Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Squares, rectangles and straight lines I can do! I was browsing quilts on flickr yesterday and based my design for this block on this quilt block that I found...it's a very very close copy. This chestnut fabric is so adorable in person. I think I might need to acquire some for my personal stash now!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
it was a bit scrimp and pinch on the fabric (i think i had less than 4 square inches of fabric leftover at the end) so that took some creative piecing on my part, but i enjoyed the challenge. i didn't enjoy realizing that i needed to rip off seven strips and re-do them when i slightly altered my design plan, but i do think i like the final result better for changing it. i am a huge fan of the "red cross quilt" that was the inspiration for one of the inspiration quilts and maybe someday i'll make one of my own. i hope you like this block, lady harvatine!
p.s. you can't see it in this photo, but you'll laugh when you get the block and realize that since i was short about a quarter of an inch on one side, i pieced this tiny little strip onto one edge. my guess (my hope!) is that it will be hidden in a seam, but at least it won't be the wrong size. hopefully.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I didn't want to be even later and order new fabric so I delved into the stuff I already have and came up with the following.
The main inspiration was the chestnut fabric. If I'm lucky I will be finishing this baby up in the fall so I thought the chestnuts were appropriate. The palette is much subtler than my typical style but I'm trying something different. Calm and subtle but not boring. At least I hope not. Is this boring?
So. The rules. Blocks should be 12.5" square. They will be bordered with something neutral, maybe the khaki fabric. I think I'm going to steal Rebekah's idea for the layout, maybe change it up a little (if she doesn't mind!). If you need more of any of the fabrics or a larger piece I would be happy to send it to you so let me know. Just keep in mind that the bitty pieces are bitty for a reason. They're just accents.
As for design, I'd like horizontal and vertical seams only. No diagonals, no curves. Of course, your seams don't have to be perfectly perpendicular. A bit of natural wonkiness is fine, just keep it subtle.
These photos are purely for inspiration purposes only. You can certainly base your designs on them but don't feel like you have to emulate anything here.
1. Quilt for Keara!, 2. Finished Miniature Quilt for Whiplash, 3. Yellow pillow, 4. Crazy Log Cabin quilt... HPIM0342, 5. BB Quilt 3, 6. red cross quilt top
And one last thing, please no additional fabrics! Like I said before, if you want more of one I have extra and I'd be happy to send it.
Sorry to be tardy! Good luck!
I loved her inspiration photo, especially the one that I pretty much copied (bottom right). I sort of used Pink Chalk Studio's Wavy Seam tutorial, and went from there. I have to admit, I did go a little crazy with the curves... next time I'll aim for gentle waves instead of tsunamis.
Compared to some of the other blocks in the group, this one is pretty boring, but I like it anyway. Hope you like it Melissa!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
i loved the leafy ribbon melissa used to tie the bundle together, so i decided to incorporate it into my block (hmmm.... hope it's washable!)
and lotta's printing book has been inspiring me lately, so i wanted to do some printing/painting on this block. i traced the bird pattern onto freezer paper and then used that to stencil the bird onto the dark gray fabric. the tail kind of blends into the gray and his head might be a little too close to the seam, but.... other than that i'm pretty happy with the way this block turned out. maybe next time i try printing, i'll do something a bit less literal.... i do like the way the scattering of "birdseed" turned out on the white fabric.
(oh, and i also got the selvedge dots on my cut of the bird fabric and couldn't resist incorporating them into the design!)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Ideas had been stewing in my head for weeks and I sat down to make the block this afternoon and completely changed my plan.
After a quick search for piecing curves and circles, I found this tutorial link. I should have listened to step 3 a bit closer because I now have a little burn on my left ring finger from an iron attack. Don't worry...stuff like this happens to me all the time!
And, after sewing some stripe strips together I pinned the circle to the base and machine appliqued the circle onto the square. I partially used this machine applique tutorial from Elizabeth of Oh Fransson! that was just posted at Sew, Mama, Sew. She makes applique look so easy! I guess I just need more practice!
Here's the completed block. I hope you like it Melissa!
Lastly, I've signed on for the "Be Brave" project on Jessie's blog. It's all about living life a little more bravely...taking chances, trying things we might not do, and putting ideas into action. This is my first "be brave" act. I was totally going to wimp out on the curves in the inspiration quilts. I was also inpired by our compatriot, Betty Ninja's, post on failure. I know I like to stay in that comfortable place. Thanks to all of you for including me in this virtual bee so I can be brave and explore those uncomfortable places with supportive people.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This block has been finished for weeks, but I didn't send it until last week because I was unsure about it. Isn't it funny that everyone seems to be unsure about the blocks they made? It made me feel a bit of relief to know that other people feel the same way. And you know what? I love what everyone else has made and I don't know why that they don't like it. We are all our own worst critics. I just want everyone to know that I think they have all done a terrific job so far.
Just a suggestion, but if the future participants wants a big quilt block, like beyond 10 inches square, can you guys send a wee bit more fabric when you ship out the fabrics? I had difficulty making this last block 14 inches. I barely had enough fabric and I didn't have any similar colors in my fabric collection. Thanks!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I had good intentions to follow the guidelines Melissa shared. I like the gumdrop-esque quilt from her inspiration photos, so I started with the bird fabric as a feature for the center. somehow as I went, the block evolved to be less modern or wonky, and a lot more literal. I let it sit half finished for a week as I debated where to take it and ended up going with a more traditional sort of design. the border and overall look is good bit more precious than I intended. this is my worry with the quilt bee, that I will have the loser block that doesn't match with the others. I hope it ends up working with the rest.
on a more positive note, I have to say that I really enjoy working under the constraints of other people's fabric and suggestions to make a block. it's a little like Project Runway or something, it pushes me to be more creative and try new things I might not try on my own. for this block, it was the first time I tried to piece a shape more complicated than a square or diamond with that center piece. it's not perfect, but I might dabble with the approach in future quilts.