Thursday, March 8, 2018

Throwback Thursday - Tropical Jazz & Tropical Sunrise

In 1999 I took a Stack and Whack class taught by a member of The Flower Valley Quilt Guild.  We used Bethany Reynolds' book "Magic Stack-N-Whack Quilts".  The fabric I used was a beautiful (and bright) floral, tropical print. I was intrigued with the technique and absolutely loved the blocks resulting from my fabric choice. 

I didn't take a lot of photos of my work then, but I think you can see the variety in my hexagons in this closeup. 

I let it live in my sewing room for a while as a UFO.   A long while.  I didn't want to make any more blocks so I added borders to make it bigger (68" by 98"), hand quilted it (heavily!), finished it in 2004, and called it "Tropical Jazz".  I really love this quilt.  So does my sister.  She called it "Barb's quilt" from the minute she saw it..   


"Tropical Jazz" was juried into The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in 2006, and since my BFF lives near Phillie she got to see it on display and even sent me photos!

In 2007 I entered it in the Circle in the Square Quilt Guild's exhibit "Quintessential Quilt", and it won 2nd place in their Large Quilts-Innovative category.

Because it was going onto the guest bed it needed a companion quilt to hang over it on the wall.  I made a center block for a Round Robin .....

..... sent it off, and the rest was added by quilty friends so that it finished at 55" by 55".  I hand quilted it, named it "Tropical Sunset", and put it on the wall.  You may have seen it in this blog entry about Round Robins.   (Barb decided this was her quilt, too!)  

By 2011 I was just a little tired of Barb calling these her quilts every time she was at my house.  I decided she was right and gave them to her.  Not really.  I decided because I love her I wanted her to have them.   To say she was surprised is an understatement.

Well, I guess I had more photos than I thought I did!  I hope I didn't overwhelm you, or worse, bore you with them all.  If I did don't tell me.  I had fun reliving it!




  1. I am so greatful for my sister and her talent. I love this quilt and I love my sister Sandy more!!!! Thank you for the best surprise and gift ever!

  2. Awww, I love this story! How kind and generous of you to pass on such a beautiful piece to a dear friend?! Real pictures are worth a thousand words, and you can't have too many so thank you. I think this is a fascinating quilt, but your setting is intriguing even more having one around the block and another for a sashing. I am working on a vintage 60 star quilt, and have played every which way to interconnect those wonky blocks without a real answer. A double border around each would make squaring them up less noticeable, and we both know hexies in any size need to be accurate! Back to the drawing board for me, and thank you for tickling my brain and fancy both!

  3. I love it when a quilt you make is so loved by someone. Great story.

  4. What fun! They are beautiful quilts. I love the colors and the design.

  5. The look on your sister's face is priceless! That's why we quilt, isn't it? Even if you didn't know those pieces were truly for Barb, the quilts let you know in the long run :)

  6. Boy, did the photographer do a good job catching Barb's expression! Wonderful.

    I remember watching that round robin. Even though I didn't participate, I truly enjoyed seeing what everyone did.