Thursday, May 28, 2015

Askew

When mom came home from a visit to Alaska a few months ago, she had a beautiful gift of fabric tucked away for me. She had visited The Material Girls quilt shop in Fairbanks, leaving with several yards of Moda Calypso Sunrise batiks - blue, green, and teal - some of my favorite colors.
I definitely wanted to do something kinda modern with them, maybe even improv. I had the idea of a low-volume background so the batiks would really pop against it. In my very own stash I found a perfect choice - the "Cuneiform Script Aged" from Katarina Roccella's REcollection for Art Gallery Fabrics.
So I went with wonky crosses, one of my best-loved blocks. This time, though, there were no consistent block sizes and no even rows, which made for alot of fun on the design wall, a little less when it came time to piece the blocks together. In fact it took some minor surgery with a seam ripper once the top was complete to get it back together and laying flat.

The back, on the other hand, went flawlessly, and I love the supersized crosses that echo the front.
For quilting, nothing too complicated was necessary, so I went with organic straight-line with Aurifil 50wt #2024 (white). This is really a method of quilting that I enjoy. No matter what size of quilt, I mark it in half using my hera marker, then again several inches apart on both sides of center. On this quilt (45"x48"), I marked every 6", then quilted down those lines. From there, no marking! I just quilted down the center between two quilted lines, wobbling along with purpose. Continue and repeat, over and over again. I wanted plenty of texture on this quilt, so my lines of quilting are roughly 3/8" apart.
 
Unfortunately it doesn't show well in any of my photos, but the binding consists of all 3 cross fabrics, and I think it sets them off well.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable sew, and I'm glad. Because now it's time to face some deadline sewing . . . oh joy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

When You're Not Feeling It

Last month I hopped into the Patchwork City BOM midstream, fully intending to catch up and finish out the calendar with the group. I had fond memories of last year's City Sampler Quilt Along, and just really thought I would enjoy doing a few blocks a week out of this terrific book.
 
But I've run into a few roadblocks. I'm not catching up. When I do work on them, I'm ignoring the paper-pieced blocks and only doing the pieced ones. My choice of fabrics for this project isn't speaking to me. In short, I'm just not feeling it.  


So what do you do when you find yourself in my situation? Force yourself, because you started something? I admit I've got a good resource and great fabric, but this isn't a must-do, and I'm giving myself permission to let it go. I tucked the finished blocks into the book, put it back on the shelf, and put the fabric away. I may or may not revisit it at a later date, and either is ok. It's time to work on something I can sink my heart into.