I’ve become a less consistent blogger. Sometimes I think about not blogging but I guess I’ll just keep plugging along and blogging when I feel like it.
Today I’m doing my AHIQ (Ad Hock Improv Quilt) link-up (Edit: I just realised that I’m a week early. Last month I was late. Go figure!). Just a drive-through post of what I’ve been working on. Some improv and one quite traditional (who knew?).
Voluptuous Woman/Body positivity: Background is dyed/painted/stenciled/written onto a embroidered linen tablecloth that my friend A gave me. Voluptuous woman drawing was made by her dear daughter (thanks B!). I’ve made a pattern using techniques learned from the book Pictorial Art Quilt by Leni Levenson Weiner. I’m using beige crumb piecing for the body base and then using 3-5 toned fabrics for shading. I don’t have the shading pieces quite right yet – still searching. Next step is to trace this pattern onto freezer paper.
The second improv I’m working on is a challenge by Sherri Lynn Wood’s FB group called 2017Score2. Our parameters were:
LIMIT 1: Pull orphan blocks, never pieced blocks, or a pieced top (or all 3!) that you just never loved enough to finish. Chop it up, slash it, separate it, reconfigure it, overdye it, etc…manipulate it in any way you like to form the foundation of your new piece.
LIMIT 2: Use any of the fabrics from your scrap bin to develop out the rest of your design.
Any prints you use should ONLY come from your scraps.
LIMIT 3: You have the option to purchase TWO SOLIDS specifically for this project to help balance it/fill it out. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED — your scrap stash might have plenty of multiple solids to work with — just remember: if its in your scrap bin, then its fair game!
(Solids can be new yardage, thrifted garments, fabric you bartered for…whatever your own definition of “purchase” is!)
LIMIT 4: Utilize contrast “grouting” to join the more randomly shaped, or unevenly sized sections.
I’m using some Japanese taupe crumb blocks and slicing/grouting with red and charcoal. Trying to keep it to my 18×20″ size range. So far, I like where I’m going with it. Hope to have more time this weekend to dig into it.
And here is the traditional work I’ve been doing: Hexagons. From The New Hexagon book and Glorious Hexagon booklet. About 50 done. 50-60 to go. Nuts, right? 😉 Surprisingly, I am really enjoying doing these. They are the perfect project for travel. Perfect for sitting in front of TV. Perfect for sitting in the front room gazing out the window at the cows munching in the paddock. I’m even considering starting another EPP (English Paper Piecing) project when this one is finished – perhaps Lucy and the Crosses?
A local quilt shop has come up with a new EPP product that I will be doing a blog post on soon. I’ve been playing with her product this week and think it’s really slick. Stay tuned for details!