Saturday 26 September 2020

back working on 'triangle tiles'

I might have pulled out another UFO and... 
I might have cut out another block or three... 
Hello 'triangle tiles'

I do love vintage inspired designs, and I've really enjoyed playing with these floral combinations, {see back here for earlier details}.
Such a simple pattern. And yet getting the right mix of light/dark fabrics that work together has been a good challenge! The busier prints were tending to overpower, so with this week's batch of blocks I've toned things down a little, dipping in and using a few plains, checks, and non-busy low volumes to help your eye to unscramble things. Here's a few progress pics . . .

- and a b&w pic to check my values

I am finding a few -ves about leaving projects for too long before picking them up again. I can tell my piecing skills have improved considerably since starting these blocks, as a few blocks haven't turned out the same size 😓… but nothing a little unpicking couldn't fix.
Also, if you don't write down your original thinking for a quilt, it can easily get forgotten! Luckily, I had a couple of pics stashed away in my folder for this one. And, of course, I was able to scroll back through my posts to August 2018 to find my original post. The jury is still out though, on whether I add a border like the inspirational quilt.

On the +ve side, I've returned to these triangle tile blocks with enthusiasm and focus, enough to get it all together into a quilt top! I did fine-tune my colour palette down a little bit more as I made more blocks. I found using different tones of my colours -blues, reds, and greys- worked nicely, rather than my usual all-out anything goes. I've also been able to add in a few recently bought fabrics, ones that add bit of new life to this project. And while it took a bit of time, nestling all those seams together went really well, so I'm happy. 

Until next time, Linda

Tuesday 1 September 2020

second star to the right

Here's my finished quilt top, *"second star to the right". And after years of stops & starts, this quilt top has ended up a delight to finish. The border treatment is very much inspired by some things I've seen happening over these last few years in the Australian quilting world.

I love this latest finish, it's pretty with a touch of vintage. I'll leave it hanging up for a few days & enjoy it some more, and then it'll be added to the ever growing 'to be quilted' stack! Linking up with Kelly here for 'needle and thread Thursday'. Also linking up with Wendy over here for this weekends 'peacock party'. 

"Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning. ” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan *