Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
|Birds in Air completely quilted and bound waiting for a wash and label|
|Birds in Air photo from a book that inspired me to use this design for Madrone Road Challenge|
|First set of triangle squares were all 3 inch and fit together this way.|
|second set of large and small bird flocks laid out with solid candy blue Kona backing fabric|
|swatches of Madrone Road and white background (sky) muslin|
|working on the embroidery label|
|finished label on the back|
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
|Madrone Road Fabric swatches plus white for quilting Challenge|
I have a new project finally underway, a challenge I mentioned earlier. It's the Madrone Road Challenge given out to DC Modern Quilt Guilder members who wanted to play with these lovely fabrics. To prepare over the past two weeks I have been practicing making half triangle squares with the Shoofly blocks.
|practice blocks of shoofly design|
The Madrone road challenge is going to be double triangle squares in a 19th century pattern called "Birds in the Air" It's kind of like flocks flying over head when I look at the simple diamonds of these triangle squares. I am piecing the Madrone Road fabric with pure white muslin to make it go further. I am not sure how big the finished top will be but it has to be done soon and quilted before the end of the month. I hope to get it near done by the DC Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Jan. 19th or perhaps I will finish there at the sewing day meet up. It can't be very big in the end with only fabric 6/8ths of a yard but it is fun to have a matched set of fabrics for a change.
|preview of the birds in the air layout|
|1956 Thunderbird with Dan Murray at NGA|
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
|first blocks using two plaid fabrics gifted by Jason Alexander|
|laying out pieces to build each set of blocks on the ironing board|
Also inspiring me was another gift, the beautiful new book by Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration. I got permission from this book to substitute a few like fabrics that were not from the same sources, they look alike enough to pass and add some sparkle to the finish collection of blocks. Doing this reminded me what my color teacher, Mary Buckley, always told us to do when working with color "add sparkles, glitter" or some feeling of a brightness to make the work live! Leaving off some of the perfectly matched fabrics and adding the almost matched is a real relief to the eye but I know it is unseen at first glance.
Here are the images of the blocks, now I am trying to sort out what the blank spaces will be filled with to finish to top. Will I use white like the felt wall, pebble gray print- a neutral with texture, darker blue or perhaps a light lavender, then there is a surprise orange? Those are a few choices I have to make before I take the next step to complete this top and any suggestions from you readers are always welcome.
|some of the mixed up shoofly blocks on the white felt wall|
|shoofly blocks on pebble gray|
|shoofly blocks on warm blue|
|the orange option|
|yellow on hand recommended by Elle|