Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WIP Wednesday

I am really enjoying the whole "solids" idea in quilts.  After seeing the Kona cottons lookbook, and then winning a charm pack of their newest colors and seeing how fabulous the colors are in person I have become a HUGE fan.  On top of the purity of color that you get in an all solids quilt, you then have all this open space to show off your free-motion quilting!  Yes, I find that appealing.  I can also see how that could be very intimidating.  I am trying to continue to challenge myself so I know I'm still growing as an artist.  Although, there are some days when I find I need to get back to basics.  And it doesn't get much more basic than solid colors does it?
These four colors just happened to fall next to each other, and I find the combination highly attractive.
These were next to each other in the charm pack, and I am a big fan of blues and greens together, the purple is OK, I'm not a huge fan of purple, but I realize you need a "pop" color and this makes for a nice cool palette.  And I mean cool as in opposite of warm FYI.  You could throw an orange in there for contrast in place of the purple and that would be interesting too, although I'd probably be more inclined to go the hot pink route.
These half-square triangles made for the prettiest scrap piles :)
Parade of color!
I am making the Moda Love pattern which is available as a pdf file here.  I took my charm pack and cut it in half, then one of the halves in half.  I haven't decided if I will make 4 of these mini quilts or just 2, but in case I am done after two, I have some 2.5"x5" rectangles to do something fun with.  The plan with this particular one is to quilt it with a puzzle quilting motif such as Lori did here and give it to my Great-Grandma for Mother's Day this weekend.  She's been really into puzzles lately, and expressed interest in my quilting so I thought she'd enjoy something like this.  She doesn't need a full size quilt, but I hope she will use this as maybe a placemat or something.  It should finish at 12"x12".  I'll be sure to share a finish photo when it gets to that stage!
I also got my Snapshots quilt block finished for April recently, and since we have 2 cats I changed the puppy block to a kitty.
When I shared my block on the Facebook page I had a lot of positive response, a few people even asked for directions on how I made the cat!  I was able to give them measurements, but really all I did was not make the puppy ears and barely changed the shape of the head.  Sometimes I don't realize that the concept of figuring the measurements may not be as easy for others as it is for me.  Thus I shared what I knew.  :)
Here are my gratuitous cat photos from this last week, they are so excited about Spring being here that they're acting like total goofballs!

Have a lovely day!


Mary said...

I like your Bright Kona colors. The star made from those tiny Hst's looks so good scrappy! Have a Sunny week-end.

Lorna McMahon said...

Your Kona hst's are so bright and pretty! Love those! What a great idea to change your Snapshots block to a kitty and how kind of you to share the directions. I really enjoyed seeing your crazy cat pics, too!

Faythe Fukumoto said...

Ooo I like it...

Renee said...

I love your Snapshots quilt! How cute.