Monday, January 26, 2015

Richmond Reds

I took a class Saturday afternoon/evening with a couple of friends at Grand Country Quilters in San Marcos, CA.  It was so fun!  I have never taken a class there, and haven't taken a class in a very long time ... It was good for my soul.

We were making a pattern called Richmond Reds by Barbara Brackman ... We had the cutting instructions prior to class and by the size of the pieces, I was guessing the quilt was going to be quite large.  After just finishing the 88" x 88" mystery quilt, I did not want to make another large quilt.  I chose to make mine smaller and was happy to get it all cut out before class.
The original was 80" x 80"; I finished mine yesterday ... I am so excited!  My version is 55 1/2" x 55 1/2".
Isn't it pretty?  I used reds inside, and blacks around the outside.  Everything came from my stash.
I was a little concerned about how bright my light background fabric was.  In the original quilt, their fabric was more muted, but this was what I had.  I am really happy with how it made my stars POP.
I am pretty darn proud of my points!  This quilt was made using a ruler set called Tri-Rec rulers.  I usually do not do templates or funky rulers, so I was not sure I was going to like this process.  But after I sewed about three sections together and found out the best way to place the pieces so it would measure as it needed to, I decided I really liked the process.  It doesn't waste as much fabric, and it was really pretty speedy.
I did a lot of ripping out in this quilt as it is a bit of a process to get all the pieces in the right places!!  I am very happy to call this my 4th finish of the year!  I don't know what is going on ... I am never this productive, but I am loving it!  Really the only reason I have had so much opportunity to piece is because I haven't had any longarm business. I caught up in December, and I only have one small customer quilt at the moment.  This is the first time this has happened in 3 years, so  I am taking advantage of this rare opportunity!


jayne said...

Great job friend - can't wait to see it in person!

Diane E W said...

It is very pretty. I like how your stars pop.