After seeing Jan Soules’ work in last week’s River City show, I was inspired to retrieve these colorful Saw Tooth Star blocks from my dusty UFO pile. I pieced these oh-so-imperfect blocks about 5 years ago.
They are um, widely varied in color shall we say, and a difficult mix to make into something cohesive. I took them with me to a recent meeting of a great group I am a part of: “Sisters In Stitches” ( SIS). My SIS friends looked at them and Helen Hardwick suggested the striped surround for the blocks and my friend Laura Rylander suggested the chalky lavender “neutral” for the actual sashing. I NEVER would have chosen either of those fabrics, but I am kind of excited about the results-wanna see?Isn’t that striped surround fabulous? I like it layered upon the calming lavender. I have about 25 blocks in total-I doubt they will all make it into the finished piece. I am considering making the stripes into a tombstone square inbetween the sashing strips.I am also thinking about adding a scalloped insert to the border. Have you seen these new scallop rulers with their “push stick” companions?
The rulers make it super simple to add scallops to your quilts, see more here.
Excuse the quality of my recent photos-I had to send my camera in for repair. It will be WEEKS before I get it back and I am borrowing DH’s eight year old Nikon Cool Pix with the duct tape holding the battery cover in and a view screen of maybe 1.5″x1.5″. How will I ever live??? I might have to double up on my meds to make it through this difficult period…
I’m also playing with some fabric I recently got from JoAnn’s of all places-a flocked polyester. Now doesn’t that sound positively awful? “Flocked poly”-eww! But take a look:Those flowers are about 18″ across! I see it for a garment of some sort. So far I have tried two things. I used my Tseuneko inks on the sheer part and it gives this lovely delicate color to the individual leaves.I also cut some leaves out around the flocking border so that the flocking created a stabilizing barrier around each leaf-looks almost stained glass like. No clear path yet on this one. I can’t believe I’m working with flocked poly-tsk, tsk! Got any suggestions/thoughts on using this unusual fabric?