Thursday, April 18, 2013

Living up to my name.

I just finished stitching up three small quilt tops and I realize I didn't stick to the pattern on a single one. That is where the "rogue" comes in--"aberrant behavior," which means I deviate from the standard. Those who know me would say I am anything but rogue, and I know a good many quilters who don't stick to patterns, so I am really not too unique. That said, here are my three "rogue" quilts.

Close Harmony
This one is based on Lori's "Harmony". Mine is similar, but I couldn't loosen up enough to try not to be"too perfect". Sorry, Lori.
As I studied the original and Lori's version I had an irresistible urge to make a churn dash out of it. So using the color scheme (which I love) and dimensions of Lori's center block, I created a churn dash. From there I was somewhat faithful to the pattern--with a few modifications. Hence, CLOSE Harmony.

Winter Warmth
This little creation was derived from two different Primitive Gatherings patterns--Warm Winter Blessings and Snowball Runner. I used a mini charm pack of their Snowman Gatherings line, and filled in the chinks with some of their Old Glory yardage. I still need to put the blanket stitch around the snowflakes.

Black & Blooms
Here we have my version of Primitive Gatherings Little Buds. This was made from their kit, but I did sub a couple of pieces of wool, and almost all of the cotton fabrics were from my stash. I still can't believe I made this.
The original is in tan (their larger version is in black), but I wanted the small size and the black background. I had this black cotton houndstooth in my stash and thought it would make a great backdrop for the blooms. Then I had to find brighter colors, because the ones in the kit were meant to go with the tan background and seemed a little dull against the black. 
Remember this is tiny. Each of those HSTs around the border will finish at 1/2". The whole quilt is only 10 1/2" x 14 1/2 ". Now I need to work up the courage to quilt this baby.

I've been working to get my sewing room organized, and this is my latest piece of "equipment". It has given a good home to my wool scraps, while keeping them happy in their color families. It is also housing the tiny pieces of holiday fabrics that I use for the little pineapples. They are separated by holiday, of course. When my scraps are happy (and organized), I'm happy. : )

Well, it is finally Springtime (even though we were in the low 20s last night)--the baby lambs are frolicking, the mountains are still snowcapped and my favorite daffodils are blooming.
If you look at the Daffodil in my Black & Blooms mini you will recognize this flower. They are a little droopy here because of the hard frost last night.
Until next time--and hopefully it won't be two weeks,
Janet O.

40 comments:

audrey said...

Beautiful work! I love your version of Lori's Harmony too.:)

Mary said...

Nice, I like the Churn Dash block. It's one that I make frequently. So glad you had fun making your mini's. They will look great on your Wall. Has it been 2 weeks? I like your New equipment too, where did you get it? There has to be a story in there somewhere.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

WONDERFUL!!! Delightful post, too, Janet!

:) Carolyn

Robin said...

Your Harmony quilt is wonderful. The color scheme is warm and inviting. I love the changes on the snowman quilt. Too Cute! I can't believe you made 1/2" HST. If you can do that - you can do anything.

Me and My Stitches said...

Such cute little quilts! I wish you would stop tempting me with the one from PG with the tiny flowers! And, I see you bought another postcard! Lol!

Kyle said...

I admire your rouge spirit and your variations. All your quilts are lovely. My tulips are pretty droopy here in Colorado too.

Sue said...

Oh goodness! These are just gorgeous. And I love your new addition for your wool scraps. Just wonderful!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Ohhhhh! I love all 3 of them. I don't think I can even pick a favorite. And I love love love your new addition!

Sarah Martin said...

Love your Harmony quilt! and your new organizing furniture (I was going to say 'set of drawers' but somehow it just sounded wrong! lol) Are they from a library? So cool.
Are those your sheep?

Kris said...

Your little quilts are all so wonderful!! I am so glad I get to see most of them in person and I simply LOVE the border you put on your Black and Blooms - it is just the perfect touch!! Your cabinet is fabboo - much larger than I was envisioning and it looks like you live in a little bit of Heaven - oh wait no, you live in a Hippy House!! Love ya!!

Aimee said...

I love the color scheme of that top block too! The blue is awesome in it!
Your snowmen turned out super cute :)
And that's an awesome new piece of furniture in your quilt room :)

Julia said...

Well for a Rogue...you have made a great job of the little quilts..
I love that beautiful piece of furniture for your room...awesome!
..and you live in the most beautiful place near the Rockies, enjoy spring.
Julia ♥

Elyte said...

I really like your version of Harmony and your use of the blue to frame the central block.
Lovely work in the other quilts too.

Ruth said...

I just love your little "Harmony" quilt! I have lots of the same fabrics and the colors are awesome. The snowman quilt is darling. And the flower applique is simply amazing. I can't believe it is so tiny! What a project! The cabinet is perfect for storage. I love cabinets with lots of drawers.

Maureen said...

