The idea was to create a quilt by building around an inspiration fabric, block, or panel.
|Inspiration fabrics - mine is the green fern leaf, which I had painted a few years back in a different "Margie" workshop!|
We started by graphing out a rough idea for the quilt size and shape, and figured out how many theme, complex, and simple blocks we would need.
We then created some patchwork to throw at the design wall along with our inspiration fabrics.
|Piecing patchwork to try with my piece.|
Once we had something to work with, we moved bits and pieces around to see what we liked. At this stage, things seemed a bit "messy" because nothing was settled. We just pieced and played.
Here's how things started shaping up on our design walls:
|My Mom's "swinging monkey" inspiration fabric, and the beginnings of her patchwork jungle.|
|Lois' inspiration fabric reminded her of northern lights.|
|Icy patchwork fills in around Liz's polar animal inspiration fabric.|
|Chris' batik beauty glowed like stained glass with the light coming through the window behind her design wall!|
|Hey, look! Another leaf! |
Jill had purchased this one from Margie last time she visited our guild,
and now is a perfect time to use it.
|Aralee took this opportunity to make a quilt that's been in her head for years.|
A curved piecing lesson set her free!
|Alice took the plunge and cut her African panel apart.|
She decided to work with the giraffe, and busily pieced blocks that support her colour scheme.
|Shonna's WIP started with a Christmas print. It is destined to become a table runner.|
|Margaret's piece started with a large-scale print that begged to be shown off.|
|Hildegard incorporated her inspiration fabric into some of her blocks|
(it's the one in the center of the top, left block).
|The bird fabric was Dayna's inspiration.|
|Sarah framed up her inspiration fabric and started filling in with colourful patchwork.|
|Vivian was inspired by her horse panel - her support fabrics remind me of leather!|
|My leaf, so far.|
At our guild meeting TWO days later, Dayna showed her finished piece!!!
(Though, she'd just come from swimming so didn't want to show her face...)
|Dayna's finished piece!|
Vivian also came with her project pieced and ready to quilt!
She used curved piecing to frame up the panel, which I think was the perfect touch.
Good work, you two! (Now the rest of us feel like slackers! Ha!)
House Quilt Update
Remember the quilt we made for the Rotary House fundraiser?
(click here for close-ups of the quilting)
|Where Hearts Come Home|
48" x 60"
Our little quilt raised $1,350.00 for the cause!!! Yay!!!
Fresh off the Frame This Week (so far!)
This sweet baby quilt is now finished!
My client told me the top had been in her cupboard (waiting to be quilted) for so long that the recipient is now 15 months old, so finished is good. Ha!
It is the perfect size for him to snuggle and drag around...I doubt he will mind that it's a wee bit later than planned!
On another note, I have finally recovered from that darn virus that has plagued me for the last month!
On Sunday I suddenly felt less miserable, and by Monday I felt HUMAN again - oh joy!!!
Thanks so much to those of you who sent good wishes for my recovery. Mission accomplished!
Linking up With:
WIP Wednesday, at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts
Try, Learn, & Grow!
P.S. Find me on Instagram under my blog name, FreshofftheFrame