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Mothers Day Sewing

I hope you all had a great Mothers Day. My day started of wonderfully at a local french patisserie.

I indulged in coffee and sugar!!IMG_4168

The rest of the day, I decided that I would play with an idea that has been in my head for a while. I put away my projects that have deadlines etc….just a day of play. It was fantastic!!

I recently bought the book “Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts below the Radar”. I have bookmarked several pages.

One of my favorites is this Cross quilt (pg. 179 c. 1940-1970), which is behind inspiring my play today.

I wanted to make my blocks in black and white print fabrics, with a splash of color striped fabric.  I am using strips of black and white cut at 1.5″, 2″ and 2.5″. I then put them in a bag and pull them out randomly (brown bag method), and sew them together, trim them down to 12.5″ squares.

At first, I thought I could use these squares and cut the block across the diagonals. That actually gave me the cross blocks, but also gave me these square blocks as well. I am not sure about the combination yet (??)


For now to save on fabric, I am sewing strips vertically together, using the improv. brown bag method, until it was 6.5″ x 31.5″. I then cut the triangles along the 45 degree angle.

This is how my cross blocks look so far. I really like where they are going. I plan to build them out a bit more and see how they go.


Oh! Apparently, I have a lot of black and white fabrics which means no need to buy fabrics….I can sew from my stash. I am hoping to give an update on these again soon (once I get my projects deadlines complete).

QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (Week 14)

This week I decided to take on my own study – a study minimalism. New Zealand Maori designs  are predominantly colored red, black and white.


This limited color palette helped focus the color palette and add to the study of minimalism, this week. I managed to do 3 series of designs.

Series 1: Houdini

In this first design, I was hoping to capture the idea of feeling trapped. The black background showing the blackness, fear, and emptiness this may bring.


I played with the design a little more to see how red would change the look and feel. I love it with the red.QDAD_TrappedRed_22September

This is obviously a follow-up to “Trapped” and represents release/freedom/escape.


Again, the look of the design in red.QDAD_EscapedRed_22September

I was thinking through the escape and placement of the white bar and decided to move it further away and place at the opposite side.QDAD_Escaped3_22September

Series 2: Quartet

Series 2 is designed to be a set of 4 panels that would/could be placed as side by side wall hangings each at 6″ x 12″. Here are the initial 4 panels.
QDAD_Panel1_24September QDAD_Panel2Red_24September  QDAD_Panel3_25September QDAD_Panel4_25September

I have redesigned the second panel to look like this, which I may actually use if I make these up.


Series 3:

This series, which may not be complete, was playing with squares and rectangles and how sections align and are sectioned off.







I really enjoyed the design activity this week and love looking at the simplicity of color and shapes. I am linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee Social (see button on the right).