It's fun to make a pattern your own. Love the combination of snowball blocks with the appliqued snowmen and snowflakes. It still amazes me how small Black and Blooms is. I'm thinking wool is thicker than cotton. Will you use batting in this quilt? Where did you find that chest of drawers? It is perfect for fabric collectors like us! I can't help but envy your backyard view. Thanks for including this lovely scene!

Debbie said...

Super post. I love that you explained all your variations. You know I can't follow a pattern either, so I am an admirer of those you are like me! Your tiny wool creation is amazing....I am in awe of it and love your mix of colors. Great storage system you found...very cool.

Quilting Babcia said...

Have to say I really love your version of Harmony! It just radiates warmth and, well, harmony! And your scrap cabinet, what a wonderful find! Organized storage is something we all want and need, and is so elusive!

Cathy said...

Your quilts are beautiful. I also made harmony into a churn dash. What a fantastic view you have. Happy Spring. Hugs

Lori said...

You rogue little quilts are adorable and I think it is great you make them your own!!
I ended up putting a linky on my blog if you want to hook up to this post,I'd love it!

Nancy said...

All three of your little quilts are just fantastic especially Little buds. All the red in Harmony really makes it special.

Pam said...

Great little quilts!!!

Yvette said...

What great quilts! You are a genius!

Linda in NC said...

Three lovely finishes! You go!

Betty said...

Wow! what a beautiful place that you live. Looks like it is right out of a travel book. Your Black and Blooms really turned out great, I love the final outcome of your fabric choice. Also, your new addition to your sewing room has many, many places to store your "goodies" . Enjoy your week.

Sarah said...

Great cabinet! Is it old?
Rogue is just a way of life - why make the same thing as everyone else?

Doniene said...

I'm sure my comment will be lost in the myriads of comments - but wanted to tell you that all your finishes are just perfect!!! Harmony is so "you"!!! Winter warmth is absolutely adorable and "Black & Blooms" is wonderful!!! You did a grand job with your wool and applique work! I LOVE it!!! Your cabinet is awesome!!! Your organization is going well!! Ahhhh...Springtime in the Rockies!!!! Can't beat it!!

Blessings

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I love your version of "Harmony" ... and I've said it before but will say it again, I just love your "Little Buds" ... breath-taking!!

And I love the picture of your spring, with your lambs frolicking and the mountains in the background.

Kindred Quilts said...

Love your take on Harmony! You are such a rebel! tee hee!

Anonymous said...

I love your Harmony quilt too! I can't seem to follow directions either.....actually, I can I just don't want to!

Angie said...

They are gorgeous, and even more special because of your own personal interpretation of them. :) Love that cabinet. :)

Denise :) said...

Janet! Arrgh! I *love* these! I especially adore the snowman/snowball one -- how fun it is! Close Harmony is fun too ... especially because of the process of its name! LOL! And wow oh wow ... Black & Blooms is a stunner. Are the flowers done in wool? I totally could not believe it when you typed the whole piece is only 10.5 X 14.5. Get out! It's so tiny! And perfectly stunning! Your mountains are very pretty with their snowy peaks -- especially since things look to be greening up down below! I thought spring had finally arrived here for good, but we're back into freezing temps ourselves. Rare is it that we have a frost *after* Todd's birthday (4/17). That's always been our planting date! Not this year!! Love ya', friend!! :)

Quilter Kathy said...

Every single photo is a delight!
Hope we get spring time here soon too!

Vic in NH said...

Oh my! You have been so busy and the results are astonishing! So many pretty things to see. I love the red one best! And I sympathize with your Juanita variety of daffodils with their orange trumpets, because we went down to 28 degrees last night and my Mount Hoods will be toast, I fear!

Randy D. said...

Wonderful little quilts~! Very inspiring! I don't know how you have the time!

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow Janet! I love your little mini's! Of course my favorite is the black wool mini - it is just awesome!!! And you really did a great job of the snowman quilt - I just love snowmen :*) That is the PERFECT storage cabinet for your wools - what a great find!!! Glad it has warmed up there - I think spring may have finally sprung here in Music City :*)

Material Mary said...

Janet these are lovely...love the little blooms and all the minus..great job!!!
Mary

Jeanne said...

Three more beautiful quilts! That time does have a way of slipping by, doesn't it?

Ranch Wife said...

You make rogue look awfully good! I hope you have a special spot to hang your 'Little Buds' - it's divine.
The colors in 'Close Harmony' are extra lovely - just very inviting and very harmonious. :)
I have that same little set of drawers. I adore it for small scraps although I haven't figured out which drawer everything is in so I open numerous ones before hitting the one I need.

antique quilter said...

your always so productive I love your abundance quilt and your new cabinet for your wool scraps looks perfect for that.
ok the picture of your view is too beautiful for words.....
thanks for sharing your view with us I always love seeing it.
the snowman is just adorable!!!!!!! LOVE that little quilt too!
Kathie

Mrs. Olsen said...

Oh, I love the flower quilt at the end. Such bright happy colors.