Saturday, 12 January 2019

QAL: The Unconventional and Unexpected: Overlapping Octagons

I've decided to join in The Unconventional and Unexpected Quilt A-Long . The QAL is being hosted by Sujata Shah, whose work I have admired since I bought her book,  "Cultural Fusion Quilts". The inspiration for this QAL comes from the book "The Unconventional and Unexpected", by Roderrick Kiracofe. For more information check Sujata's posts on The Root Connection. I have chosen to start with the quilt "Overlapping Octagons".

I decided to join in after much deliberation. After all, "Do I really need another project?" "Yes", I answered myself, "You have to move on and this will be a new challenge."

My fabric choice is this:
 
blue and neutrals: a bulging bucket of blues and the right hand pile in the box. My supply of neutrals is very low, and in need of urgent replenishment.
with a few splashes of:

orange: starting with the scraps on the left.
Yesterday I started sewing blue strip scraps together along the short ends as leaders and enders in another project. These will be chopped and sewn together with others to make the string rectangles in the Overlapping Octagons. I shall be ordering more neutrals/ low volume during next week.

My plan is to cut the fabric freehand with the rotary cutter, although I shall be piecing the strips on phone book pages to keep them stable, as I can't manage to cut on the grain freehand, and would like to avoid wobbles and bubbles!

I'm already enjoying this project and look forward to sharing information and progress with others at Basket full of Scraps.

I'm linking to
http://wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2019/01/peacock-party.html
Click on the button above to see more works in progress.


Happy sewing

Marly.


Thursday, 10 January 2019

Good Fortune: the last stage

 Last Friday Bonnie Hunter revealed the final layout for "Good Fortune", this winter's mystery quilt. I only made a few units each week, and have just joined a few of them into blocks this week.




I still have some green and blue units, but don't have enough units at the moment to make another red/orange block.

I like how the little red squares in the four-patches make a pyramid shape with the orange strings. A pyramid? Well it could even be a pagoda, with a stretch of the imagination. Or perhaps they are all steps on the Great Wall!

In the coming week I shall try to find the time to make a couple more blocks, and turn this into a table runner, or a sewing machine cover.

I enjoyed making this and seeing so many lovely colour schemes in the link-up each week.

I'm linking to:

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2019/01/mystery-monday-link-up-reveal.html 
 
Click on the button to see more Good Fortune progress. 

Happy sewing
Marly.

Friday, 4 January 2019

One Monthly Goal: January

https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/p/omg-one-monthly-goal.html

My goal this month is to make a larger version of the "Wee Braw Bag" (muckle braw bag?) pattern by Laura Cunningham (IG @laura_zuckerkuss).


Laura's pattern is in two sizes of which this is the larger, but I need something larger than this one I made in December, to hold my knitting. This is all right for socks and beanies, but cardigans and sweaters? No!!! For the moment this can house the pattern and the tools, but not the knitting itself.

I'm linking to:

https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2019/01/one-monthly-goal-january-goal-setting.html

Click on the button to see other people's goals for this month. 


I wish you all the best in 2019 with lots of  happy sewing!

Marly.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Finish Along 2019 Q1



I'm glad Sandra has published a form on which we can track our progress on the FAL projects. I completely forgot to post about one of the projects on my Q4 list in 2018; not one single post, even though I had a finish. I think Sandra's list will prevent such an oversight in future.
RSC 2018 Squares Away


My list for the next three months:
  1. RSC18 quilt (Squared Away), ie layer, quilt, bind and label
  2. Beekeeper cardigan: one sleeve to go!
  3. On Ringo Lake: Quiltville Mystery 2017
  4. Not so wee "Wee braw bag": large enough to hold a top-down sweater in the make
  5. bento bag
Number 3 still needs lot of work, so maybe I'll not get it finished this quarter. We'll see! The rest should be achievable.

I'm linking up to:

http://sewofcourse.blogspot.com/2019/01/finishalong-q1-list-linkup.html

Click on the button to see more projected finishes this quarter.

Happy sewing

Marly.