Nearly Insane Quilt…Blocks 53-59 Row 9

More Insanity recorded!

How I have enjoyed piecing this quilt, originally made by Salinda Rupp in the 1860s! Salinda’s quilt is not all perfect and symmetrical like other quilts of that era! Whimsical blocks and use of whatever scraps she had in hand make this such a lovable creation.

So, here comes Row 9 in my series of posts on  my version of Salinda’s quilt, which became popularly known as the Nearly Insane Quilt. The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

The blocks are 6″ square and, except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3, with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

Nearly Insane Block  53

Number of pieces: 29

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

Nearly Insane Block  54

Number of pieces: 41

Level of Difficulty:  Another easy one. Looking at it now, I wish I had used fussy cut flowers for the other two cornerstones in the centre too!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced

Nearly Insane Block 56

Number of pieces:  72

Difficulty Level: Easy! Squares in squares and flying geese become really pretty, with sharp points and also simple to piece when you use foundation paper to piece them! The centre pinwheel is made with regular piecing.

Technique: Foundation paper-piecing and machine -piecing

Nearly Insane Block 55

Number of pieces:  49

Level of Difficulty:  I think Salinda used up all her scraps to piece this one! Probably one of the last ones she pieced.

Technique: Foundation paper-pieced.

Nearly Insane Block 57

Number of pieces: 49

Level of Difficulty:  Easy, but so pretty! This was one of the first blocks I pieced!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced.

Nearly Insane Block 58

Number of pieces: 48

Level of Difficulty:  intermediate, with lots of points to match, unless you do FPP, like I did. This is one of the blocks that makes Salines’s quilt so special! What went on in her mind? Did she decide to just use up all the extra HSTs she had at hand to sew the centre?

Technique: Foundation paper pieced

Nearly Insane Block 59

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 59

Number of pieces: 36

Difficulty Level: Easy. I made the centre 4-patch first and then built the block around it. The corner triangles were foundation paper pieced.

Technique: Machine-piecing and foundation paper-piecing.

Here are the links to the previous seven rows!

Row 1 ( Blocks 1 to 7)

Row 2 (Blocks 8 to 13) 

Row 3 (Blocks 14 to 20, with a couple missing)

Row 4 (Blocks 21 to 26)

Row 5 (Blocks 27 to 33)

Row 6 (Blocks 34 to 39)

Row 7 (Blocks 40 to 46)

Row 8 (Blocks 47 to 52)

The Just Takes 2 Quilt That Just Took Ten…

Begun in 2012 as a Block-of-the-month by Gay Bomers of Sentimental Stitches and finished in 2021, this quilt taught me almost all I know about quilting!

Last year, my Just Takes 2 Quilt (pattern by Gay Bomers of Sentimental Stitches) finally got quilted, nearly ten years after I began it!

Tina Katwal of The Square Inch did a fabulous job and the quilting is nothing short of exquisite! Here is a gallery of some of my favourite blocks! I included some pictures of the back; zoom in to see the quilting.

The colours so remind me of the monsoon evenings at home in India, with the red of the sunset playing hide and seek with the charcoal grey, water-laden clouds! The original, incidentally, is in red and white. Here is the full quilt!

The Just Takes 2 Quilt

Such a sense of achievement finishing an UFO! What have you been doing-creating more UFOs or finishing up the projects in hand?

Nearly Insane Quilt…Blocks 47 to 52 Row 8

If you are as entranced by tiny piecing and antique quilts as I am, you have got to have seen the Salinda Rupp quilt! I have been brave enough to attempt to recreate the quilt and am sharing my version here!

The blocks are all done and the quilt is now being quilted. However, after an absence of several months, I decided to update the record of the blocks. So here comes Row 8 in my series of posts on  my Nearly Insane Quilt,  based on a 19th century quilt by Salinda Rupp...  The blocks are all set on point, with 7 and 6 blocks in the alternating rows.

The blocks are 6″ square and except for a few, foundation paper pieced by me.  I drafted all the patterns for FPP on the free Quilt Assistant software, based on patterns in Liz Lois’s book, which contains only line drawings of the finished blocks.

Most of the fabric used is Summer Breeze 3  (with a fat quarter bundle of matching solids) by Moda Fabrics, and the Dutch Garden 2 Collection by Boundless Fabric. I also used a couple FQs in blues and greens plus a jelly roll of yellows I had in my stash.

Nearly Insane Block  47

Number of pieces: 36

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Technique: Foundation paper pieced (FPP)

6" Salinda Rupp Nearly Insane Quilt Block by patchworkofmylife
Block 47 Nearly Insane Quilt  (wrongly captioned as 84)

Nearly Insane Block 48

Number of pieces: 29

Level of Difficulty:  Another easy one. Doesn’t all the fussy cutting make it pretty?

Technique: Foundation paper pieced with handle of the basket appliqued.

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 48

Nearly Insane Block 49

Number of pieces:  108

Difficulty Level: One of the more difficult blocks to piece, especially as the borders have pieced rectangles instead of squares.

