Thursday, February 22, 2024

My Blog Hop Day: Pink Explosion


Welcome to my blog hop day!

Back in October, I posted a video on my YouTube channel where I showed the African Ankara fabric I had just bought. When I folded them into bolts and got them ready to take upstairs, one of the bolts wound up sitting next to another fabric I wanted to take upstairs.

I really liked the combination of the Ankara fabric and the pink fabric and thought that the combination would look good in a quilt.

But I was about to start my daily videos with the 15 Minutes to Quilt challenge where I worked on existing UFOs, so I went ahead and put them away.

I resisted starting any new quilts in December, but the idea of combining that Ankara fabric with the pink fabric still stayed in my mind.

The challenge for the blog hop this month is Love. 
This challenge is to show us what you LOVE. Moose of course are optional!
I was almost planning another quilt for the Moose Be Love blog hop, and was tempted to use a Moose, but I realized that the pink fabric would actually meet the Love theme, so I decided I could combine this blog hop with my idea of using the pink fabric with the black and white Ankara fabric.

Although I had a month to make this quilt since the last blog hop day, the Project Quilting challenges which happened every other week meant that I only had two weeks to make this quilt. I decided that I wanted to make a big quilt instead of a small one. I knew I wouldn't be able to finish a quilt from start to finish, but decided I could at least finish a quilt top by that time.

I'm not sure that I combined the right fabrics, since this Ankara fabric doesn't appear to be in the stack of fabrics in the pile in the top picture, but these work so I am not going to worry about it. I added another pink and a purple fabric to go with the pink and the black and white fabric.

I decided that if I cut properly and sew properly, I will not have to trim the blocks. I cut very carefully. I drew carefully straight lines. Then I zipped them through the sewing machine in what was not straight lines.

Since I had promised myself that I didn't have to trim blocks to make this quilt, I decided the piecing is going to have to be improvised to work.

I placed them randomly on the design wall but it didn't really impress me. This is my first quilt using a design wall and I decided to do some designing, so I placed the triangles in alternating directions. I like how it forms diamonds and pinwheels shapes and keep your eye moving throughout the quilt.

I combined the blocks into four patches, then sewed the columns together. Since this is my quilt using a design wall, I still have a lot to learn about how to use it properly. I understand the concept of webbing blocks in theory, but it will take some practice for me to figure it out in reality. I think the fact that these are improv blocks and not all the same size created more of a challenge in webbing.

It is amazing how much room the seam allowance takes up. 

I thought I would have to add coping strips or do more cutting to get the columns to fit, but they fit all right.

So here it is, my finished quilt top. I sewed one of the columns incorrectly, but I actually like the break in the pattern so I am keeping it that way. It is a nice way for me to combine my original chaotic plan and the more planned design wall strategy.

I am glad I was able to get the top finished for my blog hop day. There is a little bit of waviness which I might have to fix before I quilt it, but I have chosen the backing and hope to get this in the quilting stage soon. I am going to slow down at this stage and be more mindful so that the quilt gets a good finish.  I will post a YouTube video about this quilt on Sunday. I have already posted a couple of videos with leftover fabric from this quilt.

This is Project Quilting Week so I will have to fit that in as well.

Thank you for visiting my blog on this blog hop. Thank you for forgiving me for not completing and for not planning a completed project for my blog hop day. I am trying to be a gentler boss of myself.

The previous post has all of the other people who are participating in the blog hop. I hope you will visit them as well.

Here is the video about this quilt top.


Joyful Quilter said...

Ooohhh, I like the combination of fabrics. Very striking. I'm not a fan of webbed piecing, I think it's harder to keep the blocks in order. I'll web piece if it is really important that small pieces are kept in a very specific order. Can't wait to see the quilt finished.

cityquilter grace said...

Wow! Very nice...yes a design wall is a very useful tool

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

What a great idea to combine those fabrics; the end result is really lovely.

Karrin Hurd said...

Great fabrics and quilt.

Carol said...

Beautiful! I love your color choices--they make a bright and cheery quilt!

Calicojoan said...

Oh I love reading about how everyone approaches their creative process. Your quilt looks awesome. Love those bright colors!

Inflorescencedesigns said...

Wonderful quilt! I love the arrangement of the blocks and the colors and fabric are great. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Swift said...

I loved reading your "go for it" attitude on this quilt and how you kept moving forward in spite of a few hiccups. It turned out really pretty with the pinks and blacks, Shelina! It's fun to just sew and not worry about the little things, especially when it turns out as nice as this. Thanks for sharing!

For the love of geese said...

Its a lovely finish and I love that fabric!

LJ said...

Finishing UFOs is a fine goal. Keep it up. Your HST quilt is lovely; the design wall is a super addition to your quilting space.

Danette said...

It is a fun quilt top. I can see pinwheels and hourglasses in the design. Random quilts are always fun.

Robin said...

What a lovely combination of fabrics. It looks great!

Quilting Gail said...

Thank you for showing us your top!!! It's OK that it's not quilted, it looks great!
Have fun with the quilting!
quilting gail

tink's mom said...

This is a very pretty quilt top it will be a beauty when done. Great job.

Danice G said...

Gorgeous Ankara fabrics. Really nice quilt.

Kathleen said...

It is fun to actually play on a design wall. Love the fabrics you have chosen and I am sure the waviness can be worked in, it doesn't look too bad.

Sharon said...

What an interesting combination of fabrics! I wouldn't have thought of it, but the result is very cool. :o)

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

wow, love how you have combined all those fabrics! It's turned out really pretty! xx

Leah said...

Fun fabrics. The quilt is fabulous.

Kate said...

Very bright and bold! The fabrics and layout really keep the eye moving. Congrats on a beautiful quilt top.