Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Amish Garden

Well, I have started a journey of making mini quilts. I have done a few using a method called foundation paper piecing, it is a foolproof way to get a accurate mini. This is my first attempt at the old fashion way of piecing. The pattern is called Amish garden. It is suppose to reflect colors found in radishes, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. It will be finished off by a wide border with some nice hand quilting, hence the amish part.
I cut out all the pieces in one day. Each square is 1.25 inches by 1.25 inches. After they are sewn together that come out to each square ending up at 3/4 of an inch. It took me another couple of hours to sew the squares into rows with each piece being added on point. This morning I sewed half of those strips together to form half of the center of the quilt. The other half hasn't even been started so you see how much it shrinks once sewn together.
I realized when making this quilt, how I must not like the color purple. I used fabrics from my stash and had to actually go out and purchase some purple because I have no purple fabrics. I often see designers on HGTV that go thru their clients house to get color ideas. I now see how if you look around your favorite colors will be found in your clothing, furnishings, and even a quilter's stash. I have all my fabrics folded and stacked in a closet and so I went to the closet and opened the door. Yeah, it worked the green pile was the largest and that is my favorite color.
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  1. That is very pretty.......you must have a lot of patience to do that....but then I know you have patience if you can put up with Tom! (ha ha)

  2. The miniature quilting looks cool. It seems like you could use it in a lot of things around the house...pillows, curtains, towels.

    Does the green preference apply to your clothing too? I've heard that your preference shows up in your closet. I seem to have a lot of red/coral/fuchsia. I like the cranberry color in your quilt the best.

  3. Yes it definitely shows up in the closet, but right behind green is the cranberry and navy.