This is my reaction to the election fol-de-rol. Actually it’s my granddaughter Maddy’s, when she was just born (she’s soon to be 12 this year!). I’m totally patriotic (witness all my RWB blocks) and love the election itself–going to vote, feeling a unity among all Americans as we do our civic duty. It’s just the other stuff — the having to board up windows, the chants (count the vote! stop the count!), the lies, the attempts to cast doubt on the election, the lack of patience for the vote-counting — that gives me a chance to imitate Miss Maddy on a regular basis. By the time you read this, it may well be all over. Or not. Onward.
QuiltMania and I have been collaborating on releasing the Shine blocks, all newly refurbished. They usually do them on the first Friday of the month, which is upon us, so I try to time it and have a post. There’s a tab, above, for Shine, but to get the free patterns, you’ll need to subscribe to their newsletter. I have been remaking them in Red, White and Blue (told you I was patriotic!) to give them a fresh look.
But before we get to that, I wanted to show you Susan Hilsenbeck‘s block. She chose a Shine block for her SAQA Auction Quilt for 2020, and titled Op#3. I love how she chose the colors, the fabrics, and that quilting is a WOW. Really fun. Her artist’s statement is below:
Now, onto the new blocks!
This one’s a little different looking than the original. I flipped it to swirl a different direction, and instead of making the points separate, I kept them attached to the swirl, so they were both all from the same fabric.
This RWB version challenged me, as there are many places to use color and it’s a bit challenging to use just three colors. I have since found more lines of fabrics that will work with my original set, so I have more choices now.
I think I like the RWB version better than the original. Okay, here are the original nine blocks:
So, if you’ve been following along, and are getting the QuiltMania newsletters, you’ll have Blocks 1-6. The next three should drop tomorrow. Here’s a link to where you can sign up for the newsletters in order to get your SHINE blocks. If you don’t have Blocks 1-6, I’ve been assured that if you write to them, they will send you the links for them.
I’ve written two other individual block patterns, one of which has been added as a bonus block to the Finishing Instructions (which includes that sashing you see peeking out of the middle block, above). The other is being field tested right now by my friend, Linda, who is making her Shine blocks into a Christmas quilt.
I’ve got a couple more in the works, to be added to the Final Four blocks pattern that is up on PayHip.
But first, I’m going to be a guest tonight at Acacia Quilt Guild in Buena Park, California. Our workshop is Triad Harmony, which will be held on Saturday, live-online style. The organizer asked me to pass on to any of you that there are some openings left, if you’re not busy Saturday and want to jump in. Just leave me a note on this post, and we’ll get you set up. So far, I don’t have this on my teaching schedule in the future, so it may be the last time I teach it for a while.
More pumpkins. Well, I actually have thirteen, but who’s counting now?
They are. I’m happy to wait.
11 thoughts on “Shining my way through this season”
Elizabeth, the photo of your granddaughter cracked me up! I DO like your red/white/blue blocks better—I think those colors unify the blocks, though they are all clearly different. Hmm, I think we could all use a lot more unity right now, at least in the USA.
The RWB version of shine is really stunning. Deep breaths and patience. I plan to read a book and take a bath tonight!
I think Maddy’s expression is reflected on many faces if you just watched the press conference. I love the Shine Blocks! I might just have to make them 😉. Keep calm and patient while the workers do their jobs in spite of the attempts at interference.
It’s fun to see how much the personality of a quilt changes with the change of fabric.
EPP is not for me but I sure enjoy seeing projects using the technique. Both your original and the new red, white, and blue are beautiful.
Maddy! A cutie then and now!! Oh, those Shine blocks!!!!
I really love where you have taken Shine and it’s fun to see the different colorways! Your ability to grow something, even in fits and starts, is incredibly motivating.
stress abounds….keep sewing xo
How I’d love to be part of your Acacia guild meeting, but who knows what time of the day it would be in Wattle land?! I love the RBW version of your Shine quilt. It’s doing its job of sending positive vibes out into the universe. Now if the incumbent can just go graciously and humbly into the night, the healing can begin.
Your blocks are spectacular! I am impressed, as always, with our perfect piecing!