Monday, July 28, 2014

Making Improv Blocks with Leaders and Enders - BOM's Away!

A bit of clean up was required in my sewing room over the weekend. It began as an attempt to prioritize my projects, however I was side-tracked a bit by all the 'scrappies' I keep near my machine. Groups are within reach so I can easily join two pieces when I am chain-piecing and want to avoid breaking thread.

I find if I just piece a few things without thinking about it, eventually one of them will inspire me. This block was completed early this year when I made matching Jewelry Rolls for myself and my BFF...
That first block inspired me to separate Lavender, Green, Gray, and Aqua/Turquoise scraps of all shapes and sizes. This is how the bin currently looks....
YTD, I have six blocks from this group. I photographed them and played with PicMonkey yesterday.
Collages are a great way to visualize setting colors! A darker gray, or black, would probably look better with this first collage.

I do like them with Kelly Green though, one of my all-time favorite colors...

Perhaps I will go with Teal when the time comes...

I may still add to some of these blocks since they really vary in size.
More likely, I will design similar settings that bring them together.
Each one has some sort of memory from a prior project -
perhaps I will name it 'The Memory Keeper'.

Thank you for reading - hope you have a great week!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

SEW-VIVOR Audition - Red Letter Quilts - Bring it On!

This is Do or Die.

We're talking 'All or Nothing'.

You heard it, I am AWL IN!


I am a Sew-vival Desperado!

My goal?  Round Four or BUST!

I have No Fear! I take No Prisoners!

My Creative Mojo is SET TO IMPRESS!

Audition time is NOW for Season3:SEW-VIVOR, hosted by Family Ever After. This year the quilt blogging community is ALL-A-BUZZ with the exciting news:
 Season 3 is The Quilter's Edition!  WOO-HOO!
Did I mention that I am willing to take a risk?
Already I am out on a limb! I am entering an Art Quilt of all things - my first one at that!
Now, I am a quilter through-and-through, and I love a challenge. SO, I decided to kick-start this party and get my motor revved!  From the get-go, I aim to go outside my comfort zone..
I began by tracing some old sketches from my journal, then enlarging them on the photo-copier.
Next, I grabbed some linen and made a sample-sandwich to try my hand at thread-painting. I found some YLI variegated thread in my 'leftover' stash. (yes, I have a 'scrap thread' department!)
With the corner of a ruler, I 'scored' just the main lines of the design, right through the paper, onto the linen. Then Mr. Juki and I got right down to stitching with a vengeance.
So much easier than I anticipated, I felt like shouting, "WHY have I never done this before?"
(Or, "Rach, Where have you been all my life?")
Truly motivated, I set to work cutting the various fabric pieces.
I pressed them on for raw-edge applique...
Stitch more.
Breathe easier.
Keep stitching...

This was a really exciting make!

Perle cotton No. 5 seemed appropriate for a simple border.
Regular DMC floss to add the eyes and the orange flowers.
To finish, I wrapped the linen to the back for a simple, hand-stitched 'binding'.
I wrapped the backing fabric (Amy Butler) to the front to finish the top.

Three MOD Birds, 20" x 12"

The tabs are simple tubes top-stitched to match the 'frame', and the striped-tiger-stick was found by my husband in our yard. (shh - it is from a big bush-weed!)

My work is complete and I can rest...  *sigh*
Hard though, since my brain is on anticipation-overdrive. I cannot help but consider some NAUTICAL possibilities for Round ONE! 
A note for my faithful followers, for whom I appreciate SEW MUCH:
If I am so fortunate as to be selected for this competition, I will need your help! I cannot count on me, myself, or I alone! I will need support! I hope to astound you with creative-awesomeness and thus, compel you to participate in the voting process at Family Ever After!
16 competitors will be selected by judges and their names announced on Mon., July 28th!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Baby Bubble Wrap!

 The big-stitching and binding is complete!
It is so nice to have achieved my July goal for ALYOF!   (linkup #24)
Time now to link up with the July Finishes Party at Sew BitterSweet Designs!
The pool seemed like a great place to shoot this one, and that is all the excuse I needed yesterday..
POCHO, Double-gauze cotton fabric Designed by Naomi Ito and Nani IRO
A few first's:
First time for a whole-cloth quilt (only 37" x 28" but it is a whole quilt!)
First time hand-quilting a complete quilt (ditto!) (Prevencia No. 8 thread)
First time using double-gauze. This fabric is so soft, and will be even softer each time it is washed.
First time wrapping binding from the front of fabric! Big-stitched binding keeps the 'organic' vibe...
Generally, I avoid marking quilting lines like the plague, but I used a blue water soluble here. I think it is Dritz. Twice I dabbed a wet cloth to remove the blue, but it still has some. I did not want to wash this as I think it is so nice to receive quilts when they really look crisp and new. I will try dabbing one more time...

Another aquatic shot..

And full-on...
Thank you for reading today! I am celebrating with other Friday-Finishes at:

TGIFF, hosted this week at Dizzy Quilts , and also with..

Can I get a Whoop Whoop?, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict - (Sarah has added a third quilt to her raffle, and it is simply stunning!)

Have a great weekend, I hope you get a swim in !!

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