Wednesday, August 3, 2011
A couple of small new things
I have been a bit under the weather the past couple of days and it has really affected my quilting. Most things I sewed together got taken apart again because they were done wrong. My brain was not working as well as it needs to for quilting. So, today, I was determined to get something done to post and to get me started in the right direction again. This is my guild's BOM in process. I love the colors and hope to win the blocks this month. I have more of this green fabric. It is a Robert Kaufman manufactured in Japan. It has a very interesting texture. I wish I had bought more when I was in California. I will finish up two of these blocks tomorrow and start on the presentation blocks. They are also Christmas colors. They are for a member who loves Aunt Gracie fabrics, and I have a vintage piece of Christmas fabric I think I will use for her blocks.
One of the other things I did over the past couple of days is to deconstruct several of the thrift shop shirts and dresses in my stash. When I saw this one, I thought it would be great as a first border around Hokule'a. These are just on the design wall and not attached yet. I am thinking of putting some pieces of the dark background fabric in random places around the border to let the center breath instead of walling it off. I was inspired to use this bright fabric by wonderful advice from members of the Rebels group of quilters. Fabulous quilters who share ideas and advice. I think the next border will be stars of some kind. I do love star blocks.
Finally, I have decided to start practicing my free motion quilting so I can move beyond the stippling stage. I do like the look of stippling because I want the focus to be on the fabric and the patterns of color and design, but there are times I wish I was a better free motion quilter. From the look of my first small practice piece, I have a long way to go. But hey, it's a start. I am going to work my way through Leah Day's FMQ tutorials, trying to get at least one small piece done each day. (When I say small, I mean 3" squares)
Other than that, not much else to report. Have a joy filled evening.