Friday, September 27, 2013

New Project

For a while now one of my quilty friends and I have wanted a good take-along project. A project to work on while watching late night TV with the hubby. Most important is to have a project to work on when we go to our guilds' Sit and Stitch. I've tried the English paper-pieced hexagons that seem to be so popular. They just did not hold my interest. My friend and I had both considered hand-piecing quilts. After all, that's the way quilts were first made. So, last week I was looking through some of my collection of quilting books. I came across an Australian magazine (Patchwork and Quilting) that I had been saving.

 I would have guessed I bought it 7 or 8 years ago. Nope, look at the date on the pull-out pattern section.
This is a beautiful issue. Aussie quilters are fantastic. I love the projects in this issue. The quilt that really caught my eye was the one pictured below called Triangles of the Past. It is made medallion-style. It begins with the center block and borders are added. The color variation of each border is what adds interest to the quilt. Plus, there is only one template except for the final 4 corners. And, yet, I still have a problem keeping up with one template. What is up with that! Do you have that problem?

Most of the quilts I make are light and bright with lots of white. But, this one is so different. I do have some black and rust fabrics in my stash. I have loads of creams and ivorys, oranges, grays and cream shirtings.
Because I didn't have many browns, apricots, or light blues, I talked my book club buds into a road trip to Bowling Green, KY for lunch, book discussion, and then drive another 14 miles to Whittle's fabrics. There are only 3 of us in the club and we have been meeting for lunch and book discussion monthly for 3 years. One friend is a novice quilter and the other loves road trips, so it wasn't a hard sell. It was a gorgeous Fall day! Perfect for stocking up on Fall colors.
Here is some of my new stash enhancement.
I bought some light blues, rusts, apricots, golds, and browns. A couple pieces may not work well. We will see. The quilt designer suggests you choose the fabrics as you go. And, she demonstrates the way to hand-piece the quilt. I started on it last night. I'll show my progress in a later post.


Teresa in Music City said...

Now that looks like a wonderful bunch of stash enhancement!!! Oooo-la-la!!! I love the pattern you've chosen too. Simple yet very elegant. And it will be easy for you to just choose to stop adding borders when you are done :*) Best of all, you will enjoy having a fun project to work on at guild meetings :*) Looking forward to Tuesday!!!

Melissa G. said...

Ooh, so pretty!! I look forward to watching your progress on this one!

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