Wednesday, 2 May 2012

constructive

today

Things are crazy busy around here at the minute. It's less than 2 weeks until I fly to Spring market, and I have 2 quilts to finish.

If you follow me on twitter (I'm @ImAGingerMonkey) you will probably notice I'm quieter than usual. That's a good thing, because it means I'm sewing like a mad woman.

The quilt in the photo above is for the Cloud 9 booth, made from the insanely great Ed Emberley Happy Drawing collection (it's shipping now, so I expect it'll start popping up in shops really soon) . I knew what I wanted to make before I had the fabrics, I roughly sketched out an idea, which I then scrapped after it was agreed looked too much like animals in prison but followed the same kind of theme, of a zoo (yes, it's abstract - I'm going modern for this, work with me, ok?)

I started off by making a pile of framed square and rectangle blocks of different sizes, then pinned it all to a piece of fabric roughly the size of the quilt I wanted to end up with and went from there, adding in sashing and little accents of the scribbles to make it feel less overly white. I've never really ventured into that improv way of doing things, I don't really see myself as a modern quilter as such - I like modern fabrics, I like modern quilts, but I tend to prefer traditional blocks.
This has been really fun, though, I've enjoyed making it up as I go along, and now I'm almost at the finish line where the quilt top is concerned I'm pretty impressed that the quilt is going to end up being exactly how I envisioned it. I just really hope Michelle and Gina like it too and it looks good in the booth, Michelle has been showing some sneaky peeks of what's going to be in the booth on her flickr stream . There's a giveaway of Happy Drawing on the Cloud 9 blog right now - head over to win a bundle of 12 FQs (ends 4th May), Michelle also casually drops into the blog post that Happy Drawing, too will be going ahead - a second Happy Drawing range, which means I'm going to have to hoard away some of this first collection for a bigger zoo when that comes out. Squee!!!

Non work related stuff.....

A little while ago I bought a giant safety pin to hang above my desk (by giant - it's 21" in length, so that's BIG!) and hadn't gotten around to putting 2 nails in the wall to hang it. So I did that this week. It is making me ridiculously happy - small things and all that....

giant safety pin

And because I was close to having a melt down earlier at the start of the week and needed to do something, anything, that was mindless and easy and completely pointless, I strip pieced a giant granny square block. I used the same basic tutorial as before, but cut 5" strips. It's huge, approx 20" square, but making it meant I didn't scream at the kids or husbeast, like I was about to, and saved me from a complete case of hissy fits. I intend on making more of these and having a big quilt with big blocks. And probably a couple of pillows too, because at 20" it's a pretty great pillow sized block.

giant granny block

This week has been pretty constructive, funny how avoiding twitter does that, isn't it?

Quick heads up for you. One of my absolute favourite collections from Fall market, Quilt Blocks by Ellen Luckett Baker is in stock at Fat Quarter Shop now. I made this pillow and this quilt from quilt blocks, but I need to buy a stack of it. It's a collection that I think might pass you by if you don't get told about it, and it's really awesome. The thumbnails don't do it justice, seriously, believe me - don't miss out on it. It works reallywell with heaps of solids, as well as the timeless treasures sketch fabricsI am obsessed with - and the colours are a great mix with Washi. That's what I want it for, a big quilt blocks x washi quilt. Yum.

21 comments:

Elizabeth said...

OMG! Where did you get that "I love sewing" thread spool hanger thingy?!? (seriously, my birthday is in 2 weeks...)

Oh, and love your giant granny squares by the way. Looks much easier to make a quilt out of those. :)

Audrie said...

Hurry up and sew faster. Twitter is boring without you. And I really need to get me some of that Quilt Blocks fabric. Pronto.

Anonymous said...

I love the large granny square and the safety pin! Where did you find the safety pin?
jbquilt43 at yahoo dot com

Rachel said...

LOVE the big block - I think that might be the way to go for a granny square quilt!

Katy Cameron said...

What, staying off that there internet gets more sewing done? Huh, strange concept... ;o)

Loving what you've been up to anyway :o)

Live a Colorful Life said...

1. Where did you get your giant sewing pin?
2. Where did you get your thread holder?
3. Your giant granny square is awesome! I'm making a giant one for the back of my Amish granny square quit.
4. And sewing some mini granny squares for, um, well, never mind...
5. I have been waffling on "quilt blocks." You swayed me. I'll order some.
6. The quilt blocks on the design wall are awesome!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

What Audrie ^^^ said. Tinterwebs is not the same without you.

Flying Blind... said...

Looking good lady x
Oohh I ordered some, but not enough Quilt Blocks with my HST Festival winnings!!!

**nicke... said...

totally in love with your grannie! can't wait to make a big one now too!

Cherie said...

Love the blocks on you wall and what awesome wallpaper!
The giant granny block is epic! I was wondering what to do with the load of charms I have and now I know *hugs* =D

Kris from DukeSaysSewWhat said...

What Cindy said! Where did you get the fab safety pin and thread holder? I really like the huge granny square.....may have to add to my list! Fun zoo design! I went to the blog-what cute fabric! The lions, oh how fun!!

Sarah said...

OMG Quilt Block & Washi together... perfect. Love the big granny too :-)

Sara said...

Been eying up Quilt Blocks,but instead got some Summersville for the month:) Too many goodies lately!

I adore your safety pin--who would have thunk to find one!

traceyjay said...

add me to the "where the heck did you get the amazing thread holder?" comment club. But I like what you're sewing too. ;)

Pin It and Stitch said...

Just wanted to say I got your book yesterday and spent all of last night planning what to make from it. Fantastic inspiration, thank you so much!!!
p.s. I've found both the safety pin & the spool holder on ebay!!

Pippa @ BeadsAndBarnacles said...

Ha, I love the giant safety pin such a cool addition :D

Debbie said...

congrats on the improv - looking good!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Bigger is better...in both cases. :o) I love the giant safety pin and the giant granny block...beautiful!

Jess said...

I love your quilty makes, but I loooove your wallpaper! It is so funky! Can I move into your studio please?

Nikki said...

I am so psyched about the Ed Emberley fabric!! Can't wait!

Donna said...

That wallpaper is the best!

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