Look what wonderful presents he brings me!
Okay, so not really presents, but books for quilt patterns I've been dying to try for the longest time. I needed something off of Amazon, and since the book had been sitting in my shopping cart for a couple days in an attempt to show some self restraint, I decided to give in and just get the foolish thing.
I've been really intrigued by the OBW quilt method--I've always loved all those large print fabrics, but never could find a use for them in a quilt due to the size of the repeat. Well, I think I've found a new weakness, one which will only ever be indulged at Jo-Ann's when I have a 50% off coupon. Like today.
|How cool is this fabric?|
I got in trouble at Jo-Ann's because some lady in a hurry thought I was trying to cut when I only wanted to measure the repeat on the fabric, but it was totally worth it.
|No eyes for you!|
The technique requires the utmost precision in cutting, because otherwise things just won't line up correctly. Something which I've never been the greatest at, but so far I think my attempts are coming out pretty well.
|Another cut on the repeat with my trusty 45mm cutter.|
My back is killing me from standing over the dining room table, but I'm very proud with how accurate I got the cuts and how few mistakes I made.
|My stacks of triangles all ready to go!|
I chose this particular fabric both because I've been itching to do a black and red quilt and also because the Jo-Ann's closest to the apartment has really awful, terrible fabric choices. There's barely enough quilting cottons to call it a section. Luckily, they had a print with a large enough repeat with enough on the bolt to make it worthwhile.
|How cool is this? I mean seriously, that is pretty awesome.|
I've always been reminded of flowers when I look at OBW quilts; I think no matter what kind of fabric you start with you will always end with a flower somewhere in the mix.
|Two blocks all sewn together.|
The only problem with this kind of quilt is that it demands a wall to pin the blocks up on; sadly I don't think that would fly well in the apartment. Luckily I have plenty of floor space to spread out on, and I will probably spend a weekend in a couple weeks just moving blocks around on the floor.
|A different arrangement, with a new block.|
I was able to churn out ten or so before I got too chicken because of the impending thunder and lightning, but I'm looking forward to doing a bunch more tomorrow after I clean the apartment.
|Some blocks featuring parts of the dragon--trippy.|
That's all I have for now; I will post soon about my new purse I made with the fabrics I bought from the hayloft, and the finished baby quilt once I get tired of sewing triangles together. Plus I need to finish up Jess's apron so I don't feel so guilty and so she can wear it to the Dining Club events... So much to do, so little time.
Random note: I've been using a seam ripper wrong for at least my entire life. Sigh. I am special.
Have fun, and enjoy the light show!
apron apron apron apron!ReplyDelete
I had FORGOTTEN about the apron. You would have been free, FREE, had you not just reminded me. :D