Welcome to this week's sewing round up!
|the design wall was exciting this week!|
I'll start with the wine bottles in dark blue scraps... here is the mock up, supply gather...
|pattern free from Hoffman Fabrics|
They are a bit close in value to the "bright blue" month at rainbow scrap challenge but that's okay, at least I got the labels different.
In the end I decided to use the one with a flower print, and cut some curves into it with the idea to start squaring it up on the outside edges
|about 15" X 19" now|
I'm satisfied. Now to block it, and get it ready to overquilt!! I plan to use some inks to make the center blossom stand out more, and this one is calling out for beading and hand stitching with thick threads.
I woke on Monday with "the blues" in my heart, and wanted to sew something mindless, as a tonic to my spirit. On a sorting expedition into studio two last week I spied a set of tiny 1.5" squares someone gave me a while back. The kind Keepsake used to send as samples. Okay I thought, let's use neutral scraps to make 9-patches.
Whee! they make unfinished 3.5" blocks. I have been wanting to use my prints on beige backgrounds in something for a while to showcase them, so I cut a bunch of 3.5" squares from those scraps. Like the Chinese food, spools, stars, donkeys..... then sewed them into a whole center...
Loved the softness of it but it wanted a border. I auditioned a lot of fabrics, then sent the pic to some friends and one said to use more 1.5" blocks in contrast to finish it off.
No, not going to cut up more of those tiny blocks but I do keep a box of 2" squares laid out in watercolor shades. I went to the next to lightest squares and created a border. No matching of seams needed and they work beautifully to give the center some room visually! Thanks Linda!
I made this in two afternoons. Lessons?
That's the thing with art... there's always something to learn, and something to make
I plan to watch a lot of Olympics coverage this week... especially dressage, synchronized swimming if I can find it, badminton (can you believe that's an Olympic sport?) and gymnastics. The opening ceremonies were terrific especially the human interpretation of the event icons.
What about you?
finished or not
off the wall Fridays
can I get a whoop whoop Fridays