OFF TO A GOOD START!
Pretty wild colors! So far I have been having a good time with this. The fabrics are Day Dreams and Cuzco by Kate Spain. I dug into my stash of Kaffe Fasset fabrics thinking maybe there were some additions there. But suprisingly no. All the fabrics seemed off kilter a bit except for some with leaf like prints which are perfect. At first I made leaves in a coordinating aqua-green print but that was kind of boring so you can imagine how excited I was when I realized it was Kaffe to the rescue. The leaves are orange, pink, turquoise, purple and so on. It adds so much life to the applique.
One drawback for me in making this quilt is the English Paper Piecing. This method of work is hard for me though I am acquiring some skill as I go along. There are 18 of these large 11 inch triangles to make and they try my patience. Also I did not realize how much fabric they use and hope I will have enough. There are about 15 epp flowers to make but they are easier to make.
Here is a photo of the pattern:
Here is a photo of the pattern:
You see on the original that Sue Cody uses a rose color at the base of her triangles. I am using the aqua in a lighter version of the stems. I am designing my version as I go along.These 2 fabric lines have some lovely colorful prints on white which are not really good for either the flowers or the epp triangles. You really cannot see on the pattern photo but the borders are triangles (2 form a rectangle). My current thinking is to use these white background prints alternating with the black and white background fabric accented by scrolling stems and Kaffe leaves-no flowers as the prints will provide lots of action. Early days though!
I made 5 appliqued triangles but am having to rethink one as it is not right. Here are the 4 that are finished.
All four of these have the epp flower and you can see that was fun to make. You can also see the effect of the Kaffe leaves. I am using 2 shades of the dark aqua for the stems. The appliqued blocks make up quickly. In order to be sure I have enough fabric choices for the applique, I will hold off on making the epp triangles for a while and just focus on the appliques.
I began my blog last May and one of the first posts was to express my terror of machine quilting. I quilted Mountmellick which did not turn out to badly. Since then I have come to actually come to like the process after having taken a sampler class and working on my own to build my skills (a lot of this is in preparation for quilting Caswell-be still my heart!)
As part of the skill building, I ordered a quilting book which arrived this week and looks interesting. It is Fill Harmonics By Sue Heinz. It is a beautifully made book with lovely paper, printing, layout and with a spiral binding. She has excellent instructions and some unique fills. Here is what the book looks like:
You can see some interesting fills on the cover. I am working on a big circular sampler (only mentally at this point) partly based on one by Margaret Gunn Solomon who also has a book coming out this month. She is a great quilter.
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if I mention a product etc on my blog. Wish I did!
Unfortunately, I don't. If I mention something it
is because I find it useful or interesting.)
I ordered something else interesting and that is Martelli quilting rings. They look well make, easy to use with sufficient weight to keep the fabric in place and with spinning handles to aid in movement. I suffer from shoulder problems and have read that these help. I will let you know more next week.
The new visitor this week is from Malta. Malta, as you probably know, is a small archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea about 50 miles south of Sicily. It has a long history of strategic importance as a naval base and has been ruled by a succession of different countries. With its temperate climate, lovely vistas, beautiful water, and interesting historical sites, Malta is a popular tourist destination. I want to go there. Flag proudly added.
Well, that is all the news that fit to print. I'll chat with you next week and in the meantime, I hope you have a lovely October week, get some stuff done if you want to and otherwise enjoy life!
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