Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Different Drummer

If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music he hears however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau

My finished quilt entry in the Pantone Challenge for 2015
A Different Drummer
Original design, Mary Menzer

This quilt is a modge-podge of different designer fabrics - I used Kona Brick as my jumping off point to match Marsala (see some of my fabric selection here), bringing other fabrics into the fold

I used Andover Chambray in dark gray in the sashing and for some of the squares, other fabrics are Oakshott, Kona, Alison Glass, Kaffe Fassett, and a couple of my Aborigine fabrics from Australia.

In this post I have progress photos and a photo of the top before quilting
the measurement before quilting was 56" x 71"

After quilting with a variety of Aurifil 40 wt, 28 wt and a YLI jean stitch thread the measurement is 53 1/2" x 67" - has not been washed - for the binding I used the chambray, the batting is Matilda cotton /silk blend.  

I love the warmth of the Marsala colors, mixed with the texture of the chambray and the white textured linen I used for the stripey bits.  The colored heavier weight quilting threads add dimension and texture also.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Charley Harper Swap

I participated in a recent swap whose theme was 'Charley Harper Art'. 

It just so happens I have a stack of Charley Harper fabric.

My partner asked for a tote bag. I love the tote I came up with for myself as it is deep and tall, good for hauling loads of supplies, magazines, baby supplies. It is 15" tall with a depth of  6" and 13" length. 

This is one side I made for my partner. I traced Snowy Owl, fused him and added thread details. 


For the other side I cut up one of the fabrics in the line that was similar to a panel. I quilted both sides after layering with Pellon SF-101 and batting. My handles are cotton webbing wrapped and stitched with a thicker fabric that I also used for the bottom of the tote, the heavier wear areas. 

For one of the extras I made a Divided Fabric Basket 

Everything has been received and I had a nice thank you on Instagram. My package is on its way from Australia and I can't wait to see what I receive! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Marsala progress

I have been working here and there putting together my quilt top for the Pantone chaallenge.  
Details on the challenge are here

I wrote a post about my Kona color choice of 
Brick to match up with the Pantone color of Marsala, if you care to read.  

I had been playing with an idea for a quilt, and I will share details in another post about my ideas and name for this quilt, I decided this would be a good quilt for the idea I had been playing around with on paper.

All cut into squares, 14 different fabrics - all speaking Marsala to me. 

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Andover Fabrics 

A little bit of help (sort of) from a friend

My Marsala quilt top is now complete and its on to the quilting

"A Different Drummer" 
56" x 71" before quilting
I have used Kona Brick, Alison Glass, Kaffe Fassett, Andover Chambray, Andover textured linen (the white), Oakshott, some Aboriginal designed fabric from Australia, and maybe a few that I don't know the designer.