Sunday, 11 September 2016

Sunday Sewday

My Project 48 Quilt has been languishing over the past month or so.  I had spent quite a bit of time on other projects with deadlines so this took a backseat, and  though I normally try and keep up to date with these blocks there seem to have been issues with recent blocks.  Some blocks have needed more thought than usual around fabric choice and placement, some needed alternative techniques to be found, and others that just took a long time to make.  I'm still not up to date, but I feel like I've made some good progress with these.

With deadlines met I've also got back to making my Wonky Stars for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for her weekly check-in.  Angela's blog is wealth of pattern and project ideas based on using your scraps by colour.  The link ups give you a chance to see what everyone else in blog-land is doing.

Now what about those deadlines?  Here's one.  This is a 12 x 12 piece for the Aotearoa Quilters yellow challenge.  I had lots of ideas for yellow, but none that really formed into a plan.  Then I found a pile of doilies with yellow embroidery and I figured I could do something with those.  My favourite shirt provided the inspiration I needed.  It is a really graphic print that makes great use of colour, and I love the way different designs flow into and across each other.  I stamped and stencilled some background fabric, and found a graphic print, and a retro floral (a sheet) to add the different patterns.  I quilted it in a variegated yellow, and then stitched in black, cutting across the yellow quilting. 

I'll blog about the other deadline project another time.  It will take a wee bit of explanation.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Quilt Salad

I feel like I've been working on a bit of everything this week.   My really creative project is a small abstract piece for an online art quilt group I joined.  It's the second in a series. That sounds very aspirational for me, but really I'm just having another try at making the first one again using a different technique.  No pictures yet; it's still a bit too rough, and I had to give up this afternoon when I couldn't get the cat off the work in progress.  The group is also having a postcard swap which I was a bit worried about about the workload of at first but then I put my thinking cap on and went through THAT BAG in the bottom of the cupboard.  Well I found some spares of these postcards from a few years back to use, and the off cuts of this netted a few more so I'm well on the way now.

I've spent some time on my Project 48 Quilt blocks, trying to resolve the 'issues' that seem to have come with some of the recent blocks.

As well as some being too big and some too small, I fear that some are  just plain gaudy.   I fell in love with the orange solid in the top two blocks while browsing at Nancy's win Wellington and had to buy it. Unfortunately once it's pieced I find it a bit sickly sweet, like a icing, or Fanta with ice-cream.  I'll have to work had with the next few block to focus the colour scheme again.

Wonky stars continue to make me smile.  I made parts with my blues and completed a few pink blocks for the weekly Rainbow Scrap Challenge link up which you can see here.  There are some amazing projects being made by the other participants.

One more week and then I'm heading off for a quilt retreat with my quilting buddy!  Yay.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Back in the wonky swing of things

I've really got back into making wonky stars this week.  These pinks make me smile.  A few years ago I would have cringed at pink, and I wouldn't have had any in my stash, but after making Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt a couple of years ago I collected some pinks, and combined with crisp white and the Wonky Star block, I have to say I'm in love with these pinks.

Don't forget to have a look at Angela's blog and see what other pink projects are in the pipeline with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge weekly link up here.

I also made some blue stars for my group's charity project.  I'm in catch up because we were planning a multicoloured quilt, but at our first check in when we combined the blocks, I was the only one who didn't make blue stars.  We've now turned the projected into a blue quilt LOL.  These are my blue stars from the past couple of weeks combined.  Obviously I'm playing in the very dark blue end of the blue drawer.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Slow stitching

After a bit of a hiatus I've got back into stitching Wonky Stars.  Pink stars just because it is the colour of the month over it a the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (check out the awesome projects that other bloggers make on Angela's Saturday linky here), and dark blue stars for the charity project my little group is working on.  I think I say this everytime I post photos of a few of these blocks, but I really love making these stars. 


We had a trip to Wellington on Friday and a couple of quilt shop visits allowed me to add to my supplies for my Project 48 Quilt.  That fox might be a bit tricky to use, but it was so cute, LOL.  It will depend on what the future blocks are like.  

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Half way point

This week marks the half way point of the Project 48 Quilt with the 24th block completed.  I'm enjoying this project and am pretty pleased overall with the way things seem to be coming together. I started with a bunch of fabrics leftover from my raggy jeans quilt and added some scraps.  It got a bit bland and after 12 blocks I refreshed the fabrics with some solids and additional prints.  This seemed to lift it and pull it together.  I also took the opportunity to remake one block which was bugging me - LOL.  I think I might do that again now.  And looking at the picture I think I need to use more of the solid orange, some green, the white-on-blue print in the Greek Cross.

I think the only thing that's disappointing about working on this Quilt Along is that it lacks the sense of community that blog-based Quilt Alongs have.  Though there's a Facebook page and Instagram, I don't feel like there's a home for the project and don't feel connected to others involved in the same way that have when working on other projects of this type.

Anyway, here's my progress so far.  I really should lay them all out to mark the half way point, but lunch calls.