I’m taking 2 classes from Jacquie Gering http://www.tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/ in a couple of weeks, through EBHQ . I’m auditioning background fabrics for both classes.
The first class is called Precision Lines. I know I want to insert orange strips as the lines, on a blue background fabric. The background fabric is supposed to be a solid color, or read as a solid color. I think the top two fabrics are my favorites, although I love them all. I think I will use some of the other blues for the hamsa/healing quilt I’m about to start.
The second class is called Stitch and Flip Improvisation. That’s the technique I used for the four pointed stars in my previous post. I’m hoping she’ll teach me variations on stitch and flip that I don’t know.
I didn’t have enough of this light blue fabric, so I went shopping. There was only one fabric in the whole store that worked. The fabric on the left is the one I was trying to match. The one on the right reads as almost the same color, from a distance of ten feet. I bought it at a lovely, brand new, local quilt shop: Bay Quilts, in El Cerrito, CA. http://Www.sfbayquilts.com
Here is the quilt with the new border.
The inner border is the old fabric, and the outer border is the new one. They do look remarkably similar, from a distance. This quilt top is done, and ready for backing and quilting. I’m not going to quilt it yet. I want to start work on a quilt for the Sacred Threads show, which is due at the end of December. I expect to be working on it all Fall, with occasional breaks to work on 12 x12 quilts.
I decided to go with a white on white background fabric for these stars, rather than the lavender in the previous post. However, I didn’t enjoy the process of making this quilt as much as the previous quilt. I love playing around with layout on my design wall. I designed this quilt on graph paper, before I started sewing. I like making design decisions as I go, but most of the decisions were made beforehand. If you have any advice on how to quilt it, please leave me a comment. I will add another light blue border before I quilt it.
I’m working on another version of the previous quilt. For the medallion format, I need 8 of these 4 pointed stars, which will surround an 8 pointed one. I’ve made two different color versions of the 4 pointed star, and I’m not happy with either of them.
I think the grey background on the left, is not different enough from/ yet not similar enough to the lavender, to work well. I’m not happy with the all lavender one either, because I don’t have enough lavender fabrics to choose from. I also think the darker fabric on the upper left is too dark for the other three fabrics.
Please leave a comment if you have a color suggestion for the background fabric. I’m thinking I need to go significantly lighter, or significantly darker.
Improv star is now quilted. Thanks for everyone’s advice on how to quilt it. I used the walking foot to quilt parallel lines, in various improvisational directions. I didn’t mark any lines on the quilt, but used the width of the walking foot to judge the distance by eye. I’m planning on making a second quilt with the same component blocks, but in different colors. I was thinking of calling this one “Unexpected,” and the new one, “Expected.” Expected would be less improvisational, more of a medallion format.
Here it is, with the binding on. I’m planning to put a bead in each of the triangles on the bottom. It is 12″ x 12″ so this is my first one for the new 12 x 12 group in the Fall. It’s nice to be ahead of something for once.
I’ve been working on this quilt top for a couple of weeks. It’s an idea for a class I’d like to teach. I’m getting ready to sandwich it and quilt it. Any suggestions for how to quilt it?
I practiced cutting out hamsas with vines/trees in them out of paper until I was satisfied with this one. I fused the green fabric to fusible web before tracing the paper hamsa onto the paper side of the fusible web. I cut out the hamsa using small scissors and an Exacto knife. For a short explanation of what a hamsa is, see the post from 8/4, titled, “Hamsas”. I’m trying to decide if I need to zigzag around every single cutout or not. Leave me a comment if you have an opinion one way or the other.
I’m working on a different hamsa than the one I blogged about on 8/4. That other one is still a work in progress. This new one has a subtle tree in the middle, so I’m calling it a Tree Of Life hamsa. I pieced wedge shaped strings together for the two sides. If you look closely you can see that the two sides are not symmetrical.
I recently returned from a trip up and down the coast of California and Oregon. It’s amazing how many tiny coastal towns have a quilt shop, selling lots of lovely fabric. I also visited the Latimer Quilt and Textile Museum in Tillamook, OR, which even my husband and non-quilting best friend found worth visiting. At each quilt shop I bought small amounts of fabric. At the end of the trip I was surprised by how much I’d accumulated.