Friday, March 9, 2012

Blue Skies

Okay, so no sewing again this week.  But I still have a thing or two to share from my rampage sewing weekend last month.
Dresden wedges before sewing. I take a photo to check placement as I go. Yes, the lighting is abysmal...
I was experimenting with improv piecing.  I'd actually started this project before Christmas but set it aside in the chaos and hadn't come back to it yet.  It started off with a delighting over Kona solid fat quarters at my local and an idea to use the dresden wedge rulers I'd picked up ages ago and hadn't touched yet.  I wanted to see if I could use different wedge shapes and lengths and still end up with something not entirely ugly.  Then I grab a bunch of blues as well and went to town.

I started with strips in various widths, sewing random strips together.  Then I cut those strips in various widths, and started making blocks.  Once I had most of the pieces in large chunks, I started fitting them all together and using leftovers to fill the gaps.  I placed them around a plain square where I thought my dresden would go. Who wants to cover up all that piecing?? Not this guy, though she occasionally rethinks her choices.*

Eventually, I had a squarish wall-hanging-sized top and I appliquéd my sun to it.  This is how it looks so far.

I am planning to free-quilt the heck out of it with all kinds of thread and embellishment so that the sun doesn't look like a bunch of solids sewn together all crazy-like. It's going to take some nerve-building to get to that point.  I'm a little nervous that what I envision in my head won't translate to the fabric. You probably won't see it for a while but I thought I'd share it anyway. Another work in progress for the pile, which I'm totally going to tackle.  And soon.  Just not today. :-)

Have a great weekend!

*I almost wish I'd done it all in batiks but I'm not about to tear it apart.  Plus, sometimes the all-batik quilts get a patina of boring over them.  Not all, but some.  I think it's a "too much of a good thing" issue.  They are lovely to sew with though, even if the odd batik causes me to wrinkle my nose with an 'ew' for colour and pattern..


  1. Love it!!! I've never worked with batiks but have always been told they're lovely to work with. Some people I work with are so obsessed that they've started a batik club at work lol

  2. Oh, that's so pretty! Good luck with the head to quilt translation :)

  3. Wow, such a contrast with the applique. (And I like that the applique is pieced too.) Very cool!

  4. I really enjoy sewing with batiks, and I wish people wouldn't turn up their nose at them. This is going to be a beautiful quilt!


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