruler she doesn't have to trim her HST.  That was all the encouragement I needed to try the ruler again! 

Wintry Mint

Now I'm hooked on the Fons & Porter Half & Quarter ruler.  Even with these teeny tiny half square triangles, they come out accurately enough that I don't have to trim before assembling my snowflake blocks.  Hurray!  It's those little things that make a quilter's day.  Thanks, Debbie!


18 comments:

  1. I love, love, love these colors cool mint is a favorite of mine. Alas the only quilt I have made with this is a 20 yr old double wedding ring that is thrown over the sofa, falling apart in places but I can't bring my self to cut up & repurpose or heavens forbid throw away. I think your quilt will be beautiful & restful as well. Blessings, Baa

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  2. Looking forward to seeing the finished project....

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  3. They match your walls!

    I love Netorioius metallics and ordered some of the mint with gold last week. I really do wish I had not talked myself out of the others ;)

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  4. Oh mint is one of my go to colours for a baby quilt, so clean and fresh ... this is going to be a delight especially with the metallic touches :)

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    1. And, I have never made a mostly mint baby quilt! I'm so prone to multicolor/all color quilts. It's good to focus now and then.

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  5. Rachel - The fabric combination really works nicely together. I especially love the mint fabrics you picked out. I wouldn't have thought of putting them together with metallics. I can't wait to see this finished. Love it.

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  6. very cute. I like the color choices. Aqua is such a nice color. It is really fun to play with it and other colors.

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  7. Those colors captured my attention right away! Beautiful choices and it will be a very pretty little quilt! I'm curious about the half & quarter ruler now...I must check that one out!

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    1. It's a good choice for someone who doesn't need each block to be perfect. I am happy to slightly, slightly fudge things to enjoy my patchwork process a bit more. I don't get much satisfaction out of squaring up HST blocks!

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  8. Oh those snowflakes! Is there a tutorial for the half and quarter square ruler?

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    1. Yes, if you do a search on YouTube, lots will come up. I just followed the directions on the ruler itself. Since I'm familiar with the Fons & Porter Flying Geese ruler, I noticed this one works the same way.

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  9. Oh, my, how lovely are these blocks!? This will be a gorgeous quilt!

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  10. I love your fabric pull and your blocks!

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  11. Love those minty colors. It is always good when a shop supplies my current favorite colors.

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  12. I just love THESE colors (just bought a "mint green" Fiat 500) :D

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  13. I like the piece of fabric with writing on it and a baby chick.

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    1. Thanks, I'm really enjoying that one too! It's Calico Days.

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  14. I love your selection of fabrics! Fat Quarter Shop is my favorite! They are so helpful on the phone when you have a picture in your head! I can't wait to see it finished!

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