Thursday, April 29, 2010

Colorplay 3 - Another Round

I took a few minutes yesterday to even up the edges of my Colorplay 3 after I had added some darker strips. I did not have enough hand-dyed dark blues so added some solid black. With my improvisational quilting, I just add what I have, decide as I go, never knowing for sure how it will turn out. Next I'm thinking to add some pieced strips. When I get to the last round, I will square up the blocks before I sew them together.

Fun Trip to DC

This was last weekend standing in front of the Capitol in DC. We had a great trip visiting Doug and Dora and seeing the sights in the area.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Baby Lollies and Cousin Quilt

I'm still plugging along on my baby lollypops for the border of my Lollypop Trees quilt. Meanwhile, I have begun another fabulous applique quilt called Flower Pots by Kim McLean. Just rush over to to view the pattern! I've gone ahead and traced all my pattern pieces, made the freezer paper patterns and begun ironing the freezer paper to the gorgeous mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
Here is a another sweet baby quilt for Cylus' cousin. He's not yet born but we know he'll love having a similar quilt to Cylus.
And here is the back of the Monkeys quilt. It's always fun to add something interesting on the back of a quilt and it often saves fabric, too.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Colorplay III

Here are some really cool hand-dyed leftover fabrics that I've been storing in a plastic shoebox for quite some years! I finally decided to get them out and play a while, sewing very improvisationally and planning as I go. So, here we begin with very odd-shaped four-patches that will be the center of my wonky log cabins, or courthouse steps.
Okay, here's one row of color sewn around the centers...........just letting the fabric strips dictate what size the blocks will be.
And now another round of color, all in shades of green. How did I choose green? I had more greens than any other color in my leftover hand-dyed fabrics!!
And then I spotted a really cool stripe in the shoebox. Not hand-dyed, but such vibrant colors that I felt it would be the perfect choice. I literally came within inches of having enough. In fact, I pieced some of the strips to make it work. I'm thinking the next color needs to be navy or dark to bring these brights together and give the eyes a place to land. This is fun! No points to match or preciseness needed. We'll add more and square up later!
And the name, Colorplay III, comes from the fact that there are two other similar quilts I made years ago, all inspired by Nancy Crow. I'll show them another day!