Sunday, July 17, 2011

Design Wall Monday 7-18-11

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After a 2-3 week hiatus from sewing because of an ill-behaving sewing machine, the machine is now good to go again and I'm off and running. Lori issued a challenge to me for the scrappy star quilt so here it is, in progress. Check out her blog for details on her scrappy star quilt. I'm going to use a scrappy white background, and each star will be from a different color family. I plan to make a bed size quilt - these are 9.5" blocks, so I have to make a lot more. After the first three blocks I settled into a nice rhythm so the rest will go much faster. These are quite fun to make - no pattern!



I've also laid out my next bargello quilt. This is a jelly roll pack from South Seas Batiks. I laid out all the strips and arranged them in a light to medium to dark value scheme. Then I sewed them together, evened up the ends of the tube, then just started cutting strips from .75" to 2.5" inches wide - no pattern! I took some time laying it out to get the look I wanted - I'm pleased with this wave effect so I'll go with it. To make it a bed size quilt, I'll need to add some kind of side borders, then a plain top and bottom border. Don't have clue yet what that will be. Will ponder it while I sew these strips together. Maybe "piano key" side borders?? Am planning to name it Jungle Dance.

Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be less thread yardage on spools these days?

Have a great week everyone.

16 comments:

  1. I love your batik bargello, you have created some lovely movement! I have a smaller batik bargello in my UFO pile, I'm now inspired to finish it thanks.

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  2. Our LQS has a basket of Aurifil thread because there was an interest in it. I couldn't help myself and even though it is pricy, I'm hooked! It's the 50 weight and the bobbin seems to last forever.

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  3. Your bargello is going to be gorgeous!

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  4. Nice bargello. Hum, I too have one currently a UFO. Hum, maybe next year it'll move up to the list "I want to finish it". I'm still working on this year's list. Keep us posted on your border choices... think about auditioning some before you commit to one.

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  5. Even in the little picture I saw of this quilt, I loved it. In the larger version, it is stunning. What patience you have and good color sense. Show it again when you get the borders on as it will only get better.

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  6. Very beautiful! I love Bargellos! I've made one but it still needs to be quilted!
    Kristie

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  7. The strip sewing eats up the thread when you're sewing narrow strips together. You could do a framing solid border before adding the piano one.
    Scrappy Stars look good so far. A 9.5" block is better than 6". Slow and steady.

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  8. Love your bargello and also your stars. I have never made the scrappy stars: maybe that is something I need to try soon, just for a change.

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  9. Very pretty quilt! I noticed that there is less of everything in a package that I buy :(, at least a yard of fabric is still a yard.

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  10. Love both of your projects! How great that you have your machine back so you can enjoy all this fun!

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  11. The bargello is amazing, but I have to say the color in your stars is what really catches my eye. I love colorful!

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  12. Love the bargello...great use of a jelly roll!

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  13. Beautiful stars and bargello! I have noticed less thread on spools...they are following the grocery stores with smaller packages costing the same.

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  14. Wow - that bargello is really neat!!

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  15. Great projects. The bargello is beautiful!

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  16. Your bargello is stunning. I might make a small sample "piano keys" to try out on the border, but I'm thinking it might divert the energy from your strong vertical, flowing lines. A wonderful teacher I just had at Asilomar said, "to solve visual problems, use visual means."
    Hugs,
    Tina in San Diego

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