Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Quip - Happy National Popcorn Day - New Quilts

Good day and Merry Christmas... Again.

Today, January 19, is Christmas Day for the Armenians of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

And Happy National Popcorn Day! It is on this day that we can make and eat popcorn and pretend we are at the movies… Or if you would like to go one step further, you can jump around and pretend you are popcorn kernels popping. (Certainly the day for all hyperactivity to break loose!)

It is time to provide a quick update as to our progress at, and present some introductory ideas for our quilts and quilting for 2011.

The top for NC Blue Bargello (NCBB) Quilt, without the borders, has been sewn. The approximate 6,200 mini-rectangles of 16 fabrics create a fantastic flurry of 16 waves. NCBB top’s dimensions, again without the borders, is at present; Width – 83” (210.8 cms) and Length – 94” (238.8 cms).

My calculation is approximately 54 square feet or the equivalent of just over 6 square yards of fabric. This is a big quilt. In other words, about every 21 mini-rectangles represents 1 statute mile of North Carolina coastline. (The North Carolina coastline is about 301 statute miles.)

Here is a current sampling of NCBB.

The fabrics are in for a new design, DW’s Quilt. The ranges of colors are turquoise, beige, and sand. The preliminary sketching has been drafted and I’m plodding along with CorelDraw with the possibilities. More on DW’s later.

Following up with the Jelly Roll and Mystery Quilt class, Mystery Jelly construction is taking place based on the fabrics of Moda’s fabric line Maison de Garance. The base colors are red and chocolate. Our deviation from the requirements of size as suggested with Kimberly Einmo, (see My Quip), has now been transformed from a matrix of 9 squares to a configuration of 20 squares.

The Moda’s fabric line Maison de Garance will be our next challenge and will incorporate a new series of quilts. This fabric line is available through, Hancock’s of Paducah, as well as many others.

I'm exploring designs for a new small quilt... The arrival is expected in about May.

Stay-tuned to the progressions of NCBB, Mystery Jelly, and DW’s… Check out our current available quilts at Quilts SB Etsy. Also scroll down any page in our Quilts SB Blog to our Grid. You will see a portfolio of all our finished quilts and wall hangings. If you have any questions and/or comments please feel free to get in touch with me via email.


Jim and Andy

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