Wednesday, July 28, 2010

kelp strip for rossie

Rossie, you've rekindled my love for kelp (though I'm not certain it ever unkindled). This was so fun... though I didn't mean to make so many hollow shapes, but I started and couldn't stop. You know how that goes, right?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Oh yes.

Everytime I look at this, I get so pumped.
Strips (from l to r) by Simply Robin, Wise Craft, and Don't Call me Becky.

I can't even stand it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

I had a bit of kelp ADD with this block, Rossie.

Kelp Block for R0ssie
There's a dash-ended piece of kelp.

Kelp Block for R0ssie
There's some plain dash pieces of kelp.

Kelp Block for R0ssie
And, there's a block ended piece of kelp.

Kelp Block for R0ssie
Here's the hero shot. My strip piecing method was a bit flawed, so some chunks of the strip are 8.75" tall instead of 9" tall. I'm sorry for the miscalculation and I hope it will be okay in the final quilt!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kelp Quilt Strip

I was a very good quilting bee-er this month and finished my strip for Rossie's kelp quilt completely on schedule. I was very intrigued by the design she had in mind, and even more impressed that she dyed the fabrics herself. I hope I am half as creative when its my turn to send out packages.
There is pressure involved when you have a certain amount of fabric to use, and a time frame to use it in. Which is precisely why this quilting bee is a good exercise for me.

I think my horizontal bars are a bit wider than Robin's (which I'm so glad you posted a photo of so early in the month). Rossie I hope that is okay!

I can't wait to see how the subtle red shades variations play out together in the completed top.

Friday, July 16, 2010

mid-century textiles

I just wanted to point out this blog post from Saidos da Concha in case anyone missed it.  Lots of images of mid-century textiles.

 I love the pillow on the far right.

Also, I found the book Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers in Modern Design at the local library (on of the commenters here recommended it). It has a lot of textile designs, too.

this is the one that most clearly suggests a quilt pattern to me:
Patchwork with the black motifs embroidered or silk screened on? That would be tight, no?

Monday, July 12, 2010

My Panel...

Ladies, I hate to brag, but I think I'm the first one done with our panel this month! At least from what I know... does posting it here first count as first one done? Anyway, I was thrilled to be working with such beautiful fabric and it was a fun pattern to execute! Thanks Rossie! You all don't have to worry that I'll be the first one out every month... I just happened to stumble on a little time yesterday to take care of this. I promise I wont be the most annoying one in the bunch! Can't wait to see what you are cooking up for next month Cheryl!

I blogged about it today on my own blog, and if you don't mind my shameless plug, here's my link! Hope you all are having a happy summer!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Can't Decide

I'm having a hard time deciding between the many ideas I've got for this project. I thought I was on track, but then I picked up this book.  The girls and I have been earmarking projects. It has also introduced me to a few new-to-me designers that I now want to research. 

It really is a great book for fun craft ideas. And I adore the details on different techniques, tools, and designers.