Friday, October 3, 2014

Progress…..

I have a friend from my Church who is a wonderful artist and designer.  Her name is Karla and she specializes in repeat designs, having several wallpaper lines and also a number of other great designs on the market.   You can check out her blog here.

Well, she and her husband are having a baby girl.  As a matter of fact, she is at the hospital RIGHT NOW!!!   So exciting!!

When I told Karla that I wanted to make her a quilt, she said that she had two yards of fabric printed at Spoonflower and would I like to use it in the quilt.  It is a wonderful repeat design with fun colors and I was really excited to work with it……

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I started out by picking other fabrics to go with this one…..

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I had been considering patterns.   Karla likes more traditional designs so I was thinking about a pinwheel quilt, however, when I got the fabric, I felt like the scale of the print was too large to cut into a lot of smaller pieces so I got onto EQ and started playing.

I came up with this idea and thought that it would be perfect…..

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However, when I started laying out the pieces, I didn’t like how it was looking….

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My non-quilting friend Charlene looked at it said that all she was seeing was the green fabrics when I really wanted to highlight the pinwheels.

The next day I put on my thinking cap and started drafting more pinwheel block, in larger sizes this time.

I also cut the greet squares down to a smaller size and the result was…..

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SOOOO much better.

Now I have to work on the outside borders and decide if I am going to add the triangles on the side or leave those off and play with the borders instead.

I did have one epiphany during this process.   I realized that accuracy is going to be super important when I actually start sewing so I tried to fold the squares in half VERY carefully.  

As I was cutting down the green squares, I was opening up the fold, cutting the square down to 2 inches and then meticulously re-folding in half.   Then I grabbed for a ruler and accidentally picked up on that a friend had given me recently.   It is the  Eleanor Burns “Quilt In A Day” Triangle Square Up ruler…..

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I was able to leave the triangle folded and use the ruler to square it up……DSC03410

It was SO much faster…..

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So, since the baby is being born as we speak, I had better get busy and figure out the borders so that I can start piecing…..and fast!!!

4 comments:

Sylvia said...

Nice stash. :)

Karen said...

What a lovely idea to use her own fabric in the quilt. The pinwheels look great.

Linda said...

That quilt is gorgeous! You chose the perfect fabrics to go with hers. I know she will love it!!

Nupur said...

It turned out gorgeous! What a special gift!

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