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Friday, September 18, 2015

Another UFO pieced!

I started this One Block Wonder several years ago.  After cutting the pieces I really thought it was a very boring quilt so I put it aside for another day.  I have been inspired by the wonderful quilters in the Facebook group for people who make OBW quilts.  They try lot's of different techniques.  I was intrigued by the ones who made different size hexagons.  So I made some half size hexies and some giant size hexies.  

These are going to add some pizzazz to the back of the quilt.  I added enough of a border to some of the smaller ones so they would fit in the quilt and put the rest in the border.  I think it has a little more flare now.
I also started the 2015 Summer Block of the Month with Craftsy.  It began in July.  I finished July, August and September.  Here are a few of the blocks

Now I need to work on my challenge for Art Quilts Around the World.  It's due at the end of this month.  I've started several times but wasn't happy with what I was making.  'Uniform' hasn't been an easy thing for me to create as a quilt.  I keep in my mind going back to the uniform I wore in elementary school, which makes me think of church since it was a Catholic school.  But now I have two quilts to make, the small one for this challenge and a larger one of my childhood church.  Not sure why but something is calling me to try to recreate my church in fabric.  I think it's the stones, I love the texture of stone.
I need to get busy.  I'm planning to go to the AQS Show in Des Moines at the end of this month so I need to get my challenge quilt finished before I go.
Have a creative day

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fractured Penquins

I recently purchased the book Fabulous Fractures by Brenda Esslinger.  I love the koi pond she has fractured on the cover of the book.(if you click the link it will take you to a page with photos from the book, Wendi's Koi Pond is the last one on the list, click to see)  I wanted to try it so I looked through the fabric in my stash and found the penguin fabric.  Not sure what I had planned for it originally but I decided it would be a good fabric to fracture.  This fabric is by Robert Kaufman and is called The Last Frontier.  (I labeled it incorrectly in my last post, sorry)

You need four exact repeats of your fabric.  Here is my original piece.

Here it is halfway finished.

And the final fracture.  I think it could be a global warming statement, what do you think?

Brenda has one called Home for the Holidays that is cut at a forty five degree angle, instead of horizontal and vertical.  I want to try that next.  Might have to venture out to the fabric store for a suitable fabric.  (Darn!) I love the flowers she has fractured as well.

Have a creative day

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Moving on to September

I finished piecing the illusion block quilt.  I really like how it turned out.  Thank you Craftsy for the batik layer cake which made this quilt possible.

I am almost done with my September assignment for the Block of the Month.  I finished the last two blocks and added black borders to all the blocks.  They are each 13" now.

I just need to tear off all the paper from the paper pieced blocks and finish adding the flowers to three baskets.

I have a quick little project to experiment with the next few days.  I've had this Robert Kaufman fabric for quite awhile and I think it might just be perfect for the technique I want to try.  Here is a sneak peak.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

In the meantime, in between time, ain't we got fun!

While waiting for the September instructions for the Craftsy Block of the Month I decided to do something quick and less complicated just for fun.

I was given a stack of 10" squares from Craftsy as an apology for an order mix-up.  An above and beyond attitude on their part.  About the same time I saw Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company explain how to make an illusion quilt.  Seemed like fate to me, so I purchased some grey fabric, and pulled some white from my stash.  They really aren't as wonky as they appear.  My design wall is not flat as it hangs over my shelves full of fabric.  Sometimes the fabric bulges out as I occasionally over buy!  Never happens to anyone else I know, but I am weak where fabric is concerned.

This has been happening all week.  

They are only squares at this point and I still have two more rows to put together.  

It's very satisfying to make something that goes together so fast as opposed to the months I have been working on the BOM.
Have a Creative Day

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August blocks finished

I'm actually finishing the blocks for this quilt on time.  In case you haven't been following my blog this is the Craftsy block of the month taught by Jinny Beyer.  

This months blocks are both paper piecing.  For me these were much more complicated than any paper pieced pattern I have done.  One of them I had to restart three times.  But, I did it!  I can learn new skills.
Here are all of the blocks to date.
I am enjoying this class.  It's a challenge for me but that's a good thing.  
Have a creative day