Saturday, August 24, 2019

More blocks for Unconventional and Unexpected

At last, back to my blocks for the quilt inspired by
"Cross"/Four Patch!!

It's been so long since I made any progress so here is a photo
of the quilt 

Now, most folk know I love bright and bold, the more colour
the better for me.

So, I had made a few blocks way back in January which then languished
in the studio. It was time to get busy and make some progress.

Made in the past two days the ones below are bolder than the group
mentioned above, and I had a ball making them!!
I'm going to continue on using KF Collective, AMH anda few fabrics from 
other designers presently giving us the sort of fabrics I love.

Those of you who follow my blog will be seeing these
for the second time I'm afraid!

Now I'm not going for the size of the quilt in the photo,
I think probably five across and six down with the blocks being
11" finished and a decision on whether to border, as the original,
or not, will come when all blocks are up on the wall.
Meanwhile I'm looking through the book trying to pick out
which quilt would be next in line!

Optic Geese Has a New Name - CONUNDRUM

These are the trimmed-away corner triangles
from this week's batch of Optic String blocks.

These trimmings have turned into a second project
for the #UandU quilt challenge.

Initially named Optic Geese,
I have now renamed this quilt-to-be

Read on and you'll see why.

Same parts sewn together into pairs and 
randomly plopped on the design wall.

This is the new inspiration quilt
from Unconventional and Unexpected.
(click here for that story)

A quick side note for those who have asked.

I am using this large triangle ruler
to cut away the sewn on corners
from the previously shared flying geese blocks.

I am not unstitching all those corners.

Here are a few more blocks on the design wall
with spaces added for future sashing and cornerstones.

Interesting to see how the different colors
appear to create such different patterns
when reduced to black and white.

Same blocks but in a different arrangement.

Again in black and white.

This has possibilities, 
but I need to work with it some more.

Checked the inspiration quilt in black and white
(phone photo of the computer screen)
to help reassure myself I'm on the right track.

And then . . . 

it happened again . . . 

What if I turn the squares on point?!?

And what if I mix up the colors
instead of keeping them in pairs?!?

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Evolution of an Idea (or how my mind works)

This IG post by Edith aka piecing passion 
recently caught my eye.

I love the red cornerstones, 
the scrappy sashing, 
and the wide possibilities for fabric choices.

When I asked, Edith shared that this IG post
was her inspiration so  I spent the next hour or so 
with pencil and graph paper to see if I could 
come up with dimensions that worked for me.

But as I pondered whether or not to add this to my 
ever-increasing project list, I kept thinking about
one of Audrey's posts at Quilty Folk
and this phrase in particular: 

"What really interests me right now 
is recreating old utility style quilts."

Honestly, that feeling is what drew me in so quickly
when Sujata announced the U and U quilt along -
I flagged at least a dozen quilts in the book
that I wanted to make using fabrics in my stash.

Another click or two on the Internet led me to this photo
of a one-patch quilt c. 1940 by Magalene Wilson 
who is one of the Gee's Bend quilters.

And another click to see more of her work
led to another of her one-patch quilts
with more red cornerstones . . . .

At which point, I had to get up
and walk away from the computer
before I found any more inspiration.

Once I was safely in the studio
I pulled out my copy of U and U
and flipped through the pages.

And my eyes landed on this one -
yet another fabulous inspiration quilt
which turns out to be one and the same
inspiration quilt Maureen chose - click HERE.

I have plenty of shirting, reproductions, and solids . . . 
but I also have too many other things going right now
to be able to drop everything and start on this idea.

Circumspect - meaning "well considered" 
will simply have to wait until October or November.

Between now and then
I'll be doing a lot of pondering
on which direction I want to go with this.

Stay tuned.