Sunday, November 28, 2021

Portrait time...........


The seams are all sewn, the pressing is done, time for a portrait.

I posted this on my Instagram feed too and it looks a lot brighter there, the difference between a real camera and a phone camera.  I think the colors are truer in this photo.  This one ended up 68" x 92".  It will shrink up a little with quilting.

(Reminder: this quilt was inspired by the Gridlock quilt in Kaffe Fassett's book Glorious Patchwork and again in the book Kaffe Quilts Again.  Both of them in the books were made by Liza Prior Lucy).


I had a couple crazy pieced blocks started a few months ago so I added a few more strips and then trimmed them.  The fabrics are all Marcia Derse designs.









I had just one edge trimmed when I took this photo.










Here they both are after trimming.  I have lots of small scraps and haven't decided what I'll do with them yet.





I have a bud and a bloom on the white cactus.  It was in a bigger pot when I bought it about 5 years ago and the center part died during the summer. I have found in most cases that the ones that are in larger pots are usually several separate pieces instead of a large plant and this one has 4 pieces left in the pot.  That is why it doesn't all bloom at the same time.

 

15 comments:

Nancy Near Philadelphia said...

Bravo! Love your Gridlock, Wanda.

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

I have several cactus's that have more than one plant in it and you can really tell when it starts to flower - the one in the living room is really noticeable as half is flowering and the half isn't.
love how the quilt turned out - very pretty and I love the design of the two blocks together

Julierose said...

Beautiful cactus bloom--they really do lift the spirits during this time when our gardens have gone to sleep for the Winter;D
Great that you got your quilt together...it is a glorious bevy of color nice work hugs, Julierose

Brenda said...

I love all your quilts but Gridlock is perhaps my favourite. Thanks for walking us through your design process. Enjoy your cactus plants this holiday season.

Sally Trude said...

I don’t know whether to say what a fabulous use of Marcia Derse fabric or what a stunning version of the gridlock pattern. And I don’t know which I enjoy more…the delightful variety within each block or how you’ve pulled all the blocks together.

sewyouquilt2 said...

Oh my gridlock is GORGEOUS. Love it

sue said...

That quilt is beautiful! I just checked out Glorious Quilts from the library because I've been inspired by yours.
I never had any luck with Christmas cactuses. My mom always had large ones in big pots, but I never noticed if they were all one plant.

JJM said...

Gridlock in all its GLORY ! All dressed and pressed and its portrait is perfection. . . Crazy blocks are so full of fun pieces crazy pieces.
Great Sunday post today Wanda.

JJM

Linda Swanekamp said...

Looks just wonderful all assembled. I have some cactus blooming, but not as much as last year. Hmm. Maybe more will come.

Quiltdivajulie said...

No cacti here - I have miserable luck with them. Your version of Gridlock is stunning! And I vote for more crumb blocks with those leftover small pieces.

Lesley Gilbert said...

Yes, the colour is better here than on IG and such a great finish (so far). I got used to the blocks with the lines going downwards - is this the 'right' way now? As always, I love your scrappy blocks - I want to start another one soon :)

patty a. said...

The quilt top turned out gorgeous! Bravo to you!

Vicki W said...

That turned out really striking.

Mystic Quilter said...

Oh the single square border was the perfect choice and such a beautiful quilt! Nice crazy pieced blocks and such a good way to use up scraps - I have mention of scraps in my next post!

Lidwina said...

LOVE your gridlock quilt - you have inspired me to find the pattern (I had to order the book from the library). I like how you have done the postage stamp blocks - I was really having trouble understanding the directions from the book - the photo of yours makes it clearer to me. thanks for the inspiration! Love your blog Wanda!