Wednesday, November 5, 2014

All Seven Rows Sewn!

The weather has been cooler and the skies are grim, but the wind has died down at last! Only the hardiest oak leaves are left on the trees. My hazelnut bushes' leaves are still on, but all crumpled up.

 No wind and no precipitation means my driveway is available for a layout. Yippee! So more progress was made on my Bonnie K. Hunter's design of Celtic Solstice.

I was very worried about my brilliant turquoise "pops" being nicely distributed throughout the quilt top's center, so I rearranged the rows three times.

It also made perfect sense to me to be spreading out and lifting up sewn rows instead of individual blocks. Why didn't I think of this before?!?!! If you have 49 blocks, that's a lot of bending and stretching to position each one individually, but the seven rows were a breeze to move to switch them. Here is the final arrangement that I settled upon:

This quilt had filled me with fear. When my sister, Suzanne, saw my two stacks of blocks beside each other on my ironing board, she could not believe that they were intended for the same quilt. The blocks looked so unrelated in both their colors and patterns. But the genius of Bonnie K. Hunter is that it does all work!! Thank you, Bonnie, for your fabulous design! I love this now!

Meanwhile, over at The Pearson Road Community Senior Center in Alton, New Hampshire, we had a great time sewing away and chomping chocolates!

I have learned that one bag of Hersey's Milk Chocolate Nuggets fits perfectly into an empty rinsed-out Parmesan cheese shaker. That is best for transport so that none of them escape into my tote bag. Ask me how I know, LOL!

Sue and Margorie were there but not in the picture. I am seen working on four patches made of  5" charm packs in a Moda pattern called Clermont Farms. I'm not using any pattern, just sewing four charm packs together for a random top.
I say "random", but in truth, I do edit the lights and darks for a good distribution. Each block is a 9" giant 4-patch. I plan on setting them 6 blocks by 7 blocks and then adding borders to the center for a couch-potato throw.

Hope your weather is cooperating with you, too!

Happy sewing!


Auntie Em said...

Congratulations on getting all your Celtic rows sewn together. It's great to be able to see how all the blocks work together to create one beautiful design.

Janet O. said...

I love those splashes of turquoise! They really make the whole thing come alive!!

cityquilter grace said...

that top is sooo gorgeous....i do love the turquoise pops....perfecto!

Susan in FL said...

Love your Celtic Solstice. The colors are bright and beautiful!

Cathy said...

Oh my goodness that's beautiful! Congrats. And I love your design wall. It looks similar to mine and doesn't work so well in wind and snow!

And that just doesn't seem like enough chocolate to me.

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