Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kaleidoscope Twist

Welcome to Lucky Duck Dreams!  For my old followers I cant believe its been a month since I have last blogged.  I'm off for the summer and will try to get back to a regular blogging cycle.  I do post very regularly on instagram so you can follow me there.  Check the button on the side.

Today I'm happy to participate in my friend 
Persimon Dreams 52 Twisted Traditional blocks QAL.  

The traditional block I have chosen to twist is an old fashioned Kaleidoscope block.  When I first volunteered for this I immediately thought of a quilt class I took in the 1990s.  I actually twisted the traditional block way back then too.   I called it Crosses and hung it on point.  In the class taught by Sherry Wood we created our own fabric instead of string piecing.  But I twisted the one piece and came out with the above quilt made from 4 blocks.

Kaleidoscope Twist


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This finished block has a different look then the first one I made because I placed the triangles differently.  You can really have fun with how the block looks.



There is an interview of me over on www.PersimonDreams.com
* If you make the block make sure you upload it to the Flickr group:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/2445539@N20/
* If you are interested in joining this QAL you can learn more information here:  http://www.persimondreams.com/quilt-alongs/lapaceks-orchard/52-blocks



Keep dreaming...Colleen
I hand quilted overlapping spirals in pearl cottons.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2014: ROYGBIV quilt


This is the quilt I made to swap for the DQS 14.  It was a labor of scrappy, Tula Pink, fussy cut, low volume love.  

title:  Prism Star
size:  24" by 24"
design: Original by Colleen Yarnell 
inspiration:  Bright rainbow colors and low volume prints with anything Tula Pink.

I started with these Tula Pink purples. 

Then I did some scrappy fabric pulls and started cutting squares.  I have a great scrap stash.


I decides to build a rainbow star with a low volume background.  I had no repeats for the ROYGBIV fabrics.  I did repeat on the low volume prints.  Some I turned over to lesson the tone.  Then I laid it out.


Sewing it together.


I went ahead and pieced the label from scraps of purple Tula Pink. 


I was going to hand quilt in different pearl cottons but then decided simple straight line to enhance the lines of the quilt. 




I used a scrappy low volume binding with colors thrown in to match the star points.

title:  Prism Star
size:  24" by 24"
design: Original by Colleen Yarnell 
inspiration:  Bright rainbow colors and low volume prints with anything Tula Pink.


keep dreaming...Colleen


Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2014: Mini Quilt

title:  Candy Dreams:  Red Wax Lips & Pixie Stix, Rock candy Dreams
design:  original by Colleen Charlotte Yarnell
size: 35" x 35"
Location: Lewisville, NC
Challenge:  Project quilting season 5, challenge 3, Sweet Treats
Inspiration:  My favorite candies from childhood and the title of a song.


I am here today to share my Season 5, Challenge 3 entry made for Project quilting.  

Sweet Treats is the theme.  When I first saw it Last Sunday I found this picture googling.

Pixie Stix!  
It was what popped into my head.  I remembered all the times when I visited my Grandma in Jacobus, PA.  We would walk a couple blocks up the road to the small grocery and she would buy me a bag of pixie stix.

So Monday I picked some scraps I thought looked like pixie stix colors.  On Tuesday and Wednesday I cut them into 2 inch strips and made the pixie stix.  I pulled a stack of white kona scraps already cut into 2" strips.  Using my ruler and the 45 degree line created cuts to  make the stripes on the stix.

Then I felt like I needed more.  Rock Candy popped into my brain.  I ALWAYS would buy it at specialty stores when on trips.  I went to itunes when a friend mentioned the song Rock Candy Mountain.  I had never heard it before and it lead me to searching for pixie stix songs and I discovered Red Wax Lips & Pixie Stix!  I was inspired as red wax lips was another childhood favorite I use to buy at the WaWa store near my house.  So after looking at some images on google I drew up a pattern.  I traced it onto fusible and then found some old red hand dyed fabric that had lovely texture and color shading perfect for lips.  I used a feather stitch to outline after adhering it.  It only took about 30 minutes on Thursday to make. 

Then I was stuck.  I kept arranging the pixie stix and red wax lips in a swirl pattern trying to figure out which way to go.  Rock candy still was stuck in my mind but I wasn't sure how to make it.  Then inspiration struck Saturday.  I pulled a candy pink and blue from the hand dyeds.  I freehand cut about a 9" wedge and then some small 3/4 to 1" squares.  I fused everything down.  The stick was another hand dyed, a thin strip pieced with the back ground fabric.

I worked on the layout until I found one that worked. 

 I added a little button candy (another childhood fav) to fill in a hole in my border.  Used Pat Sloan's selvedge fabric.

I quilted it in a large swirl.  Its funny I knew how I wanted to quilt it before I had even had the top figured out. 
 I used a fun and quirky large scale floral for the back.  

I tried a few bindings until I pulled a favorite stripe out.  Funny thing is I cut it all up and ironed it and then realized I had a ton already made from a previous project.  

I sat and hand finished the binding watching Monarch of the Glen on Netflix.  I had been watching Psych but ran out of episodes.

title:  Candy Dreams:  Red Wax Lips & Pixie Stix, Rock candy Dreams
design:  original by Colleen Charlotte Yarnell
size: 35" x 35"
Location: Lewisville, NC
Challenge:  Project quilting season 5, challenge 3, Sweet Treats
Inspiration:  My favorite candies from childhood and the title of a song.



keep dreaming...Colleen

Still hanging in my living room.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lucky Duck Dreams: Accuquilt Block contest-please vote!

Accuquilt Block contest-please vote!

  I have 8 blocks in it.  Just go to thecontest page and register.(you only have to do this once).  Then you search for me, Colleen Yarnell.  Click on the first block and then the VOTE button.  Click the right arrow and vote on all 8 please.  You can vote every day.  You can win $300-$400 in prizes everyday you vote!
Thanks!

keep dreaming...Colleen

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Accuquilt Block contest-please vote!

Formerly the Barnquilt contest voting starts today.  I have 8 blocks in it.  Just go to the contest page and register.(you only have to do this once).  Then you search for me, Colleen Yarnell.  Click on the first block and then the VOTE button.  Click the right arrow and vote on all 8 please.  You can vote every day.
Thanks!

keep dreaming...Colleen