Happy New Year!

I wish you all a wonderful scrappy New Year!   Our lives sometimes(?)…always(!) are a collection of bits and pieces. What we do with them makes a huge difference.  Individually those scraps can seem worthless and unimportant but we can piece together a wonderful, colorful, creative, beautiful, warm and loving scrappy quilt!  So Quilt On! my friends.  May your scraps be plentiful and never ending and may you all experience great joy and peace in this coming New Year!

I’ve been busy!  I finished my granddaughter’s quilt and delivered it to Michigan over the holiday.  My (seaming) never ending hand quilting project is slowly getting to a point where I can see the end.  I’m quilting the border now and have one and a half sides to go…..but then I have to do one more go around before I can do the binding.

my altered version of Diamond Candy

my altered version of Diamond Candy

I will also be doing a lecture on my scrap organization system with a trunk show and later some classes for Scrapitude at a local quilt shop. I’ve been rounding up my scrappy quilts to show just what all that scrapiness can do. It will be a good opportunity to take some pictures so I can add them here to my Finished Projects category.

Of course, I had to do Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion MQ. Like I needed another project! I’m not in love with all the busyness so I’ve decided to tone it down a bit. Some look great but mine just didn’t cut it for me. So I’ve picked the squares and sashing apart. New sashing will separate the blocks and the sashing she used will become an additional new border. I’ll post some pictures once I get a few blocks together. This is my third Mystery quilt of hers. Bonnie chooses her scrappy look with scraps within a certain color pallet and that’s fine. Somehow I have always ended up wishing I had used different fabrics or more likely not used certain fabrics that ended up lost in the design. In my own designs I like to use a wide range of colors and values creating a very distinguished pattern. Although some may be busy, the design is always very apparent. Different strokes for different folk, I guess. I do love some of Bonnie’s designs and they are in my someday pile. She surely does love scraps!

Ten days until Clue #1! Make sure you Subscribe so you get the latest and greatest and don’t forget to post your project pictures on the Flickr site. I can’t wait to see them! Wish I could post mine….hee hee!
Happy Quilting!

  • Erin Marie
    January 3, 2015

    I love the look of Bonnie’s quilts, but a lot of the other quilts that I see others making don’t have the same sparkle, even if they use the same colors! I was excited when I saw the cutting instructions for your mystery quilt because it was values, not colors. I think value is such an important part of a quilt, especially if you don’t know what it’s going to look like in the end, and Bonnie Hunter hardly touches on the subject.

    I did, however, print off the clues for Grand Illusion so I can make it later on down the road. It really is a stunning quilt.

    I can’t wait to see more of your scrap quilts.

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      January 8, 2015

      Hi Erin, Yes, I agree. Value is very important when you are making scrappy patterns. I like to use all the colors I can get into my scrappy quilts but I always try to get that pop with the value. I never want to lose the focus of the block and I always try to have some resting point for my eye.
      Happy Quilting,

  • Shelly
    January 4, 2015

    Looking forward to the start. It will be fun.

  • Pratima
    January 8, 2015

    A very Happy, healthy and peaceful New Year, Charlotte 🙂

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