Monday, January 23, 2023

Shades of Blue Challenge

 Thank you Carla for coming up with this fun challenge.  I knew I wanted to make a quilt for a Christmas gift.  Yes I am running very late but I didn't know exactly what kind of quilt I wanted to make.  When this challenge was announced it sounded like a wonderful answer to my drawing a blank on an idea and pushing me forward. 

When Blue was announced I was talking to a few quilting buddies on a zoom sewing session and they suggested the Gumballs quilt from Stitchin' Heaven would be a great 1 color quilt. 

It basically called for various fabrics in one color family. I have a rather large stash collection so this worked out perfectly for me for this pattern.

There are 30 12 inch blocks. Each block has 4 HST , 1 four patch and 6 pieces of fabric in various sizes.

I didn't think it through before committing. I really don't like to trim HST and this quilt called for 120 of them.   To be honest I only trimmed about half of them and fudged the differences. Once they were done the rest of the block construction was pretty easy peasy.

The fun part of quilting this quilt was the company on the lawn across from my sewing room window. 
These are sand cranes which are very popular visitors here in The Villages.  They don't usually come onto my street. Usually we see them on the roads by the golf courses. So it was very pleasant watching them meander around for well over an hour.

Getting a quilt finished less than 12 hours before it is over due to be photographed is not always an easy job.  Yes it was a beautiful sunny moment but the wind was crazy.  I took the first shot without being able to see the quilt in my view finder,  by the time I turned around to try again and yet again the wind had quite a party.

Moved to the back of the house with my assistant where we had much less wind and less sun. The colors from the front are pretty much right on the money pictures in the shadows of the house and hedges not so much . 

The backing is a wide backing fabric that was very pretty and very soft to the touch.

Well this makes for 2 items coming off my to do list.  My last Christmas present of  2022 and the first challenge of 2023 YaHoo!!!!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  I hope you get a chance to visit the rest of todays participants and those taking on this challenge for the rest of the week.  For your convenience below is a list of everyone taking on the challenge. 

Creatin' in the Sticks<>
Desertsky Quilting<>
Selina Quilts<>
Just Because Quilts<>
The Joyful Quilter<>

Tuesday, January 24th

Kathleen McMusing<>
Den syende himmel<>
Karrin’s Crazy World<>
Artes de Paula Louceiro<>
Days Filled With Joy<>

Wednesday, January 25th

Just Let Me Quilt<>
Kathy's Kwilts and More<>
Quilted Delights<>
Quilt Schmilt<>

Thursday, January 26th

Ms P Designs USA<>
Lianne Makes Stuff<>
Quilting Gail<>
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs<>
Words & Stitches<>
Just Sew Quilter<>


  1. Congrats on getting another finish, and it is a very pretty quilt.

  2. Oh, Selina, this quilt is so awesome. It looks like a great scrap buster (which we all need)! Thanks so the great quilt and a fun read too!

  3. That is absolutely gorgeous! You know scrap quilts call my name! LOL!! I've never heard of a gumball quilt, but now I have to search online for more info. Fun to see those cranes across the street from you. We get them by us occasionally. A few years ago, I had to shoo one away daily from my yard. He was waiting for me to turn my back and snack on the fish in my pond. Bad Bird!!! :-)

  4. Annie (Annie’s Musings)January 23, 2023 at 7:59 AM

    Selina, your quilt looks wonderful! Your zoom friends were right, it does make into a great one color quilt. Good choice!

  5. Amazing job on the quilt! It's so dynamic and colorful.

  6. It's very pretty and congrats on a fast fun finish! I haven't heard of Gumball before.

  7. Gorgeous quilt! I love the blues and the pattern! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Beautiful quilt, Selina. Blue is one of my favorite colors so I'm going to enjoy visiting everyone to see what they come up with.

  9. Wonderful quilt, Selina! So nice to cross off a 2022 and 2023 item. This is a new pattern to me....but perfect for this quilt hop! I am going to go look at it now.

  10. Such a lovely quilt. Plus, the cranes are sweet, too.

  11. The wind is always a challenge for me too. This quilt gave you a perfect result and a nice present.

  12. Beautiful blues in that quilt. The pattern is great for one color.

  13. What a beautiful combo of blues in this quilt and I love the name "Gumballs"! Photos of quilts is such a challenge anyway, but the wind makes it so hard. This is a lovely gift!

  14. The quilt is so pretty with all the blues. Even if you didn't trim them all...the quilt doesn't show it; you must have fudged well.

  15. Beautiful blues, and beautiful finish! Great work! Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. A two for one!!! Congratulations! Love the variety of blues!

  17. Beautiful quilt! I love the pattern. Is it available to buy? I can’t believe you got it done and photographed in 12 hours. My hat’s off to you!

  18. What a lovely combination of blues! Thanks for sharing.

  19. I love all the blues!! ~Sandie@crazy'boutquilts

  20. This is my fav, great pattern also.

  21. Such pretty blues. It looks great.

  22. Lucky recipient, Selina!! You made such a lovely gift. Well done!

  23. Very cool. Love all those blues. I too know the struggles of last minute photo shoots. One of these days I might get one project done ahead of time. Lol!

  24. I loved the design of the quilt. You did a great job choosing the shades of blue. And I liked how the photographs turned out with wind play.

  25. Really pretty blue quilt. Nice shades of blues.

  26. All those half square triangles were worth it! So many lovely shades of blue, well done! xx

  27. How great that you could accomplish two challenges in one quilt. And especially that you could make a quilt this large from your stash. Personally, there's no way I'd have enough blues to make such a pretty quilt. You did a great job! Love that you could watch sandhill cranes from your sewing room too. When I'm out walking through neighborhoods, I'm always surprised at how frequently I see them - one time practically walking right into one of them! They seem so docile. I never tire of seeing or hearing them.


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