Thursday, October 28, 2021

Playing with Pieces -Strip Sets

The strip sets have been sitting on my cutting table patiently.  Well, not totally patient, I heard them call to me a few times. I have added a few strips.  I even sewed two sections together (lower center, right side on the photo below.)    There is still no plan.  I just wanted to do a layout and see what it looks like "so far." 


The piece of deep blue hand dyed fabric is a single piece that I used to fill the hole. If I sewed it this way, I would have to do some partial seams.  They are not as hard as you might think.  The trick is to make a plan before you start sewing it.  In fact, looking at it, I quickly realized that it would be pretty easy.  At first I thought it would require at least 2 partial seams, but I see now that I can do it with just one.  (Uh, I think....lol.) 

There are some more strip pieces left.  For now they are just two or three strips sewn together.  But I could use them to fill in that bottom left "hole."  However, this isn't that large. I may add some big pieces of whole cloth fabric to make it bigger and add a somewhat "modern" vibe to it.  Ha ha...only time will tell. I can change my mind faster than you can imagine. 

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Monday, October 25, 2021

Twisting To the Side

After making the last set of blocks,  I realized that the strip blocks are not the best thing to use for the freeform curve blocks.  I pulled out some more fabrics and added to the pile. I had some hand-dyed fabrics that have been in my stash a long time.  A lavender/purple and a green called to me. So I used those to mix with one simple block made of strips.  Oops!  Only using three "fabrics" meant that I got three blocks. So some more of the purple and green fabric made a fourth block to go with it. 
These work like Drunkard's Path blocks.  You can rotate them in so may directions and combinations that it is difficult to make a decision.  Plus, I took the piece from the last post and added it to really confuse the issue.  I put it in three layouts.  One of these I really like. 
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#2

#3

I probably tried more layouts,  but you can futz with those forever.  I made a discovery as I was taking the photos.  I use my phone for most photos. The discovery is that seeing the design smaller (condensed to a thumbnail size) really helps me to make design decisions. 

So now, I ask you - Which of the three do you like?

I also pulled out four fabrics - because that is the way it was demonstrated. (Ha ha) With those four fabrics, I made four more blocks.  I suspect they will be a different project.  Here are those layouts. 
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#2

#3

Lets call these "the OTHER" blocks - which layout do you like for these blocks?


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Adding a Twist to the Strip Blocks

After making a number of strip blocks,  the thought of "what to do with these" was strong. So they sat for a day.  Then I watched the latest episode of The Quilt Show featuring Cindy Grisdela.  She showed freeform curves as part of the presentation.  Now, you probably know that it wasn't a new concept to me.  What it did was to reinforce the idea and wake up the muse.   

I took the smallest rectangle that I thought would work and paired it with a chunk of fabric that was handy. It was a scrap of a print fabric that I had over-dyed.   That followed my scrap/dyed theme with these pieces so it seemed like "kismet."  Curves were cut and sewn. Here is the result.  You may be seeing more of these in the next week or so. 

The photo is slightly crooked but the piece is 10.5" by 6.25"
Remember what I said "if it is too small, you can sew on more fabric." 
A chunk or a couple of strips could be added to the top (or bottom) to make 
this "block" 10.5 inches square.  With fabric, the possibilities
are almost endless. 
Allow yourself to play!

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Monday, October 18, 2021

Lots of Strips

The strips in this pile were left over from the last quilt.
The pile was on my cutting table begging to be used.
I know that some people toss out those scraps from trimming a quilt.
Most of the time, I just can't do that. I paid good money for those strips.
(except of course for the fabric that I won.)



So,  I grabbed a bunch and started sewing strip sets. 
As long as the color didn't match and the size was close
They got sewn together.  Then I trimmed the ends.
None of these are the same length. 
Does that bother me?  NOPE.
Fabric can be cut. 
Fabric can have pieces sewn on to make it longer. 

Worry is the enemy of spontaneity.  
Joyous creation can be spontaneous and free.
My muse is happy with these strip sets.

What will they become?
Who knows? 
They will become and that is what counts. 



Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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