Clearing the design wall

I have cleared the design wall of the orange leaf project.  The fantasy garden has become a nightmare, a frustrating disaster.  While I like a lot of the leaves I’ve made, nothing seems to go together.  The problem?  My fabrics are just not working well together.  I have arranged and rearranged, made more leaves, taken leaves away to no avail.  Time to quit and start over.  I’ve been working on this project four days a week for several weeks now with my personal deadline of August 7 (Happy Birthday to me).  I was going to go ahead and update you on the leaves but I’ll just use some photos to say goodbye.  Next week, I’ll take my color wheel with me and pick out new fabrics that actually work together and maybe even excite me.  I hope I do not have to resort to ordering fabric online.

Leaf Rejects

Leaf Rejects

I redesigned the Monstera leaf–the original looked more like a scary creature than a leaf and the second version was much easier to turn.  I will probably be able to use the green leaves and the long orange leaves.  I used a decorative stitch with #12 thread on the center leaf vein and #8 pearl cotton for the other veins.  It barely fits in the needle eye and would probably shred with a lot of sewing.  I hand stitched a stacked arrowhead stitch on the creature leaf.

Monstera Leaves

Monstera Leaves

Long Leaves

Long Leaves

Elephant Ear & Folded Leaf

Elephant Ear & Folded Leaf

Orange Leaf Project Gets the Ax

Orange Leaf Project Gets the Ax

I try to stay home most Fridays to work on fun projects.  I belong to a modern quilt guild and our Christmas exchange project is to make an 8-1/2 x 11 inch quilt, not necessarily with a Christmas theme.  I was inspired by a fiber artist I found on Pinterest, Here’s a link; check out Gallery 1: Lines.

http://www.valeriemaserflanagan.com/gallery-1-lines.html

My project is a little larger than a sheet of paper so I think I’ll do another one closer to the suggested size.  I can use this piece to practice some new quilting designs..  Friday was not a good quilting day so I quit practicing and took the rest of the day off.  I can’t get to my scrap bins or my Christmas fabrics so I went to my batik box and pulled out leftovers from two quilts, including two good pieces of binding.

Leftovers for New Project

I was thinking trees and grass and decided to add another color for pop and used a poor, lonely strip of turquoise.  Now instead of Into the Woods, I’ll call this A River Runs Thru It.

Strips

Strips

Strips

Strips

Hey, how did that orange piece get in there?  I alternated my strips with the light fabric but you can just use strips of any color you want and any width you have.  I used my strips as is, trimming to keep them relatively straight.  I then cut strips 3/4-inch wide, to finish at 1/4-inch.  Press toward the plain sashing.

Strata

Strata

And the final piece.

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

Here are some other ways to use your strata.  Trim the top and bottom and sew together to make a tube.  Cut your strips (you can vary the width if you wish) and then unsew each strip in a different place,  This will give you more variety, all from one piece.  My next piece will have more strips and I’ll finish the plain areas with matchstick quilting.

I usually have my ironing board set up in another room but the house is a ittle disorganized right now as we’ll be replacing flooring in three rooms over the next couple of weeks.  I made a pressing sheet a few years ago and you can make your own.  It’s handy for taking to workshops or when you don’t want to set up the ironing board.  Layer the following items in whatever size you want:

Top fabric (I like this to be light)

Batting (cotton or wool)

Silver heat-resistant cloth

Backing (ugly fabric)

I did not quilt this, just stitched 1/2-inch in from the edge and zigzagged the edges. You can bind it if you have some left over binding.  Just roll it up for class and you’re ready to go.

Speaking of getting ready to go, I’m going to a class with my daughter on the importance of Social Media.  Next post I’ll explain the meaning of life–no no no–the importance of using Twitter in general, and as a writer in particular.  Right now, my perception of Twitter is Twits Tweeting badly and being hurtful.  I’ll get back to you on that.  Have a great weekend.  The weather people here keep telling you how beautiful the days are, but if I can’t go out and play, it isn’t beautiful to me.  It was 98 here yesterday and humid.  I’m melting, I’m melting…

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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