Making a Mess!

>> Thursday, July 21, 2011

This is what my "making" area looks like in my sewing space today.
I had a plan for the next part after the stitchery - then changed my mind.

Part of my personal challenge for this project is to use colour combinations that I usually don't.
A quick look through my blog shows that I rarely use the three primary colours together.
When I went through my little embroidery floss stash from my husband's Granny, the red, blue and yellow jumped out at me.
One decision made:)

I also used a light blue solid for my stitching background. I decided to only use the embroidery floss from Granny as another little mini challenge within the project. The light beige for the girl's body and her brown hair were in the stash too.

I wanted to use a frame of quilt blocks around the stitchery - again something new to me, but easy. I decided on log cabin blocks with traditional red centres - to keep that primary theme going. {Can you believe in 14 years of quiltmaking, I've never made log cabin blocks?!}
I'm also trying to use up some little bits of fabric that are piled up in the basket you can see in the first photo. Surprisingly, I have enough small light scraps to make these blocks. They are going to be 4 1/2 inches unfinished.

This is where my plans changed!

Once I started building up the log cabin blocks, they didn't look like what I thought I wanted. I'm still going to make 12 of them though - maybe bring them up to 51/2 inches - and make them into their own little quilt.

The New Plan

The new plan is to keep the border simpler. I'm going to do half square triangles around the stitchery. The blue solid I used for the stitching came from a fat quarter. I should have enough to cut enough 4 7/8inch squares to make half square triangles all the way around. I will still add a skinny inch border before the blocks. I'm planning to use up red, blue and yellow scraps to make the other half of the half square triangles.

That's the plan today!

Some tips to give your plan some focus:

~Decide on a size before you start.
Or at least the end result. You can use the inspiration words ON something or use them as inspiration to make something.

Some other ideas I had include making:
a sampler quilt
girl stuffie
tote bag
a donation quilt

~Keep it simple.
Don't try a whole bunch of new things. Pick a new colour to play with and a new technique. Or get out a quilt pattern that you love and have never made time to make.
This is supposed to be fun - don't set yourself up for failure:)

How is your making coming along?

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Are you simply enjoying the making from the sidelines? If you decided to sit this one out, please let me know if you are enjoying what you see! I'd love to answer questions or find out what you are doing instead:)

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Denise :) July 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM  

I love your little girl -- she makes me smile! :)

Cathy July 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

Two more days of vacation and then I can start on this project. Can't wait. Love what you are doing. Hugs

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