purple procrastination

I am working on a big commission quilt and sometimes I need a change of “scenery”.  But really, I am just putting off getting the big job done.

Enter Productive Procrastination, Playing with Purple.

I had an idea in my head, to sew some squares together, cut them apart at a random spot, sew together, rotate, cut again, and keep going.  And since the Pantone colour for 2018 is violet, I thought that was a perfect direction for playing with building blocks.

I started with violet, medium purple, pale purple, and white.

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I really just wanted to see if this would work,

Working pretty well, I think.  So I continued to cut, sew, rotate until I felt it was random enough.  Satisfied, yup.

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Now, what if I cut exactly halfway thru each block?

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Cool, now with HSTs.  This one reminds me of Argyle socks!

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Next I tried the random spaced cuts, but some angles too.  This took a bit more planning as I had to make matching triangles on both sides to swap.

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Which resulted in another fun block.

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So now I have four 16″ blocks, hmm

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maybe they need sashing? maybe they are better put together like this?

But then I had another idea to try…a braid.

Here is another one that starts by sewing strips together, then cutting them up, and sewing again.

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And this one was so thin it needed a border, so all the blocks may end up with violet in between them.

Then family and weekend commitments at the ballpark, soccer field and hockey rink took over all my time.  But such is life.  I feel like there is more to create and play with on this four colour theme.  Maybe it will become a quilt at some point.  Better get back to my commission before more play.

PS. I submitted My Canada quilt to Quilt Canada 2018 CQA juried show coming up in late May.  Cross your fingers for me:)

 

and sew it grew

Here’s where you hope your hubby isn’t looking!

My hubby wears white cotton t-shirts under his dress shirts for work everyday.  Over the years I have had the kids make handprints and footprints with craft paint (with a few drops of textile fixer) on these t-shirts and given them as father’s day or birthday or Christmas gifts.  Of course white shirts get yellowed and gungy so there is a decent turnover.  And being the saver, I have stashed all these memory shirts away in a drawer.

And now my man is coming quickly to the big 5-0.  Time to put my plan into action.

Manly colour palette, check.

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I started cutting out the prints and using fusible webbing to make the t-shirt material less stretchy. I was short a few blocks, so added some of the boys old favorite t-shirts.DSC04123

I also had the boys do one more set of handprints on quilting cotton.  Some of the bigger prints ended up 12″, so I added borders to make the others come up to size. Then a black border.  The blocks were getting pretty big by now and I still had more to my quilt design. Block 1 with my youngest boy’s current mitt size

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And then it just kept growing

until I got to this…

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those grey tiles on my floor are 1′ square, that makes this quilt 5 3/4 x 9 1/4 feet! Huge! Although it was intended as a lap quilt, this will now work well for on his side of the bed on winter nights when he is cold and I am warm.

I have now pin basted and am starting to quilt.  October 6 is my birthday deadline, so I better get back to sewing while he is at work.

Fabric note; I am not a fussy fabric girl, and this quilt is typical of me.  There are some thin cottons, some stiff cottons and of course the t-shirt cottons.  I square up lots and press lots and seem to end up with pretty good results without worrying about it all being pristine equal weight fabric.

Have a great rest of your week!

 

Garden Variety Inspiration

The garden presents such lush colour combinations.  How can I not be inspired?

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After hunting around and snapping photos, it became clear that there seemed to be a colour theme at this moment, this morning in my backyard.

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What’s a girl to do, but start pulling fabric!  Whether it results in a new quilt or just a fun moment with fabric, it’s all good for making a girl smile. I am always amazed at how a glimpse of a colour palette can get my creativity whirring.

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And that’s all for my colour break for today.  Time to give the house some attention.  It has been desperately neglected in the pursuit of summer pleasure.  But some days you just need to buckle down and clean the toilet!  Balance, right.