Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Quilt By Any Other Name.....

Sometimes, in the creative process of making a quilt, the way you thought things would go take a different course.  Have you found that in your quilt making experience, too?  Well...it wasn't the quilt itself that has changed, it's the name.  Today, a dear designer friend emailed me to say that she has been following my blog, and in my last post, read the name I chose for my little quilt, Cottonseeds.  She really likes the quilt, and happens to love that name too, so much so that several years ago, she named one of her quilts Cottonseeds.  Well....too funny!  She could not have been nicer about this, and I think it's best to change the name of my quilt so there's no confusion.  So, I've decided to re-name the quilt.........

Spinning Wheel

Truth be told, I had been trying to think of a name with the word "reel" in it because of the center block, but nothing came to mind.  Somehow, it does remind me of the smaller types of spinning wheels nineteenth century "Prairie Women" used.  Hhhmmmm.....yes....it's growing on me.  What do you think?

Spinning Wheel 
Well...I see I didn't crop the photo straight.  Sigh....please forgive.  I adore the blue border fabric and it was such fun making this quilt.  I chose to use an alternate blue fabric in the reel block because the border fabric didn't show well, but you may not have to use an alternate depending on your border print.  I have used larger print fabrics in reel blocks before and it looks wonderful!  I also ruminated quite a bit over whether to use the gold or the red for the border "leaves".  I auditioned both, and the gold drew too much attention (in MHO) from the border print, so I went with the red which was more subtle.  No right or wrong there...just my opinion.  I am loving the red print with its bits of gold and green.  It was fun, and everything you hope when making a quilt.  A pleasure from beginning to end.  Now....it needs its label, backing and batting, then off to Ronda's to be quilted.  The pattern should be ready in April....so stay tuned.

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Let me take this moment to remind all of you whom participated in the Orphans & Scraps Sew~Along that I'd love a photo of your project!  Emails have been arriving daily with photos from quilters around the world.  So excited and happy about that!!  Remember, you don't have to finish your blocks into a small runner like I did.  In fact, the photos I've already received have those blocks set in all kinds of ways, with and without borders, on-point, in a square...you name it.  It will be a blast to have the 
"Airing of the Quilts" (aka show-n-tell) in April.  

So...please email a photo of your Orphans & Scraps Sew-along project.  It does not have to be quilted or bound!!  Please send the photo to Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com, by April 1st, along with your first name, and the state/country where you live.  

There's still time to participate!  Click here to go to the beginning of the sew-along.

Well....better get to work...always lots and lots to do!  I made another soup last night that was a big hit so I'll be sure to share that with you.  In the meantime, thanks so much for visiting with me, and I hope you like Spinning Wheel.  Happy stitchin' and Happy Valentine's Day to all.....Pam


10 comments:

  1. Well gee... I think I can handle April 1st! lol! :-)

    I like Spinning Wheel alot! Both the name and the design AND the fabrics. Simply beautiful!

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  2. Spinning Wheel is a beauty! I just received my copy of Primitive Quilts and was thrilled to see your beautiful quilt, Star Strings! It is gorgeous and I love that it can be made with scraps. This quilt is on my to-do list!

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  3. when I think of the word "reel" I straight away think of country dancing. The Cumberland reel is one of my favourites, but many other dances include a left hand reel or right hand reel, four hand reel and so on. There's my suggestion "Four hand reel"...

    Kath x

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  4. Some of you have emailed me to ask about my applique method. You can see a tutorial by looking for the "Hand Applique by Machine" Label found on the sidebar of my blog. Click on it and it will show you all of the posts for this method. Hope this helps!

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  5. What a sweet little quilt, and I think the name works just fine.

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  6. I like the new name. Cottonseed just didn't fit. It looks great. Nancy P.

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  7. Your little quilt is so cute, love your fabrics. Why can't you call it Spinning Reel? What ever you call, it's really cute.

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  8. The border fabric is so perfect for this quilt!

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  9. From FNSI. I think the name is perfect, the centre design definitely had a spindle look in MHO, and I like the subtle red leaves. I'm going to take a look and the orphans and scaps info, it looks like fun.

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