Sunday, September 29, 2013

Scrappy Sewing and More

Let's start with the "and More" part of the post... my September block for Kristy@Quiet Play's "And Sew On" paper pieced BoM.
It was a challenging block for me but I am so happy with how it turned out. Slow but steady wins the race for successful complex paper piecing... one section and then one row at a time. So much more relaxing! I'm going to embroider or add embellishments to my birdie window in the middle section later but for now I need to start the next block so I can catch up.

I've got my blocks for Blue & Yellow Strings trimmed and up on my design wall. This will be a lap quilt for our master bedroom so I need to make quite a few more blocks as these are only 7.5" unfinished. I'm really liking the blocks with the super skinny strings and just look at how that polka dot jumps out! I need to find some more "zingers" like that in my stash.
Last Sunday I posted this pic of my green & purple HST blocks and asked for feedback on which layout you preferred. It was really interesting to read the comments (thank you!) and you helped me to confirm my choice.
I expected to be all over the layout on the right because normally diagonal layouts are my favorite and I was was really intrigued by the "argyle" effect. But in person my eyes kept seeing blocks that really didn't work in this layout - their value was too muddled. What a great lesson! I'm going to refer back to this picture when I try it again paying careful attention to fabric placement.
I went ahead and sewed them them together early in the week. I haven't named this one yet... but it will have either Twinkle or Sparkle in the name because that the effect I get from this top. My eye just travels everywhere and I love it! I haven't found anything I like for a border in my stash and I might just quilt it up as it is.
I'm linking up to Scrap Basket Sunday@Kim's Big Quilting Adventure, Design Wall Monday@Patchwork TimesSeptember's Link Up@Quiet Play and Paper Piecing Party@Quiet Play.

18 comments:

  1. That sewing room quilt is turning out really nice. Love the colors you pick. Thanks for sharing your work, it's beautiful.
    Smiles to you.
    Linda

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  2. Love, love, love the paper pieced sewing room! The green & purple scrappy quilt is super. Happy quilting.

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  3. Awesome post. That paper piecing work is absolutely inspiring!!

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  4. I love your sewing room block! So cheerful and fun!
    Your green and purple HST quilt is beautiful!
    Susie

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  5. The paper pieced block is just amazing - so many little details.

    I like to use my computer and turn a photo into a black and white to see the value of my colors when I'm doubting a choice. The black and white lets me see the value without being distracted by the colors.

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  6. You are amazing! That paper pieced block is unbelievable! Love your blue and yellow strings, and adore your purple and green quilt. I think you're right...this beauty doesn't need a border!

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  7. I love your paper pieced block :)

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  8. Great projects, all of them! Your paper pieced block is amazing, the blue and yellow block are beautiful (one of my favorite color combinations!) and the purple and green triangles look fantastic. You had a terrific week!

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  9. Oh, Deb, I just love your paper pieced block. I love the choices of fabrics to make the little picture come alive.

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  10. Love the paper piecing. Lots of lovely things being made at your place.

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  11. Well done on finishing the Sewing Sanctuary! You did a great job with it - fabulous fussy cutting!

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  12. Love your "And SewOn" block! Well done!

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  13. Your paper pieced block is amazing, so pretty!! Also, love your HST quilt too!

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  14. I really like the colors you chose for your dream sewing room. Very pretty!
    I just happened to make up 3 string blocks yesterday. When my scrap baskets start overflowing, it's time to sit and make up some string blocks. I've got enough for a quilt, but am thinking to start organizing them by color, like yours, for a more unified look. There are plenty of scraps to keep me going on for awhile!
    Thanks for stopping by and visiting today. I really enjoy meeting new people this way!

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  15. You totally nailed the sewing sanctuary! it's gorgeous :)

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  16. Hey! You did a marvelous job on the And Sew On block. :D And I do love the HSTs that way - you're right, this particular set just sparkles in that arrangement. I like it without a border!

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  17. It is lovely. I look forward to reading what you decide to call it!

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  18. Oops, I forgot to say that "And Sew On" block looks fantastic! You continue to inspire me.

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