Finally decided on the placement of all of the square and rectangle blocks and was thinking that the layout reminded me of a photo that Bonnie Hunter (Quiltsville) took on her trip last year to Italy. I did a image google search and found some awesome photos. This area of Italy is call ‘Cinque Terre’ (five villages). Wouldn’t it be great place to visit.
Here is my finished quilt top – Coastal Village (41×54)
Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.Micki
Two projects – one WIP and one new
Back last summer I had made bunches of small square in a square blocks but couldn’t figure out how I wanted to use them. They went into a box waiting for inspiration. Couple of months ago I came up with the idea to maybe add some rectangles to the mix. That worked. As you can see, I am using solids in various shades of teal, beige to brown, purple and a little red/rust for accent. Here are some of the blocks on my design wall. I like where this is heading.
Here is a sample of the fabrics in a fat quarter collection by Lily Ashbury that I purchased ages ago. These bold and colorful fabrics are going into my next quilt. I have the design worked out and sewing up a storm to get all of the blocks made.
What are you working on?Micki
Since the last Design Wall Wednesday post, I have finished my ‘Americana’ quilt top and started another project.
The photo shows some of the fabrics for my Scrappy Summer 2015. I loved what I did last year…okay maybe love isn’t the correct word for all of the cutting, starching and pressing I did on the 66 fat quarters I used. My idea was to work with one fabric collection and make several smaller quilts. Check out ‘My Quilts’ page to find the five quilts I made and here is a link to the first post.
When I started pondering doing a ‘Scrappy Summer 2015’ I looked thru my stash trying to decide what group of fabrics I wanted to use. I came across my Kaffee Fassett and Kaffee-like fabric collections. You would categorize them into two groups – stripes/plaids and big florals. The plaids and stripes really didn’t play well with the florals so those went back on the shelf. I was surprised how many fabrics I had since I am normally not a big print fan. I find them hard to work with because you aren’t quite sure what you get when you cut up them up. For my first design idea, I made myself a couple of rules. 1) no fussy cutting the squares and 2) just let go and not worry about the big prints (easier said then done).Micki
Not much of progress in the studio this week on the WIP’s BUT I did start a couple more. I know, I should finish one before starting another one but when you are stuck and unsure what to do it is better to work on something else.
The blocks are sewn together into rows but I haven’t figured out what to do for borders. Do I add smaller four patch blocks on point using the colors? Do I do an insert strip piece? Decisions..decisions.
The quilt center is done and looks great – very patriotic but I still need to figure out size of inner border. The pieced outer borders (triangles) are done so now I need to decide on the size of the inner border so that all of the pieces fit together.
Since I can’t figure out borders for the other quilts I decided to pull together some fabrics. Aren’t they great? Love the colors. I have made a bunch of block in a block units and trying to figure out layout.
Here is a sample of the recycled shirts I will be using for my 2015 Leaders & Enders quilt. Actually, I have 35 shirts (so far) ranging from light to dark in blue, green and brown. If you haven’t heard about ‘Leaders and Enders’ check out my previous post.Micki