Saturday, November 28, 2020

sewing Saturday


Welcome to this week's sewing round up! I make art quilts, even if I'm using traditional patterns like log cabins my intention is to make something that expresses my spirit, that is individual to me, and that looks at design in my own way. 

Rainbow scrap challenge this month is to use our neutral light scraps and I continued with a few blocks.

I spent the first part of the week finishing up some more light neutral log cabin blocks. I do these in a very improvisational way,  starting with any shape or size center in the color of the month, and doing two rounds, then the next two are white/cream/almost solid light fabrics.

and I want the strips to be different lengths and maybe uneven in width, I don't care if they are frayed, I place the right sides together and sew. As long as the long straight seam allows them to lay flat when pressed, it adds to the surprise in the block. I make them til they are about the same size. 

To work this way you have to release your critic, you have to find joy in the unexpected, and believe it will all work out in the end. And it does. Sometimes I need to trim a bit off one to make them go together, or add a little to another. 

Nature is ordered in a random way and so are these blocks.

I also auditioned fabrics for the geese quilt

I don't have many gray fabrics, and really liked the medium blue-gray of the design wall with them. I pulled out what I have, and pinned it up on the wall to be able to get a feel of how it will work pieced in. 

I turned one piece to the back, I rejected many for being too light, too dark, too patterned, wrong tone but in true Murphy's law, the ones that work the best I have the least of!!

It occurred to me, if the block is called flying geese, then I could add in some feathers and birds... heh heh what fun! I think I'll figure out how much and where to put it in.

I painted this week, the pictures were on yesterday's post ( HERE )but I wanted to mention to the quilters out there how I used these sheets in the printer...

and a digital picture of my own painting 

to print some fabric for a small art work.

It is printed twice, once in black and white because an update to my computer unhinged the printer and it refused to print in color. DH had to uninstall the printer, and reinstall the printer and we found out this happens with windows updates.
 Technology... a double edged sword
so I realized I love printing my paintings on fabric, and should pursue printing them larger with spoonflower or another company . For now I am enjoying doing mantel art on peltex so I'll do that. Later. 
I am continuing to hand sew these star blocks from Deb. She found the design in an old 80's book and redrafted it, changing color placement to make it her own. She is doing it in multi colors each time, I chose to focus on one color a month. I needed some bright color so I made a dark green one, this orange one, and cut out a lime green one organized and ready for nightime sewing.
Now I am moving on to Christmas... I have some UFO's to finish and want to make little felted sweaters for this year's tree. I also plan to make another stairwell banner in Christmas scrap fabrics with some cool old patterns I saved from magazines. 
It's about to get colorful in here again, the neutrals can wait for January!


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  1. Love that bird fabric! I'll enjoy seeing how you work that in with your flying geese.

  2. Beautiful painting, LeeAnna! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do with the fabric versions. I'm sad to see those LIGHT Neutral geese put away, but excited to see your take on the Holidays!

  3. I love the blue flower and can't wait to see what you do with the fabric version of it.

  4. Light neutrals are such a nice change of pace. It is amazing how much variety you found to play with.

  5. Hi LeeAnna,
    We need colour in December ! and lights ! Looking forward to your Christmas tree and what you create out of the magazines :)

  6. Hi,
    Love seeing your process for deciding what fabrics to use. Thanks for sharing this. I really like your star block. So pretty. Have a great day!

  7. Love that bird fabric, and looks like you have some great projects to work on~

  8. I have some of these fabric inkjet sheets. They are fun to play with, aren't they? I like that bird fabric and can't wait to see how you use it. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

  9. Love the whimsy you’ve got going here! Those log cabin blocks look like a lot of fun with lots of interest. I also like the idea of the bird fabric in with the flying geese blocks. Thanks for linking up with DrEAMi!

  10. This mathematician just can't be free and easy with quilts...or really any craft. Symmetry and similar pattern makes me calm. I love the way your log cabin quilt looks, but I know I would drive me crazy. I like how your painting printed up on the fabric and I love that orange block.

  11. I love that orange! and the pattern is interesting. I'm not familiar with that one, I don't think.

  12. Paintings turned into fabric!!! Do it, Lee Anna. The birds are pretty but your flower is prettier.

  13. LA - you are more disciplined than I could ever be, to let go with your art the way you do. Well done, my friend! Lovely, lovely pieces!

  14. Love those neutral log cabins. Such beautiful play of light! How wonderful your painting turned out on fabric once you got that printer to work. Silly technology! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.