Tuesday, January 14, 2014

TWO QUILTS STARTED

I have 2 quilts that I need to make as gifts for this summer.  First is for my DS#1/DIL's 25th anniversary on July 1!!  This is what I have started.  In the 9-patch there will be 4 of a dark blue print and 5 pinwheels.  There will also be a pinwheel for each cornerstone.  Here is what I have on my design wall - and that's all I can fit on it.  I put it up "on point," but I might not make it that way.  


I'm going to need a gazillion pinwheels for this quilt, so I've been making tons of HSTs and will need to get more fabric.  Since I'm not using a pattern, I still have to figure out exactly how much fabric I need to buy.  I have enough of the blues - I have 7 different ones and there will be 30 12" blocks.


Next, I need to make a graduation quilt for my GS, son of the above couple, who is graduating from high school in June.  I decided to make the "Star Gazing" quilt from this book by Bonnie Hunter.


Here's the picture in the book.


I have just started making a few blocks and because I'm making 2 quilts at the same time, I can use them for leaders and enders for each other.  I wasn't sure I would like it, but now that I have a few blocks done, I do!  I will be putting sashing between the blocks like in the picture above.  Can you see the musical triangles?  He plays the piano and organ so I thought I would add that.


I have a plan!  I am going to get one of my oldest UFOs quilted before my next guild meeting on Feb. 10.  It's all basted.  Then, if I can squeeze it in, I also have another wall hanging top that needs to be basted and quilted.  I also have my appliquéd basket quilt that I'm working on finishing up the hand appliqué for the medallion and another hand embroidered project for handwork.  I like having several different things to work on - it's more interesting that way!

Not to mention several other UFOs!  We'll see if I can squeeze a couple of them in to finish up this year.

This is the book I'm currently reading.  I love Marie Bostwick's books!  I checked it out of the library last week and started reading it; then I discovered that it seemed familiar.  I looked on my book shelf and found that I had a copy, but I decided to re-read it anyway and am enjoying it immensely!  It's in the series of "the Cobbled Court" novels and I highly recommend it.


Are you excited to get going on your quilting projects in the new year?  Good luck with them!

15 comments:

Sally A said...

Love the pinwheel quilt, blue is my color, I have purchase a quilt book and later found the same one later. Oh well, a friend will get a special gift. Sally

---"Love" said...

That is a very ambitious plan, but I'm sure you'll get everything completed according to your plan; you always do! Both patterns are very interesting. ---"Love"

Katie said...

Both quilts look great and they're going to be awesome gifts.

canuckquilter said...

Both quilts are going to be lovely, and you seem to have a sound plan in place to stay interested. What a great start to the new year. (I figure anything in January is still kicking off the year :))

Cathy said...

I love the pinwheel quilt. My kind of fabrics and colors. I too started the Bonnie Hunter quilt. Hugs

Mrs. Jackie Sue said...

They are gorgeous as always!!!! - Jackie

Karen said...

I love pinwheels and these are both going to be great quilts.

lillianscupboard said...

I love both of your quilts. Can't wait to see them completed.
Lillian

Lori said...

You are starting out with a BANG! Love your two new projects and I'm sure the recipients will love them too.

Beth said...

The blue with the neutral pinwheels is really pretty. I like how it is looking.
The quilt for your DGS will be so loved. Such a great idea to add that 'music' fabric.
Two very special quilts for family. A great project plan!

Leanne said...

You will be busy, such beautiful projects to work on.

a good yarn said...

Both quilts will be fabulous! You are such a quilting dynamo Ruth that I have no doubt you will achieve all that you set out to do.

Barb said...

Love the fabrics you have chosesn....but that seems like an odd statement since I love all fabrics...so I love your quilts you are working on.

Barbara said...

Very pretty. Your fabrics are just beautiful, and these quilts will be so wonderful.

Donna said...

I love your Bonnie Hunter piece. The plaids are quite at home with the musical themed print. Happy quilting.