Sunday, December 18, 2011

DWM: Orca Bay 5 and Postage Stamps

 Here's step 5....little orcas swimming in a circle.



A couple of months ago I bought a box of old quilt magazines at a thrift shop.  This photo -- in the Spring, 1987, issue of Quilt caught my eye. Their pattern called for 2.5" squares resulting in an 18" block.  I thought it would be great with 1.5" postage stamps and thus a 9" block.   
I had enough of the pink fabric (a Jinny Beyer 'blender' from years ago) to make 26 blocks, of which 25 are shown. The 26th will most likely be pieced into the back.

Here is the block deconstructed preconstructed.  I cut a template for the trapezoid.  The triangles are cut from 2" squares.  The postage stamps are 1.5" squares. 

Take a look at other Orca Bay blocks and see what's on other design walls on Monday.



21 comments:

liz said...

Busy lady. The Orcas swimming around took my fancy. I like the look of your postage stamp quilt too.

Bonnie said...

Nice quilt -- I like that you show the deconstruction as then most quilters could make their own version. Looking good!

Saska said...

I'm not a pink person, but I LOVE this quilt! Good job!

carolyn berroeta said...

I like your neutral color in the triangles, and that scrap quilt is wonderful

Mary said...

If you want more of that Jinny Beyer pink, check out Old Times in Princeton IL. I think they may still have some.

http://www.oldtimes-quiltersheaven.com/

Laura said...

Love the postage stamp quilt! And I like the effect without the sashing too! The chain does show up so much better.
And thank you, for showing the construction of the block!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Love the circle of Orca Bay blocks! Your postage stamp is beautiful!
Quilting by the River

MaryLu said...

Nann, your postage stamp quilt is amazing!! I'm impressed that you were able to shrink the pattern and re-construct it in the way you have. That is a great talent.
I love your little orcas all swimming around. They are so cute! I can't wait to see how Bonnie's mystery turns out, though I am not participating this year, I love to see the clues unfold!

Elaine Adair said...

The postage stamp is wonderful - that's as far as I got - kewl, and so is the design/pattern. Should not be too difficult to make one with your exploded photo. 8-))

Kathy's A Quilter said...

I love love love your postage stamp quilt...and those Orca's swimming in a circle is fun.

Cheryl Willis said...

love the postage stamp one! adding another TO DO to my list- cw

Judy D in AZ said...

I'm not a fan of pink but it sure works for your postage stamp quilt. I like the trapezoid shape as well. Nice job!

Julie Kaye from KS said...

Wow, your postage stamp quilt is going to be lovely. Cute way to show your Orca Bay.

Cyn said...

Love how you layed your little "orcas" out for their picture. Cute!
Your postage stamp quilt is wonderful - love the pink!

Quilty Conscience said...

I'm with the group! Love the pink in the postage stamp. Fun Choice. Toni

Jo said...

Hello...Love your post stamp. I have left overs from making Perkiomen Daydreams (Bonnie pattern) and would love to make this. Can you tell me the dimensions of the pink piece you cut?

AnnieO said...

Cute orcas! Those are tiny postage stamps but what fun to explore all the different prints.

Helen in the UK said...

LOVE how you've arranged your orca triangles!! Great way to use some of those postage stamps. I hope to get going on my mystery step 5 today :)

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

When I see all that are involved with the Orca Bay I wished I had gotten on board. How you arranged them is so cute! The postage stamp quilt is beautiful. I have all these squares cut out sitting in a box from a Double Irish Chain that I stitched together just waiting to be quilted. They would work perfect in a postage stamp quilt.

Barb in Mi said...

Wow, you are keeping busy - and keeping up with OBM! The postage stamp quilt top looks great - Love the colors!

cityquilter grace said...

oohhh, nann, your postage stamp squares are sooo beautiful!