Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Let's Twist to the 60's with Batiks

Welcome to "Let's Twist to the 60's with Batiks"! We have seen so many great quilts on this blog hop with inspiration from the 1960's. You can see all the projects on the pinterest board.
When I saw the posting for this blog hop I knew I wanted to make a quilted peace sign. Unfortunately I wasn't quite sure how I would go about actually sewing it. Luckily I found a peace quilt to inspire me made by Rene over at Rene Creates. Of course I wanted to miniaturize my peace quilt, so I started
by making lots of 2" pinwheel blocks from my brightest 1960s'ish happy batik scraps, and added in some squares of my favorite batiks.  I really enjoy sewing with batiks, and I even like how they smell when you press them! YUM! 
It was all good until I started figuring out the math for the background strips. Oh my. That is when the fun ended!

But eventually, through trial and error (mostly error!) I got the top together, and jumped right into the machine quilting.  
The fun was back!




Here is how "My Peace" quilt turned out... pretty groovy!

I plan to take a better photo of the quilt outside in a peaceful place when there is a nice weather fall day. Thanks again to Madame Samm and to Mary for organizing this fun blog hop for us. I encourage you to visit my blog friends to see what they created with Batiks today. 
Here are the links...enjoy!


Grandmama's Stories
Kathy's Quilts (that's me!)



65 comments:

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

That is gorgeous! Love it!!

Carla said...

Look at all those little pinwheels. It's a beauty. The math stress was worth it. I love it.

Judy B said...

What a fun quilt! Sew bright and cheerful. Thank you for sharing.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love all the pinwheels incorporated - adds great color and movement to the piece or is it peace?

margaret said...

I love pinwheels, the peace sign is so right for the 60`s

JanesQuilting said...

The Pinwheels were the perfect touch. Peace sign is "Groovy".

Janet O. said...

Very clever, Kathy! It would look right at home on the side of a VW bus, don't you think? : )

Gmama Jane said...

What a Groovy Quilt!!!
Peace
Gmama Jane

feltfree på Åsly said...

So much fun to see this

Mary said...

As a teeny-bopper from the Hippie age of the 70's I LUV IT! I remember making peace signs on my PeeChees and waving the "peace sign" like Richard Nixon. Cute Quilt, I would make it in something other than BATIKS though. I don't care for the smell!

Britt-Inger said...

I love your quilt. It is so much the sixties. Thanks for sharing

Lesley said...

This is amazing! Definitely the most creative and beautiful peace sign I have ever seen!

Heleen Groot said...

Very groovy! It looks amazing. I love the batiks you used and of course the peace sign! Beautiful work. Thank you.

charlotte said...

It turned out awesome. I love the colors. Very nice job!!

Thearica said...

Those pinwheels just make this quilt pop! Bet you make top 2!

withajoyfulheart said...

Very pretty, sew creative.

JoyceLM said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Gingini said...

Oh this is wonderfull!! Love it!

Jeanie said...

Fabulous job! Oh my.... all of those tiny pinwheels... love them! Great job!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Very piece/peaceful! Another great quilt, Kathy!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Wow gorgeous! The idea and the execution of it are both really special.

Vickie said...

Awesome design and great quilting !

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very neat quilt Kathy....I have always loved the peace symbol...I still have the ear rings...lol

Mdm Samm said...

more than pretty groovy...spectacular and so much soooo well you will see wink..

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love this! blessings, marlene

Ellen said...

So creative and cute!!

Rose Best said...

Love the colours in your Peace Sign very creative

Carol said...

I'm blown away at all your tiny pinwheels...they are so outta sight! This is a very groovy quilt. Peace!

Linda said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Wow!

Margaret said...

I love it. I hope you write a tutorial on it Would love to do one for my grand daughter Thanks for sharing

Teresa in Music City said...

Love it, Love it, Love it, Kathy!!! So original and creative! Reminds me of my teen years so much :*) I had a peace sign run on my floor - I sure wish I knew what happened to that. It's so true what they say, that all things come back around eventually. My 9-year-old granddaughter just loves peace signs and has now decorated her room in them, in bright bold colors. Yeah, she's a little like her grandma :*D

InGa said...

What a wonderful quilt!! Just 60's and still sooooo cute. I loved it.

Joyce Carter said...

WOW! This is amazing with all the little pinwheels. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Kindred Quilts said...

Borrowing a line from the 60's... FAR OUT!!! Your Peace Quilt is delightful!

MooseStash Quilting said...

I love those mini pinwheels too. What a fun way to use them. That is some power planning and piecing. Whew! Great job!

Beverly Kirk said...

Amazing what the heart and mind of a creative quilter comes up with!!! Beautiful!

Lori said...

this is wonderful. I love the colors. and the swirls just add dimension.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Gorgeous. Love how it turned out.

Just Quilt It said...

I love the pinwheels in your peace sign. Great job--now if everyone would just try to live by this motto, the world would be a better place. Peace and love to all quilters on the hop today!

Mary said...

You did a great job on the peace sign. Thank you for being part of this groovy hop.

patchouli moon studio said...

Groovy quilt with the pinwheel blocks! I can dig those colorful batiks too. That's one outta sight quilt!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Groovy quilt! I love pinwheels.

Sarah said...

I agree - pretty groovy! Love the tiny pinwheels.

Janarama said...

Your Peace quilt is stunning. LOVE everything about it. Congratulations for top pick today.

madebymeinred said...

This is delightful. Great use of batiks.

Aimee said...

2" pinwheels! Goodness. Beautiful quilt.

Emily C said...

Very groovy.

Kathy H said...

Great quilt. When I looked closer, I saw all the pinwheels and loved it even more.

Frances Campbell said...

This is sew beautiful. Peace in Batiks. Groovy.

LJ said...

Totally groovey. Love the mini pinwheels, your colors, the symbol, and quilting. Way cool, girl!

tink's mom said...

wonderful peace of art. great job, congrats on being the pick for today.

Vivian said...

As a former flower child from the 60s (spending that decade sitting in high school classes and then walking college halls), I'm totally in love with this peace symbol quilt. It's unique and groovy.
The extra time and effort making the pinwheels--definitely worth it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Jane S. said...

Now that really is groovy! I love the starbursts and swirls that you fussy cut. :)

sandra said...

Very groovy but oh my all of those tiny pinwheels what a wonderful quilt.

jan said...

This is totally awesome! So much tiny work. You did a great job. Thank you for sharing it with us.
xo jan@sewandsowfarm

Needled Mom said...

That is just great! Perfect for the 60s.

Mara said...

I love the little pinwheel blocks, very groovy.

Debby said...

That is a marvelous, fabulous, beautiful quilt! So very creative; I never would have imagined making that peace sign using little pinwheel blocks. It is one of the most unique things I've seen in a very long time. Kudos to you!

Linda J said...

This looks so cool, Kathy! I can see where the math part would have been challenging. I may be projecting but that was the subject that always gave me the most trouble in school. These days I use EQ but you still need math to plug in the numbers sometimes, LOL.

Connie said...

Wow Kathy, this is so beautiful and a perfect 60's project!!

Sarah said...

Your peace quilt has turned out so well!

Lyndsey said...

I love your peace quilt. The little pin wheels are adorable. I'm glad it was you doing the maths and not me. The quilt would never have got finished in that case.

Leah said...

I love your peace quilt! Very clever to add the pinwheels!!!

Terri in BC said...

Love it!

Kate said...

How fun! Love your colors and the background just sets them all off so well. Another beautifully done project!