Hi Everyone! It's my turn today on Rene's (of Rene' Creates) blog hop for her new Peace quilt pattern. The photo above is the cover photo for Rene's quilt. Rene' does such a great job of taking her quilts on field trips for the purpose of photo shoots. Amazing photos.
I first met Rene' (in the foreground in the photo above) at my Gruber's retreat. I think Rene' is so neat. She has the coolest style--great design sense, great color sense, great personality. I love the quilt top she's working on in the photo above, and I'm totally going to plagiarize it (with her permission). She is so kind and generous, she even sent me some fabric I need to plagiarize her. I just really, really like Rene'. I am so happy to have her as a friend. And, she's about the cutest thing ever.
As I said in my previous post about this blog hop, the Peace pattern has a baby size, throw size, and a full-size pattern. Sweet Pea is totally into peace signs, so I thought I'd make this for her. When I showed her the pattern to ask her what she wanted, she looked at the pattern, smiled, and said, "Really?! For me?!" It was awfully cute. The two smaller versions use solid squares in the peace sign. The largest version uses pinwheels for the peace sign. I was hoping she'd pick one of the small ones, given my limited time to get this done. But no, she really adored the pinwheel version (pictured above in Rene's cover photo). Of course she did! You saw that one coming, didn't you?! She loved the pinwheels (just like her mom does!). I asked her what else she wanted for her quilt. She said she loved the white background. She also told me she'd love purple in her quilt. Hmmmm.....
The pinwheels in this quilt can all be made with charm squares (5" squares). (Actually, all the sizes are pre-cut friendly!) So, I went through my charm packs (yay! using something I already have!!!) to see which ones I had enough of. There were a few choices. I presented them to Sweet Pea, and she chose these, which I've had in my stash FOR. EVAH. I was really surprised she chose 1930's fabrics, but I guess the dogs hooked her. I was trying to figure out how I would incorporate purple, because I didn't think it would go with these charms. But, then I found this lavender in the 1930's section at The Attic Window, and it looked really nice with the fabrics. I was surprised at that. I paired it with Kona Snow.....Perfect!
One thing that bugs me about precuts is that they are not always cut accurately. And it's hard to know where to line up your stitches on the pinked edges. Rene' uses a fun method for making your half-square triangles, where you sew around the edge of the square and then cut in an X. I cut my purple 5" squares and used those edges to line everything up and ignored the pinked edges of the precut. You can see here how off some of those pinked edges are! Where the pinked edges were off, I just lined up to the nicely cut edge.
I owe a huge debt of thanks to my good friend Caroll for helping me finish this quilt. I have a confession...I goofed on what the deadline was and didn't start until 2 weeks before I needed to have it finished. EEEK! I had a Saturday Sew Day with Caroll up in Grand Rapids, and she sewed all the squares for me. I cut them and sewed them into pinwheels. I managed to get all the pinwheels done in a day and a half as a result of Caroll's help. Caroll, I love ya. Thank you soooo much!
I love patterns like this, where the resulting blocks are a little too big, so you can trim to perfection. It is such a huge help for a great finished product. A tip for you if you make this...use a nice ruler with a 45-degree line on it to help you trim. You can get those points lined up in the corners nicely.
Sweet Pea loved the resulting pinwheels. I gave her the pattern and asked her to lay it out for me. (Notice her shirt has a peace sign on it!) She loved doing this and got everything organized just so. Now, if an 8-year-old can do this, so can you! :-) That goes to show you how well Rene' put together the instructions!
And here, my friends, is the finished quilt top. Sweet Pea is totally thrilled about this. I really like it, too. Who'd-a-thunk the 1930's fabrics would look so good in a peace sign?! (There were some black and white and red charms in the pack, too, but I pulled them out and didn't include them in this project. That was Buffie's suggestion, and it was a good suggestion. Thank you, Buffie! Love my Saturday Scrappers at The Attic Window!)
Keeping it real, and true confession time....I was sewing pretty fast to get this done on time, and not all my points are perfect on the edges (they look really good in the centers). But, you know, I did not worry about it much, because this is going to be a well-used cuddle quilt for in front of the TV. It will get washed, stuff spilled on it, etc. Sweet Pea won't care or notice how neat my points are. So, I just didn't worry about it. :-)
I took Sweet Pea shopping to pick out a backing. Because it will be something to cuddle with in front of the TV, I suggested minky-like fabric. She picked out some pink minky fabric. I just have to piece the back and drop it off with the quilter. I am NOT going to attempt quilting with minky. I'll show it to you again when it's quilted.
Rene's pattern is very well written and clear. Everything fits together perfect. Very gratifying! The quilt goes together fast....Obviously! You guys know how long it usually takes me to complete a quilt top...Like a year or two! haha! And I got this one together in two weeks--and it's the full-sized one. So, there you go!
The Peace sign is so popular these days, especially with young girls.
Here are links where you can buy Rene's pattern:
RENE' HAS GRACIOUSLY AGREED TO GIVE A COPY OF HER PATTERN TO ONE OF MY READERS! YIPPEE! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ENTERED INTO THE GIVEAWAY, PLEASE JUST LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, AND MAKE SURE THERE IS A WAY FOR ME TO GET HOLD OF YOU.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WAS CINDY SMITH! Click here to see the blog post about the winner.
I will draw a name Friday night and pick the winner! There are lots of other chances to win a pattern, too. Check out all the other posts on this blog hop to see everyone else's versions and to get in on their giveaways. It is so fun to see all the different versions and interpretations. I-spy versions, solids, rainbows, Christmas, Kaffe.... Too fun!
- Monday, January 21 - Katie at KT Quilts (http://ktquilts4fun.blogspot.com)
- Tuesday, January 22 - Michele at Nostalgic Cafe (http://nostalgiccafe.blogspot.com)
- Wednesday, January 23 - Cindy at Live a Colorful Life (http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com)
- Thursday, January 24 - Michelle at Frustrated Quilter (http://frustratedquilter.blogspot.com)
- Friday, January 25 - Stephanie at Peas in a Pod (http://peasinapod.typepad.com) YOU ARE HERE!
- Monday, January 28 - Terri at Terri's Notebook (http://terrisnotebook.wordpress.com)
- Tuesday, January 29 - Doris at Made by a Brunnette (http://madebyabrunnette.typepad.com)
- Wednesday, January 30 - Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski (http://maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com)
- Thursday, January 31 - Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts (http://www.prairiemoonquilts.com)
- Friday, February 1 - back to Rene' at Rene' Creates (http://www.renecreates.com) for a give away
Have a great weekend!
Until next time,
Full Disclosure: This pattern was given to me, free of charge, by Rene' to try out. And, as I've mentioned, she is my friend. However, everything I've said above is my honest opinion. The pattern is just great. If I'd have had any problems, I would have told Rene', who would have fixed them. You'll notice how many people on the list above have tested this pattern. :-) Rene' is very thorough!