Penguin quilt and shibori postcard
I'm purposely not talking about the virus and sequestration and all that goes along with this. My sewing room and my blog are my escapes. But I am thinking of all you and hoping that you and your families are safe and comfortable. We're doing great here. Like many of you, being away from other people isn't exactly hard times for me.
I tried out several different options to add length to my penguin quilt until I found these clamped shibori half yards in my shibori bin and thought that I might be able to make "ice" for the penguins to skate on. The clamped fabrics have more white in them than the penguin bodies. I got the first sashing done and I like the look. I'll proceed on and get the other sashing rows and outer borders done.
Several people recommended another row of penguins. That was an option I considered but I'd ahve to make 5 more faces and I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
I'm just thinking that it might be possible for this to be a March finish!
While I was cleaning off the cutting table to work on the sashing I started playing with the shibori scraps. They are so pretty! They could possibly be placemats combined with the leftover light blue backing fabric. But I decided to try a postcard first.
Some hand stitching seemed to be in order and I found these candidates in my collection of embroidery threads.
I sewed together enough strips to cover a 4 x 6 postcard base but didn't fuse it to the postcard base yet.
I stitched on some circles with Perle cotton. I do realize that the circle motifs don't really fit in this assemblage but I was in the mood for circles and really just trying to decided if postcards were what I wanted to do with these scraps.
All I had to do to finish it was to fuse it to a postcard base, fuse on a backing and stitch around the edges.
Yes, I'm please with this and I'll make postcards with the rest of the scraps.
3/23/2020 12:42:01 pm
Your penguins look so cute, Vicki! I especially like that swoop in the sashing on the left in the 2nd row. It adds movement and interest without being too much.
Lynda K Hermann
3/23/2020 02:16:37 pm
I have had this pattern for over a year and have a collection of Hawaiian florals - watching you make this quilt gave me the incentive to work with mine - making a crib size and my birds will be on ROR in Hawaii! Took me all day yesterday just cutting - start stitching later today!
3/23/2020 06:40:05 pm
I'm trying to keep my blog focused on normal things too - we are bombarded with the news and I'd like to think my blog is a little oasis of calm. I love your penguins so much and glad to see you've come up with a use for the pretty offcuts. I made a few postcard fronts yesterday too using up some bits leftover from the borders of my latest landscape - your influence I'm sure!
3/24/2020 08:03:35 am
I like the circles. They echo the roundish shape in the center and also the tiny white dots in of to the shibori fabrics.
3/24/2020 11:15:14 am
Love the ice skating with those HaPpY feet on the whitish sashing! The postcards look like bubbles floating in the air! Sew creative!
3/24/2020 03:55:44 pm
Love the sashing! and the swirl. Brilliant.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.