Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Finish: Homespun Fun!


 Homespun Fun
54 x 78
Machine quilted and tied

 Most of the Friendship Stars made of homespun fabrics and muslin were swapped long ago.  When Bonnie Hunter was running her mystery this year I decided to make the units she gave in the clues to advance some of my UFOs forward and skip the mystery.    Around the same time the Stashbuster Yahoo group was talking about an Irish Chain Challenge to bust stash.   And so that's how I decided to make the nine patch units and add them to the Friendship Stars in an Irish Chain layout. 

I quilted it on the diagonal in the muslin areas which left the star and nine patch homespuns  without quilting. That was okay for the nine patch blocks but left a little less quilting in the star blocks so I tied them in the center with perle #8. 

This will be a donation quilt for a guy when the time is right. Seems like a lot of male family and friends were hit by prostate cancers and such last year so I'll be glad to have one handy for giving although I hope I don't have a need to give it away under such circumstances. 

And now that I see this picture up close it looks like I might wash it again. The Color Catcher came out just a little gray and dingy looking with no color. I thought the muslin looked a little dingy but I chalked that up to using a gray backing and it possibly showing through to the front.  But now that I see the photo it looks like there might be a little bit of bleeding like around the green/blue star.  I hope it's just an optical illusion. It's difficult to wash quilts by hand around here now that I have the wringer washer.  (Actually, if you asked any of the men in my life if they saw anything wrong with the quilt they wouldn't even notice a little bleeding or dingy muslin. They would think something was wrong if it wasn't long enough to cover them properly while in a reclining position.) 
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24 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

turned out great!

Chantal said...

Oh! I love this simple but gorgeous quilt. I have to add this to my to-do list for one of my boys. I think I'll do it with men's shirts or maybe flannel. Thanks for the inspiration. Congrats on this beautiful finish. ;^)

Ellen said...

Really love this one Cathy! :)

Ellen said...

Oops - hit publish too soon. Hopefully, your friends and loved ones will stay healthy so that you can keep this one for yourself. I printed out a photo of it so that I will remember the design. :)

Jayne said...

What a wonderful finish! The combination of stars and chains is beautiful!

Julie in GA said...

Beautiful finish, and a wonderful way to use old blocks! I love the combination of the stars and nine-patches.

Marly said...

This looks lovely and snugly! This is a nice combination of blocks.

Nann said...

Are those the Friendship Stars from the Block Swappers? I like the chain setting!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is the perfect combination of blocks and I like the way you combined some machine quilting with hand tying, too! Great finish!

Kat Scribner said...

This scrappy homespun is MOST LOVELY !

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Love this! You picked a perfect pattern for those homespuns. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a cozy quilt you have made!! LOVE the fact that you changed up your focus for the Mystery. Personally, I should have done the same!!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love this scrappy homespun cuddly quilt!

Sue SA said...

Great combo of blocks for a fun quilt. Good luck with the re washing, that reminds me while it is ridiculously hot here I need to re wash a red quilt of mine that bleed :( to see if I can get it out.

scraphappy said...

Anything looks great with an Irish Chain. This will be a perfect guy quilt when something comes up.

Linda said...

Great quilt. Always amazed at how finished Quilts arrive magically on your blog posts.

mangozz said...

Your quilt is adorable Cathy! Did you put flannel on the back? Do you use special thread for machine quilting?

gayle said...

Another terrific quilt! (You're going to end up with a lot more than 18 for 2018, aren't you?)

thatfabricfeeling.com said...

This quilt seems so cozy! Great job and no worries about the color change after washing...that just adds to the authentic look! I try not to fret as each quilt changes a bit after washing. It's part of the surprise but also softening of the art!

dq said...

Ooh I love this one. Congratulations! Lets just keep this up all year.

Quilting Babcia said...

Whoever eventually receives this quilt is going to be wrapped in warmth and comfort, it looks so soft and inviting. And you're right, most people wouldn't even notice a bit of color bleed, though I do hope it comes out with another wash and a bunch of color catchers.

Lynette said...

Love the way it turned out! I really like the combination of quilting and tying.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

It looks so comfy and cozy!! LOVE it!!

Izzy said...

Congratulations on the finish! It looks beautiful and snuggly! On behalf of the 2018 FAL hosts, thank you for finishing along with us.