18 July, 2016

Forecast: Extended Summer Breeze

"Summer Breeze" 52" X 68"
What could be more welcome than a summer breeze?  Soft, light and sweet; providing relief from days of endless heat, a summer breeze can provide a refreshing respite. This small quilt is a combination of all the above, it lives up to its name. Seals and Crofts knew what they were talking  singing about in 1972.

"Summer breeze, makes me feel fine.  Blowing through the jasmine in my mind."  

The six inch pinwheel blocks are composed of leftover background pieces from "Out of the Blue", I had a box full.  Truth be told, I likely still have enough for yet another similar-sized project!
The top was sashed with an "audition" fabric that I had purchased for another quilt. It's an Essex Yarn-dyed Linen, the color is "Leather". It didn't work in the trial quilt I had in mind, but I love it here! I had just the right amount. While rummaging through the stash closet I came across a piece just perfect for the backing (folded on the sofa's arm); it came from my mother's stash as a result of a clean-out last fall, I was the lucky recipient. And yes, you guessed it, there was exactly enough! That summer breeze is a serendipitous one! The color in this photo reads a little "gold-er" than real life.
"Dewdrops in the Garden", a pantograph by Urban Elementz, added the perfect swirls and circles to soften the edges of all those angles and square corners. I love the way the thread appears against the linen weave of the sashing and borders.
Ready for binding, "Summer Breeze", front and back.
"Summer breeze, makes me feel fine.  Blowing through the jasmine in my mind."  
You're going to be humming along with me for the rest of the day!
Life is Good!

12 comments:

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Oh, this is just so sweet!

KaHolly said...

Quite lovely! You chose the perfect name for it!

Janet O. said...

What a sweet, gentle creation--just like its name implies.
And Dewdrops in the Garden--such a beautiful name for the panto of a Summer Breeze quilt.
Have to add, I sat on the front row for a Seals and Crofts concert in my college days--right in front of the speaker (no, I didn't select the seat)! You don't think of them as a loud group, but my ears were not the same for a day or two afterwards. : )

MARCIE said...

Lovely! And doesn't it always feel good to use what you have on hand? I am doing that right now, and maybe if there is enough left I will make pinwheels!

cityquilter grace said...

a perfect summer quilt! all you need is a white wicker settee with big fluffy cushions....

Ramona said...

I don't mind humming that song all day. It's one of my favorites! Your quilt is beautiful and how wonderful that everything fell into place. Serendipity is a wonderful thing. :)

LizA. said...

mmm, I love the soft neutrals of this quilt. And thanks for that ear worm -- at least it replaced the other song I haven't been able to get out of my head today, and don't ask me WHY Mack the Knife was today's ear worm......

Sherrill said...

So simple yet simply beautiful! I haven't heard of or even thought about Seals & Croft in forever!! LOL

Needled Mom said...

That is beautiful!

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Loved this post ... humming that tune, right now. The quilt is beautiful ~ simple blocks make the best quilts, don't they? Might just have to stitch up a bunch of scrap pinwheels and see what they look like ... LOVE using up my stash ... which will take me at least 350 more years! LOL Linda

Marie said...

The quilt is beautiful, love the softness of color and the song is going through my head as I type. Simple is beautiful and you nailed it. Hugs, Marie

Quiltdivajulie said...

Lovely combination - the fabrics, the linen and backing, the quilting design and the look of the thread ... and the lyric fragment is PERFECT.