Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jessica's Sisterhood Quilt

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts continues--this month I am adding to Jessica's (from Quilty Habit) quilt.  First it went to Ashley, she added the row of churn dash blocks:

I was really excited to work on another black-as-neutral quilt.  The last one was this prayer quilt.  The fabrics are so much prettier and brighter for this one--I love the contrast.

The first block I decided to make is this Radiant Splendor block.

I messed up making the flying geese right away (I made colored geese instead of black geese), and then saved the half square triangle trimmings--all the extras went to the "boneyard" on my design wall:

Photo courtesy of my 4 year old.

So my goal then became using the pieces from the boneyard wherever possible:

Layout from this blog.

And I also wanted to use some of the Echino Birds I ordered with a gift card I won during a Sew Mama Sew giveaway to Jones and Vandermeer:

I chose the fabric especially for adding a few birds to her quilt, so I was so thrilled with how well the colors worked out!

While debating what to do with all the boneyard pieces, I came across this tutorial on making a churn dash block with a tiny pinwheel in the center.  I started with 1.75" HST, and ended up with a 2" churn dash with an itty bitty (wonky) pinwheel in the center.  I then added more churn dashes to it to get this block:

I call it the "yo dawg, I heard you like churn dashes" block.
I used all but 5 of the boneyard flying geese, hurray!  Here's the whole quilt now, going to Laura next!

I really enjoyed working on this quilt--I think the birdy blocks are my favorite though!


  1. HOLY CRAP HOW IS THIS MY QUILT TO KEEP FOREVER?! You are freaking amazing. And out.

  2. It looks great! I've always loved bright colours against a black background. That was how I made my second quilt, and at least one more since then.

  3. So much awesome!! I laughed so hard when i saw your hash tag for the churn dash block, so funny! Your blocks are all amazing! I love your Radiant Splendor block, gorgeous! And thanks for the link, i'll be making that one for sure!

  4. Wow your blocks are so stunning with the rest! Love the birds! Jess is a lucky girl this is turning out amazingly!

  5. Wow your blocks are so stunning with the rest! Love the birds! Jess is a lucky girl this is turning out amazingly!

  6. sooooooo, it's a good thing i send quilts to you.... because i would steal those bird blocks. ain't no shame in my game. fair warning, jess. you better quilt those down quickly, because i am smitten.

    you are one talented lady, renee!

  7. Wow - the colours you have used, just pop against the black. Love that radiant splendour one,

  8. The bird blocks are fantastic, but I have to admit that I love I love the "yo dawg" block - that center piece looks so tiny! :)

  9. I don't know which block I love best, they are all so awesome, and the birds are a real cute addition!

  10. Wow! I'm struggling to pick a favorite. I'm leaning towards the pink and black one. Such a beautiful pop and so graphic.