“Greetings! We leave tomorrow for our trip out to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. I don’t plan to post while we are away so it will be 2 1/2 – 3 weeks before the next one. I should have lots to share!
This week our guild had Joe Cunningham (Joe the Quilter) from San Francisco as guest speaker and workshop leader. He is a very funny speaker – lots of laughs! I took the workshop which was also fun.
We had to choose and bring 4 one-yard pieces of fabric for the project. He instructed us to cut strips of various sizes, piece them together and then cut and piece a couple more times, leading to a set of 6 1/2 inch blocks that could then be arranged in any number of ways. The idea was to not worry about how it was going to look – just have fun with it and improvise. Here are my 4 fabrics and the final result after sewing my blocks together (click to enlarge):
There is supposed to be a border on all 4 sides of this, but most of us just barely managed to get the center sewn together. I kind of like it! I’m thinking of finishing it like a Japanese scroll, adding perhaps 6 inch wide strips of the gold fabric to the top and bottom and maybe a strip of the print above and below those. I’m considering appliqueing something across the gold strips. We’ll see where this goes over the next several months. As I look at it, I seem to see “glimpses of a garden” – I may call it that! I highly recommend attending any lectures or taking any workshops with Joe if you get a chance!
This weeks star topic is “serpentine” designs. Serpentine refers to a type of curvy line. I have been so busy finishing up at work and getting ready for vacation that I decided to take a break from making stars. In fact, I already previously made several stars using serpentine fabrics. Both of these use the same nice gold serpentine fabric in the background:
This pink background is a favorite! The green in the center I think also qualifies:
And a couple more:
I looked in my stash anyway and found several more that I might use after return from vacation:
Here is that third “conversation” print that I couldn’t find when posting last time. This is the one that “might not be an authentic conversation print, but I’m using it anyway!” I found the fabric mixed in with my reproductions, but am not sure it belongs there. I think it’s cute!
In my last post, I showed the picture of the tree block that I was thinking about prepping and bringing along on vacation to applique. Here’s what the tree trunk and branches look like cut out and ironed onto the background fabric:
The more I looked at it, the scarier it got! Those limbs are very narrow and the applique is going to be very tricky – not exactly the relaxing type of needlework I want to have on vacation. So I switched gears completely and will save this tree for later. I decided that nothing is more relaxing than appliqueing circles, so I am returning to the Circle Improv project. I made circles out of 4-patches and am going to applique them onto 6 inch backgrounds. Here on the left are the circles just cut and laid on the backgrounds so you get a sense of what they’ll look like when appliqued and on the right are the blocks prepped for needle turn applique:
After I complete the applique, I will embellish the blocks with embroidery thread which I am also bringing along. That should be enough needle work to last through the vacation.
I’ll be back home on June 10th and hope to post again within a few days of our return. Cherish every day and be grateful! Gladi