Starting something new
It's been a few days since I've posted and that's because I spent most of last week finalizing decisions on countertops, sinks and faucets. We are going back to the tile store today for the third time and we will not leave until we've made a decision. That's the last decision to be made. So far, the project is going very smoothly so I have no complaints.
But we are watching TV in the sewing room and for the first time in a long time I've actually been looking at the shelves on the TV wall. There's a major decluttering about to take place here! Oh, the stuff that we keep......
Another decision that I've needed to make is what to do with these fabrics. This is a stack of gradient samples that I used for display in my booth at the AQS show. I could just store them in my stash but I really wanted to make something with them. There's one of almost every gradient that I have.
I've had this pattern for a long time and it was even on my wish list of project from last year. It turns out that I need a new project to work on for my monthly CSQ sewing weekend. Since all of the veterans quilt kits that I made up for mast week were taken, I needed something to start working on this past weekend. I decided to give this one a try and use it with the stack of gradients.
I don't love the medium blue background of the pattern quilt. Instead I searched through my stash and pulled every dark fabric that I could find for a scrappy dark background. I'll use the mediums and brights from the gradients for the star points.
This is a Judy Neimeyer pattern and you know that they have a lot of prep work...most of which I did not do. But I had to do some and that took some time. I got one block made and 3 parts of a second block. I'm going to make a few and see if I like how it's going. This project might be a 4 block wall hanging.
But it also might be queen size because I apparently bought a pack of extra foundations. I don't know how long I've had this one but it is discontinued now so it's been marinating here for a long time. I'll give it a few months and see how it goes. I do love foundation piecing. I've missed doing it.
that is a neat pattern, I love her patterns and have made two of her easier ones back when all I did was hand piecing - yes all those paper patterns went to waste on me, I sometimes think of doing another and have one someplace and this one would be done machine Love all those fabrics
1/14/2019 03:31:47 pm
I have Sea Urchin, Judy Niemeyer, started and stalled for years. I love the bright batiks I chose, but it is so gosh darn tedious doing all those points that my brain gets numb. I need to find a way to ditch it guilt free or somehow finish it.
1/14/2019 05:49:01 pm
I have a love/hate relationship with paper piecing. I love it while I am making the parts but get bogged down when it comes time to tear out the papers. I have several different brands of patterns for paper piecing and really should pull one out with my huge basket of hand dyed scraps and just do it! I bought some extra papers too....
1/14/2019 10:32:15 pm
Marinating fabric - great term (and oh, how true!!). Major backhoe work happening here at Chez Magpie too. There's too much 'stuff', a lot of which is just stuff and not ever going to serve any useful purpose beyond clutter. There seems to be a lot of stash-downsizing happening 'round and about the internet these days.
1/15/2019 07:24:27 am
That is going to be very pretty whatever size you make it. I love the high contrast of the brights against the darks.
1/15/2019 08:46:19 am
Oh my, I don't think I EVER want to do that large a paper pieced quilt.
1/15/2019 10:11:01 am
I have a love hate relationship with J. N. I know will love the quilt I am making but I started it 4 years ago. I don't have much to do on it. Just make 10 more foundation pieces log cabins but I keep putting it off.
1/19/2019 01:04:41 pm
Oh wow!! will that be spectacular!!!
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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.