Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hand Piecing Paris Blocks... Or is it... Hand Peacing?

There's no room for feeling down when you are hand piecing, especially when the images remind you of a place you want to be.

For me, I've never been to Paris, but I love the romantic feel that these fabrics bring.

The mix of dots and script offered a fun variety while still keeping the palette of colors limited.

There is a sense of peace hand quilting offers. It does not matter when a quilt gets done... who it is for... or why you are hand quilting.  It is simply a process and a calming journey.

I tried to balance between some fussy cuts and some random cuts:

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are inspired to start your own journey of creative therapy.

Much love,

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fussy Cut Flowers - Smitten - Large Hexagon Three

Large Hexagon #3

I fussy cut blooms of white, blue and purple and pieced together with a purple center radiating outward. Fussy cutting takes time and planning, but the result can be fascinating.

Flowers and Postage - Smitten - Large Hexagon Three

Large Hexagon #3

One of the first large blocks that I decided to sew was this one.  I'm not sure I like the two different fabrics in the star - but I like how the postage from Tim Holtz Eclectic fabric has drops of color from the center.  I like the idea of fussy cutting, so the next post will show that.

Peace Sign - Smitten - Large Hexagone One

Large Hexagon #1

Similar to my previous post, this large hexagon features a fun sketch from Who's That Girl fabric.  I love how each scene, the girl is always with a little pooch.  Everyone needs a loving companion on their journey.  Here's mine:

Enjoy today's journey.

Paris Without Rain - Smitten - Large Hexagon One

Large Hexagon #1

This center fabric is what I'm kind of using as my guide for the rest of the fabrics in this quilt:  Who's That Girl? is designed by Izak Zanou for Robert Kaufman.  It has all kinds of fun sketches with scenes from Italy & France.  Here's some more Amy Butler fabric on the outside (Glow Jolie Azure).

Rose buds - Smitten - Large Hexagon One

Large Hexagon #1

French rose with buds with teal & plum fabric, outlined in Tim Holtz Eclectic fabric.

Ciao Bella - Smitten - Large Hexagon Two

Large Hexagon #2

I like the idea of traveling one day to Europe.  Since that's not going to happen anytime soon, here's my version of getting there.  I'm following the Lucy Carson Kingwell pattern called Smitten.

How cute is this fabric with the vespas and the bike (by Windham Fabrics)?  I fussy cut to make the traveling gals go around so they can be seen no matter which way the hexagon is positioned.  I also used a few triangles of Amy Butler's fabric (Hapi Oasis Ocean). 

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Is The Only Way to Run Away

Not too long ago, I found myself under the weather and in the dumps.  My self-treatment was among other things, online pictures of art.   I soon found myself wishing to pick up fabric again to create a quilt.  Lack of time was always a deterrent, for starting a project, because the end date would always be so distant, if at all.  And, now, I don't care if it takes me years to complete.  I just don't care anymore.  So, here's where I begin.

I'm making a quilt, by hand - no machines... just for the love of color, pattern and design.  It's just for me.  I'm not planning on selling it, giving it away or teaching anyone about it... it's just a journey of peace and tranquility as I work on it.

This blog exists solely to share my progress somewhere.  If it inspires someone, then all the better.  Comments are always welcome on the journey.