Turkey Tracks: April 13, 2017
My Improv Paper Piecing Designs
I can’t quite believe it, but I designed some quilt blocks–thanks to Amy Friend, author of IMPROV PAPER PIECING. AND, it seems two quilts.
(See the post before this one.)
I drew and colored on EQ7–which is both fun and frustrating as I have a LONG way to go before getting some proficiency with this program.
Here’s one design–which I learned to “export” to my photos, but from which I forgot to remove the blank border feature.
“Dawn Winter Trees”
There are TWO blocks here, because if I set them without a sashing strip, the tree trunks would make one long line down the quilt. So the second block’s trunks are off-set from the first. And the stained glass background has all mixed up color–no set pattern there.
I have shot cottons for the pieces–all in soft “dawn” colors.
The first block I made is beautiful.
AFTER the workshop, I started thinking about a more modern setting.
I like both settings. Which one will I make? I will play around with the stained glass blocks before deciding. But I am drawn to this second quilt.
It will be a wall hanging.
I can also see hand quilting with pearl cotton in curving lines across the horizontal–but NOT across the lavender trees.
I drew this star point block in the drawing part of our workshop. When I got home, I drew it on EQ7 and learned how to rotate it to make all four pieces of the big FUNKY star.
I always saw it with a solid charcoal background and the low-volume Cotton+Steel fabrics. I love the big dark whirl-a-gig that has formed. And the partial diamonds of its fans. And the suggestion of an octagon come undone around each star. I love it so much I think I will keep the traditional grid setting. It’s something like 60 by 72–so a nice lap size. There will be no borders–and probably just a charcoal binding. I’ll decide that later. I don’t want anything to distract from how the quilt is just as it is now.
Here’s my block done at 6 inches–to make a 12-inch block. I can see right away that the center whirling star needs to be more defined. Imagine it in one of the darker low volumes.
AND, I’m now wondering about making it at 8 inches… It would be bigger, more dramatic, and could show off more of the low-volume fabrics.
Big blocks have never drawn me much, but I seem to be changing a little…
There are a lot of cat fabrics in the Cotton+Steel fabrics have. Hmmmm. That could be dangerous. A friend of mine here drew a black dog and one came into her life about a year later. Cats are a whole different ball of wax from dogs though. And I do not have a logical space for kitty litter in this house. And they can scratch furniture…
As I said, my brain is spinning…