Saturday, April 13, 2019

Week 5 Green

I really enjoy working with strips of materials, so I again used a background in green and then sewed colorful green strips on top.  Each strip was cut with a pinking shear, which adds to the design as well as keeps the strip from fraying.

 My friend, Susan Rienzo introduced me to this type of strip sewing; no fusible is necessary, you simply place your strip on the background fabric and sew it down.  You can see much of her work at  Susan works with very colorful, playful fabrics and has a signature style, which I love.  More green next week!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Week 4 GREEN

Spring has sprung!  We are enjoying warm, sunny days here in Oklahoma and I am finding it difficult to spend lots of time in the studio.  I guess that's why I love winter so much, with the dreary days and cold weather, it's easy for me to spend the days in the studio creating!  
In any case, I have completed my next GREEN entry, this time I resorted to my favorite pattern of all time, the Log Cabin Block.  However, being the rebel that I am, I did not split the block into lights and darks, as you can see:

I did, however, stick to the traditional log cabin progression of adding evenly cut strips, rather than using one of the more "modern" approaches by wonkifying (is that even a word?) the strips.  I like all the iterations of log cabin, so there may be more in the other colorways.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Another Green

This is the next entry into the green colors, and I am working with straight torn strips, bending them as I'm sewing them.  

I placed them on a fairly neutral green and each fabric is mirrored on the opposite side.  Similar to the blue one several weeks ago.  I have so many fabrics in the green colorway that I'm finding it difficult to pick just a couple!  We'll see what I decide to pull out of my stash next week....

Monday, March 18, 2019

Week 2 Green, LATE

Last week was terribly busy as was this last weekend, so I didn't get into the studio until today, Monday.  This is the second entry in the green pieces and I have done a wonky abstract patched piece.  

 At the moment I am planning on doing a similar technique in each colorway, although that may change as I continue into the different colors, we'll just have to see how it goes.  I hope to post this week's piece shortly, even be early with it! 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Week 1 Green

I am beginning my series of 9 green pieces and this is week 10 of the year.  I believe I am going to follow similar patterns, like I did with the blue group,  giving the finished plan more cohesiveness.  At least, that is my plan.  We'll see how it goes.  Anyway, here is my first green piece and it is done by layering torn strips of green from light to dark.  When I do my strata pieces, I usually start at the top of the piece, and layer down from there, so that the torn edges show at the top of each successive piece.

I quilted in an all-over wavy pattern and then added some eyelash yarn across the bottom.  The yarn is glittery and adds some additional texture.  The strip in the middle is a piece of sari silk, and although it's not in the same colorway as the other greens, I felt it added a type of horizon line to the overall look, with just a hint of a bluish tone. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Last Blue Week

This piece is the last in the blue series, and I am late in posting it.  I wanted to post by Saturday of each week, and although I had the piece done in time, I just got too busy to post, plus I was out of town for a day or so.  Anyway, here is the 6 inch square.

 I used a light and a dark blue and sewed slightly curved lines in a four-patch.  This week will be the first in the green series, so I'd better get busy.  Hope to have it posted by Saturday!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Week 8 Blue

I'm up to week 8 in the Blue series and I have one more week to go before I move to another color.  This week I decided I wanted to do some curvy lines.  Of course, when you do curvy lines with blue, you end up having something that looks like water, right?  So here is this weeks' piece:

The fabrics that look white are indeed blue, a very light patterned blue.  I ask that if you stop by to see my weekly rantings that you leave a comment, so I know that you are out there.  Tune in next week for the last installment of the blue series.