05 January 2015

Infinite Fun

My friend Brenda over at Pink Castle Fabrics recently handed me a stack of fabric and asked me to play with it and make a bit of something that she could hang in her shop for a while.

I wish I could hire an intern. Their only job would be separating navies from blacks. I'm getting dizzy. #99problemsandseparatingneutralsisone

What fabrics, you ask?
First of Infinity from Lecien--so dreamy.  These fabrics should be available in the US sometime this month or next; if you go to Pink Castle's website, you can sign up for an email when the fabric line is stocked.

I was so excited to play with the fabric--it is such a wonderful combination of pretty and modern.  And I got doubly-pumped and super-on-board when I learned that both Pink Castle and Lecien were okay with me mixing the fabrics with other lines (I'm a mixer, through-and-through) and that they didn't mind what kind of quilt I made.  Just show the fabrics being used.  Yes!

I'm trying to make a pretty and happy and wintery mix.

After giving the First of Infinity fabrics a good petting, I pulled a bunch of fabrics from my stash and scraps from my scrap pile.  The above shot is just a bit of that process, with the First of Infinity fabrics on the left-hand side and bits from my stash through the center and to the right.  The selections were pared down from here to a more limited palette, but you can see the basis of what I'm doing--using only some of the First of Infinity fabrics--the ones with black (not navy) and the ones with the cool colors and the peaches.   These are the prints from First of Infinity that I'm using in this quilt--I have a panel of each:

The stash pull is mostly in the same color range--mostly low volume prints, some grays, some citron, and some dusty pastel teals. And I've been sneaking in a bit of magenta and a tiny bit of orange for fun.

I'm doing these quarter-square improv blocks
Jon is butchering his buck ( 5-point) and I am squaring up my blocks (5.5-inches). #parallelplay #improvinfinitydrunkardsquilt

These blocks are based on "Drunkard's Path," a traditional block, but I'm doing it my way--improv and in varied sizes and laid out all crazy-like. No pins, no swearing, no crying.
Our Thanksgiving adventure has begun. We're in Wisconsin; Jon is deer hunting with 8 members of my family and I'm at my aunt and uncles's house quilting and tending the fire. ��❄️��✌️#improvinfinitydrunkardsquilt

The constrained color palette with slight interruptions is working for me...
My cousin Derek got a 10-point, so he's back at the house watching me quilt, "is there a plan? Is this chaos?"

And the quilt is coming together...
Too chaotic? #improvinfinitydrunkardsquilt #firstofinfinity #lecien

Time to sew up a storm.  :-)

24 November 2014

Books to watch out for in 2015!

A few books I've been excited about have shown up on Amazon.com for pre-order, so I wanted to bring them to your attention!

My dear friend Lynn wrote a book on scrap quilting called Every Last Piece.  It's available for pre-order now.  I saw bits and pieces of these quilts this year as Lynn was working on them and can't wait to see the whole book and learn even more from Lynn than I have already. Her book comes out in May.  Lynn is on Instagram as thelittleredhen_lh and her blog is here.

(2) Coming in June is Cheryl Arkison's latest book, You Inspire Me to Quilt.  The premise of this book is very cool...design inspirations coming from people in our lives to the quilters.  If you click through, you'll see a list of contributors that includes me!  I can't wait to share more about the quilt I made for this book.

(3) Available in March is Sherri Lynn Wood's upcoming book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously.  I saw an early draft of a small part of this book, because I volunteered to pattern test, and I've been so excited by Sherri's approach, which is to give you a starting place (which she calls a score) rather than a exact pattern.

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18 November 2014

Winged Pillow

I just got COLD in Michigan.  All in one day, Wednesday, it snapped to winter weather.  Frankly, I'm a little peeved about it as I really enjoy fall weather and would like it to come back!  Oh well, the cold gives us good reason to pile the quilts on the bed and curl up with our handwork.

I'm posting today as part of the blog tour for Bonnie Christine's fabric line, Winged.  This fabric is really about another season, the very beginnings of spring, as Bonnie Christine writes,"i have always noticed the very first butterfly each spring. it has been one of the sweetest sightings for me each year. it means a new season is upon us, warmer weather is on it’s way and fresh blooms will be emerging from the ground. it also evokes this feeling within me of inspiration- like all things are possible."

But working with this fabric this fall, especially since I chose to work with these bird prints...
Winged fabric

...it also seems like these particular fabrics could be about the autumn and the coming winter.

With the move out to the countryside, one of the marvels that I have witnessed is the mass migration of sandhill cranes.  Now, I haven't managed to snap good photos of this myself, but this is a scene very much like one that I have driven past a few times...
La Chua Trail  -  Flight Formation

...fields FULL of sandhill cranes! (Photo by Marjika Willis) The cranes are moving south and doing so with great purpose.

While I had a few ideas for these fabrics, ultimately I decided to echo the migration of the birds by piecing them flying across a pillow.  This also adds just a touch of color to our bedroom, where the winter linens are all white.

Winged pillow

This pillow was made by using english paper piecing (EPP) to make the hexagons and then appliquéing them to some solid white fabric from my stash. I love the Art Gallery substrate for so may things; it's great for EPP.
Winged Pillow

Winged pillow

Isn't it lovely?  

You can see yesterday's part of the blog hop at Rad and Happy; tune in tomorrow at One Shabby Chick; and see the whole schedule on Bonnie's page.

You can see other pillows I have made in this style on this post and this one. Full disclosure: some of the fabrics for this pillow were provided to me at no cost.