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Played Well with Orange

'proud 2bee an honorary Manc' quilt top wip

‘proud 2bee an honorary Manc’ quilt top wip

As mentioned in a previous post, I needed a diversion from my Goat Suite (Saga) and Puffin Grant related tasks. I pulled out my stash of 2½ x ? fabric strips leftover from decades of previous projects and delved into piecing a scrap version of the Dora Quilt.
Happily sewing together strips into blocks I discovered the fabric scraps ordered themselves into a cohesive quilt top based upon print design rather than color.
calico type scraps

a sampling of calico type scraps – oranges galore!

design-print fabric scraps, with bee print in middle

design-print fabric scrap blocks, with bee print in middle

While I got to play around with color possibilities using the color orange, most of the oranges occurred in the calico/flower type scrap fabrics. No matter how I arranged the blocks, those calico/flower prints just didn’t ‘play well’ with the more abstract, thematic and graphic scrap fabric prints.
I preferred the non-calico blocks and focused on the bee print fabric scrap. Placing it in the center block of the quilt top, it will be the perfect resting place for my precious Manchester Worker Bee Badge*  pinned in the middle once completed.  A humble gesture by this everyday American standing in solidarity with those affected by that horrific terrorist attack – on children.
madison park quilt kohls

Kohl’s stock photo, not our bedroom!

Meanwhile, my taste for something orange had been awakened and needed to be satisfied ASAP. Instead of me creating something orange, I searched for something in a ready-made quilted coverlet. I found a luscious well-constructed one from Kohl’s. On sale, I also used coupons and Kohl’s cash and purchased it for a song…Extra bonus? It looks better than the marketing picture!
Through it all, the edits on the Goat Suite Saga vignettes are almost completed, the actual musical recording of my Goat Suite is ready to send on to be mastered, and the Final Report for my Puffin Grant got written and in the snail mail.

I am so ready for the New Year – how about you?

Note: Gonna be off-line for a while, so responses to comments might be delayed.
Will see ya in 2018!

* sent to me by my Manc buddy…for basic info on the Manchester Worker Bee as symbolic of the city and as honoring those killed go here


  1. Jaya Avendel

    Gorgeous quilt! The patterns and colors complement and sing to each other in the same manner good music is a relationship between notes. 🙂

  2. Deborah Brasket

    I love your quilt and also your new bedspread. Sounds like you are making wonderful progress on all your projects. 2018 is looking to be a productive year. I’m thinking the 18 has got to make it special.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I like that special reference – our 18 – nice.

  3. Alison Reynolds

    Wow, really beautiful work on that quilt! That’s a lot of work (not to mention a lot more patients than I have!!)
    I can’t wait to hear your Goat Suite! And, yes, I can’t wait to say goodbye to 2017!!
    Cheers to a much better year in 2018!

    • laura bruno lilly

      I’m stoked for a better 2018, too.

  4. L. Marie

    Gorgeous, Laura!!! I love the colors and patterns together. And how wonderful that the Manc bee will be at home there.
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas! I returned home in the wee hours this morning. Had a great Christmas with my family. Spent 36 hours on the road! Glad to be back home, though the temperature variance is challenging. The temp here is 8. When we left Houston, the temperature there was 42.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Our Manc bee will be proudly displayed smack dab in the middle of it all…
      So glad for your happy holidays…36 hours on the road is quite the badge of honor, too!

  5. Anna Scott Graham

    Love how that quilt came together, and what a find at Kohl’s! Sounds like a great way to wrap up the year; happy 2018 indeed!

    • laura bruno lilly


  6. Sue

    You do lovely work. Rich oranges into rust make up my favorite range of colors. There’s something warm and energetic there that I don’t feel from other shades.
    It looks like you understand that sometimes the best way to move forward on a project is to step away from it for a while. If you can create something unique and beautiful in a completely different medium, I think it opens up new paths to return to the other project.
    May each day of the New Year become an expression of your creativity.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I think we’re on the same wavelength, Sue – maybe that’s why I relate so with your buggy-critters adventures!

  7. Cindy

    I give you credit for trying even if it didn’t turn out to be what you were wanting. 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      For me, it’s always ‘an experiment!’
      Thanks for stopping by, Cindy.

  8. Jill Weatherholt

    For someone who can barely sew a button, I’m in awe, Laura. The quilt is beautiful. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and peace and joy in the new year. xo

    • laura bruno lilly

      Awww, you’re sweet to say so, Jill.
      All the best to you and your family, too!

  9. Andy

    This looks a perfect place to give your bee rest.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for your blessing, Andy!

  10. Jennie Fitzkee

    Orange is really a good color, Laura. Georgeous quilt.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Jennie. Enjoy your holiday vacay.

  11. Andrea Stephenson

    A beautiful quilt Laura, I’d love to have the patience for it! Best wishes for the coming year and all you have to look forward to 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you! All the best to you as we enter this New Year.

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