These are six completed blocks from this year's $5 quilt* block-of-the-month program at my LQS**; they're all composed from squares and rectangles. This first colorway uses all white-on-white backgrounds, varying indigoes and a color placement of the quiltmaker's choice. I have remained consistent with that chosen fabric, plugging in a "sketchy" caramel color fabric. I have no idea where I will go with these blocks, setting-wise. I am doing a second colorway as well, all solids, utilizing a dove-gray background and bright solids. I have thought about "floating" the pieced blocks by using a wide sashing of the same background fabrics. We'll see; it's far too early to decide yet, there are six more blocks to go! So far, my favorite block is the one in the middle on the far-right row of both photographs. I love the way the little squares encircle the larger, center, square; I'm intruiged by both the movement and the disparate appearance of that same block when a third color is added (below). I can see this single block repeated in a quilt, becoming a vehicle for moving out MANY precut 2.5" square scraps; perhaps using a controlled color center square and a unified background! As always, my mind creates SEW MUCH MORE than I can ever humanly achieve, but it's nice to plan and dream!
08 March, 2014
07 March, 2014
06 March, 2014
Quilts! Classes!! Vendors!!!
I drove the 300 miles up there on Wednesday and traded in my steering wheel for a wheel of a different type on Thursday morning. I was enrolled in Augusta Cole's "Wheel of Fortune" class; here's my first completed block. This will be a great stash-buster quilt. By no means is this a block that I can mindlessly skate on through, though...piecing it takes vigilant monitoring of every single piece. Augusta recommended, at the outset, that we label 5 ziploc bags and keep our individual cut pieces in their own designated bags each and every time we handled them. She couldn't have overstated that directive! Ask me how I know. This block is worked in quarters and those two wheel background pieces are not the same. I made the same mistake of switching them at least three times before it all began to sink in; I get it now. Once home, in the quiet of my own sewing space, I was able to concentrate and get the components of three more blocks together. I'll be adding in some more white background fabrics and chose not to stitch the blocks together quite yet, as I want to scatter the backgrounds and incorporate them into the mix.
04 March, 2014
25 February, 2014
low volume fabrics. In fact, I had so many that I gave away precut tumbler shapes through this blog back in the fall. You may also recall, just two posts ago, that I admitted to having a well-stocked fabric stash; that would imply that I need no additional fabric. Well, old habits are hard to break. I continue to collect low volumes. These two bundles are the results of a low volume monthly "club" that I am enrolled in; plus, I also participate in a swap group of the same type fabrics, it's a happy addiction. Just when I thought I could, perhaps, lose interest along came this STUNNING line of fabric from StudioE designed by Pepper Cory. I purchased the "Fog" color shown here (beneath the bundles). Isn't it the perfect complement for these soft and subtle prints? It was enough for me to fall in love with low volumes all over again. If you think it looks good in the photo you should FEEL it; it has a luxuriously silky "hand", look for it at your own LQS, the jewel tones are magnificent too! I know I will see and be tempted by more low volume fabrics while I'm away later this week. If anyone else is at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and you happen to see me shopping you have my permission to stop me... and STOP ME! I know Mr. Goodneedle would be most appreciative.
Life is Good!
23 February, 2014
Life is Good!
22 February, 2014
Augusta Cole again this year. I loved the class that I took from her last year (although that quilt is far from finished) and enrolled in her "Wheel Of Fortune" class this time. Today I pulled fabric from the stash closet and chose a bright palette and a white on white for the background. I can't stress enough the importance of keeping a well-stocked stash closet at home, just for times like this. Saying this makes me feel better; less guilty for the sheer volume of fabric amassed in there. Following the directions for class preparation I cut all the strips and packed them up to carry with me for Thursday's session. I'll be sure to report back with show and tell from not only this class but from the Vendor's Mall and the Quilt Show too. I've already put together a shopping list of exciting new items to look for.
All packed up and ready to go! Is it too soon to start packing my clothes and snacks?
|I finished quilting this sweet baby girl quilt this afternoon and applied the binding, then basted it down into postion for the finishing hand stitches. This quilt measures 42" X 48".|
|Here's a close-up of the quilting, a simple pantograph design called "Cloud Stipple".|