Saturday, February 28, 2009
I decided to make a second block with the scraps:
I hope Jacquie (and Jon) like these!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
i finally got back into the sewing room today and a quilt block was the perfect-size project for me to tackle.
i love, love, love this dot fabric, so i decided that for me, "minimal" meant using only two different fabrics. and a minimal number of seams. you could also view the block in this orientation:
well, i suppose you could turn it in any of the four directions, but these were the only two i photographed. it's a bit of a stab in the dark, but i hope your son likes it, jacquie! thanks for giving me the chance to play with this print.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Here is my block for Jenny. I loved loved loved her fabric choices and making a wonky log cabin is one of my new favorite things to do so this was especially fun for me. Unfortunately, the post office is closed tomorrow so it won't get into the mail until Tuesday. I hope you like it!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The fabric fits his personality and lots of things about him. He grew up in the country building forts in the woods and watching the deer in the backyard. He's now a total city kid. He's artistic and musical and loves modern design.
So here are the fabrics. There are four different combinations. Jon's words of advice: think simple, stark, minimal, nothing too fussy or complicated. (he doesn't want it to look like a quilt block, if that makes sense.)
Don't feel like you have to use all of the fabrics you were sent. Jon wanted one of the prints showcased in each block. There are a couple of solids with each print. I pushed for a pop of bright color, but he really liked the muted colors. I'm good with you adding fabrics, but try to stay with the feeling Jon described.
The blocks are going to be large, 15.5 inches. If you want to make it larger and let me trim it when it arrives, that's fine too. That linen can fray like crazy.
I looked for inspiration quilts, but I couldn't find one that had the feeling that he described.
I don't have loads of experience working with linen, but a couple of things I learned that might help. I used spray starch on the linen before cutting and even during the piecing. It helps keep it a bit more stable. I also pressed seams open. This reduces bulk and makes a nicer block. Be sure to press, not iron. That linen will stretch out of shape in a minute.
I'm not quite sure of the structure of the rest of the quilt at this point. I may frame the blocks in the brown and blue wood grain fabric or I may make setting blocks that use all the prints in the line to resemble vinyl record albums...large circles with a smaller center circle. I'm still playing with the design. I hope you have enough fabric. The linen is the only fabric that I'm short on...but if you need more I'm sure we can figure it out.
Have fun folks! The packages go in the mail in the morning!