Monday, April 23, 2012

Rusty Windmills

Well, here's the finished pinwheel quilt that I gave a small peek of in my last post. It was inspired by rusty farm windmills. Now, it seems to me that not so long ago just about every farm around here had a windmill, but now I am seeing them less and less, which makes me sad.
However, I am really happy with how the quilt turned out!
I wanted a modern take on a traditional Amish pattern, and of course I also wanted to use colors that reflect the barn/farm structures in this area. Around here you see lots of whites and reds, as well as various colors of weathered brown wood. And rust. Lots of rust!
So, once again I turned to those great "Grunge" fabrics, (from Moda). They capture the patina of this area better then any other fabric I have yet to find. Even the white fabric is streaked and flecked with bits of grey and beige, although it's so subtle you unfortunately can't really see it from the photos.
I quilted this piece with straight and wavy lines in an arrangement that I hope gives the feeling of air moving through the windmills blades...
because what good is a windmill without moving air?!
"Rusty Windmills is now here available in my Rural Retro Designs shop.
Hope you all have a great day!

26 comments:

Esch House Quilts said...

This is wonderful, Victoria! I'm not usually a fan of brown and red, but I love this. Love those Grunge fabrics too.

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Love your modern take on the pin wheel! These colours would fit perfectly in our living room! Love them.

Kit Lang said...

that quilt is a real beauty - and looks amazing where you've posed it. :)

Barbara said...

Absolutely stunning in its sophisticated simplicity. You are such an inspiration to me

LOVE the quilting !

Nancy said...

This is lovely... graphic, clean lines. I'm a big fan of brown in quilts. Somehow I always seem to put some into mine. I'll look for those fabrics. Well done.

Cheryl said...

I just took a photo of a windmill yesterday, Victoria. You're right, you don't see them as often anymore, at least here in Colorado. Pretty, pretty quilt.

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful and perfectly thought out regarding colors and movement.

em's scrapbag said...

Beautiful quilt. Love the quilting~

Vicki W said...

That is very pretty!

MariQuilts said...

It turned out beautiful...I'm such a fan of those fabrics.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Love the quilt AND the quilting! Really nice shots, the styling is just excellent, thanks for sharing them!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Oh, that makes me think of the windmill on my great aunt and uncles farm. It really does capture that feeling.

Penny Berens said...

That's a beauty.

Nifty Quilts said...

I love everything about this quilt--the pattern, the colors and the wavy quilting! Thanks, once again, for your inspirations!

Kirsty said...

Well done! This is just beautiful. I love how you've captured the sense of movement.

Walden said...

Wow! I really love this!

Diane J. Evans said...

It's lovely, Victoria -- you really captured the feeling of moving air with the beautiful quilting stitches. The finished effect is warm and inviting.

Diane

libbyquilter said...

beautiful quilting~!!~
a wonderful quilt ~ very nice work~!

:-)
libbyQ

GerryART said...

You've created a lovely representation/memory of things that will soon be of the past.
So sad, but the way of things.
hugs

Karin på Ösäter said...

Very very beautiful!
LOVE!

Kathryn said...

Gorgeous!!

Kim said...

Oh thank you for the close up of the quilting.....from the first picture I was thinking oh I hope she shows us that lovely quilting! Every time I visit your blog and see your work I just want to run to my sewing machine to practice so I can sew as beautifully as you!

Happy Sewing

Pippa said...

Gorgeous! I love the colors-- and the wavy quilting.

Corinnea said...

Love windmills, your quilting is perfect. Very pretty quilt.

Christine said...

I too go through pinwheel phases. They are just such a happy block and I truly enjoy seeing how many different ways they are interpreted by quilters. Thank you again for another lovely post.

Septiembre said...

Me encanta.