Work in Progress Wednesday- Fireball Quilt

Fireball Quilt?  Did I miss a post somewhere?  Where did THIS quilt come from?  Yeah, I’m a little baffled by the whole thing too.  Suffice it to say, this quilt didn’t exist a week ago, not even in my head.  Certainly not on my to-do list.

Then a bunch of random things happened.  One quilt I had been working on went terribly awry (more on that later).  I got burnt out on deadline quilts. I realized I needed a gift, quickly, for a special member of my extended family.  JoAnn’s was having a sale on fabric.  And I suddenly remembered the awesome kaleidescope templates I bought last year at Quilt Festival.

All those converged into these blocks:

fireball

One quilt for a young man who loves orange, red and black.  Several relaxing days of sewing for me, using a template and book system so elegant, so clever, that all of my blocks are came together fabulously, and frustration-free.  (I love From Marti Michell templates.  Have I mentioned that before?!?)

So that’s my work-in-progress for the week.  Bonus is, I get to link up to Lee’s WIP Wednesday, for the first time ever (and you should click over and enjoy all the fun quilty inspiration).  Happiness.  I love it when all things converge serendipitously.  Even if it means quilting in orange and black, which is WAY outta my color comfort zone.

Happy Stitching!

emily

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18 Responses to Work in Progress Wednesday- Fireball Quilt

  1. Laura says:

    I love orange! What a wonderful project to release stress with! I’m glad you stepped out of your comfort zone! :)

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’m not normally an orange girl either, but that is stunning! I keep looking again and again at how you got that cool ball in there. I think my mind finally got it. Wow!!!!

  3. stephanie says:

    OOH la la! I love the tory of how the quilt came to be. I need to check out the Marti Mitchell templates. But what I rweally like is that blazing (with flames!) middle! Great job!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I showed my girl. “Isn’t that cool?” I say. “Whoa, that’s not cool. It’s amazing!” she says.

  5. Sarah says:

    What an interesting play with the pattern/fabrics! Brilliant!

  6. I love how the orange pops and that focus star is such a fabulous touch.

    • Emily says:

      Thank you!! It was a fun way to incorporate the flame fabric, which I loved, but I was afraid it might overwhelm the quilt if I just used it in the regular blocks.

  7. Beth says:

    Very interesting! I love that pattern and am excited to see there are templates for it.

    • Emily says:

      The templates are great, and you can use them to make the blocks in a wide range of sizes. She also has a book on kaleidescope quilts that I highly recommend. Thanks for stopping by :-)

    • Emily says:

      Thank you!! The templates rock, I’m not sure I would have attempted this block otherwise :-)

  8. Isabel says:

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!! Love the colors, and the fireball is super cool!!!

  9. Hillary says:

    Holy cow is he going to LOVE this quilt!!!! I’m so glad you are getting to make something “just for fun” and, as always, am so impressed at what you can do in a week!!! I can’t wait to see his reaction- better tell Nat to get a picture!! =0)

  10. Great balls of fire! I love that design! Brilliant. And it does look like you were having fun, Emily. Looking forward to the finish!

  11. Linda says:

    I love that you aren’t afraid to use orange! Awesome quilt!

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