So, this week, all the stars aligned, the heavens sang, I got my ass into gear and finished a whole bunch of things!
(and yes, there's a little bit of WIP at the end - I promise!)
So, I said I finished pattern-testing the Shattered Star last week, but I only got around to photographing it in all it's giant, subtle glory on the weekend.
It's pretty big - about 85" x 85" - and the star is a lot more subtle than I was hoping it would be. But it's a great pattern (in spite of the horror of all those HSTs) and when Jenn publishes it, I'm sure it'll be very popular!
After a great deal of procrastination (two months since I promised to make it), we proudly present THE SUPER-TOTE!
Once I actually got all the pieces of this together, it took about 4 hours to assemble. And quite a lot of that was reading and re-reading the pattern to make sure I wasn't going to, I don't know, sew the straps inside the lining or something stupid like that. (I didn't. But it was close.)
I changed up the pattern a little because the fabric I used as the bag base had such a lovely design, I couldn't bear to cover it up with an external pocket!
I also didn't do the elasticised inside pockets. Because I couldn't find my elastic. (My notion of storing sewing notions is to shove them in a drawer somewhere. Anywhere!)
It'll get sent out just as soon as I finish the half-dozen 'baby change cones' so Simone's little boy doesn't pee all over her while she's changing him! (On the list of things to do tonight.)
SMQG Pickle Dish
So, the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild has decided to do a 'pickle dish' quilt out of the Kaffe Fassett book 'Quilt Romance'. We purchased the book from out of Guild funds, and have been distributing the patterns to our members for making.
I've had the patterns for these since, oh, December last year. Actually getting them done? Not until this past Monday night. THIS PAST MONDAY.
And only because we have to get the quilt together in time for the submission to the NSW Quilt Guild for the 2014 Show in June!
I'll make a couple more for the guild if they're needed, but in the meantime, I need to actually get a move on my own submission for the 2014 Show...
I have plans for two quilts, which will be easy enough to finish before June (the show) but which I need to have in some form of completion for the submission (15th March).
Seeing as the 2014 Sydney Quilt Show now has a 'modern' category for judging, I'm going to submit two quilts in there. We can always do with more 'modern' quilts in the show!
Quilt One: Symphony in Solids
This is a pretty simple idea: HSTs in solids, and the design/layout will be the 'modern' look. Traditional piecing, but with the dramatic look of the richly coloured fabrics and the blocks laid out to decieve the eye.
My current fabric choices are Kona Stone + Reese Scanell's shot cottons. I've had a bunch of Scanell Shot Cottons stored up since the last Quilt Show (or possibly longer) and this seems like an excellent time and place to use them.
I'm not looking forward to the HSTs, though. Expect lost of moaning and whining and questioning of my sanity!
Quilt TWo: Planned Improv
This one is going to be rather more complicated - a lot of improv piecing within framed and formal blocks, some paper-pieced blocks, curves, circles, and perhaps a little bit of code!
It'll be scrappy, but with solid panels for the background, and I'm hoping to 'float' the framed improv bits on the quilt top.
A lot of work, but I think it's time I tried something a little different to my usual process of "chain piece the blocks! Chain piece ALL THE BLOCKS!" And it'll be a learning experience. (That, or a test of my sanity.)
So, after all that, what have you been doing this week? Have you linked up to the party at Freshly Pieced?