Musings of a dyer and fiber artist from Lord of the Rings and Narnia country, the South Island of New Zealand.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
A new project! (Part 1)
I have been putting off making new quilts for a variety of reasons that I won't bore you with. I have now got my head in a better space, and decided to try a grey quilt. I found some lovely batiks :
and then I hand dyed some fabric that matched with the colours in the batiks.
This is the design I decided on - I wanted something simple, where the beauty and colour of the fabrics could be displayed (and it didn't take me long to sew)
I had no pattern, so worked out the sizes to best fit the fat quarters. I decided to sew the blocks the easy way - with a square in the corner. I also sewed another seam 1/2" in from the diagonal.
Then I cut between the 2 lines of stitching...
..to produce one large block and one small block of half square triangles. I will use these on the back.
When I'd sewn all the blocks, I laid them out on the floor. Hmmm. I wasn't totally happy with the result. I felt the contrasting fabrics I'd added were too bright. Way too bright. What to do? See part 2.