Friday, 9 February 2018

Not what I was expecting

When I decided I was going to  work with this group of fabrics I had a vague notion of what I might try.  Using the black and green print ticks the 'scale' box for me in terms of the AHIQ challenge, but I also wanted to stick with bigger pieces than usual, and to keep it fairly simple.  I had in mind something pared back, maybe just rectangle pieces.  

I cut myself a rectangle.  I started with that print, because that's the hardest fabric to work with (for me).  And I stuck my rectangle on the floor and started off just putting other things next to it and seeing what worked and what didn't.  Here's an example.
Did I come up with anything that floated my boat?  Nope.  Not even remotely.  Looked like this would be trickier than I thought. Then, as I grabbed my rectangle I somehow managed this
which I did rather like.  So I tried cutting triangles and joining them back together with a strip of something different.  I got this
 and then this.
Like I said, not at all what I was expecting, but I like it enough to keep going.


16 comments:

  1. I have something similar on my pre-design wall......still in paper planning stage. It also has circles, if you need to consider things ahead.....

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  2. What a happy coincidence! You're still making large rectangles, but they are definitely going to take more effort than just a single piece of fabric.

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  3. Kaja! I love how things change! I love how ideas evolve once you have the material in front of you in your hands. I love having the flexibility to do what feels right with the fabrics while the parameters of the challenge help to keep a focus. I love the colors you are working with! I love that the scale is so different. hahah. and I love that you are out of your comfort zone a bit!

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  4. I'm always amazed that a quilt can tell me how it wants to be made. Looks like a great start.

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  5. I have a feeling all these seemingly random recycled fabrics are going to come together really well. I will end up saying, how do you do this?

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  6. Oh, joy. We get to watch this evolve from the very beginning, sitting beside you while you make your choices.

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  7. Um, are those half square triangles?

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  8. I like the black, blue and brown quite a lot. Looks like you've found a direction! 😉

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  9. Triangles!
    I'm heading for squares lately, as in logcabin blocks, of different sizes
    and hand stitched. This will be different.

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  10. I have that map print and love it to bits (using every last scrap). I am about a week away from beginning my Playing With Scale project. Fabrics are pulled, sketches are made . . . home renovations are taking priority as are flu recovery, grandson overnights, and out of town guests.

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  11. Its like an artistic flying geese and rather nice!

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  12. Oh, I like this a lot. The triangles are still bold with the big prints, but now they have movement and aren’t “in your face” like the big rectangles were. Perhaps big scale prints work best when they are in smaller doses?

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  13. Very interesting. I would never have thought to put these fabrics together but they look great.

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  14. The triangles are more interesting than the rectangles and the scale of them is so fun. They still are somewhat a version of a half square triangle so it looks like you can't get totally away from HSTs!

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  15. Looks like the fabric is directing this whole thing. It's a good thing our quilts talk to us while we're designing them.

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