Monday, October 10, 2022

Going Back in Time, Part 1: Effervescence, Llama Llove, Galvanized

 I finally realized that while this year I have attempted to do more than Really Random Thursday posts, and therefore have posted some WIP posts to show what I'm working on in the sewing room, once quilts are completed, they are never written about. I am somewhat caught up over at the LACL Quilt Diary, but thought I would catch up here as well. So in the next couple of days/weeks, I will be posting the quilts I have completed so far this year, 12 at current count!

First up is a set of three quilts that were started long ago (as are many that I have completed this year): Effervescence, Llama Llove and Galvanized. At first they were each quite small, more wall hanging size. But I really don't use wall hangings much so I decided to enlarge each of them to at least baby size.


Effervescence is a quilt that was started many years ago, and another one that I was determined to complete in 2022.

It began as a Scrappy Trip Around the World, which was a popular technique by Quiltville Bonnie. I tried a couple of different layouts.

 Once I settled on a layout, I folded it up and put it in a box.

A few years ago I found a fabulous fabric by Robert Kaufman called Effervescence, and decided it would be the perfect border fabric for these blocks. It had a range of colors that did an ombre' effect from one selvage edge to the other. I tried to coordinate the border colors with the blocks.

I then had to increase the backing as well. Originally I only had the solid strip segments surrounded by some black. I added a selvage-to-selvage strip of Effervescence and surrounded everything by more black.

Then it went to Darby.

We took a trip to Oregon in the summer of 2022, and while in Crescent City, we drove past an amazing mural that had so many colors that were in the quilt.  So we stopped to get some tape and the next morning, before the business opened, we carefully taped it to the mural.

It was such a cool optical illusion of actually floating in the water.

Title: Effervescence
Pattern by: Block design by Quiltville Bonnie
Date Completed: 2022
Size: 50" x 50"
Quilted by: Darby Myers


I made these four blocks in 2011, using the super cute llama fabric by Laurie Wisbrun and a design by Scott of Blue Nickel Studios. Then it was folded up and put away from the next ten years.

I pulled it out earlier in the year, determined to make it at least a baby-sized quilt. 

Borders were added.

Which meant that the backing, which I had also made several years ago, needed to be enlarged as well.
It was quilted by Darby.
Doesn't this little llama with glasses just make you want to smile?

It is now ready to pass on. 

Title: Llama Love
Pattern by: Blue Nickel Studios
Date Completed: 2022
Size: 40" x 48"
Quilted by: Darby Myers


Years ago, I was inspired by a pillow I had seen at Target to make the center pinwheel block. I used shot cottons by Kaffe Fassett and surrounded the center with two borders, the second one with a beloved shot cotton called "galvanized." I have used it in several other quilts and never get tired of it. The threads running one direction are orange, while the threads running the other direction are turquoise, giving it a luminous gray color that is really hard to photograph.

Then it was folded up and put in a drawer, where it sat for years (which seems to be a pattern of behavior for me...) In 2022, I decided that this one, along with others of a similar size and fate, needed to be completed. So I pulled it out and added some more borders to make it a more usable size. 

For the backing I used up more shot cottons.

It was sent to Darby for quilting. 

Then I took it to Thrift on Blackstone for some photography.

Title: Galvanized
Pattern by: Me
Date Completed: 2022
Size: 52" x 52"
Quilted by: Darby Myers 


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Charlotte M. said... #

Those are all great! I always loved Laurie Wisbrun's fabrics and wish I had some more of them. They were fun. I especially like the quilting pattern on Galvanized. So unique! Nice finishes Cindy!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

I love the quilting motif quilted by Darby on Galvanized. And the print you used to increase the size of Effervescence is perfect, as is that photo of it floating on the mural. Are these quilts you plan to keep or gift?

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

All three are lovely quilts. Hard to chose a favorite since they are all so different. Perhaps Effervescent since I have some of that fabric. But the photo shoot of Galvanized really lets the turquoise and orange shine. What a perfect setting for the photography. Congratulations on completing some of the old"er" projects.