UFOs

May. 17th, 2014 10:35 pm
[personal profile] emmne
i was catching up on other things besides sewing after I finished hand quilting an old window pane top but now it is time for our local group to sign up for the annual UFOs (UnFinished Objects) so I signed up for two.  One is a 30+ year old patchwork on an even older blanket that recently decided to shrink drastically.  So I'm adding two towels, fixing the patchwork, and adding more to make it a single-sized quilt again, cotton blanket and towels, mixed fabric appliqued patches, in shades of cool greens.  The other one is a pile of sunflower fabric I've been collecting and "stash" yellows, oranges, and browns to match.  It's going to be design as I go, three to five pictures, including one with a barn and quilts hanging on a fence with more traditional patterns (and sunflower fields in the background) and probably a vase of sunflowers among other related pictures, Then a background and framing in either subtly colored traditional blocks or randomly mixed half-square triangles in shades of yellow drifting to mixed shades of orange and brown.  Maybe some of each depending on how much space I need to fill to make the pictures--in different sizes and borders--fit together.  i figure some will be pieced for the pictures (fields made of stripes or diamonds, etc) but some will have to be appliqued.  How much is machine appliqued will depend on sizes and my schedule.  Easier to watch my shows while I'm hand sewing than when I'm machine sewing, but when nothing is on, I'd just as soon machine sew.  I have no destination for it yet, but that's one of the reasons its a UFO: the annual challenge gives me an incentive to make progress on such deadline free projects that I've had fabric for for awhile, and maybe eventually I'll get my act together enough to try to sell some of them on etsy or something.  Take a lot of them being ready to make it worth a consignment shop or some such, i imagine.  Maybe after i retire and have time to manage a craft shop on the side...
[personal profile] emmne
June Block of the Month Prompt: Find a crazy quilt on line or a crazy quilt pattern (yes there are a few out there). Use some stash.

Large block variation: Use the same fabrics in a different arrangement to make four or six different crazy quilt blocks.

Designers challenge: Take several crazy quilt blocks (they can be drawn on paper and colored with crayon if you like, then cut the blocks out). Put them together so that the matching fabrics/colors from different blocks are together as often as possible. Compare that to putting as many contrasting fabrics together along the edges as possible.
[personal profile] emmne
Rambling on a journal post so I thought I would structure and share quilting tidbits. A lot of people confuse scrappy--meaning mixed fabrics on a repeating pattern--with crazy--meaning not much pattern, either, and ideally no pattern, so unique. But scrappy is more widely acceptable in my local observation, unless it looks specifically like a Victorian crazy quilt.

I don't mind the work of a Victorian crazy quilt, but since I hand quilt and embroider, it's not something I would ever expect to get paid a "reasonable" amount for. A dollar an hour for labor is more likely, so I'd keep, gift, or donate those for charity auctions, not try to sell direct with any expectation of finding a buyer. Still, there are things that are not Victorian that are nice crazy quilts, with their own artistic value as well as comfortable for a bed, and some of them can be done with a reasonable time investment, if the style is something other people can appreciate.

Random I don't do with crazy quilts, odd as that may sound. Random is for scrappy, when the pattern or a pseudo pattern (I'm sure there is a word for it but confetti is only a specific style of the type I mean, not the category) is there to hold the thing together. Sometimes I'm sure it looks close. A few too many themed fabrics without some solid or color-on-color will give a headache-enducing chaos even if the theme is fairly narrowly focused. Crazy is odd shaped, but the color and theme combo should help hold the whole together, whether pieced, appliqued, or some combination. The question then is whether my idea of a good balance is anyone else's. So far, I think my tastes may be as unique as the results of my attempts.
[personal profile] emmne
I was thinking of some series to post and have a mystery quilt that might work but I have to work out how to get the pictures on line. If someone comes across this post and doesn't mind sending me a snail mail address, I'll send it as paper. meanwhile, I'll talk about my favorite topic, which is designing crazy quilts. I've done all kinds, including when I was cluelessly figuring out quilting without class or teacher. (My first quilt is diamond shaped because I didn't know how to square off). A couple of them are true patchworks: an old blanket or a couple of old beach towels appliqued with patches until one side is covered with patches and the other side has either scrap of the base material from trimming off the uneven edges or some closely matching material to peed the back the same color as the original.

Usually I pick a color theme: blue, green, and stick mostly to that with just enough variety to brighten it up. Mostly I pick very close range of blues, solids and patterns, but lately I've been looking at some scrappy quilts that are less close, yet still of a theme, a rainbow of blues you might say, with a rainbow of crams or some other color, matching or contrasting but subtlely so. I'm redoing green quilt that shrank a lot, expanding and flattening the pieces that didn't shrink as much. That I'll keep to the current country green as closely as possible, but the one after that will be more variable shades in the same family, maybe pinks with peach and rose and maroon, or blues from bluegreen to violet to sky blue to navy and see how much color a single color can handle. With that in mind, I've been shopping for fat quarters with patterns but less strong contrasts. Not my usual for shopping, but mostly because I didn't know what to do with them rather than because I didn't like them. With the mixed color patterns, I can more easily incorporate my overstocked stash of solids, perhaps.

Anyway, maybe I'll talk more about that in future posts. i do love a crazy quilt and they offer so many possibilities.

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