After all the exciting and scary stuff that's happened over the last week or so, yesterday I was glad to get back to my quilting 'To Do' list. Admittedly I wasn't totally idle last week, taking the opportunity to hand bind several quilts but it was good to get the cutting mat out and be a bit more creative yesterday.
First up I made a siggy block using a great tutorial by Rachel Griffith of ps i quilt. It's part of a project that Liz of Dandelion Daydreams is putting together as a thank you to Beth at Plum & June for hosting the 'Let's Get Acquainted!' Blog Hop which is coming to an end next week.
|Philip Jacobs for Rowan. Westminster Fibers #PWPJ42 'Primula' and Kona 'Azure'|
Secondly, I set about my NYC Metro Mod Guild challenge to take along to our December meeting. I posted about the challenge here a few weeks ago but just to recap we each took a square image cut from a Kandinsky painting - it's 1/30th of the painting. We've been asked to reproduce the image to 6" on a 6.5" fabric square using any media - paint/paper/fabric/etc and it doesn't have to be washable.
|The original image and instructions|
|On the left: Neocolour image on fabric square and on the right: Finished textile art square|
I created a background colour image on cotton fabric using Caran D'ache Neocolor II - water-soluble wax pastels, wet the colour through with a paintbrush and set it with a hairdryer. Then I added some tissue and handmade papers, then a small amount of sheer and netted fabric and free motion stitched over these areas.
Another job done and ready to take along to our next Guild meeting :)
Once the blocks are all pieced together at the Guild I'll see if I can share a photo of the finished art quilt with you.
Bear's Paw Block
Finally, in December it's my turn to be Queen Bee for the NYC Metro Mod Bee so I wanted to trial my chosen Bear's Paw block. There's a lot of history to the Bear's Paw block and rather than write it all again here anyone interested can read this Quilt Patterns Through Time piece on Womenfolk.com. It's larger than the normal 12.5" block measuring up around 16" untrimmed and, although there's lots of pieces, it's very fast and easy to make using a chain piecing method.
Here's my finished block - my chosen fabrics are a print from Tula Pink's The Birds and The Bees called Swallow Skies in Storm and a solid Kona Cotton Sage.
|front and back views of my trial Bear's Paw block|
Need to crack on now with writing up my instructions for making the block, cutting the fabric and packing it ready to post out to my December Bees!
And, as I mentioned at the start of this post, we're almost at the end of Plum and June's Let's Get Acquainted! Blog Hop
Here's 6 posts to check out from the last 2 weeks:
Christa at Christa Quilts
Mini Stocking tutorial from Gertie at Quilting for England
Chevron Layer Cake Quilt tutorial - Part One and Chevron Layer Cakel Quilt tutorial - Part Two from Wendi at Bethadee Zoo
Zoom and Go Portable Car Mat tutorial from Kelly at Live, Love, Create
Christmas Bunting tutorial from Janice at Better Off Thread