Sunday, March 21, 2021

Quilt Reveal: Wild and Free

 Wild and Free, Just Like the Sea

 I wasn't going to participate in the Project Quilting challenge, but since it is the last one for the season, I wanted to help them finish out the year with a large turnout.

At the beginning, when I was making blocks for my Seaglass rooftops quilt, which will probably be officially called Amalfi Coast, I was only cutting the pieces for the blocks as I went along.  I didn't want to cut strings if I didn't need them. But then this week, I realized I could use leftover strings to make a string project. Sew some strings and see what you want to do with them, improv style. Use up more scraps.

I then decided I could use the strings to make a quick Project Quilting challenge so that is what I did instead. I have plenty of other leftover fabric for a string project.

Instead of straight strings, which I thought might be boring for a small project, I made a log cabin. The colors aren't true on my screen in these pictures.

It is about 10" x 11 1/2".

This week's Project Quilting Challenge 12.6 theme was Ab Intra, a Latin phrase that means “from within". This quilt fits the theme in many ways. First of all, there is a center, and there are layers around it. I use an onion analogy a lot in my life. In order to do anything - manage your finances, get healthier, learn to quilt, it is good to tackle one layer at a time, and build on your skills.

Second, the colors remind me of oceans and bodies of water. I don't live near water, but if I could live anywhere, it would be near water.
The quilt has an hourglass figure like mine.

Thirdly, to make it even more literal, I inserted a heart in the quilt.

You can see it in proper lighting conditions. It is something I had read about when I started quilting, and there may even be a quilt I did that in but I haven't done it since until I thought about the challenge rules.
Never give up 
for that is just the place and time
that the tide will


2021:  Weeks 12 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I spent my week making more of the teal and aqua rooftops blocks. I decided to make more blocks instead of making more rounds. I have the planned 30 blocks made now, and will start sashing them this week.  I also made the Wild and Free mini quilt for the Project Quilting challenge.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 80 out of 80 days
Success rate  = 100%

Linked with:

15 Minutes to Stitch

Peacock Party 

Patchwork and Quilts


Sherrie said...

Gorgeous Wild and Free Quilt...Your aqua rooftop blocks are
very pretty...have a great day!

Robin said...

You project makes me feel so carefree. I haven't felt that way for about a year now.

The Joyful Quilter said...

A heart inside your quilt?! SEW totally awesome!!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I love the ocean colors, and wow, what a special subtle touch to enclose the heart!

Kate said...

Your challenge mini turned out beautifully. The blues are so pretty. Congrats on the finish and on a great year of stitching time. A perfect score so far.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I do love blues with greens and your rooftop blocks are gorgeous. Lovely little mini, too. And I'm with you about living near water - I sometimes drive downtown to just sit and watch the MS River since it is the closest moving water near here. Duck ponds hardly count.

Rose said...

Inso love this...the colors remind me of one of our daughters...she likes colors like that and I love them too

Kyle said...

Beautiful colors and your heart included within is lovely.

Kyle said...

The colors are beautiful and the heart included within is lovely.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

I love it!!! And, congratulations on your 100% participation. Woohoo!

PersimonDreams said...

The heart INSIDE the quilt- pure genius! I absolutely LOVE it! Thanks for joining in the PQ fun ;)

Kaja said...

I have never seen anything like your heart inside the quilt, but it is the coolest idea!

Kim said...

Oh, that heart, 'tis genius. How pretty the silhouette looks against the light. Love this concept! Those blues are so pretty.

Tanya said...

The colors and the quilting all remind me of the sea. Even a frond of sea grass in the middle!

Quilter Kathy said...

How fun to insert a hidden heart! Lovely!

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Soft and serene colors! Looks like the sea indeed, lovely!
Thank you for linking up today ;)