Wednesday, 15 April 2015

modern buzz saw {some progress}

There's been a bit of interest in my latest WiP, thanx for all the comments & emails! This quilt was on my earlier FAL- Q1 list however, as I've taken some time getting around to it, it's now on my Q2 list! Once I started this week I was hooked, and I thought I'd share with you what I've been up to!

I'm using the Modern Buzz Saw pattern from 'fabulously fast quilts' by Amy Smart {see here for more details}. Inspiration initially came from some lovely vintage quilts in pinks & indigo. My version of this classic block is a crazy mixture of scrappy modern fabrics with that vintage-y colour scheme. I wanted to add a sprinkling of yellow & green to keep it from being 'just a pink & blue' quilt, and here's where the fun started! 
Initially, I thought I needed to make some of the blocks in yellow/green colours, as you can see from the pics below! *But as I progressed, I discovered it was much much easier to pick a pink or indigo fabric with those extra colours actually in it! So I raided my stash again to find a few suitable 9" square candidates!  
The two tone background in this block does add an extra dimension, and I feel it's also very reminiscent of those old faded calicos you see in some vintage quilts! {see collage pic # 4 below!}






                                                    # 4


Here's a few pics I took while making the blocks.
 It's an easy-to-follow process of stack, slice & shuffle....

1. HST 
2.Cut it into four strips
3.Reverse the order of the strips 
4.Add one extra strip & join together to make 1/4 block


I made up a few more blocks and discovered there were lots of possibilities! I got very side tracked today with a bit of experimental playing! I had fun drifting way, way away from my initial ideas of setting & colour, see...









*EDIT
Ah, now it's looking a bit more like what I had imagined in my head
... enough playing, staying focused now
... truely! :)



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17 comments:

  1. Such a cool block, I like the pinky ones best!

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  2. Great way of setting these blocks.

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  3. I love the look of these blocks - I am already mentally reviewing my stash for suitable fabrics!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, combining colours & choosing fabrics is the best part I think!

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  4. I love the colors you are using, it's going to be lovely! It is a fun and quick block to make, the first time I saw this block was is a Craftsy Class by Kimberly Einmo, one of the first class on Craftsy.

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    1. Thank you! I’m still not too happy with the green, may need to dig a bit deeper into my stash for alternative! Yes, I’m enjoying making these blocks, Amy S. pattern is very easy to follow.

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  5. Wow, these are beautiful. I love mixing different whites in with my quilts. Very organic.

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  6. How clever is that, I might have to give that a try..........adds to a rapidly growing list! ;-D

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  7. Interesting! I have one of these quilts started but haven't decided how to sew the blocks together yet. I'm using a free Bonnie Hunter pattern for mine.

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  8. This looks like lots of fun!! Thanks for sharing how you did it :-)

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  9. This looks like a fun quilt design, I love the prints you are using.

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    1. Thank you! I’m using a mixture from my stash, including Denyse Schmidt, Tula Pink, KaffeF., Oval Elements/ Art Gallery, and some Liberty Lifestyle cottons. I’ll spend a few days now looking at it up on the wall, make sure I like it all! Linda

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  10. very nicely done! I love the experimental nature of these, scrappy in more senses than one!

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  11. I made a delectable mountain quilt in the same way! Love the versatility of this block and your quilt is going to look gorgeous . Keep focused but have fun too! Thanks for joining up with #scraptastictuesday

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  12. I see you have been working in a similar way to myself with my butterfly quilt - one idea to begin with in my head but in reality it needed fine tuning/elimination to make it really work. I really like your last version with just the pinks and blues. Thanks also for sharing the how-to photos of this block, one which I have never made but is really quite simple.

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  13. Oh, I think I like that Buzz Saw layout! I've made a Delectable Mountain quilt and loved it so now I'm going to have to put this layout on my scrap list. Thanks!

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  14. Cute project, nice idea with cutting and sewing together.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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