Technique: Foundation paper-piecing

49

Nearly Insane Block 50

Number of pieces:  29

Level of Difficulty:  One of the more difficult ones, but was not as complicated as I made it! First I cut the diamonds in the wrong direction and then I joined one of the yellow oblong pieces wrong. And then all those points…

Technique: English paper-pieced. This block would be impossible to piece otherwise.

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 50

Nearly Insane Block 51

Number of pieces: 37

Level of Difficulty:  Easy, but so pretty!

Technique: Foundation paper pieced the centre strips and English paper pieced the stars.

Nearly Insane Quilt Block 51

Nearly Insane Block 52

Number of pieces: 30

Level of Difficulty:  Easy! Salinda was also trying to use her leftover scraps, just like me. Makes the block look busy, but…

Technique: Foundation paper pieced

Salinda Rupp Nearky Insane Quilt Block by patchworkofmylife
Nearly Insane Quilt Block 52

And here are the links to the previous seven rows!

Row 1 ( Blocks 1 to 7)

Row 2 (Blocks 8 to 13) 

Row 3 (Blocks 14 to 20, with a couple missing)

Row 4 (Blocks 21 to 26)

Row 5 (Blocks 27 to 33)

Row 6 (Blocks 34 to 39)

Row 7 (Block 40 to 46)

The Broken Wing: The Crane Quilt

A miniature silk quilt completed in 2018, for Andy Brunhammer & Jim Smith’s Hope Project.*

Patchworkofmylife crane mini quilt
Pieced origami quilt block

The beautiful cream colored silks were a gift from Tina Katwal of The Square Inch, Chennai!

Patchworkofmylife crane mini quilt
10 cranes were pieced in pure fine silk on a textured raw silk background; the smallest 1” and largest 3” big

Patchworkofmylife crane mini quilt
The hand quilted rows are 1/8” to 1/10” apart.

The cranes are lightly trapuntoed and outlined in silver thread.

Patchworkofmylife crane mini quilt
Weeds made with unraveled silver thread embroidered in to add interest to the background.

Patchworkofmylife crane mini quilt
The smallest, leading crane has a broken wing…giving the quilt its title.

Patchworkofmylife crane mini quilt
The finished cranes mini quilt ‘The Broken Wing’

Ready to hang…

*The Story of the Hope Project:

I quote Jim:

A couple of years ago a Facebook connection was making Cranes quilt blocks, and I learned that he was making 1,000 Crane Blocks. I asked him about his idea and why did he feel inclined to make the 1,000 Cranes. 
I had read about the young  Japanese Hiroshima victim, Sadako Sasaki  and her challenge to herself about attempting to fold 1,000 Origami Cranes. The tale spins in different directions whether she survived her goal before she passed away from complications attributed to the nuclear explosion and sickness

I then asked Andy if he was willing to, between quilt projects, to possibly create Crane paper-pieced blocks from leftover scraps. I told him that I had an idea of designing and creating, once we reached 1,000 Cranes, a possible series of Cranes Quilt panels that we could donate to a children’s hospital. 

Andy agreed. I created a pattern. At the time we were asked by a friend of ours, Melissa Helms, to design a quilt for the 25th Anniversary for a children’s cancer society...

And so the Hope Project was born, which I joined in.

The Hope Project was premiered at the UUC Octagon Art Center in Clearwater, Florida in January this year. Five of the 40 odd quilts made by Jim and Andy were also recently shown at Houston 2019. They eventually hope to donate their collection to a Pediatric Cancer facility/ organization/ hospital…

Who’s The Prettiest of Them All?

I bought this panel of the Frozen princesses To make a quilt ( or wall hanging) for my grand-niece who is a great fan of the two!

The Frozen Princesses Anna and Elsa are my grand-niece K’s favourites!

She was due to visit us and I thought of a quick gift for her. But how boring would this be!

So I came up with this idea.

K goes to the centre of the panel, while the other two look at her admiringly.

I printed her face on a printer-ready fabric sheet after calculating the size I would need to make it.

Everything got more complicated than necessary because I planned to put K on the right side. I cut out the pink princess ( is that Elsa or Anna?) before I realised that that would make my darling Princess K an ‘outsider’ because the other two had interlocked arms.

So I disengaged their arms and locked them with Princess K’s who moved to the centre. Ah, that’s the way I like it. The Disney Princesses look at her admiringly ( and a bit enviously?). The Resident Consultant did not think much of my original idea of a silver dress for his Princess. So I retained the silver yoke and made her blue dress from…a rayon grocery bag! ( Jaipur is a big exporter of women’s clothing. With single use plastic being banned in India, our shopkeepers are using bags made from export-surplus fabric and export-reject dresses).

The quilting was kept to a minimum. ( Also because I had just over a couple of hours for the quilting and finishing). I folded the lighter pink border to the back of the quilted piece, leaving the darker plum inner border to frame the quilt. No binding. The top border became the sleeve.

Not that my Princess minded the short-cuts taken to finish her portrait! She couldn’t believe what she saw.

“How? wow! how? wow…”, she exclaimed!

And here is the Princess herself, posing with her quilted wall-hanging.

Princess K loves her quilt!

Now that done, I have to decide what comes up next!

GRO Jaipur

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