Saturday, March 12, 2011
Today, I decided to make my March preemie quilt. I pulled out some fabric I washed and ironed, and made the cuts I needed. I really like the bright colors in these fabrics. After lots of sewing small seams, I came up with this.
I will add a border of the dot fabric at the bottom and another border of the owl fabric at the top. These small quilts are 24" x 30". The owls in this fabric are so cute.
Friday, March 11, 2011
No. This is not it. This is a project I started doing with pieced curves. When I finally started hand sewing the curves, I decided to scrap the original project, and see what would happen if I sliced this up, rearranged it, sewed and sliced some more, adding more fabric here and there. This is the result.
Then, I got out my new Ricky Tims' book on convergence quilts. I have wanted to do this for a long time. I cannot afford any of the great hand-dyed fabric out there that is really perfect for this project, so I went through my stash to see what I could find that I could make work. I found some fat quarters of African fabric that I have been collecting, and selected four for this project.
I followed the directions for the harmonic convergence. I wanted the patterns of the fabrics to keep their strength in the finished piece, so I placed the first pieces carefully. After cutting, sewing, turning, cutting, and sewing again, this is what I created.
I really liked it, but wanted to add just the right borders. I selected bright orange for the small containment border and a gold on black pattern that mimics one of the patterns in the African fabric. Once, I put it all together, I was really pleased. I am calling it Tanzanian Tango. I love this process and will be doing more of these quilts.
To see some of Ricky Tims' convergence quilts, take a look at his web site.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I am in charge of finding the block of the month for my guild this month. I was looking through Quilter's Cache and found this one, Crossed Roads, a 16 inch block. If you haven't been to Quilter's Cache, you owe yourself some time to spend over there. There are thousand of traditional and original blocks with great directions. When I present this, I am going to ask people to use purples with a floral theme and cream for the crossed pieces. I think it will turn out great.
I also did a few other things in the studio. I worked on my design for my Ricky Tim's style Rhapsody quilt, sewed blocks together for the D9P and squared them up, and I started making copies of foundation pieces for a few of Carol Doak's stars of the states. I finally got a copy of 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars by Carol Doak, and I am pretty excited about making more of these foundation pieced stars. I love the first one I did and am looking forward to creating companions. If you want to see more of Carol's work, and find some very cool free patterns, take a look at her web site.