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One more down

Finished the orange and blue quilt top today. Going to find a back for it and get it ready to quilt.

It will have a blue binding. I’m not sure what color thread I’ll quilt it with, though. The background looks yellow here, but it’s a nice soft orange in real life! It’s not huge and will make a good couch quilt.

Hmmm…there’s a wedding this summer…

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Clearing the way…

Yesterday was a day for clearing off the design wall of things that I’m not really going to work on right away. Sometimes there is so much hanging on that big wall that there is no clear space in which to work, or even think!

I pinned up the rest of the pieces I made at the design workshop, mostly to see if I want to expend any energy on finishing them.

This little fantasy daisy may get finished because it’s fun, but not right away. Cute but not inspiring…into the to-finish-sometime pile.

This design is either another fantasy flower or coral.

I like it, but it’s going into that same pile.

This next piece was started in the design class, but it hasn’t proceeded too far through the design process. I know what I’d like to express, but I’m not sure yet how to get there.

Kind of want it be an abstraction of deep in the pine woods at sunset, but it’s not saying that to me right now. And as I was cropping the picture for the blog, I accidentally cropped it a little further and I  like it tons better already!

But it’s also going into the finish later pile.

I also am questioning myself as to my courage…or laziness. These blocks from the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop have been hanging on the design board for months.

I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, but since I haven’t done ANYTHING, perhaps the ‘plan’ isn’t really right! Perhaps I’m afraid of working on a very large piece, or I’m too lazy to do the work necessary. I’ve had various plans off and on but none of them came through as the correct way to go. These came down and got packed away, too! It will happen, but not now.

So I have a totally empty design wall today, no quilting commitments and a studio full of fabric……………………the world of possibility is before me. Can’t wait to see what jumps out at me!!!

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Workshop fun day

Today was a guild workshop day, with Mary Hogan. Mary wrote the book String Quilt Style, but today’s workshop wasn’t about her great string techniques. Today was a free design play day and I loved it!

Many design classes teach the typical art school design definitions and use many of the same type of exercise. Very clear but can be dry at times. Mary gave us tasks and let us ‘free form design’…she wanted to enable us to express our own unique creativity.

I did not take pictures of what anyone else created. I didn’t even take pictures of everything I created! We were too busy MAKING stuff!!!

This was my first one. Then busy, busy, busy! The great variety and beauty was astonishing as the day went on and pieces were hung on the wall. We did our own thing, yes, but we looked and learned and discussed what we saw. We were able to think outside the box and get ideas from outside every else’s box, too!

These are my last pieces…a series because I used the same background fabric and palette of materials. I like it and that first one enough that they will be finished, not thrown in the box of class samples that just sit and gather dust!

This was such a wonderfully fun day. Thanks to Mary’s direction and instruction, we learned, laughed and had a great day!

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Weavy Thing

My Knot Even Quilters group met today and we did a weavy thing. This was based on the project I taught at Blue Lake last summer, where a woven background was created on a frame and embellishments were then added to the piece.

The KEQ ladies wanted to give it a try and they brought a great deal of imagination to the effort. Mary Lee posted some pics on FB and I borrowed some of them, since I was busy weaving and forgot to get out my camera until late! It was a very quiet day, though. Apparently we can’t weave and talk a lot at the same time!

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Silk quilt and table runner from Sharon, made from a designer sample book, but I didn’t get pictures of that. We had another quilt for show and tell, that I did get a picture of, but we missed the message until we were told…

It has the word ‘baby’ on it so we thought it was a baby quilt, but it is supposed to be read as “O, baby” which could have a world of different meaning! It was beautiful and beautifully done!

I always have such a good time with this group of women. I think next time we are going to be doing another fusey thing…I love the technical descriptions we give to what we do!

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Another secret…

Those black and white fabrics and blocks got put away for another day. Just couldn’t muster up enough interest in them. Hoever, black and whites are what I worked with today after all. The KEQ group is making a pie shaped challenge piece that is black, white and one color. It’s not due until May but I had it already all planned out, so today was the day…but I can’t show you because it’s not due until May!!! I can show you that I finished it with my favorite corded edge technique!

And now you know that my extra color is green…which will be a minor surprise to those who know that my favorite color is orange!

I had a couple of small pieces of fused heavy interfacing left that I cut into postcard size and guess what? I picked up some more scraps off the floor and made a couple of postcards.

Or maybe they can be mug rugs…they aren’t very special! I’m simply grateful that I had time today to do some sewing. That always makes for a good day!

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Picking up scraps

Literally, walking around my studio and all the scraps on the floor were driving me nuts! Not enough to really clean, of course, but I kind of wanted to prove a point to myself. I’ve always maintained that we all work with a palette of colors that appeals to us individually and that you can combine pretty much anything from your shelves and it will look good. So I thought I’d try it with the scraps I found thrown around the studio.

Now you all know that I have many overflowing scrap baskets like this pile, loosely sorted by color.

I just kept picking up pieces and sewing them together until I ended up with these four blocks.

I thought about searching through the baskets for more, but stopped myself from crazy scrap madness! The other part of my color theory is that black and white goes with everything! And it did….all of the dozen or so fabrics that I auditioned looked fine, but I ended up going with the one that had a bit more color.

It will make a nice spot of color on someone’s wall!

And THEN…..I looked over at the shelves and this pile of leftover blocks and scraps jumped out at me!

I felt like I was on a roll and threw the blocks up on the wall, with some fabric that I thought I would use with them.

Then I started re-arranging the blocks and maybe something else will emerge!

That’s as far as the “scrap roll” has taken me, but that’s not too bad! I’m also starting to feel as though I can relatively quickly sort through those baskets of scraps next week and get rid of many of the pieces I’ve been holding on to for ‘someday’. I’m not as attached to them as I thought I was…so that means now is the time to make them gone!!! Even if they end up as dog bed stuffing, it will be nice to have them used and not just cluttering up my space.

Here’s to ‘good garbage’…

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Rusty, from start to finish

My intention when I went into the studio today was to use up some of my stash and make a polka-dot quilt. I never even touched the polka-dots! I got sidetracked by rusty fabric and discharged black…a whole pile of it.

I’ve been wanting to make something with this for a long time. There is easily enough fabric for a whole, real bed quilt, but I have not found a pattern or idea that I’m happy with. So, the hell with all this wishy-washy procrastination…pick up the fabric and cut into it…make something!!!!

Four light squares, four dark squares, about 8″ or so.

Four separate stacks and four separate cuts, simply to have them all different. Certainly I could have stacked them all up, but…

Now remember that the pieces and curves fit together perfectly before they are sewn.

But when you are sewing without added seam allowances, the edges SHOULD NOT line up.

Start with 8 squares, end with 8 squares and I decided to make them into split-circle blocks, sort of!

And added random red-orange strips between the quarters. And those uneven edges are simple to sew by laying the straight edge of the strip along that uneven edge and sew.

Trim now or trim later…it doesn’t matter. There’s always a lot of that when you are doing improv. I was deliberately trying to keep seams from matching and all the edges uneven. Sometimes thing match by accident, though!

I made a couple more blocks and then auditioned fabrics for setting the blocks together.

Red–too cliche.

Aha–frame each block, as unevenly as possible with the rust and black fabrics! I like it!

Ready for basting and quilting!

The outside edges will probably get trimmed a bit more after the quilting, to keep them the same size as the inner edges. Now to agonize for a while over what color thread to use for the quilting, and how to quilt it!

It was a good day in the studio today, even though no polka-dots made it off the shelves!

 

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