I wrote a post about a month ago called “Clearing the Wall.” Well, this week I ran out of room on that cleared wall as I played with new projects. 🙂
While I sketched and perused photos for another art quilt, I looked through all the fabric that I moved out here from New York. Many of the pieces were purchased for I thought I saw the potential for either an art or bed quilt. One possible project revolved around a center piece I picked up at one of the Rochester guild sales..and some border fabric I then purchased to accompany it. Last week I pinned both on my wall and then looked through my stash for other complementary fabrics. It became quite an exploration!
After a bit of measuring, drafting a design, and weeding through fabrics, I was closer to a workable project.
It also was becoming clearer to me that the borders on the center piece were going to have to exit. The blue lines simply did not coordinate well enough with my turquoise fabrics or the turquoise line in the outer border. A little cropping of my jpg gave me a better idea of the workability of my idea.
With borders trimmed, I started piecing to create a new border around the centerpiece. Those mitered corners turned out to be much than easier than anticipated. I pieced all the turquoise strips into a 8 1/2″ wide strip and then attached that to the center. I found that tracing a 45 degree angle on the wrong side of one border and then matching the adjoining border to that line created clean corners.
And, so this quilt occupies space on my wall. Another area currently has some fabrics laid out as I make a decision on the color way I want for my next art quilt. My ‘Wildlife’ quilt kept nudging other projects to make room as I patiently waited for my choice of fabric for its back to arrive. It did and the quilt sandwich is now assembled and awaiting quilting.
But, quilting projects are now on hold. I have been quietly hand stitching away in the background these past weeks. As I finished up one small project, I got an idea for a new ‘pocket’ or pouch. I started on it last night and spent any free time today stitching on it. Perhaps by next week’s post, I will have it ready to share it and the other pieces I have been making!
Linking, as always, to NinaMarie’s Off the Wall Friday blog.