Thursday, July 14, 2011

Around The Craft Table

er... I mean dining room table.

craft table 1
craft table 2
craft table 3
craft table 4
craft table 5
craft table 7
craft table 8

I've been feeling the itch to sew a new quilt for several months now. I waited and waited and waited though. Don't ask me why I waited, I couldn't tell ya. Then, this spring, my favorite fabric designer released a new collection that had me completely swooning. Check out Anna Maria Horner's new Lou Lou Thi line. As soon as it was available I ordered up 1/4 yard cuts of almost every single one of them. Yeah, I am kinda psycho like that. I love her viberant colors and bold patterns. They remind me so much of the colors I choose for my beads. At the time this fabric became available, I was up to my eyeballs in the end stages of Rustic Wrappings and seeings these prints arrive in the mail give me a lift I don't even think I knew I was lacking.

Even though I had all the delicious fabric on hand, I still couldn't start a project. I had to finish the book first.

Waiting was kinda a good thing. I couldn't for the life of me decide what I was actually going to make with them. What kinda quilt would do these prints justice? So, I washed 'em... and waited. Then, I ironed 'em... and waited. I kept sorting them into different arrangements of color groupings and I noticed something... half the fabrics had a strong red/pink/burgundy color to them and the others were very yellow/light green/blue. I had half and half!!

And some how that led to triangles. And the triangle idea some how lead me to cut out 1296 triangles over the past week or so.

Over the next few summer weeks, these 1296 triangles will become 648 small squares. Which will then become 72 quilt blocks. Which will then become either A) the front and back of the quilt, or 2) the fronts of two matching quilts (one for home and one for the studio). The jury is still out on choice one or choice two. The jury is also still deciding if I'm insane because I am actually considering making every one of the 72 quilt blocks completely unique.

I'll be sure to let you know when the verdict comes in.

quilt polaroid 1


Brandi said...

That is a LOT of cutting, Kerry, but man, the colors are fantastic! Can't wait to see it all together! (I'm throwing in my vote for two quilts, one for home, one for the studio.)

Sally Anderson said...

1296??? OMG! I've made quilts and cut out triangles but never that many. I'm in awe! How big will the finished quilt(s) be?

Barb said...

and i can't bring myself to start cutting a few new pillows for the sofa. you are fearless! is there anything you can't do?

Cindy said...

I agree with all of the above...Lots of cutting and one or two seriously impressive projects. But to answer Barb's question, NO, there isn't a thing you can't do!

It's good to hear that excitement in your voice about your new quilt. I know this is a project that really makes your heart sing. And wow, those are some really cool color combinations. Can't wait to see what you create!