Friday, August 26, 2016

Skyscraper windows

A while ago, a challenge was offer with QDAD (Quilt Design A Day).  It's been a while since I've actually designed quilts on a regular basis, but every once in a while I do and I like looking at the other designs.  Anyway, we were given a picture with colors, as normal, but if we made the quilt it would possibly be entered in a special exhibit at QuiltCon.  That sounded fun, so I thought I'd make one.

Here is the picture.

I really like working with blocks.  I played around with several things until I came up with this block.
Do you see how it imitates the picture?  The dark blue, white and grey are approximations of the buildings, with the sky above and the lighter stuff under it.  Yeah, the lighter stuff all got to be orange which doesn't match as well, but I needed a pop of color.

If you rotate it sometimes, you can end up with a quilt that looks like this:

To me, the orange and light blue imitate windows.

I had no idea what thread to use for this; any color would show up well in some places and hide in other places.  I ended up using Mono-Poly on the suggestion of someone in the Facebook group.  Overall, I was happy with the choice.  It did skip more stitches that I was happy with, but I didn't go back and fix them.  *gasp*

The windows have square back-and-forths, similar to blinds.  They do overlap each other where the windows overlap.  I also quilted two blue windows in a blue thread and two orange windows in an orange thread...the picture above does show that but it might be hard to see.  The part in between the windows has straight lines.

I used some pixelated fabric for the back.
I bound it in the dark blue.  I also tried to get a picture with it next to a window, but the sun washed it out on the day I was taking pictures.

This was my August goal, and I finished it with time to spare!!  I'm also linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Intial fabric pull

This is my initial fabric pull for my aunt's quilt.  She likes bright colors.  I'm not sure if I want to go with a rainbow theme, but some sort of order to the madness might be nice.

I need 360 squares.  I have

pink - 30
orange - 31
yellow - 27
green - 36
aqua - 36
purple - 56

Wow, except for purple those came out surprisingly similar.  I could probably cut enough more squares from the fabric that I have, but I am planning on going to the fabric store tomorrow...we'll see if there is anything else from a non-purple color that might be perfect.

The dark purples always seem a bit out of place, but I think they'll add some nice depth overall.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

split seam

I was almost done with quilting the QDAD challenge piece when I spotted it.  A split seam.

Where did that come from???  There's plenty of fabric.  I'm still not sure...the thread that was in the blue came out very easily, but was still in well before the picture.  It's as though the thread in the white part disappeared.

But, I needed to fix it.  I used some MonoPoly and tacked it down.  It's there if you know what to look for, but isn't too bad.