Monday, March 28, 2016

Island Sunrise: Paintbrush Studio New Block blog hop!

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Welcome to my stop on the 2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block blog hop!  For those visiting for the first time, I'm Renee and I quilt on a 6300 Janome (a domestic machine with a 9" throat).  Here are all the quilts I made since the last New Block blog hop:

My completed quilts since September 2015!  You can get links to each of these from the My Quilts tab at the top of the page.

This year the inspiration for our 12" quilt blocks is Ocean Sunrise.  Here's my block:

Island Sunrise 12" -paper pieced quilt block.

 I decided to design my block from this photo, taken by my older brother in December, 2015:

Photo credit: Chris Rice-McClure (sunrise from the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands).

My brother is working a job on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands and shares many gorgeous photos.  I chose to use one of his photos as inspiration for my blocks as a way to commemorate his time there.


**If you make one and share it on IG, tag it with #IslandSunriseQuiltBlock **

If you're new to paper piecing, here are the tutorials I liked best when I was getting started:


Here is my tester block turned mini quilt, I had fun quilting lots of details with Aurifil thread colors:

Island Sunrise mini quilt, about 12" square.

This post would not be complete without the full disclosure that the block was actually based off this sketch by my friend Sara (@bluequailstudio).  She made it after I sent her my inspiration photo and complained of feeling uninspired:

Island Sunrise quilt block inspiration sketch by Sara @bluequailstudio

I instantly loved it with the flying geese!  So, many big thanks to Sara (go check out her IG, she makes fun projects!) for her help in designing this quilt block.  Here's my mini and the final block side by side

Island Sunrise mini quilt and quilt block.

This blog hop was sponsored by Paintbrush Studio and they provided 6 FQ of fabric to make a 12" quilt block to be donated to charity quilts made by the blog hop hosts.  I had so much leftover I made a few bonus blocks:

I used my leftovers to play with improv-curve piecing and more sunrise ideas.  Though to be honest that lower left block has the wrong pink, oops.

To read more about the Paintbrush Studio New Block blog hop and fabric giveaway, visit Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl !  You can also go check out all the other new Paintbrush Studio blocks on the blog hop today:

30 comments:

  1. Wow, your block has great perspective! It makes you long to walk along that beach with your brother. Kudos to Sara for the sketch and to you for the execution. And thanks for the paper piecing tip references.

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  2. Love it! Love the collaboration! Love the extra blocks too!

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  3. That photo your brother took captures those colors perfectly! Great job on the collaboration and I really love the extra blocks you made. When all of them are paired together, it really does remind you of an ocean sunrise!

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  4. This is so interesting! I love the perspective. You really did capture the photograph so perfectly!

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  5. Wow, the flying geese in the block are really perfectly executed. You and Sara make a great team. And the extra blocks? Swoon! I am excited to put the blocks together into charity quilt(s), and thanks so much for participating in the block hop again! <3

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  6. Wow, stunning.You got it,well done.

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  7. Thanks for the mention! The black came out fabulous.

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  8. The curve block on bottom left is my favorite.

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  9. I can totally see the inspiration in the block. Great job! I also love all the other bonus blocks!

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  10. What a unique take on the challenge! I love how you've captured the perspective of the photo. Great job!

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  11. The perspective on the block is really cool. I love that you used a photo for inspiration.

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  12. Great job! I love the flying geese in the block.

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  13. Very pretty block. Interesting to read about your inspiration.

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  14. your blocks are lovely. thanks for the pattern.
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  15. What a great block Renee - I love how you took the literal prompt and made it abstract with those beautiful sunrise inspired leading lines. I love all your other improv blocks - they're all so beautiful!

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  16. First off, your brother's picture is amazing. Second, I love the perspective in your block. It makes me feel like I'm walking along the beach.

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  17. I love the perspective in this block and the subtle flying geese. Thanks for sharing the inspiration photo. It's clear how you chose the block.

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  18. The vanishing point is effective. Well done.

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  19. Wow, love the block, the mini, the sunrise and wavy curved piecing blocks all!

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  20. Wow, these are all really great blocks, and I love that you used your brother's photos as inspiration.

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  21. Stunning block--thanks for sharing

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  22. I love all of these blocks! The disappearing flying geese are great and I love the improv curves block.

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  23. Oh Man!!!!! I ADORE your block and your bonus blocks just knock it outta the park!! Please make a quilt from them all so we can drool over them! xx!

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  24. Renee, you are an amazingly talented quilt artist. I love how you recreated that photo in your block. And I also really liked the improv pieces at the end of your post. I look forward to seeing more of your talented creations in the future. Take care, Mary.

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  25. Loving these blocks and the colorway. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  26. The link to the first pic is broken. Super cool block, and fun to see how it resembles your inspiration.

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  27. Wow, I love how you included your mini quilt to fully illustrate your idea! Bringing us in on your thought process is really wonderful as well!

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  28. I love your design and the quilting, I can't wait to play later today with it.

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  29. I love your inspiration...the blocks are wonderful. How do we get the other three designs?

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