The rush of the holidays are past and life is settling back into a normal simmer. After taking a break from my studio, I am excited to get back in it and am bursting with ideas! I collected so much fabric and have little sketches all over the place - it's going to be a good year!
|A little cheer from our dining room!|
|My local guild has a fun yankee swap/white elephant - this was my contribution - I loved the orange peel design and have plans to do more!|
|Hubs and I bought dollar store stockings our first year dating, that are now pretty ratty. This year I made new ones for us, our parents...|
|...and Mr. Django :-)|
In the New Year's Resolution spirit of things, I started the year off by finishing a UFO and had lots of fun quilting it!
|A simple exercise with flying geese and straight line, free motion quilting. The fabrics are from Kona Winter Classics collection.|
It has been beautiful and mild in Boston this winter (and I have many hopes it stays thus!!) Walking with Django has been really lovely.
|Love sunsets - don't exactly love that they happen at 4pm...|
I've also joined Project QUILTING for it's 7th season in an effort to spice up the creativity and use their motivation in the studio! Their first challenge this week was "Confetti" - exactly the challenge I've been looking for! This idea has been floating around in my head for a while and I'm pretty happy with the completed project!
Last summer I fell in love with English Paper Piecing and used my cutting machine to create customized EPP templates. This was a Christmas gift from the Hubs last year - seriously my favorite appliance :-)
My fabrics were a charm pack of batiks - Tonga Treats - very bright and happy, the look like confetti! From each 5" square, I first cut one 1.25" strip and two 1.75" strips and made squares from each strips. Using EPP, I made hexagons in both half inch and 3/4 inch sizes, pressed them, removed the template and tacked them to my background material with the tiniest dot of fabric glue. This kept them in place firmly enough through quilting. I added an extra strip to the binding, giving it an extra border and a 3D effect.
I love to start with something in order then break it down until it is very sparse, playing with space and motion.
I also had a bunch of fun with making hexi's and had a bunch left over - here's a peak at the next project! (My own, not related to Project QUILTING)
I am out for now! I'm taking a mini road trip with Django this weekend and I'll be back in the studio next week!
From us to you - wishing you the best for 2016, with love and cheers!
Music: "House of the Rising Sun" by Five Finger Death Punch