Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This is Really Hard

I signed up for a challenge using a piece of vintage fabric using the process outlined in Rayna Gillman's book. I figured this should be pretty easy because this is the way I usually work. Well - not so fast.

First I thought I would use the fabric as a neutral and made a piece of strip pieced fabric. Went through the bins and found some pieces already put together.



And there they are sitting on the design wall. I just don't know what to do next.



Trying some high contrast motifs that might prove inspiring.  I am now thinking about a more tone on tone approach with just small pieces of high contrast.





 But can't go too far because the challenge fabric piece is quickly getting smaller and smaller.

There are 10 of us doing this and I think 2 are already done. challenge-fabric-quilt-top-done. Follow the tags for all the different blog posts on this.  All I can say is I wish I had thought of that. Their compositions are really good!!.



Back to the sewing machine and fabric stash!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

It's all about the Kitty

I cannot seem to focus on any detailed projects, knitting or sewing. I have been knitting simple chemo hats for donation to a local hospital cancer treatment center and cat mats for the local animal shelter. Both of these are simple repetitive projects that I can do without having to concentrate.

The cat mats are crocheted using some donated yarn that my knitting guild received. Not the greatest quality but perfect for cat mats that will be heavily used and cleaned.

Then there is the Hello Kitty project. How can anyone resist the cutest granddaughter in the world who has a Hello Kitty fixation. Christmas presents included Hello Kitty shoes,
watch and necklace. I was able to find some Hello Kitty fabric so current project is working on a quilt. It's all about the fabric so no great design decisions needed.



Then there is this. She is only  4 years old
 but I sure hope she gets interested in a sewing machine soon, because this was made for a Grandma to buy.

More coming soon on a quilt project challenge I signed up for.  What to do with this fabric? I'm starting with the color wheel to find a complimentary color. The challenge is based on this this book by Rayna Gillman Create your Own Free-Form Quilts, so my next step is to go through the orphan block basket and get going on this. After the kitty quilt that is!!