Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In the meantime...

I've always wanted to do a Ricky Tims type quilt and back in late Spring he announced a three month QAL featuring one of his original designs, Colorful Rhapsody.  So I decided to participate.  Instructions were given in three video lessons, one for each month.   I actually enjoy working with fused pieces on projects and thought I could learn some tips from the project.  I used all my own fabrics, nothing purchased especially for this.  I'm in the process of blanket stitching the edges of the motifs right now.  I did learn a lot from his instructions on how to handle points and curves using the double blanket stitch.  When all are outlined then the sections have to be put together along with the four corners.  The whole project, so far, has been less tedious than I thought.  The colors in the first photo represent the truer colors.  The one below, with all 8 sections, shows a more lemony color which is definitely NOT the case but I thought you might like to see the entire center section.  The background for the center is a dotted batik and the four corners which also be constructed using that center background fabric.  Sometimes having purchased 3-5 yards of a fabric you've fallen in love with is a good thing!

Right now I'm quilting the Jane Sassaman version of the Fractured Quilt and that should be ready for final view in a few days.  I'm quilting it with circles, free hand, free motion quilting, with nothing marked.  Some of my circles are a little oddly shaped but the project is fun.  

Dena Crain Work

Dena Crain Work
Tesselated Design