Heart quilt

It is getting very close to done. I love this quilt. Visually there is a lot going on.
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It is fun to look at, with its wonkiness and energy.  It is interesting to me, having worked on it and started with so much red, how much the addition of the pink has changed and lightened. It is very improvisational, and that comes through in it.  Now, off to the fabric store to get fabric for a frame.

new projects

Several projects that I have been slowly working on.  This first one is near my heart.  It is corduroy and so far just two fabrics, one my husband’s old shirt and one my sister gave me.

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It is a wonky log cabin.  It is so much more successful than this block that I was also playing with:

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Several errors here. Since is it was play I probably won’t redo it.  I was frustrated with it because it caused a lot thinking to put it together.  Someone with more patience than me would need to put a whole quilt of this pattern together. I get so much more enjoyment out of the wonky blocks instead of trying to force the pattern.

The last one is a bag I am making.  I just have a vague idea of how this will go together but I love the trajectory:

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new blocks

I can’t seem to get past the block stage lately, here are a couple new blocks.

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The top one may not make the quilt because it is out of scale.  I am disappointed in my math.  I had cut out these little squares a long time ago and tried to make the heart the right size for them.  I had to come to terms with the fact that having perfect corners is not in the plan for right now. There is something in the intensity of color that resonates with me very strongly.

 

 

new quilt

I had an idea for a red/pink/green quilt, so I cut out these:

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Problem is, that I am already a little bored with it, and I haven’t even started sewing it yet. (Sigh).

So I decided to make a Wizard of Oz quilt.  I have so many ideas for this quilt, it is just jumping out of my brain. As a member of this century, I started my project by making a Pinterest. I know, I am so tech-savvy and interconnected and social media-ey. Between that and my son ordering the same thing as me at Wendy’s yesterday: I feel so young and hip.

So, I’m off to see the Wizard!

baby quilt

baby quilt

Working hard on my projects that have a deadline of October.  I have four.  This one is going nicely.  I am struck by the beauty of the palette, which is not one that I have ever worked with before.  I really wanted to feature the lovely embroidery so the colors I chose to frame it with are very delicate.

I am very happy with it, and I have the frame almost completed.

updates on two projects

bears

The bears have their frames, next up the decision on how to bring them all together into one quilt.  I had one really nice lay out, but the quilt ends up being orientated landscape. Whenever I make a quilt with a landscape layout it always seams a little wrong.

I really wanted to frame the embroidery to showcase them. I am proud that, unusual for me, I made samples to make the decision of what color ought frame the little bears without overwhelming them.  I settled on the lavender/blue fabric that is shown above framing the bears and below to the far right.  This is different palette for me, usually I love bright colors, especially for baby quilts.  All of my primary color samples overshadowed the delicate embroidery.

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I have used only stash fabric for this quilt so far.  For the blue, I had exactly enough; I only had to piece one little strip at the very end.  I was holding my breath while I sewed the last set.  Someone must be watching over me (is it Lou?), because I have had that fabric for a while and it would have been difficult to match.

The blue quilt is now officially a flimsy, ready for quilting. Steve calls it “homey” and I guess it is with its unusual mix of fabric.  It is a real stash quilt with every blue and green fabric in my stash in it. It really glowed when I photographed it.

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We had to go down to Burnsville, so on the way I ran into the new SR Harris and picked up this lovely for the back:

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It captures all the colors of the quilt and will hide a multitude of flaws in my quilting.

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