Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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Kevin the Quilter: Let the countdown begin..........: Let the countdown begin! COUNTDOWN CLOCK WEBSITE "> Let's get a little excited in here! If you'r...
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Ive finally done it. I published one of the patterns I like to sew. It is an old one for a simple yet very nice tree skirt. I actually wrote it up last Christmas when I made myself a new one. I have made many over the years. Altering the pattern slightly as it evolved. Ive made tiny ones for tiny trees,
a medium sized one for my tree at school,
and a regular sized for my 5-6 foot live tree.
You can purchase my pattern at the link above on Craftsy.
Ive decided to publish my patterns under the name Lucky Duck Dreams. My crafting business will remain Opus designs. I just can't do away with it.
|One of the original tree skirts-Mom and Dads!|
the ideas of Colleen Yarnell at 7:50 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Choosing fabric for a project can really be hard.
Im linking up with Jess at Quilty Habit as part of her Sewing With Certainty series.
I tend to buy fabric and decide what to use it for later. I buy what I like. This got me into trouble when I had an abundance of large scale multi-color prints. I try to buy with more diversity now. Medium and small scale prints, tone on tone, and two color too
Recently I started a BOM class doing Kaffe Fassett's Imari plate quilt from his book Quilts of Sweden. Its a medallion quilt and I decided to go very scrappy and use my extensive Denyse Schmidt stash. But how to begin? The idea of a rainbow stuck in my head.
I started by sorting by print size and type. As you can see I spread fabrics all over the floor sorting. I leaned toward a rainbow effect the first week with the center block.
Looking at all the piles of sorted fabric I carefully chose 8 colors for the petals. I paid attention to the numbers of colors in each print and the scale, trying to be somewhat consistent.
I went with the dark gray background to make the other colors really pop. I chose the medium gray leaf print for the center. Many others fussy cut centers but I wanted the petals to be more of the focal point
I was very pleased with my center. The next BOM was a pieced border. My challenge was what fabrics to pick . I needed a center, middle and background fabric. It also had to mesh with the center. I carefully picked two fabrics to go with each color I had chosen for my rainbow. I also picked a coordinating lighter shade to use as the background. 25 different fabrics to acheive that rainbow border. I also had to coordinate inner border.
I was very happy witht the little logcabins for the border. And Look. I think they came out just right.
And here is the carfully assembled border. I cant wait to plan the next one. I know it will be a challenge. Im trying not to repeat fabrics. Im saving the large scale florals for larger borders where I can fussy cut them.
I hope you find inspiration from this project.
she gave paint chip numbers to match up your fabric too.
the ideas of Colleen Yarnell at 11:26 PM
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Its time to vote in each category for the Bloggers Quilt festival.
I have a quilt entered in the Group Bee category. My Star Trek quilt is #19 if you would like to vote.
Read all about the festival here.
BTW I was a featured blogger last week and you can see that post here.
Finished my BOM homework at a sewing retreat this weekend!
Kaffe Fassett's Imari Plate quilt in progress.
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