Thursday, July 18, 2013

Designing and Quilting

With the kids home I am finding it a bit more challenging to get into my sewing room to quilt.   I want to spend as much time with them as they are only young once and they won't always want to hang with mom=)

I am trying to do quilting that does not require alot of concentration, because even if I get into my sewing room, interruptions happen every 23 seconds.

The designing end of things has been good.   My sketch pad comes with me everywhere and I can do that while the kids are playing and breaking up fights or getting snacks every 3 minutes are no problem.

From one of my sketches, I came up with this.
It just had to be a circle didn't it?   Sliced and diced and put back together with my hand dyed fabric.   I am doing some experimenting and this gave me some unexpected but workable results.

I also got a quilt pinned and under the machine.   This one took me forever to decide on a design for the middle.   I mean like 4 months to figure it out.   Finally I came up with one I liked and gave it a try.

There are about 20 triangular sections in the centre of this quilt.  I am doing the same flower in each section, but different sizes that match the size of the section.   The background is either stippling or small circles.   I am changing the thread colours for each section as well.   I have about half of it done.   
The circles drawn in the background were done on the whole cloth centre before any quilting or ric rac was added.  I took different sized circles and placed them on randomly and traced around them with magic marker. 

  Different sized and coloured ricrac was stitched down in lines across it. 

 I still have a ways to go, but my plan is to get it quilted and bound by end of summer.   I just got booked for 2 trunk shows in September and would like to bring it with me.  

Linking up to Nina's Off The Wall Friday.


Nina Marie said...

Without a deadline - I find it hard to stay focused on quilting too - especially when I too want to spend time with my daughter. That said I'm glad you started something new! And I'm glad ric rac is making a come back! Off the Wall Friday is open if you'd like to join in!

Anonymous said...

Recently retired, I am spending more time with the grandkids. Refreshing to hear that you are breaking up fights and providing snacks every three minutes, too.
Thanks for a reality check. I thought I was just being old and cranky.

Connie said...

What fun projects, love your dyed fabric and the rick rack and circles will be a neat quilt! Thanks for sharing.
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jlk said...

Bring your boys to visit me. We would have so much fun. And bring your sewing machine, too.

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

I have three little ones all at home for summer break too! I am fortunate that I get to stay home with them so I can ignore the dishes or the laundry once in a while to get things done - but still I find it difficult to do much. :) Your quilting looks lovely!!!

Jacque said...

Sorry I haven't commented in a this project you are showing, and the circle with dyed fabrics is stunning!

Mama Pea said...

That's marker on white fabric (the circles)?! I absolutely love it!