Doodling…

There is not much else I can do to prep for the Art Walk on Friday so any deadlines I have are waaaay out ahead of me now. And I have re-discovered a huge motivating factor for me going to improv piecing!

That’s my last little stack of curved piecing for my blue and orange quilt. Maybe less than an hour of work. And I am not motivated to sit and stitch the same thing over and over and just get it done! I’ll get back around to it, but not today.

Playing with little pieces, that’s where my heart is right now.

Little fabric sketches, doodling with color and stitch and line.

Having fun and relaxing with needle and thread…can’t ask for anything more!

Aaaaaaaah!

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Slow going.

Self discipline–I don’t have much of it. I was using up the stash, sticking to the idea that what went up on the design wall stayed there until a quilt was born. That just did not work with this batch of fabric.

It was a set that I picked up at a sample event and the featured fabric was the circle that was supposed to look like sun rays or a mariner’s compass. I have tried to make something of it before, as you can see, but didn’t get too far. I posted about this on FB and IG and someone commented on the “eyeball” fabric. Now that’s all I can see when I look at the group. And now that I think about it, why was I so insistent on keeping the group together, just because it came together in the same line? I’ve never done that much before–why start now? So this pile is folded up and back on the shelf until another time.

Time for FUN! Played a bit more with the new curves ruler. I was afraid that there was so much waste fabric that I couldn’t justify using it rather than a template.

There were instructions for cutting two concave pieces from a single square, along with a video and that helped a lot. This is the amount of waste, with two concave pieces from each square.

And the speed of cutting them quickly and precisely makes it worth while. The waste pieces are going to be headed for a new project, which I am starting to envision already!

So I got a few blocks put together and started throwing them up on the design wall. Very intense colors and not much value contrast, only color contrast. But I LOVE these fabrics and this is just how it’s gonna be!

After hoarding this line of fabric for years and not finding a pattern that I wanted to use, I previously used up a bunch of the blue. Of course now I’m going to be short on the blue to make this the size I’d like. BUT I’m using up the stash and however big it turns out to be is going to be the perfect size! Any extra fabric from this line will be on the back. Then this fabric that I have hoarded for years will be used, off the shelf and it will make me very happy!!

 

New games

As I said before, this week is shaping up to be very busy and sewing time is at a premium. I’m playing when I can and I have a new toy!

I succumbed to the allure of a new specialty ruler, the Classic Curves ruler by Sharon Mc Connell of Color Girl Quilts. I’ve been wanting to play with the Drunkard’s Path pattern again for a while, but wasn’t sure if I wanted traditional or improv. This decided it for me, along with the other possibilities she shows with the ruler. So, here’s my first try using it.

I’m also using some Sherrill Kahn fabrics that I have savored hoarded for years. I didn’t realize how much of that fabric I had until I grabbed it all off the shelf and unfolded it! Sheesh–yardage! I haven’t bought yardage in years…I’m a fat quarter buyer! This may end up as a very large quilt.

Hmmm….lots of waste fabric with the first few blocks. Each concave cut made from a single square leaves enough waste for a smaller convex piece.

That’s fine if you are planning on making two quilts and you want to buy twice as much fabric as needed! I hate waste and know that I will not make an entire quilt this way. On the instruction sheet is an alternate method of cutting the concave parts with less waste and I haven’t had time to try it yet. If I’m not happy with that, I will consider cutting this half of the pattern using a template. We shall see, when I have a bit more play time!

I also put together some basic step-outs for making a hanging sleeve. I have to do a demo for anyone at our next guild meeting who is unsure of how to do it. I thought it was a totally basic skill until I realized that many, many people never hang a quilt on a wall. They make them for beds, believe it or not!

I used a hunk of some of my oldest–should I say vintage?–fabric and every time a bit of that is gone, I smile! Happy to de-stash in any way I can!

Lots of littles…

Working on the little samples for camp, but barely started on them so really nothing new to show.

My day started with an interview for the local paper about my art hanging at the library right now. I was glad to go in and chat because I hadn’t taken any pics of the show after I hung it. The nook they put the art in is very cozy, with armchairs and a fireplace and it makes you feel as though the art could be hanging in your home. I like that a lot.

