Monday, August 30, 2021

August Mini

 My August mini is called

No Rhyme nor Reason
33" x 33"

I noticed there has been several bloggers, like Barbara
have been doing some tidying up of little bits and pieces
that had been accumulating.
I try and do the same thing as I end up with
small pieces leftover from a current project,
precutting different sizes of squares and strips.

Lately, I had even gone so far to sew some of the squares
into hst's with no plan in mind.
I thought, I probably should do something with them.

With a pile of quilt books
and a pile of hst's 
I found a pattern in 
Beyond the Battlefield 
by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

There was no event or plan or reason for choosing
this particular pattern, 
other than
I could use those half square triangles, 
it had some applique pieces,
and lots of red.

Add in some fun pinwheel blocks
and a flange binding and you've got a 
great combo.

Sometimes it important to
be a free spirit
and sew something 
for no rhyme or reason.

But speaking of a perfect combo....

"Garden fresh"

The garden is finally giving us some
perfect tomatoes.

Now go check out Wendy's blog,
for more free spirited quilters.

Until Next Time-

Thursday, August 5, 2021

A Perfect Combination of Events

It's always interesting to look back at what might 
have influenced you in a certain direction
 when you're ready to start something new.
Here are 4 perfect events that influenced me.

1.  As a quilter and a X-stitcher, we have all been
saddened by the passing of Barb Adams, who was
part of Blackbird Designs along with Alma Allen. 
This lead me to revisit all of their wonderful books and patterns
I've collected over the years.  
So many wonderful ideas.

2.  I recently sorted through my wool fabrics and
decided to share pieces with friends.
I had a large piece of off white wool.  When I 
showed my friends they all said, "Kyle, put that back
in your stash.  You might need that!"

3.  Also in the past 2 months I have relocated
most of my fabric stash from one place to another.
The good part is that you familiarize yourself again
with what you have and the bad part is
you realize just what you have!
My flannel collection had not been reduced in quite awhile
and I thought maybe I should work on that.

4.  Ideas come and go like the ebbing of the tides, but one
that I always seem to come back is a log cabin design.
I had been thinking about making blocks with a larger
center square and using the center as a platform for an applique.

So where did all of that lead me?

The idea was sparked from a pattern found in a series of booklets
called Christmas Memories.

I pulled red and green flannels

and cut strips.  Then I subcut the strips 
into the correct lengths for the log cabin pieces.
I find if I take the time to do that,
my blocks stay square and all the same size,
especially if you use your walking foot on your machine
when you're working with flannels.

But before I sewed the blocks together, I 
fused off white wool snowflakes to the large center squares and
then whipped the edges with a DMC wool floss.

Once the blocks were sewn they lacked the luster
of new fallen snow.
It was then I decided to stitch crystal beads 
to the points of the 20 snowflakes.

I attached the 3 beads to each point as a separate unit.
Just in case a bead becomes loose, all of them won't fall off.

For quite awhile, I was in a spot waiting for inspiration
and not having anything in mind of what to work on next.
I do like where all of the different influences ended up leading me.

"Perfectly Imperfect"
57" x  69"

 I'm glad I was open to combining events and letting
my creative muse inspire my imagination.
I hope you are too.

Until Next Time-