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Whimsical Windmills

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We had such a beautiful weekend here (finally!). I spent almost the entire time outside with the kids and zero time at the sewing machine. We have to appreciate the warm weather while we have it, right? I did manage to get out to take a few quilt pictures though! Last week, I finished my latest quilt, Whimsical Windmills. (You can see more about the fabric and quilt blocks here.)

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It was really fun to get a chance to work with Full Moon Lagoon by Mo Beddell (thanks Andover!) I love the colors, the artwork, really everything about this collection.

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When I was brainstorming ideas for this fabric, I couldn’t stop thinking about low volume.

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I really enjoyed making this little quilt a couple months ago. I started thinking about how great Ashley’s low volume quilt, Marcelle Plus, looked, with the brights mixed in. So I gathered my low volume fabrics to use as a scrappy background to a vintage block and started working.

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After doing a lot of straight line quilting recently, I decided I wanted to get back to a bit of meandering free motion quilting for a nice, crinkly look. It took a few minutes to find my “free motion groove” again, but I just love the results – even if it is a bit harder to photograph!

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My local quilt shop happened to have the great panel from the Full Moon Lagoon line, so I thought that would make a perfect backing. I was a little short – opps – so I added a simple strip of white down the side. The binding is a lovely, soft stripe from Cloud9 Simpatico. The finished quilt measures 48″ x 56″.

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I know a lot of people have asked me about a pattern for this quilt, as I did paper piece my blocks. I created one and it’s in my shop – it includes the required fabric amounts, a cutting table, some quilt math for figuring how many of each print to cut, and the paper piecing template.

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If you haven’t paper pieced before, you can find a tutorial here on my blog. I really like to encourage everyone to learn. It opens up such a great world of opportunities for you!

Full Moon Lagoon is now available. You can find it at the following shops:

Stash Fabrics
Westwood Acres

Happy sewing everyone!

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21 Responses to “Whimsical Windmills”

  1. 1

    Absolutely beautiful!! I love how there is some stark contrast in some places and soft blending of colours in other places.

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    Carla says:

    It’s beautiful. I am really liking the low volume and brights I’ve seen. Lovely

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    Cecilia says:

    Very pretty! I like how you used the panel for the backing.

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    MichelleD says:

    Love this quilt so much! Thanks for making up a pattern, it is on my must do list.

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    The backing is perfect. Such a pretty quilt. I love the pop now and then of the dark background blocks.

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    krista says:

    This is beautiful, Faith!

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    Jerry says:

    Low volume…..the catch phrase lately. Why is it such a big deal right now? Quilters have been making light colored, light patterned quilt for ages and ages…think about all the 1930′s quilts. Is it just that people like saying “low volume” as if it were a new discovery? – just like the Salsa craze years ago….people liked saying “salsa”…..even if they didn’t like eating the stuff. So funny.

    Very nice quilt. Yes indeedeee! I made one of these 60degree triangle quilt many to many years ago. They are not all that difficult – you don’t have to make them with the paper piecing method, and can avoid all that paper ripping that often stretches the bias lines.

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      Faith says:

      Hi Jerry – I don’t think anyone has said “low volume” is something new to quilting. (Unless you’ve seen something written that I haven’t?) It may be new to some of us, as many of my readers (and myself) have been quilting less than 4 years. It’s a fun trend right now, and I’m happily embracing it.

      You are right, you don’t have to paper piece these blocks. You can cut the pieces with an angled ruler, you can use templates, lots of options. I personally will paper piece anything I can. I love how everything ends up perfect and I can zip right through the piecing. While it may not be for everyone, it’s very enjoyable to me. One of the best parts about quilting, or anything really, is that 100 people will find 100 different ways to accomplish the same thing. For me and these blocks, it’s paper piecing. :)

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    elsa says:

    Love the quilt Faith ~ it is so darn cute and Mo’s fabric is perfect for it! I love paper piecing too ~ it’s gotten to be my favorite way to piece anymore.

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    Danny says:

    I just love this quilt. I’ve been watching your progress on IG and I love how it turned out. Great job!

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    Sondra says:

    Hello Faith,
    Love what you did! That quilt is a beauty! Very pretty combination. Thank you for always sharing information with everyone.
    I have never tried paper piecing, but you have inspired me!!!
    XXX Sondra

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    It’s gorgeous, Faith!! I have a bundle of this fabric that I plan to use on giant floor pillows for my girls, but it looks awfully nice as a quilt!

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    Mabel says:

    Faith, beautiful quilt. Need to learn paper piecing, it seams sooo easy!
    Thank you

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    mrs d says:

    I really love it. I love how the opps on the back turned out so cute.

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    Christa says:

    That backing fabric is fantastic! (And the quilt is great too!) My daughter has been dying to find some seahorse fabric so I’m glad you shared!!

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    Anita says:

    Your quilt came out beautiful!

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    Vera says:

    Lovely. Great color combo!

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    Maeve says:

    Such a lovely quilt! I do not really like paper piecing, but this quilt might just tempt me to try it again. It is really beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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    Laurel says:

    I love it! It is so happy. I don’t love low volume, but this doesn’t really read that way to me. There are lots of nice bright colors. Definitely going to check out full moon lagoon.

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    Maree says:

    Both Quilts are Beautiful but am Partial to the Pinwheels a Timeless Classic…
    cheers

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    Claire Jain says:

    I’m catching up on my blogs ;-) This is so beautiful! It makes me want to go whip up a quilt RIGHT NOW.

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