Here is the pile of fabrics I gathered to use for making my Modern Quilt Guild swap project. We were to make a 24" square quilted item to send to a secret swapee - the person I was assigned lives in Australia and likes bright fabrics. :)
I have developed a passion lately for 'low volume' (hate that term - better known as busy backgrounds:) prints...especially gray on natural/white. Black on white prints always seem too high contrast for quiet background work to me. :) So, I have a fairly good assortment of these and some really bright batiks for the foreground figures in my design. I am a subscriber to the digital magazine Make Modern - I'm pretty sure I have been since the first issue. It's an Aussie based product and I love the ideas their writers and designers come up with. :) The most recent issue has a pillow top quilt in it that keeps coming back to me. The design is a twist on the 'modern' Plus motif with applique circles and hand big-stitch quilting.
I am pretty much of an inclusionist in life - the more different kinds of people, bright colors, flavors of food, you name it, the happier I am. :) So, the Plus motif to me says, 'You AND you AND you...." etc. :) My kind of idea - and what could be better for a lover of hand embroidery than including some beautiful hand dyed wool circles with embellishments? Perfect balance of linear and circular designs. :) Now to make the puppy bark! :)
The pillow pattern yields a 20" square as written in the magazine so I added one row in each direction (along two adjacent sides) to make a 25" square in a 5x5 block array. A tad bigger than required but I"m ok with that. And, of course, I'm making a wall hanging, not a pillow. :) These blocks have been soooo cute to piece! Every day this week I've sewn for an hour or two and have finished all 24 blocks I cut out today. Tomorrow I'll see what the color balance looks like and sew the 25th block from my left over cut pieces.
Here's how it goes:
Starting to chain piece ...
Basically nine patch blocks, maybe half way sewn up ...
Down to joining the three rows ...
Final block pile. :)
Tomorrow I'll start laying out the blocks and deciding on a color arrangement. Then I can piece the top. _Then_ I can applique beautifully color wool circles at the block intersections (center of the 'low volume' background four patches). Next I can baste the three layers (probably spray baste, that's my favorite way:) and machine quilt...haven't decided yet what design to use for that. Then hand stitch purple circles around each wool applique (I bought some beautiful Valencia perle cotton for that step). Finally, bind and attach hanging sleeve and label.
Easy peasy. :) Hope my swapee likes this as much as I do!
On other fronts, life has been pretty quiet this week. I skipped out on two different classes I had signed up for earlier in the month ... too tired and draggy to care, really. Sigh. Had my regularly scheduled mammogram on Tuesday. I do not remember them being painful - uncomfortable, yes, but not painful. It has been since 2012 that I had the last one (time does wash over me) ... but this one was extremely unpleasant. Took way more shots than I remember, too. Sigh.
The weather has been pretty much gray and dreary ... rainy off an on. Somewhat warmer, at least, with highs in the 50's. I think it is supposed to rain tomorrow.
I did get to go out on Wednesday and have a good haircut. Unfortunately the receptionist who scheduled my appointment forgot to include time for a pedicure so I have to go back tomorrow afternoon for that. Such a hardship (NOT).