Thursday, 23 April 2015

A NEW PROJECT!!! An Exercise. And DISNEY!!!

A New Project!!!

Wayyy back in October I'd purchased a Quick Curve Ruler, and I tell ya...it's been difficult to resist breaking it open. A recent retreat with some quilting friends was just the excuse I needed! 

As it happens (*ahem*), I'd also purchased a companion pattern (or four!) and a sweet jelly roll. All I needed to add was background fabric. A last-minute scrounge in my stash produced a chunk of white-on-white print that would work quite nicely.

Block segments prepped for chain piecing.
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After making a test block using "sacrificial fabric", I went into production-mode. Chain piecing is a wonderful thing!

Pile o' piecing.
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I don't have pictures of my progress, but another day of piecing should yield a finished top! Yay!!!



An Exercise.

Before the retreat, I was determined to finish one more Judge Certification Programme exercise. 

This time we were to consider how colour placement can create a sense of depth. We were to use the pure hues of a twelve-step colour wheel, and an architectural theme. 

Hmm. More buildings.


Simplifying a design.
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A few years ago in Japan I'd taken a photo of some tall, skinny apartment buildings. Perhaps it would make a good jumping off point?

After printing the photo in b&w, I outlined the main elements. When I flipped the page over, I could clearly see the marked lines, and thought it was absolutely charming!

 
Rainbow colours, architectural design.
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It's challenging to create cohesion when using a rainbow of colours! I think this arrangement does the trick. At any rate, I'm reasonably pleased with it.

And DISNEY!!!

Immediately after retreat, I was off to Disneyland with my daughter and grandchildren for a week of California sun and fun! 

Character experiences were a blast! Here, April and the kids ham it up with Sulley.
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We had to be up at 2 a.m. to make our flights, both leaving and returning - blargh - but it was worth it. We had the most fabulous time together!
 
Riding the train to save our poor feet.
Little tiger looks fierce here, but it was only for show. He's really just a pussycat!

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We were so busy that I didn't even think about quilts . . . can you imagine??? Oh. my. gosh.

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Now I'm home again and it's time to pick up where I left off . . . if I can remember where that is, exactly! Things were a bit fuzzy in the real world today, but will come into focus tomorrow, I'm sure.

Try, Learn, Grow!
Carole 

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7 comments:

  1. Wow to your Disney photos, I bet you all had an amazing time and now so many wonderful memories. Your new project has such pretty fabric, looking forward to seeing those curves in all their glory. And I love your rainbow buildings, you definitely got the cohesion, and looking at them I couldn't help but think - why can't builders build them in those colours? Wouldn't it be amazing to have a town just like that? I'm sure it would do wonders for the mental health of everyone who lived there.

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  2. Isn't Disneyland a fun place, it was one of our most memorable holidays with our children. Your curved quilt is really looking interesting!

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  3. I love the sky scrapers! When making my wall hanging for C&G, placing the fabrics for the required 3D effect took a long time! But it can be so effective, don't you think? I'm curious how the curved piecing will come out...

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  4. Looks like you had a great break at Disney and a great retreat too. Love your description of 'sacrificial fabric' it's a good name and use for all those 'what was I thinking of' fabrics we all have!

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  5. Looks like you have been having fun with family and sewing. I have a quick curve ruler and have yet to play with it. Hopefully soon!

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  6. Oooh! I want to see what you make from that curvy piecing. AND with that rainbow building. Both are stunning.

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  7. So glad you had a great time with your daughter and grandchildren at Disney - and on the retreat too!
    I echo Dasha - looking forward to seeing what you do with the curvy piecing Carole and WOW on the apartment building exercise!

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