Sunday, September 22, 2013

Another block done today...

I am following the advice of Nancy Zimmerman in particular when it comes to this project.  

Have your material ready to work on and kept handy.  When you have an extra ten minutes or twenty minutes or thirty minutes, then sew for that amount of time.  That way, the project doesn't become a chore, but something to look forward too.  

I have been trying to so that and I have been picking half hour to one hour slots each day, then go do something else.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Plugging away sewing, I finished Sections 6 and 7.

Section 6 had three blocks of colors, Orange, Purple, Purple, Green

Section 7 had two blocks of colors, Blue, Orange, Orange, Green

I removed the pics I had here because I have totally rearranged the colors and am sewing them into blocks.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New quilting again..

I saw a quilt at a local quilt looked interesting, I took a pic of it..and then forgot about it for a while until my brain stewed out what I wanted to do.  Late last year, when I ordered the fabric for the backings for the granddaughter quilts, a mixup happened with the fabric store..and I ended up with getting a good deal on future fabric.  Last February, I ordered a few 10 inch square charm packs and some 5 inch charm packs..think they have different names...but we will go with that...;-)..

The design calls for topstitching a five inch square in the middle of a ten inch square, then cuttting the 10 inch square into four five inch squares.  Rearrange the squares and sew them all back together in a pleasing pattern.

A freiend of mine has a fabric cutting machine that is awesome to play with.  He brought it over and for the next few weeks, I cut all of my stash of extra fabric into ten inch blocks and five inch blocks.

I decided that I am going to make a king size quilt for our bed.  It will require 144 blocks of the ten inch variety..but with blocking them down, etc, they will be 9 inch blocks.  Since I had so many colors, I stewed over the combinations and have decided to work with the color wheel.  I am including sections that each primary and secondary color will have a focus on the blanket and that I will use black in the center.

As I finish more sections, I will include pics...but for now..I will show pics of the inspiration..and the pamphlet that gives basic instructions.

The inspiration:


The Pattern Basics

The color palette I am working with:  

Left side:  Purple, Yellow, Green            Right side:  Blue, Red, Orange

  I decided that whatever the main color of the ten inch block, I would try and put the opposite color on the color wheel as the five inch block.  I also decided that the thread to topstitch with would be the color of the five inch block.  ie:  the green blocks have red as the center block sewn with red thread.  I also decided to do the topstitch in a blanket stitch.

I then had to decide how I wanted to mix and match.  

Here is the Master Plan:  

I divided the colors into patterns and then began matching up colors to form a ten inch block.  In the pic above, the first box in the upper left corner will have black, red, yellow, blue in the block.  I will be putting together 7 blocks with that color combination.  

The following are samples of how I have combined colors and just an idea for putting them together.

I like the pattern I see in the various blocks as I sew them...but will not sew them into a larger block until I have laid them all out to see the overall affect.