Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Changing Directions

I have been asked to present a program for the Piecemakers of Milton Guild in August.  They have asked me to present my "One of a Kind" program and I have decided to make a new quilt for the demonstration.
Here are the very first blocks up on the design wall - so cute already!!
I brought everything down to the kitchen to cut out.
I got out my green, red and aqua scraps, which were all in one place :).

Without any panels or orphan blocks to use I decided to make some new blocks and drew up a tentative layout on graph paper.
I brought down some of the sections from the previous quilt I made using these fabrics, just really to give me some inspiration.
I have made 5 pieced tree blocks and have started making the filler blocks.
These tree blocks will get borders around them to equal 12 x 12, but I'm waiting for a while to see what colors I'll need to keep things in balance.
Here is the previous quilt using the pillow panels.  It's such a happy quilt.
Here's the book that has given me so much inspiration and my first group of fabrics.  I cut my own jelly roll from my stash - so fun.
I always make a graph paper pattern.  I cut out separate blocks to scale and use scotch tape so I can move them around.  When I have the blocks set where I want them. I then fill in with 4" blocks.
I'm having so much fun today, these are happy colors.


Karen said...

I was wondering if you meant a program based on the concepts in that book. I no longer have the book (or I don't think I do) but it gave some good guidance for creating a setting for blocks of different sizes and varying amounts of blocks. Is your program to be a lecture or hands on?

Carol Stearns said...

Love, it. You are sew creative!

Janet said...

I just love the fabrics you are using in this! I bet your presentation will be wonderful - wish I could go :0)

Mayleen said...

That does look like a lot of fun! Think I'll look for that book and use your idea of plotting out the quilt on graph paper.

Ruth said...

Looks like fun! I'm wondering if you make a large stripy block and then cut a couple tree out of it…or how do you make the trees? It looks like a great Christmas quilt.

Vivian said...

This post has come at a perfect time for me. I have a stack of orphan blocks, partial quilts, and parts, parts, parts. I need cohesion and guidance. Your working process looks like one I could work with too.
I think I'll be getting my graph paper out. I'd forgotten how useful it can be for quilting.
I'm sure your talk will be a great success. BTW -- I just found and ordered a used copy of this book. There are quite a few on Amazon, new and used.