Thursday 28 October 2021

bright clashy colour

Perfection not required.
This was a great stash-busting beauty to stitch up,
from "the mixing of bright clashy colours, the freedom of sewing without rules, 
and the joy of keeping it simple". ⁠

I'm just a bit excited with all this bright clashy colour πŸ’πŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒ»πŸ’ I started out with some early hoarded Jennifer Paganelli fabrics, and while they all blend together nicely, I wanted more action happening! So I dug deep into the stash and pulled out more florals.

Each large section is made up of 16 x 5" floral one-patch squares, in a wide assortment now of old & new from my fabric stash. Some one-patches are so loud they're screaming, others are boring, and some don't blend in at all....but hey, don't they all sing together....a bit like a glorious garden.

If you look closely you will spot the Jennifer Paganelli fabrics, along with some new AMH, and Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, Kaffe, and just a little Liberty. I've added in some geometric prints too and I'm cutting up every last bit of an old shirt from my late FinL, as I decided I need a couple of repeat fabrics scattered throughout to help with all this colourful chaos!

Once I'd sorted & cut up a selection of fabrics, I didn't fuss too much as I sewed them together. I've made up nine big blocks of bright clashy colour, this will make a smashing quilt backing or a small throw quilt, or maybe I'll keep going and add a few more rows. Anyways, I'm très happy.

- up on the design wall

I've also had a little on-line shopping activity too!  It's Lockdown Day 72 here in Auckland NZ, and a few shopping necessities {wink wink} are essential in a lockdown life, yes?
I had a yummy parcel in the post a few weeks ago, a very pretty bundle of "Posy" by Annabel Wrigley @littlepincushionstudio. You all know how much I love colourful vintage and whimsical fabrics … this one hits all the buttons … and oh my … those florals! 
Super keen to try out this pink & orange colour story. I plan on adding a random blue check, some blending solids, and lots of low volume background. 

And I also splashed out on three of my all-time favourite Anna Maria fabrics too,
more bright floral colour . . . 

I'm also busy on-line ordering Christmas goodies for the grandchildren, 
as I don't expect we will be able to shop in person anytime soon. 


Saturday 23 October 2021

say it with flowers

- I had a little help when I first starting playing with these squares a couple of months ago!

Sometimes it's nice to have a project that's a little open ended, who knows what might happen? And this floral one-patch has certainly changed each time I relooked at all these cut out 5" squares, that's for sure. 
It's a simple stash busting project, but I did have a little panic moment, and a helpful comment from Wanda @exuberantcolor  πŸ™ clarified my direction a little. 

I started out with a selection of Jennifer Paganelli floral fabrics. Along the way I added some slightly plainer, softer florals to create lighter spots in the composition and then a sprinkling of a few dark Anna Maria Horner pieces too, for contrast. Since the original fabric pull was all mostly medium value, in bright colours, adding in these light and dark values as well created the kind of movement that I love.
I'm also planning on making sure a few blues are added into each 4x4 block to unify things a bit more, 'cos as many of you know, blue is my 'go-to' colour. I've got lots more squares cut out, just ran out of design wall space. 
It's all looking very scrappy and very folksy, and I'm super pleased with today's reshuffle. 

Here's where I've ended up at the moment,
but {wink wink} it may all change again if Evie stops by anytime soon …

Are you like me and drawn to mainly medium value fabrics too?
Love to hear your thoughts, Linda

Wednesday 20 October 2021

the start of something happy

I'm having trouble settling on one thought or idea at the moment, endless {lockdown} time means endless possibilities... but what to work on next? 
Some days, my best way forward is a simple in-between project. Today was one of those days πŸ’– 

I decided to just jump in starting with my happy collection of Jennifer Paganelli fabrics, fabrics I love but have been reluctant to use so far. I had cut out lots of big 5" squares a couple of months back and planned to join them randomly to make a quick throw quilt, a floral one-patch I guess. The perfect stash-buster pattern. And The. Perfect. Way to get me back sewing. 

Note to self: use your favourite fabrics... 'cos nobody can see them on the shelf!
And yep, I’m super happy to be finally   playing with  using these florals.
My only question now is... do I add in other fabrics for a real scrappy abundance of florals?

Until next time, Linda

Friday 8 October 2021

"Another Story" quilt

-  loving how those bold fabulous florals ended up transitioning out to create a gentle glowing edge.

- and how about a scrappy back for the win!

- why use just one green when I can use 5 or even 9? 

- love a bit of fussy cutting

Quilt details:
"Another Story" quilt {a pattern by Joana from thimbles and needles}
- most quilters want to make a hexi quilt, at least once, yes?
I used {mainly} Anna Maria Horner's fabulous florals from my stash
Finished: October 2021.
Machine Pieced.
Machine quilted edge to edge in straight lines by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi,
Leeanne's thread choice was 'Cleopatra' a scrumptious gold/bark colour to blend, and it looks so good!
The binding is a yarn dyed stripe in gold, 'stitch in saddle' from warp and weft wovens fabrics
Quilt size: 50" x 59"
Such a sweet little finish!
Linking up my finished quilt with Kelly for NTT here and with Rebecca for TGIFF here
and with Wendy for this weeks 'peacock party' over here

Until next time, Linda