Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Plodding Along

I haven't blogged the last few weeks but I have been busy.

I finished my paper piecing blocks for the November Queen of the bee group I am in.

I love the colours the Queen chose.  This combination is so striking and will make a gorgeous quilt.

My fabrics are ready for the upcoming Bonnie Hunter mystery.

I am making this quilt with someone in mind and I think these colours will be just right for her.

And out of the blue I got the most incredible urge to make a low volume quilt.
Has that ever happened to you?  All of a sudden you just HAVE to make something right here, right now?
"Low Volume" is the new buzz word going around and I love the quilts I am seeing.  So I put everything aside and dug into my stash pulling anything and everything I thought would pass as low volume.  Admittedly there are some fabrics in my blocks that are probably a bit too 'voluminous' but I really didn't want to buy more fabric.  I think they are soft enough to blend with the overall serenity of the quilt so I am going with it.

I followed the pattern from Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg's book Sunday Morning Quilts. This has to be one of my all time favourite quilting books and I plan to make every quilt in it, I just love them all.
I have moved some of the blocks around to get a better overall balance since taking this picture and if all goes well I will have this top together by the end of today.

And finally, I have been practicing free motion quilting on my Express Your Love quilt. I am WAAAAY behind on this project but with a month of holidays coming up it is on the top of my to do list.

This week I finished quilting the sun's 'rays' and the goddess body.
I apologise in advance for the terrible quality pictures. I took them at night which normally isn't too much of a problem as I usually enhance the pictures when editing them but for some reason my computer program would not let me increase the brightness this time.  I will get better pics when I complete the  next section.

I am disappointed that the light gold came out so much brighter than the medium and dark golds I used. When I lined the spools up next to each other I thought the 3 colours blended well but after quilting, well  not so much.  Hopefully when the whole thing is quilted it will blend a little better.

Here are a couple of close ups:

Far from perfect but it's all practice and I can see improvement so that is all I can ask of myself.

Until next time.