Friday, February 20, 2015

Odd Fellow's Gathering

Hi all! Hope you all are well and warm. Still very cold and very sunny here, but it's supposed to warm up into the teens tomorrow, so there may be light at the end of the tunnel. At this point, 15 degrees will feel like a total heatwave.

I have a great finish to share today--the Odd Fellow's Gathering quilt!


Thanks so much to the commenter from last year who gave me the great name for this quilt! This is the second quilt from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge last year. This is a traditional block called Odd Fellow's Chain, and I made two Odd Fellow's blocks each month in the color of the month. Most of it was scraps, including the backgrounds, which are all scrap white on whites.


This was a tough quilt to photograph! I took it to the park but the sun was too bright against the snow and washed out all the color. I took a few others outside in the afternoon, but as you can see, it blew around a lot. It was also very, very cold outside and I didn't want to mess around with it too much more. I finally ended up taking this one indoors:

That is a sunspot or something, not a stain on the carpet! I swear!

As you can see, I once again went borderless. I just didn't find anything that I thought really complemented the quilt, and I think having no border enhances the piecing. And it was plenty big enough without another border. This is about 66 by 66. I used a very small sashing which finished at 1/2 inch wide, just to separate the blocks a little bit and so that I didn't have to match all of those seams. I think it saved me a lot of trouble and but still lets the pattern come through.

Artsy photo in the snow!

I think my favorite block here is the "odd man out," which is the reversed values block. He adds a fun touch to this very cheery quilt, I think. And I do like the secondary patterns created by placing the blocks together. See the stars in the corners, and the economy block shapes where the sides come together? Nifty, huh?

Closeup!

That's my big finish for this week! I am so pleased with it--and so very happy that it's done! I'm pretty sure I never would have made a whole quilt out of this block except for the challenge, so I am extra glad to have a finished quilt from the blocks I worked on this all year. (If anyone is interested in making this block, I do have a tutorial to post on Monday.)

The last picture I have for today is the view through my sewing room window:



Icy! Time for a thaw, I think!

Everyone have a great weekend. I had planned to take down some wallpaper in the bathroom this weekend (which is a horrible chore, if you've never done it) but now I think I'll wait a couple more weeks until it gets a little warmer.  I've put it off this long, what's a little longer, right?

Happy sewing! Stay warm!

Linking to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda Jean at crazy mom quilts along with Angela at soscrappy for RSC15.

37 comments:

  1. All of your Odd Fellows came together so nicely. Doesn't look there were any squabbles. ;) I like your reverse block too!

    I agree with you on this weather. I don't mind snow, but can we please have a break from the negative temperatures? The roads are so icy, it seems like I see someone in the snow banks every day!

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  2. OH MY!! Love this!!! I agree, your odd fellow is such a perfect touch!! Beautifully done :)

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  3. Beautiful! And your quilt reminded me of a little Odd Fellows quilt that I made for a friend about 35 years ago. Nice Memory!
    And your quilt makes a new one! Fun use of colors!

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  4. Wow! What a beautiful quilt! The clear colors just sing. I'd be thrilled with this finish, too! Nicely done.

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  5. GORGEOUS! I love the pattern, and I love the reverse block and placement. This came out so well; what a great use of scraps! Love the photography in the snow, too!

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  6. Your quilt is lovely! I think the rainbow quilt is a great idea.

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  7. What a beautiful quilt! So bright and colourful!

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  8. What a fabulous quilt, I'm not surprised you're happy! All those jewel colours on a sunny, snowy day must warm your heart :)

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  9. What a fabulous quilt, I'm not surprised you're happy! All those jewel colours on a sunny, snowy day must warm your heart :)

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  10. The bright colors make your quilt sing!

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  11. What a TERRIFIC quilt top!! I agree with your border choices, too - not all quilts NEED borders!

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  12. Beautiful rainbow quilt top!
    The Rainbow Scrap Challenge is a great way to make a collection of blocks.

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  13. It turned out great - and no borders is just a perfect look. The Odd Man Out block is a nice little surprise. Good job. My RSC14 blocks were Pigtails and the quilt is at the quilter right now. Can't wait to see it.

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  14. Wow! I love this, and it looks great without borders. I love the reversed block too. So bright and cheery!

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  15. wall paper??!!
    ooooooooooo
    many memories of papering. Good luck, may the adhesive be with you

    LeeAnna

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  16. The quilt is beautiful, congrats! And you got some great light in your photos too (^_^).

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  17. Firstly... The horrible job of wallpaper removal... Yes I have done it. Get a steamer.. It's so easy.....
    The odd fellow blocks are great and a fantastic quilt. Your reverse block looks wonderful. I think I might try doing this. A clever idea.
    I might do a reverse curved log cabin for the centre of this years quilt for me....

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  18. Oh it's beautiful - and I'm completely in awe of all your triangles, you must be absolutely thrilled with it!

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  19. WOW WOW WOW. What in impressive finish. The tiny sashing is just perfect. I didn't even see it at first, but matching and ironing all of those seams would have been horrible. Love the colors and the reversed block, and well, everything! Congratulations!

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  20. WOW, WOW, WOW is so right. What a beautiful quilt!

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  21. what a great quilt! I know what you mean about working on a tedious quilt bit by bit, mmonth by month. it sure makes a difference!

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  22. Oh, that's gorgeous! What a clever idea to use that skinny sashing. Congrats on your finish. I enjoyed following along.

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  23. Wow! That is stunning =) So glad you shared... makes me want to pull some of my tops and get them finished off. Hope some warm weather comes your way soon.

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  24. It' GOOOOORRRRRGEOUS!! Love the fact that you've made one block reversed. The name is perfect too. Congrats!!

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  25. Beautiful quilt! Congrats on the finish.

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  26. Congratulations! Beautiful quilt and very good call with adding the 1" sashing.

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  27. What a beautiful finish. So frustrating trying to get a good photo in the winter. All that light bouncing around on the snow makes it a real challenge.

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  28. That is a beautiful quilt - love the blocks! The "odd man out" is brilliant! I may have to use that idea.

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  29. So well done! All the white (including the tiny sashing) helps blend and unify the rainbow colors. And like others, I may have to copy the odd man out. :)

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  30. This turned out so well! What a terrific finish. I bet it warmed you from the inside out (instead of the other way around!).

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  31. Oh my, oh my, oh my! I will be making this quilt after seeing yours finished... Next year!

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  32. Actually the photo of the quilt on the snow is incredible! Lovely quilt! Amazing this was made from scraps.

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  33. Terrific Quilt! Definitely has that special WOW factor!

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  34. Ein wunderschöner Quilt .
    Die Farben passen zum Frühling.
    Lg Karo

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