This is still my current favorite piece!

And space on each side of the fireplace, along with their permanent art pieces.

It’s always fun to have your art on display!

My day included a little jaunt to a quilt shop about an hour away. I knew that I would not get away without some fabric, despite my attempts to destash, but I was very conservative!

Half yards and yards, though, where I usually only buy fat quarters, but aren’t they gorgeous!

And a quick step-by-step of the sample distraction project, because it is DONE!

Another one mounted on wool, with edges fringed and wild, but I’m liking the way these look hanging on the wall. I need to get out of the green/turquoise family, though. I’m feeling like it might be time for some orange on the next one.

And the most joyful part of the day came in the mail. My aunt was on a little trip, went into a store and saw THIS–

She knows I like colorful fabrics but she had no idea that I LOVE sugar skulls and this fabric is totally awesome. Aunt Jean is also super awesome!!! Thank you.

Now I need to get going on stitching up those sample pieces!

Slow decisions

It was actually a warm spring day today so I spent some time outdoors enjoying it. Naturally that means that sewing did not get done!

I keep stumbling over a little bundle of coordinating fabric that I once started playing with. I took it off the shelf today and spread the elements over the design wall.

I have no idea what my original intention with this piece was. I also have no idea what direction I want to go in to move it forward. It seems as though black is the only color that will coordinate things, but that seems almost like giving up to a challenge. Much more contemplation is needed, but I think this will be my next stashbusting project.

On the hand-sewing front, I have stalled out a little on the small samples for Blue Lake. I’ve been working on this larger project and I’m at another decision point. I selected some beads, but think that I’ll only use the magenta ones…a little emphasis that will not take over the design.

Maaaaaaaaybe………………………….I found a couple of ceramic buttons that look really good on this piece. If I use them, though, it really changes the feel of the whole thing.

What do you think? I’m leaning toward ‘no buttons’ but that might lead to lots more of the magenta beads finding their way into the piece. You know that I’m always good with more, more, more but I’m not sure the piece needs it! As I look at the pics, I’m also thinking maybe I need a bit more stitching to texturize the background, too.

Not much action, lots of contemplation and I’m okay with it. Thinking is good!

Possibilities Day

All the fabric is in play today! Don’t have a project in mind, so it’s a day of looking at what’s on the shelves to see what inspires.

I wanted to start with this…I really, really did. Black, white, any of the colors within it are all possibilities.

And I’d dearly love to use up this collection.

I love all of these…not all together, of course.

And this piece of batik jumped out, wanting to be The One.

At least these are yard pieces, not fat quarters, so they are possibilities.

These are 1/2 yards, but I think I could come up with something to use both in the same piece.

A couple of larger pieces that would be good background to the right feature fabric.

Some fabrics that I had grouped together on the shelf don’t actually go that well together!

And some fabrics are either too much of a feature to blend with others, or not enough of a feature and get too blendy! Though I love each and every one of these!

And some fabrics that you haven’t used in years that you just want to be done with!

Haven’t come up with the next project, but I sure enjoyed looking through the treasures on the shelves!

 

Math brains…

My daughter and I have been working with her son on times tables…boring, but necessary. We have talked before about different kinds of math brains. I call them geometry brains and algebra brains. Concepts, theorems, spatial relationships are all part of the geometry brain and the algebra brain is better at the numbers and equations and operations of math. Some people are blessed with talent in both areas, some in neither. I am waaaaaay better at the algebra brain. I loved working on equations in school and did not like geometry at all. So what do I do in my quilt life? Take geometric shapes and drawings and figure out the math to fit them together………who’d have ever guessed that?

The easy part…half-square triangles, flying geese blocks, squaring up improv pieces…

And this is the final–probably–arrangement and this will be a small quilt. More directional…

And these pieces will just have to live the lonely life of the rejected…until I work on more black and white quilts!

Anyway, all that math stuff is a part of my thinking process when faced with this!

What kind of geometry am I going to need to figure this out? How in the world am I going to fit these pieces together?

Perhaps now is the best time for the improv brain to kick in and add chunks of fabric and cut hunks off until it fits together!!!