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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#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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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!

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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. 



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Stay Creative 


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Friday, October 15, 2021

Another Finish

When I got to Mom's on Friday afternoon, Mom told me that she had "put a few more pieces in the puzzle"  - I said "Okay" - "You better check them." she said.   Going into the dining room I looked and the puzzle had less holes in it than the day before.  

Now, let me explain that sometimes Mom will put pieces in the wrong places because "It ought to fit there!"    

But, when I started checking, I couldn't find a single piece that seemed to be in the wrong place.  Mom told me that I had to do the rest of it.   So, I sat and started putting in the last 15-20 pieces.  I got down to 3 pieces and said "Oops!"  there was room left for four more pieces.  I placed those last three pieces in and the puzzle looked like this:

We thought that perhaps that piece had fallen to the floor.  We searched diligently but to no avail. Over an hour later Mom went in the kitchen to make herself a cup of coffee.   I heard her say "Look!  Here is that piece of the puzzle."  She picked it up off the floor and tried to hand it to me.  I said "Oh, no! You found it, you get to put it in."  (Of course I forgot to take another photo.) 
All we could figure is that she had somehow leaned on the pieces and one stuck to her and rode into the kitchen unobserved.  Or maybe it was an early Halloween goblin playing tricks on us.   Who knows?!?!

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Stay Creative 


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