An Even Dozen – Quilt Tops that is……

In January I posted a quiz on my HollyDee Quilts Facebook page – How many of my own Judy Niemeyer Quilts Tops do I have to quilt?  The answer was 11 – that was on January 16th.  Today is February 1st and I now have an even dozen!  I am so excited because I just finished my Captains Wheel Quilt Top, pattern by Judy Niemeyer.  (Judy’s Original).   (Someday I will count how many other quilt tops I have of my own to quilt!)

I started cutting the fabric on December 16th.  (Remember I also am a long arm quilter and we had the holidays in there –  I did not sew every day on this project, I just fit a couple of hours in here and there.

The fabric - time to chop it into little pieces.....

The fabric – time to chop it into little pieces…..see the tan and bright yellow in the back?  They did not make the cut!

A fantastic rainbow of color – I hope this is as pretty as think it is going to be!

Lots of little pieces

Lots of little pieces – the one in the very front here are the replacements for the tan and bright yellow

I think I am in love!

Look at the magic when you sew those little pieces back together to make a big piece of fabric again!

Look at the magic when you sew those little pieces back together to make a big piece of fabric again!

When you take the time to spin the ends you get rid of that huge bump that makes it very difficult to quilt.  And a very pretty pinwheel.  Thanks to Ardelle from Canada for teaching me how to do this!

When you take the time to spin the ends you get rid of that huge bump that makes it very difficult to quilt. And a very pretty pinwheel. Thanks to Ardelle from Canada for teaching me how to do this!

I think I like this one....

I think I like this quilt!

See the fabric that randomly changes color around the smaller captains wheel block – that is the replacement fabric – much better than tan don’t you agree?

Corner picture

Corner picture –

If you have already made this pattern or are currently working on it – you will notice that my corner is different than the pattern.  I added a line down the center of the corner so my color wheel would work it’s way around the quilt properly.

Overall photo - something is still missing!

Overall photo – something is still missing!

The original pattern includes a rope that undulates around the quilt between the border and the Captains’ Wheel blocks

The pattern adds a rope and I found a slick way to do this - I am so excited to teach this method!  This is not the finished look, I still need to press it back and tack it down.

The beginning of my rope – it is not finished here!

The rope really finishes it off and I love how the colors change as it goes around.  I purchased the fabric at Houston International Quilt Festival in November with no particular project in mind – serendipity!

And now the overall with the rope attached - what do you think?

And now the overall with the rope attached – what do you think?

Now for some fun…..  The pattern is “Captains Wheel”  This is a companion quilt for “Mariners Compass”.  Both of these quilts need names – do you have a good idea for a name?

My Mariners Compass

My Mariners Compass

About hollydeequilts

I am a wife, mom, grandma and quilter. I also enjoy gardening and dabble in genealogy. And I love Pinterest!
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2 Responses to An Even Dozen – Quilt Tops that is……

  1. Maryanne Schaeffer says:

    Captains Wheel – “Fireworks”
    Mariner’s Compass – “Spirogyra”

  2. Ann B says:

    Northern Lights — or Celestial Navigation

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